Henna Body Art: Introduction
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Henna Body Art: Introduction

Interested in learning about henna, how it is used, how to mix it and apply it to the skin? Then don’t miss this class taught by Amy of www.bestowinghenna.com.

Henna, or Mehndi, as a form of body adornment, has been practiced for hundreds of years to dye hair, nails and skin. Almost every religion and culture have used some form of it in their traditions at one time or another. Now henna is being enjoyed across the world for many reasons, including for the pure beauty and joy it brings!

In this class you will learn:
– about the henna plant
– how to mix your own henna paste
– henna applicators
– sealing the henna and stain development
– safety of henna and black henna

Each student will leave with a design applied by Amy and a henna cone!

Sunday January 27, 1-3:30 PM

Class cost is $44. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class. Spaces are limited, registration is required by 1/20 at 12 PM to allow Amy time to prepare henna. 

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We Need A Little Vintage! Ornament With Sparklythangs
Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

We Need A Little Vintage! Ornament With Sparklythangs

Add a little vintage to your Christmas tree! Learn to make upcycled ornaments using your own family keepsakes such as earrings, buttons, lace, ribbon, even paper ephemera! Taught by Ann Clements of Sparklythangs, participants will learn various basic assembly techniques such as punching, wiring, and drilling (including Dremel use) and how to instantly age metal. Bring your old buttons, small jewelry/rhinestone pieces, old Christmas cards, vintage ribbons and ephemera (small photocopies if you don’t want to glue something special). We will also have a selection of affordable vintage items available for purchase. Tart tins, jewelry wire, chandelier crystals and use of tools are included in the materials fee.
Snacks and beverages will be provided!

Tuesday December 4, 2018, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Class fee is $25. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

BOOKINGS

Online registrations are not available for this class.

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Shop Small, Shop SoMa on Small Business Saturday
Nov
24
12:00 AM00:00

Shop Small, Shop SoMa on Small Business Saturday

Do you want to avoid the big box stores and actually enjoy your holiday shopping this year? Join us in SoMa, Main Street South of 630, on Saturday, November 24, 2018 for a day of fun activities, great shopping, and the best food and drinks in Little Rock. There’s no better place than SoMa to pick up a thoughtful gift for your friends and family. SoMa offers fun for people of all ages! We’re walkable, bike-friendly, and many shops welcome four legged shoppers, too! If you want to show your out of town guests a neighborhood like no other, bring them to SoMa. Highlights include:

  • Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom’s Local Yokel will celebrate small growers like Arkansas Natural Produce. Visitors can taste a local brew and the Local Yokel Pizza which features a shitake and cremini mushrooms, local arugula, red onions, roast chicken, mozzarella and truffle oil.

  • The Green Corner Store and Tearoom will kick off Small Business Saturday at 10 a.m. with complimentary vegan and/or gluten-free mini muffins from the Dandy Line Bakery and free breakfast tea. From 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. free samples of Creole Connections’ delicious pralines will be available. Discounts and special door prizes will also be part of the celebration.

  • Esse Purse Museum is having a Trunk Show featuring Sallye Mann’s Jewelry. The museum store will be offering a 20% discount all day (excludes, vintage, trunk show and already discounted jewelry).

Other spots to find great gifts include Moxy Modern Mercantile, The Electric Ghost, South Main Creative, Reinvented Vintage, sweet home and Clements, M2 Gallery, and Argenta Bead. All proudly small, y’all!

Enjoy some of the best food and drink in Little Rock. Stop by your favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner: The Community Bakery, South on Main, The Root Café, Rocktown Distillery, Loblolly Creamery and our newest addition Dos Rocas.

If you need a timeout from shopping or dining, enjoy the outdoors at the Bernice Garden or test your brain at The Escape Room!

Learn more about Small Business Saturday in SoMa on Facebook and share your story on Instagram with #somalittlerock!

