Upcoming Workshops

Hands-on Craft for Everyone!

Grab a friend, learn a skill and have an unforgettable experience in the process. The Guild offers a wide selection of engaging workshops for the craft enthusiast, emerging artist and established craftsmen, we not only show you how it’s made but we teach you to make it yourself.

All introductory level workshops (requiring no prior experience) are open to ages 16 and over with parental consent.

Please be sure to register early.  Workshops with under-enrollment may be cancelled up to two weeks ahead of time.

Bobbin Lace with Lyn Bailey

May 7 & 21, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

What fiber art was so valuable it fueled a smuggling industry and financed wars? Spoiler alert: it's bobbin lace! Join us to find out the basics of this fiber art, a springboard for creative forms from jewelry to fences, from fiber sculpture to a wedding veil.

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Basic Pastel Painting - May 7, 2016

May 7, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $77 (members receive a 10% discount)

Soft pastels are versatile. Used alone, you can create luminous paintings (they also play well with acrylic and oil, so check out the other classes in this series!). This 2-hour class introduces you to soft pastels. No special skills are required (stick-figure drawers, welcome!)

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Beginning Woodturning - May 18-June 8, 2016

May 18-June 8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $240 (Guild members receive 10% off)

Have you ever admired the warmth and smoothness of turned wood? It seems like magic, from a block of wood, to a beautiful vessel. Even if you’ve never touched a lathe before, we welcome you to this 4-week class to start learning the art & craft of turning wood.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-in - May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #memademay with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Realistic Rug Hooked Animals with Judy Carter - May 20-22, 2016

May 20-22, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $250 (members receive a 10% discount)

Do you ever wish you could paint realistically – but with your favorite material, wool? In this 3-day workshop, you will create a realistic rug-hooked portrait of a favorite pet or animal.

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Creative Journaling - Visual Note-Taking

May 26, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. May’s technique is visual note-taking. We’ll take a look at several ideas that can help bring order to our thoughts in an appealing way.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In - May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #memademay with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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My First Weaving with Susan Weaver

June 2-23, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $175 (members get 10% off)

With many colors and textures of nontraditional fibers, ribbons and yarn to choose from, students will have fun weaving their own wall hangings and table runners, using easy-to-use table looms. T

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Intro to Chainmaille Jewelry

June 4-18, 2016

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster

Chainmaille's been around for thousands of years, and when you hear the word, you probably think of armor. It has a more delicate, decorative application, though! In creating chainmaille jewelry, a craftsperson can choose from infinite patterns, all just linking little round metal jumprings in different ways. In this class we will not be learning how make suits of armor, but we will work towards creating a beautiful piece of jewelry.

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Mixed Media Painting with Soft Pastels and Acrylic

June 11, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $77 (members receive a 10% discount)

Soft pastels are versatile. Used alone, you can create luminous paintings (they also play well with oil, so check out the other classes in this series!). This 3-hour class introduces you to combining soft pastels and acrylic paints. No special skills are required (stick-figure drawers, welcome!)

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Creative Journaling - Calligraphy

June 23, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Have you heard that journaling can improve your sense of well-being? Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we’re exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. June’s technique is using a calligraphy pen to create varied lines, in both drawing and writing.

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Oil Painting with Pastels - June 25, 2016

June 25, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $77 (members receive a 10% discount)

Soft pastels are versatile. Used alone, you can create luminous paintings (they also play well with acrylic, so check out the other classes in this series!). This 3-hour class introduces you to combining soft pastels and oils. No special skills are required (stick-figure drawers, welcome!)

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Creative Journaling - Contour Drawing

July 7, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. July's technique is contour drawing. If you draw quickly, this is a great exercise to loosen up at the beginning of journaling. If you draw slowly, it's a great way to meditate on the shape and details of an object.

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Colonial to Contemporary: Tape Weaving, with Susan Weaver

July 8-9, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Handwoven tape ribbon was vital to the lives of colonial (and locally, PA German) farm families throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries. In this weaving workshop, you’ll explore the colonial history of tape. Then you’ll get to weave historical patterns, using traditional fibers and colors. Tape is also beautiful and useful in contemporary life. You can use tape for similar practical uses as our forebears, or create decorations like key chains, holiday garlands, or lanyards.

