SIU Craft Shop offers an array of arts and crafts opportunities this fall

CARBONDALE – Do you feel the need to be clever or creative? The Craft Store at Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers fall workshops that allow attendees to create pottery, tie-dye, glass, paint, wood, and more.

Located in the Student Center, the boutique hosts a full range of workshops. Additional cleaning and safety rules are in place, including limiting registrations to 10 people per class and masks are required.

The registration deadline is at least two days before the start of each workshop, but due to class size limitations, organizers encourage early registration at www.studentcenter.siu.edu/activities/craft -shop / workshops.

Currently, there are also plans to hold the traditional family weekend craft sale from September 24 to 25, the holiday craft sale from December 2 to 4, and the sale of Christmas crafts. Valentine’s Day Craft and Bazaar on February 14, 2022. Vendor requests are now being accepted for all three events. The public will be welcome to attend the sales.

Highlights of the fall workshops

The workshop program for this semester includes:

Carpentry workshop safety course – Session 1 is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., August 28; Session 2 is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on September 11, free.

Tie-dye techniques – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., August 31 $ 12 for students, $ 14 for others, materials included.

Pottery on the wheel – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on September 2, 9, 16 and 23, $ 75 for students and $ 85 for others for the 4-week class, plus $ 12 for 10 pounds of clay.

Watercolor at lunchtime: small objects – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 1 $ 12 for students and $ 14 for others, all materials included.

Glass Bead Making – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., September 17, $ 25 for students, $ 30 for others, with glass purchased separately. A second session is scheduled for November 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Custom Greek Paddle – 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., September 18, $ 30 for students, $ 35 for others and includes materials.

Blockprint Tote Bag – 6 to 8:30 p.m. September 22, $ 25 for students, $ 30 for others, materials included.

Soy Wax Batik Tapestry – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. September 28 and October 6, $ 65 for students and $ 70 for others, including all materials for the two-week workshop.

Introduction to sewing – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 1 $ 20 for students and $ 25 for others, extra material.

Introduction to Quilting – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. October 6, 13, 20 and 27, $ 100 for students and $ 120 for others, plus materials. The list of supplies will be provided prior to the four week workshop.

Knitting: scarf – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., October 7 and 14, $ 20 for students, $ 25 for others plus materials for the two weeks.

Coffee Cups – 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., October 9, $ 25 for students, $ 30 for others. The cost includes 2.5 pounds of clay and all slushies and glazes.

Introduction to Stained Glass – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 19, 21, 26 and 28, $ 100 for students, $ 100 for others for the four sessions, as well as materials that can be purchased at the boutique.

Pottery on the wheel – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., October 19, 26 and November 2, 9, $ 75 for students, $ 85 for others for the four sessions, plus $ 12 for 10 pounds of clay.

Lunchtime painting: fall foliage – noon-1 p.m., October 20, $ 12 for students, $ 14 for others, including all materials.

Metallurgical forge: cuff bracelet – 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., October 23, $ 30 for students, $ 35 for others, materials included.

Introduction to woodworking – 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., October 23, 30 and November 6, $ 65 for students and $ 70 for others for the three sessions, plus materials.

Polymer clay sculptures – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 22, $ 30 for students, $ 35 for others, materials included.

Handcrafted Pottery – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., October 21, 28, and November 4, $ 55 for students and $ 60 for others for all four sessions, plus $ 12 for 10 pounds of clay.

Pen and ink at lunchtime – noon-1 p.m., Nov. 3, $ 12 for students, $ 14 for others, including materials.

Dyeing and Sewing: Pillowcase – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., November 6 and 13, $ 45 for students, $ 50 for others for two weeks and includes materials.

Custom Printed Greeting Cards – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., November 10 and 24, $ 30 for students and $ 35 for others and includes all materials for both sessions.

Fused Glass Ornaments – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. November 16, $ 25 for students and $ 30 for others; glass is purchased separately.

Silver Rings – 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 23, $ 35 for students and $ 40 for others, including materials.

All times and dates are subject to change.

To learn more

Age requirements vary for workshops. Find full details on all workshops and other activities, as well as registration information and details on upcoming craft sales, at studentcenter.siu.edu/activities/craft-shop/workshops. Or, email [email protected] or call 618-453-3636 for more information.

Other options available

In addition, the Craft Shop offers the option of hosting birthday parties or other small group gatherings, private lessons, Zoom group craft parties, and virtual craft workshops.

The information is available online. Email [email protected] or call (618) 453-3636 for more details.

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