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Brush Lettering 201
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Brush Lettering 201

Take the next step in your creative journey with Brush Lettering 201!  In this follow-up to Brush Lettering 101, Amy of @aboutthatink will teach shading, joining letters, bouncing and basic composition.
Bring your pens and paper from the starter kit you purchased in the 101 class or any brush pens you like. Your $20 materials fee gets you supplies for class use and some of Amy’s favorites to keep you going. Bring your favorite quote, saying, etc. to use in learning composition.
Lettering experience required. Must know cursive. Age 12+, please.

Sunday November 18, 2018, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Class fee is $75. A materials fee of $20 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Henna Body Art: Introduction
Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Henna Body Art: Introduction

Interested in learning about henna, how it is used, how to mix it and apply it to the skin? Then don’t miss this class taught by Amy of www.bestowinghenna.com.

Henna, or Mehndi, as a form of body adornment, has been practiced for hundreds of years to dye hair, nails and skin. Almost every religion and culture have used some form of it in their traditions at one time or another. Now henna is being enjoyed across the world for many reasons, including for the pure beauty and joy it brings!

In this class you will learn:
– about the henna plant
– how to mix your own henna paste
– henna applicators
– sealing the henna and stain development
– safety of henna and black henna

Each student will leave with a design applied by Amy and a henna cone!

Saturday November 17, 3-5:30 PM

Class cost is $44. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class. Spaces are limited, registration is required by 11/13 at 12 PM to allow Amy time to prepare henna. 

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We Need A Little Vintage! Ornament With Sparklythangs
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

We Need A Little Vintage! Ornament With Sparklythangs

Add a little vintage to your Christmas tree! Learn to make upcycled ornaments using your own family keepsakes such as earrings, buttons, lace, ribbon, even paper ephemera! Taught by Ann Clements of Sparklythangs, participants will learn various basic assembly techniques such as punching, wiring, and drilling (including Dremel use) and how to instantly age metal. Bring your old buttons, small jewelry/rhinestone pieces, old Christmas cards, vintage ribbons and ephemera (small photocopies if you don’t want to glue something special). We will also have a selection of affordable vintage items available for purchase. Tart tins, jewelry wire, chandelier crystals and use of tools are included in the materials fee.
Snacks and beverages will be provided!

Thursday November 15, 2018, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Class fee is $25. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Hand-Painted Ornament With Mindy
Nov
11
12:30 AM00:30

Hand-Painted Ornament With Mindy

You know and love Mindy’s painting style! Join her in this class to paint super-cute ornaments with acrylic paints. Hang on your tree, or give as a handmade gift to family and friends. Mindy will teach how to construct a simple face shape and provide adorable inspiration for other elements to add to your ornament. Once you know how, you can paint enough to fill your tree! Feel free to dress in your favorite Holiday attire! Let’s have fun painting adorable Christmas ornaments.

Materials fee covers:
ornament
matte medium and gel medium
red and various paint colors
paper plate palette
snow
ribbon
neon paint

Students need to bring:
small paint brushes: various round and flat brushes
1 larger 3/4″ or 1″ flat brush
apron
cute ribbons for hanging your ornament

Sunday November 11, 2018, 12:30 PM-3:00 PM

Class fee is $50. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Needle-Felted Wool Christmas Sheep
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Needle-Felted Wool Christmas Sheep

Have ewe herd? Learn the fun craft of needle-felting with Debbie Diener of Whispering Wool in this fiber arts class. Learn several techniques including armature building, wrapping, and needle-felting with a specially-barbed needle while making this ready-to-frolick 7″ tall Christmas sheep. Once you know how, you can shepherd your own flock! Change the wreath out for other seasonal decorations. Don’t be sheepish, try it out! We’ll have a short lunch break, so brown bag it!
Materials fee includes a specially-barbed needle with felting surface and enough wool and locks to complete your project. Age 12+, please.

