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Spring Folk School

March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - March 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Camp Mikell offers the opportunity to learn a variety of skilled arts and crafts such as weaving, woodworking, photography, and more.

Copper Enameling
Instructor/Artist: Philippa Anderson
Students will be introduced to basic copper enameling techniques. They will learn different methods of applying colorful enamel to various copper forms and firing them in the kiln to create small art pieces and jewelry. By the end of the weekend, students will have several finished pieces to take home with them. What to bring: Supplies are provided, but if you’ve done some enameling and have sifters, tweezers, or other tools, please bring them. You might also want to bring old leather or clean gardening gloves and a pair of sunglasses with UV protection to wear when using the kiln. We will have some extras, but it is good to have your own. We will also have latex gloves and masks for handling chemicals or using the enamel powder, for those who choose to wear them.
Supply fee: $30
Class limit: 3 minimum-8 maximum

Instructors/Artists: Becky Walker & Sally Blankenship
Fluff to fabric, using a fascinating process with a pile of wool and sometime & effort, create several small projects or one larger one. All skill levels are welcome. Instructors will have all equipment/materials needed.
Supply fee: $25
Class limit: 3 minimum-11 maximum

Heirloom Smocking
Instructors/Artist: Edie Teal and Barbara Barrington
Smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Before elastic, smocking was commonly used in cuffs, bodices, and necklines in garments where buttons were undesirable. In this class you will receive a practice piece of fabric, appropriate needles, thread and the training for basic stitches used in geometric designs. While we will not be able to complete a garment in a weekend you will have the skills you need to work towards that goal. After we master the basic stitches we will make an ornament using the newly acquired skills. If you are already into smocking, feel free to come join us and share ideas.
Supply fee: $25
Class limit: 3 minimum-10 maximum

Independent Study
For those who would like to work alone or with another person without an instructor, e.g. writing, painting.

Instructor/Artist: Katy Graves
Beginners will learn to knit and may choose to work on a dish cloth or a scarf. Intermediate knitters will work on knitting a cable knit hat in the round.
Supply fee: $15
Class limit: 4 minimum – 5 Beginners/5 Intermediate (maximum)

Leather Crafting
Instructor/Artist: Tom Slavicek
You will have time to work on two to three projects depending on size and complexity. Choices for your projects can be from the following: make a leather shoulder bag or two, learn how to use a wood burning tool to inscribe a design onto the leather and then colorize it, depending on time make a small backpack, a couple of leather belts, wallets, passport wallet, journal, belt pouch for your phone, a Scottish Sporran, instrument strap, lady’s wallet, clutch purse, and more. All leathers, materials, tools, and instructions are provided, along with templates. If you have an idea for a leather project you can bring it and can make it real. As time allows, you can learn how to make tassels and fringe to add to your projects. No artistic ability is necessary, nor is any previous leather working experience. The class typically runs from Friday evening and concludes on Sunday morning before noon. You do not need to bring anything except your enthusiasm, and your desire to make something beautiful!
Supply fee: $125
Class limit: 5 minimum – 15 maximum

Instructors/Artists: Hala Hess White & Michelle Hiskey
It’s BYOQP: bring your own quilting project. It can be the quilt you started with us in spring, a work in process, or a pattern that you want to begin quilting with. We’ll walk you through it! You’ll enjoy your own work space and two teachers ready to help with cutting, ironing, and troubleshooting of all kinds. If you need advice on picking out a project, email us in advance and we can advise you on one that will challenge (and not frustrate) you. Come for a relaxed weekend of stitching and fellowship. This is an artistic collaboration at its Camp Mikell best as we encourage and nudge each other’s creative spirits. We will send a basic list of what to bring, and we bring backups!
Supply fee: $0
Class limit: 3 minimum – 10 maximum

Instructor/Artist: Donna Scott
This painting class will get you in touch with your creative side. We will work on one painting together to learn about supplies and how to mix paint. Then everyone will be free to branch off. There will have canvas and wood to paint on. Please feel free to or bring your own ideas.
Supply fee: $25
Class limit: 3 minimum – 10 maximum

Soap Making
Instructor/Artist: Lenea Martel
Will learn how to make soap and bath products. Be ready to get your hands dirty and soapy! As a group, we will make a couple batches of hot process soap and we will make a cold process salt/spa bar. This bar is full of Himalayan pink sea salt and coconut oil. We’ll also make some other goodies that could include: sugar scrub, bath fizzes, showers steamers, lip balm, and maybe some other surprises. You’ll be able to add the scent(s) of your choice to many of the products. All participants will go home with the products that we make. If you took Lenea’s class in the past, there might be some repeat (how to make soap), but the other parts will feature different recipes and techniques.
Supply fee: $40
Class limit: 4 minimum – 10 maximum

Instructor/Artist: Ann Lynn Whiteside
We will explore the double weave. We will learn how to weave making two layers separated, then two layers attached on one side. The end result will be a kitchen utensil holder.
Supply fee: $20
Class Limit: 3 minimum – 7 maximum

Registration deadline: February 15



March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
March 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm


Camp Mikell
Camp Mikell Road
Toccoa, GA 30577
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