Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

Piecemaker's Quilt Guild

Indigo Presentation and Speech

THE CHEMISTRY OF THE MAKING:  THE INDIGO VAT

Calandra Cooper will talk about the beauty of indigo, show samples and show participants how to make a “mother” for an organic indigo vat. Attendees will also have an opportunity to dye a small cotton sample in a vat Calandra will bring along.



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Central Community College
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Central Community College

Mother Nature’s Bounty:  Botanical Inks

Learn how to make colorful natural inks and drawing tools using resources naturally available to us in Mother Nature’s fall. 

Calandra Cooper will demonstrate ink making, mark making and hand wording techniques prior to you delving into making your own creatively-inspired drawings on water color paper using a handmade natural brush you’ll learn to make during the workshop, dip pens and traditional brushes along with your natural inks and drawing tools.  

Leave with your artwork, a vile of ink and plenty of inspired-inspiration.   This is a beginner’s class. No prior experience necessary.  Space is limited. Please sign up early.  Wear suitable clothing or bring an apron.  

Time: 10am-1pm

Duration:  3.0 hours 

Class Limit:  12

Moss Ball Kokedama Workshop

Made popular by Dutch artist Fedor van de Valk, string gardens take traditional Kokedama, a style of Japanese bonsai where a plant’s root system is wrapped in moss and bound with string, a step further by suspending them in the air; transforming the plant into unique hanging sculptural art forms. 

Calandra Cooper will demonstrate how to make a suspended Kokedama moss ball before giving you an opportunity to make your own hanging art. 

Take your moss ball home! Kokedama are a great way to bring diversity to your houseplants and beautify any space. They also provide an excellent way of gardening indoors when you’re unable to do so outdoors. 

Please bring a plant.  All other supplies and material are included.This is a beginner’s class. No prior experience necessary.  Space is limited. Please sign up early.  Wear suitable clothing or bring an apron. Duration: 2.5 hours.  Class Limit:  15

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Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Central Community College

TAPESTRY LOOM WEAVING

Experience weaving as we explore the variety of colors, designs, and textures of this popular fiber art. 

 Learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines, learn basic stitches, explore color, pattern and texture and create a woven modern wall hanging that will add some instant charm to your space. 

 Suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. No experience necessary. All supplies included, however please bring additional yarns you’d like to incorporate into your tapestry.  Participants are supplied with wooden loom, cardboard loom, or frame to use during class. 

Class Limit:  15

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Girls Inc
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Girls Inc

S.T.E.A.M.

A hands-on opportunity for girls involved in S.T.E.M as they learn about the basics of beekeeping through an introduction to common tasks that define the rhythm of the beekeeper’s year, including seeing honey bees live inside an observation hive and providing the girls with an opportunity to assemble a hive with beekeeper, Calandra Cooper.

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Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Central Community College

TAPESTRY LOOM WEAVING AT CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM  2:00 PM

Experience weaving on a wooden frame loom as we explore the variety of colors, designs, and textures of this popular fiber art.

Learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines, learn basic stitches, explore color, pattern and texture and create a woven modern wall hanging that will add some instant charm to your space. 

Location: Central Community College

Date & Time: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 10am-2pm

Class duration: 4.0 hours

Skill Level: Suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. No experience necessary. All supplies included, however please bring additional yarns you’d like to incorporate into your tapestry.

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Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Tallgrass Vernacular

  • Hidden Roots Farm at Lower Scotland (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Fall Rocket Stove Workshop

Friday, November 2-4th, 2018.

Visit Facebook: Tallgrass Vernacular to sign up.

Facebook: facebook.com/tallgrassvernacular

This offering is for a weekend workshop on Rocket Stove Building! We will be constructing a Batch Box style Rocket Mass Heater in Calandra and Sam Cooper's greenhouse in North Omaha/Florence at their Hidden Roots Urban Farm at Lower Scotland location to extend their growing season using supplemental wood-heat.

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This class will be an in depth, hands-on build which will empower participants to take this knowledge to create their own similar system.

The principles of the build, although focused on greenhouse heating, will also be applicable to a variety of applications including home heat, cooking and hot water production as well.  

The class will run from Friday Evening (Nov. 2nd) through Sunday Afternoon (Nov. 4th) and will begin with a lecture and overview on fire-science as well as a group discussion.

High tunnel heating

Rocket stove heating in urban agriculture

Saturday and Sunday will be build days and we should be able to complete construction of the heater by late in the day on Sunday.

Topics covered will include code and legalities, foundations, brick laying, cob making, clay based mortars, clay plasters and heat transfer.

Dinner will be provided the first night, as well as lunch for Saturday and Sunday. If you are traveling from out of town, we may be able to facilitate in lodging you.

This class is being offered on a sliding scale from $150 - $250. The sliding scale is put into place to allow a wider demographic of students to attend the workshop. If you are able to pay on the high end, you are encouraged to do so as this allows us to offer scholarships and opportunities for attendance to those that are monetarily restricted.

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Tallgrass build

If you are interested in attending but are limited by money, please contact me directly and explain your situation.  

If you are wanting to register, or would like more information, please write me (Jim) at tallgrassvernacular@gmail.com If you are interested in other workshops or future builds, please feel free to check out the website at http://tallgrassvernacular.com

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Oct
19
1:00 PM13:00

Central Community College (CCC)

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October 19, 2018


Indigo:  It must be the magic

Indigo is THE most fascinating and spectacular of all the natural dyes Mother Nature offers mankind. Why? Because not only does indigo produce highly desirable alluring shades of blues – from the palest to the deepest blue-blacks – it's also the process of getting the dye to develop that makes indigo so special.

It's nothing short of magic!

This Fall in Columbus join me for a hand-on, fun-filled workshop on the beautiful fall campus of Central Columbus Community College.  I'm demonstrating vat preparation and demonstrating a paste-resist technique.  Then I'll  teaching participants some basic shibori techniques and setting them lose to create their own creative indigo creations. 

You'll want to see it. You'll want to experience it. You'll want to do it over and over again!

Please bring 2 yards of 100% cotton or silk, long plastic gloves and wear clothing you don't mind getting soiled.

October 19, 2018.

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Thank you Central Community College!

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Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Joy of Life Ministries

Gardening and urban agriculture have the power to transform derelict sites into supportive and welcoming green spaces for the community while providing places to meet, relax and take part in activities that benefit physical and mental health and well-being.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Chicken

Chickens are amazingly friendly garden helpers! Come learn about them and all of the goodness they can bring to your garden and life and meet a couple (and their eggs) in person.

Place: Joy of Life Ministries, Omaha, NE.

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