Saturday November 10, 2018, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Class fee is $55. A materials fee of $35 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Beginner Knitting with Sam
Nov
7
to Nov 14

Beginner Knitting with Sam

Here’s the class you’ve been waiting for! Sam Stadter, certified knitting instructor with Craft Yarn Council, teaches this introductory class for total beginners. Over the course of two sessions, Sam will cover basic knitting stitches and techniques. By the end of the class, students will complete their own classic scarf or cowl! Materials fee will cover 3 skeins of wool in white, black, grey, beige, purple, or red (enough to make your project), 1 pair of knitting needles, and 1 darning needle. Age 7+, please.

Registration by 11/1 is required.

Wednesday November 7, 2018, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM AND
Wednesday November 14, 2018, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Class fee is $60. A materials fee of $30 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Brush Lettering 101 With Amy Davis
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Brush Lettering 101 With Amy Davis

In this beginner class, Amy Davis of @aboutthatink teaches the basics of modern brush calligraphy. You will become familiar with different tools of the trade, hand holds, paper matters, and drills as well as the alphabet. Your materials fee gets you supplies for class use and some of Amy’s favorites to keep you going. No experience necessary! Even if you think your handwriting is so bad you could never learn brush calligraphy, Amy promises with practice you CAN learn! Expect a super fun and relaxed environment.
Must know cursive. Age 12+, please.

Sunday November 4, 2018, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Class fee is $75. A materials fee of $30 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Needle-Felted Wool Baby Opossum
Oct
28
1:00 PM13:00

Needle-Felted Wool Baby Opossum

Join Debbie of Whispering Wool to needle–felt one of these adorable baby opossums! So cute for a fall display or hanging from its curled pink tail in a Christmas tree! Learn basic armature, wrapping, and detail-building techniques with a specially-barbed needle, which will carry you forward in your needle-felting adventures. You’ll probably want to make a whole passel of these baby opossums!
Ages 14+, please.

Materials fee includes: specially-barbed felting needle, felting pad and enough wool to complete your opossum.

Sunday October 28, 2018, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Class fee is $45. A materials fee of $20 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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The Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

The Arkansas Cornbread Festival

South Main St., 13th Street all the way to 17th Street - four blocks that run in front of Bernice Garden.


The Arkansas Cornbread Festival builds community by raising awareness of the South Main in Little Rock (SoMa) community while celebrating Southern culture and heritage through food, artisan crafts, and music.  Come enjoy the music, enticing aromas, and the promise of family fun in downtown Little Rock.


A foodie competition like no other!  Teams compete for cash prizes and awards to determine who makes the best cornbread and yummy complementing side item in both Professional and Amateur categories. Cornbread winners from both categories are chosen by popular vote, you the people attending, and are awarded $1000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for best side item. There is also a panel of judges who give blue ribbon awards as well, sort of like a best in show! The Festival is open to the public, but the purchase of a Cornbread Tasting Ticket lets you taste the many cornbread competitors dishes and vote for your favorite – tickets will be available online and at the Green Corner Store soon.

SoMa businesses are open with specials for attendees, along with food trucks, local breweries, live music, arts and crafts vendors.  And we didn’t forget about the smaller cornbread lovers, bring them to Cosmo’s Kids Corner for interactive fun and games.  Bonding over cornbread is a southern tradition, and once you’ve had a taste of SoMa, you’ll have to come back for more.

Interested in competing?  Or bringing your foodtruck?  Or being a vendor?  How about volunteering?  Contact us about opportunities or for more information at info@arkansascornbreadfestival.com or through Facebook @ArkansasCornbreadFestival.

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Fall Lettering Workshop
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Lettering Workshop

Join Amy Davis of @aboutthatink for a fun, creative, interactive, hand-lettering workshop where students will create individual art pieces using autumnal colors and different lettering styles. No experience necessary, but must know cursive. Ages 12+, please.
Materials fee covers all supplies used in class and a waterbrush, paper, and ink to take home! Feel free to bring your favorite pens and paper if you like. Amy will supply some great ideas for you as well!