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Paste Paper Painting - August 13, 2016

August 13, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

You’ll be amazed at the sophisticated graphic images you can create by coating a dampened sheet of paper with colored paste and then drawing various tools through it. And it's still just as much fun as finger painting!

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Creative Journaling - Marbling

August 25, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. August's technique is marbling. Float pigments on water with precision or with a splash. No matter your approach, there's something magical about dropping paper into a liquid to produce a work of art.

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Creative Journaling - Collage

September 8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In September, we’ll explore collage, talking about glues and other ways to join layers, as well as formal considerations like color and texture.

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Traditional Watercolor Marbling with Diane Maurer - September 10, 2016

The mysteries of a once-secret craft are revealed in this introductory level watercolor marbling workshop. We’ll apply color to a carrageenan (seaweed) size using broom corn whisks and brushes and then perform magic with a series of marbling combs and rakes. Your class fee also includes Open Studio time.September 10, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

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Leather Shoe-Making, September 15-18, 2016

September 15-18, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Students will learn how to make a "Candace" style shoe (shown in the photos). This style is all hand-sewn, fully leather lined, with a hand-sewn leather sole. Students start from the ground up (so to speak) with their shoe, and can complete an entire pair in this 4 day workshop. Handmade shoes can sell for $900 - and in this workshop, you not only leave with shoes, you get the fun of making it for yourself!

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Bobbin Lace with Lyn Bailey

September 17 & October 1, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

What fiber art was so valuable it fueled a smuggling industry and financed wars? Spoiler alert: it's bobbin lace! Join us to find out the basics of this fiber art, a springboard for creative forms from jewelry to fences, from fiber sculpture to a wedding veil.

Register today

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Taste of Fraktur - September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $79 (members receive 10% discount)

Learn to recreate imagery from the history of fraktur, a uniquely Pennsylvanian craft originating in the 1700s. You'll dive into birds, flowers, and hearts using ink and watercolor.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In - October 13

October 13, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #slowfashionOctober with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Fraktur Calligraphy - October 15, 2016

October 15, 2016

Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft, Lancaster $79 (members receive 10% discount)

Focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. You will use a nib pen and india ink, as well as a traditional method of practice used in the cloisters. Emily will also discuss modern adaptations of fraktur calligraphy.

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#WIPsmart Stitch-In - October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $5 suggested donation

Let’s celebrate #slowfashionOctober with an in-person gathering. Bring your current Work In Progress and stitch alongside other folks who are passionate about handmade clothing. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, stitchery of all kinds will be welcomed. Creating clothing for ourselves and our families may be slow work, but when we work together, we have a chance to learn something new (and enjoy ourselves). That’s #WIPsmart!

To RSVP, call us at 717-431-8706 or email us at handmade@pacrafts.org.

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Paper Dyeing & Bookbinding with Diane Maurer

October 22, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA

Make beautiful dyed papers to use as covers for a miniature accordion-fold book and a pop-up squash book.

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Creative Journaling - Embroidery

October 27, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In October, we’ll practice embroidering onto paper. A few basic stitches can help embellish images, sew objects in to your books, and more!

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Creative Journaling - Collagraph Printing

November 17, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In November, we will explore collagraph printing. To create a collagraph, you collage together various textured elements, roll ink on top, and transfer the ink to your finished page. Kind of like grown-up bean mosaics with classical roots.

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Stamp your own Wrapping Paper, December 3, 2016

December 3, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $15 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 8+

Are you looking for a great, family-friendly way to kick off the holiday season? Join us for a quick, fun hour of creating your own wrapping paper. A selection of winter-appropriate stamps (think trees, snowflakes, and ribbon) will be available for you to use.

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Creative Journaling - One-Sheet Books

December 8, 2016

Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA $35 for members & non-members both, suitable for ages 16+

Creative journaling can encompass much more than writing. Each month in 2016, we're exploring one technique that can add depth and interest to your visual journaling. In December, we’ll branch out from techniques aimed at creating individual pages for your journals. We’ll tackle how to take a larger sheet of paper and turn it into its own little book. I love to use this technique to create little memory books of special occasions.

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