Thursday October 25, 2018, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Class fee is $30. A materials fee of $20 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Macrame With Hannah
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

Macrame With Hannah

We heart macrame! Join local textile artist, Hannah Genevieve Lawrence, to create your own macrame wall hanging. In this beginner class, Hannah will go over the basics of macrame and teach two different knot styles to get you going. Students will create their own unique wall hanging, approximately 9” x 30”. Use your new-found macrame skills to amaze your friends with special handmade gifts! (And let’s convince Hannah to teach a planter hanger).

Materials Fee includes:
Cotton rope in black and natural, a wooden dowel rod, and both primary colored and unpainted wooden beads.

Supplies students can bring: – if you want a different look you can bring a thin copper pipe or a thin branch to hang your piece from!

Refreshments available.

Ages 12+, please.

Tuesday October 23, 2018, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Class fee is $30. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Weaving: In The Round!
Oct
21
1:00 PM13:00

Weaving: In The Round!

We love our classes with Leigh of @leigh_jacobs_art and look how fun this technique is! Starting with an embroidery hoop as a loom, students will learn to thread the “warp” and then begin weaving in the round using different yarns, ribbons, and fabric scraps. Embellish with fabric or yarn streamers or top with a ribbon. Get started on those one-of-a-kind handmade gifts! Who knows, maybe the great pumpkin will appear…

Ages 8+, please.

Sunday October 21, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Class fee is $25. A materials fee of $5 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Needle-Felted Wool Doodle Bugz
Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Needle-Felted Wool Doodle Bugz

Needle-Felted Wool Doodle Bugz

Who’s an adorable little buggy? Learn several wool felting techniques from Debbie of Whispering Wool while making this buzzy Doodle Bugz designed by Erin Butler! Felting techniques covered include wet-felting, armature and wrapping, needle-felting and applying curly locks and silk. Choose from a rainbow of colors for your own little cutie! No felting experience necessary.

Materials include a specially barbed needle, felting surface, armature wire, supplies for wet felting, wools, silks, and curly locks.

Age 14+

Saturday October 20, 2018, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM

Class fee is $45. A materials fee of $20 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Mount Holly Garden Series: Earths Bounty--Planning Your Pollinator Garden
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Mount Holly Garden Series: Earths Bounty--Planning Your Pollinator Garden

October 20, "Earths Bounty--Planning Your Pollinator Garden" by Chris Wyman, Heifer Village and Urban Farm. Chris' program will include native plant and pollinator housing techniques.

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2018, the Downtown Dames sponsor the gardening lectures at 9:00 A.M. the third Saturday morning, April through October. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty of Little Rock's oldest cemetery, dating to 1843. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person, benefits projects at Mount Holly Cemetery. Refreshments and door prizes provided by the Downtown Dames! Attendance may be counted as educational hours for Master Gardeners.
 

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Ward 1 Candidates Forum
Oct
8
5:30 PM17:30

Ward 1 Candidates Forum

This Ward 1 Candidates Forum is being sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and SoMa Little Rock. The event will allow residents and business owner’s in Ward 1 to get to know the candidates better. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Attendees can submit questions for the candidates until 6 p.m. when the program will begin. Make plans now to attend. A special thank you to South on Main for hosting our forum. Drinks will be available but food will not be served since the restaurant is typically closed on Monday. For more information, call 501.412.3767 or email soma@somalittlerock.com.

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Leather Cuff Bracelet With Sparklythangs
Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

Leather Cuff Bracelet With Sparklythangs

Cuff Love! Join Ann Clements of Sparklythangs to make your own embellished leather cuff bracelet. Students will learn to paint leather with metallic wax, and how to “stitch” and adhere central medallion. Ann will also demonstrate how to upcycle leather belts and adhere snaps, so you can use those skills in your future cuff-making adventures! Materials fee includes adjustable pre-made leather cuff, use of supplied tools and paints, and choice of center focal piece. Students are also welcome to bring a focal piece of their own (for example, a vintage brooch) that measures no more than one and one-half inches.

Thursday October 4, 2018, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Class fee is $25. A materials fee of $15 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Freehand Bleach-Altered Jeans With Amy Of Bestowing Henna
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Freehand Bleach-Altered Jeans With Amy Of Bestowing Henna

Amy’s henna body art designs spilled onto her jeans! We’re so glad she’s going to teach us how to alter jeans with her secret tool (you’ll love it when you hear). Bring a favorite pair of laundered 70%+ cotton jeans or jean skirt or even a jacket to free-hand draw either your design or choose from some inspirations we’ll have on hand. You’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind piece all your own, AND have the skills to make more! Bring a copy of a simple line drawing if you have a certain design in mind, or feel free to bring your own stencil.

Tuesday, October 2, 6:00-8:00 PM

Class fee is $26. A materials fee of $8 will be due to Amy at time of class. Spaces are limited, registration is required.

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Painting With Mindy Lacefield
Sep
30
1:00 PM13:00

Painting With Mindy Lacefield

Join Mindy Lacefield of www.mindylacefieldart.com for this fun painting class based on her darling whimsical winged girl! Using a restricted color palette of acrylic paints, Mindy will show how to build up layers of color as a base and share tricks of shading with color to contour and give dimension to the face. If you’ve never painted with acrylics or simply want to strengthen your portrait/face work then come join us! Mindy will include a full instruction booklet with step outs in the materials fee so don’t worry if you’ve been away from painting for a bit or are new to the process. We will have fun creating darling girls and adding our own expressive touches!

$15 materials fee payable to instructor on arrival includes instruction booklet, 6 x 6 canvas panel(s), use of paints, stabilo graphite pencil, and use of different shaped brushes to play with.

Please bring your favorite brushes. Mindy really likes Dina Wakley round brushes (available on Amazon).
Also bring a water cup, paper towels, and a paint palette (paper plates are acceptable).

Sunday September 30, 2018, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Class fee is $60. A materials fee of $15 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Intro To Fine Silver Clay With Marianne Hennigar
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Intro To Fine Silver Clay With Marianne Hennigar

In this beginner-level class, Marianne H. Hennigar introduces basic skills for creating unique wearable treasures in fine silver clay. Students will create small items suitable for earrings, pendants and charms. Marianne will also demo basic findings assembly, so your pieces are ready to wear as soon as they are fired. $40 materials fee includes 16 grams of fine silver (price may vary with market value of fine metals), fine silver wire, double storage container, kiln firing and polishing your work. No experience necessary. Age 14 +, please.

Optional supplies will be available for purchase from Marianne.

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

Class fee is $67. A materials fee of $$40 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Embellished Embroidery Sampler
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Embellished Embroidery Sampler

Leigh of @leigh_jacobs_art leads this fun introduction to basic free-form embroidery. Participants will create a cute sampler of basic stitches surrounding a focal word of your choice. Your 5” hoop sampler will include running stitch, blanket stitch, chain stitch, back stitch, and French knots.  After learning these basics, you’ll be on your way to creative embroidery projects!

Sunday, September 23, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Class fee is $30. A materials fee of $10 will be due to Leigh at class time. 

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment is required to reserve your spot.

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Needle-Felted Wool Mini Bear Rug
Sep
22
10:30 AM10:30

Needle-Felted Wool Mini Bear Rug

In this needle-felting class, Debbie of Whispering Wool will teach participants how to make this adorable mini bear rug designed by Felting Farmer Lady; no hunting required! Wouldn’t he make a great centerpiece or a wonderful Christmas gift? Students will learn to build the form and fashion the head, adding details for personality. The most fun part will be adding the curly locks to create the pelt! Start the pelt in class and finish at home. Debbie will have an assortment of beautiful natural locks from which to choose. Can you even bear the cuteness? No felting experience necessary.
Bring a sack lunch and beverage to have during the ½ hour break.

Saturday, September 22 10:30 AM-3:30 PM

Class cost: $45
Materials fee: $50
Materials includes a specially barbed needle, felting surface, felt, wools and curly locks.

Age 14+

Saturday September 22, 2018, 10:30 AM-3:30 PM

Class fee is $45. A materials fee of $50 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Macrame With Hannah
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Macrame With Hannah

We heart macrame! Join local textile artist, Hannah Genevieve Lawrence, to create your own macrame wall hanging. In this beginner class, Hannah will go over the basics of macrame and teach two different knot styles to get you going. Students will create their own unique wall hanging, approximately 9” x 30”. Use your new-found macrame skills to amaze your friends with special handmade gifts! (And let’s convince Hannah to teach a planter hanger).

Materials Fee includes:
Cotton rope in black and natural, a wooden dowel rod, and both primary colored and unpainted wooden beads.

Supplies students can bring: – if you want a different look you can bring a thin copper pipe or a thin branch to hang your piece from!

Refreshments available.

Ages 12+, please.

Tuesday September 18, 2018, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Class fee is $30. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Sustainable Wardrobe Workshop: Slow Fashion Refashion
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Sustainable Wardrobe Workshop: Slow Fashion Refashion

Slow fashion borrows many ideas from the world of slow food and asks that consumers think about where their garments come from and who makes them. The movement attempts to marry together three main concepts: clothing that is well-made (including taking into account the conditions of the maker), beautiful and long-lasting. The idea of slow fashion can often seem inaccessible, unaffordable, or simply too time consuming for everyday life, but this workshop will teach basic, easily adaptable skills to create a sustainable wardrobe, without having to purchase any additional clothing.

Students are encouraged to bring 5 well-loved, favorite garments that need a little sprucing. The garments can range from a worn, older sweatshirt, to a more formal dress with an unfortunate stain, to a favorite pair of jeans with lovely worn knees. Think natural fibers such as linen, cotton, and rayon or silk. These should be garments that bring you joy and that you want to continue living with.

On day one, Aaron Sanders Head of www.aaronsandershead.com will introduce workshop participants to the world of natural dye. Using indigo, along with other natural dyes, like black walnut, avocado and osage wood, he will teach techniques for using plant-based dyes to give a new life to old garments. Participants will learn how they can make dyes at home with easily accessible materials. Participants will also dye fabrics to use as patchwork materials on day two.

On day two, Aaron will guide students through the world of meditative, slow stitching, including stitching for embellishment, beading, couching and sashiko stitching for mending and reinforcing weak stress points in garments. Students will learn which mending and reinforcement techniques work for different people, and how to make clothing work for you in your every day life. Participants will begin to see their clothing as an extension of their body, and something that can grow and change, rather than having to purchase new clothing.

It is our hope that participants leave with a different viewpoint regarding fast fashion and consumerism when it comes to clothing, and will feel armed to the teeth with a skillset to continue their slow fashion at home in a sustainable, affordable way. Using their 5 renewed garments as a roadmap, this workshop aims to plant the seed for a lifestyle shift, and a long journey of slow fashion for participants.

Sunday September 16, 2018, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM AND
Monday September 17, 2018, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Class fee is $195. A materials fee of $35 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot. No refunds.

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Sustainable Wardrobe Workshop: Slow Fashion Refashion
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainable Wardrobe Workshop: Slow Fashion Refashion

Slow fashion borrows many ideas from the world of slow food and asks that consumers think about where their garments come from and who makes them. The movement attempts to marry together three main concepts: clothing that is well-made (including taking into account the conditions of the maker), beautiful and long-lasting. The idea of slow fashion can often seem inaccessible, unaffordable, or simply too time consuming for everyday life, but this workshop will teach basic, easily adaptable skills to create a sustainable wardrobe, without having to purchase any additional clothing.

Students are encouraged to bring 3 well-loved, favorite garments that need a little sprucing. The garments can range from a worn, older sweatshirt, to a more formal dress with an unfortunate stain, to a favorite pair of jeans with lovely worn knees. Think natural fibers such as linen, cotton, and rayon or silk. These should be garments that bring you joy and that you want to continue living with.

In the morning session, Aaron Sanders Head of www.aaronsandershead.com will introduce workshop participants to the world of natural dye. Using indigo, along with other natural dyes, like avocado and osage wood, he will teach techniques for using plant-based dyes to give a new life to old garments. Participants will learn how they can make dyes at home with easily accessible materials. Participants will also dye fabrics to use as patchwork materials.

After lunch, Aaron will guide students through the world of meditative, slow stitching, including stitching for embellishment, beading, couching and sashiko stitching for mending and reinforcing weak stress points in garments. Students will learn which mending and reinforcement techniques work for different people, and how to make clothing work for you in your every day life. Participants will begin to see their clothing as an extension of their body, and something that can grow and change, rather than having to purchase new clothing.
It is our hope that participants leave with a different viewpoint regarding fast fashion and consumerism when it comes to clothing, and will feel armed to the teeth with a skillset to continue their slow fashion at home in a sustainable, affordable way. Using their 3 renewed garments as a roadmap, this workshop aims to plant the seed for a lifestyle shift, and a long journey of slow fashion for participants.

Sunday September 16, 2018, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Class fee is $135. A materials fee of $20 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot.

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Watercolor 101 With Leana Of May We Fly
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Watercolor 101 With Leana Of May We Fly

Join artist Leana Fischer of @mayweflydesign for a fun early fall watercolor workshop. Leana’s sweet and simple watercolors are inspiring!

This watercolor workshop is designed for the total beginner, so if you’ve never painted before, you’re in the right place! The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to learning basic watercolor technique, from mixing color to using your paintbrush. We will then dive into learning specific strokes that will help you paint a range of subjects, with a focus on botanical forms. The goal of this workshop is that you will leave feeling ready to begin watercolor painting on your own!

Saturday September 15, 2018, 1 PM-4 PM

Class fee is $55. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot. No refunds.

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Watercolor 101 With Leana Of May We Fly
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Watercolor 101 With Leana Of May We Fly

Join artist Leana Fischer of @mayweflydesign for a fun early fall watercolor workshop. Leana’s sweet and simple watercolors are inspiring!

This watercolor workshop is designed for the total beginner, so if you’ve never painted before, you’re in the right place! The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to learning basic watercolor technique, from mixing color to using your paintbrush. We will then dive into learning specific strokes that will help you paint a range of subjects, with a focus on botanical forms. The goal of this workshop is that you will leave feeling ready to begin watercolor painting on your own!

Saturday September 15, 2018, 1 PM-4 PM

Class fee is $55. A materials fee of $10 will be due to teacher at time of class.

Spaces are limited; online registration & payment are required to reserve your spot. No refunds.

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Mount Holly Garden Series: Ancient Botanical Wonders in Arkansas
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Mount Holly Garden Series: Ancient Botanical Wonders in Arkansas

September 15, "Ancient Botanical Wonders in Arkansas" by Theo Witsell, Ecologist and Botanist, with the Department of Natural Heritage. This program will certainly be a highlight of our series! There will be something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what your interests.

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2018, the Downtown Dames sponsor the gardening lectures at 9:00 A.M. the third Saturday morning, April through October. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty of Little Rock's oldest cemetery, dating to 1843. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person, benefits projects at Mount Holly Cemetery. Refreshments and door prizes provided by the Downtown Dames! Attendance may be counted as educational hours for Master Gardeners.
 

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