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SAVE THE DATES!! OCTOBER 16, 17 AND 18, 2015

Leah Reed from Blue Whale Arts is coming to teach our Fall Workshops! These workshops will be held at the Spencer County Extension Office, 100 Oak Tree Way, Taylorsville, KY  40071 (next to the elementary school on Hwy 44). 

We are working on sending registration forms to KGS members but if you would like to pre-register, please send a note identifying the title of the workshop(s) that you would like to attend with a check for $10 .00 for each workshop to:  Kentucky Gourd Society, PO Box 905, Taylorsville, KY  40071.  Leah will collect her fee at the workshop(s) you attend.

If you have any questions about the workshops, what they entail or what you need to bring, please contact Leah directly at:  603.679.1961 or www.bluewhalearts.com

We hope to see a lot of our fellow gourders at these events!

Please watch for information and photos of these projects on our Facebook page, Kentucky Gourd Society (kygourdsociety is the old page).

Happy Gourding!!

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  • All classes Maximum 12

  • Instructor will have limited tools available for class to use for all classes. 

  • Gourds will be available for all classes

  • Extra embellishments and supplies will be available for sale for all classes

    Instructor believes in skill building - so that participants can go and complete their own designs

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                                              Friday October 16, 2015

 

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am   

 

Title of Workshop:  Texture Galore - THIS IS a Two-Part Class

 

Fee:  $40.00 (includes Part 1 & Part 2)

 

Part two of this workshop will be completed on Sunday Morning 

 

Workshop Description: 

 

Part 1:  Will be preparing the gourd and applying the texture to the gourd.

 

Part 2: Participants will prepare gourd for the color, add color, and make the lid as seen in photo.     Coco fiber for the coiled rim can be supplied vs the lid, however, coiling will not be taught during class time.  

 

Supplies participants must bring:

 

Part 1 of class:  scissors with a good point, 2 liter coke bottle or class something so that you can inside the opening of the gourd so that it can dry. 

 

Part 2 of class:  gourd saw

 

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Time: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm    

 

Title of Workshop:  Light up your Night

 

Fee:  $25.00

 

Workshop Description: 

 

Participants will be making two night-lights.   The majority of the time will be working on how to attach the night light to the gourd.   Instructor will explain different options for creating the light designs and embellishments, Time allowance will determine if students are able to complete the two lights with designs, holes etc.     Instructor will be available all weekend for participants wanting to work on this project over the weekend to go home with two completed night-lights. 

 

Supplies participants must bring: 

 

  • Gourd Saw or a way to cut the gourd,
  • Utility knife to start the cut,
  • Tools to clean the inside of the gourd,
  • Rotary tool like Dremel or Drill
  • Barrel Drum Sander (I use 3/4" - however this requires a drill) a smaller one that fits in the rotary tool will work.
  • Sandpaper for hand sanding 120 grit (1 sheet is more than enough), 
  • Awl
  • Drill, drill bits 3/32", 7/64", 1/8" and 9/64"(requires regular size drill if you may want to add 4mm beads if you may want to include them in your light).  

 

Optional: If wanting to do some scoring on the gourd, small round ball works great (will need rotary tool).    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30pm

 

Title of Workshop:  Open Studio

 

Cost:  Free

 

Finish a night lights, if not completed,   Bring a project you are stuck on or Leah can demo Products

 

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                                          Saturday October 17, 2017

 

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ALL DAY Class

 

Fee: $50.00*

 

Workshop Title: Gourd Lamp Shade

 

Workshop Description:

 

One question I am often asked about my lamps is how I come up with the designs.  In this class, participants will be working on their own designs.  Instructor will walk participants through different ways of how to put a design on for a gourd lamp.  They will cut the gourd, add holes and if want, add gourd beads (sold separately).      

 

This class has been set up as an all day class as usually putting the design on the gourd takes the longest time, so this will allow enough time for the participants to put the design on the gourd, and work to have a finished lampshade.  

 

There will be no scheduled lunch break per say, but participants break as needed. 

 

  Supplies participants must bring: 

 

  • Gourd Saw or a way to cut the gourd
  • Tools to clean the inside of the gourd
  • Rotary tool like Dremel or Drill
  • Sandpaper for hand sanding 120 grit (1 sheet is more than enough), 
  •  Regular size drill for the larger drill bits
  • drill bits  you have and appropriate tool to use them - If you may be thinking about beads – then you will need the following drill bit sizes –  1/8”, 7/32”, 19/64” (these all require a regular drill and will not fit in a rotary tool)

  • Optional: If wanting to do some scoring on the gourd, small round ball works great (will need rotary tool).   

 

*The fee covers, the gourd, and instructions and other materials to help in designing the lamp shade, the fee does not include but will be available to purchase separately, the Swan neck lamp, table lamp or black base and light or just the clip light.  These are not included as part class fee as this allows participants to pick the one they want as prices vary.    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30pm

 

Title of Workshop:  Open Studio

 

Cost:  Free

 

Finish a night lights, if not completed,   Bring a project you are stuck on or Leah can demo Products

 

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                                         Sunday – October 18, 2015

 

Time: 8:00 – 12:00

Title of Workshop:  Texture Galore - Part 2

 

Fee:  Included in Part 1

 

Workshop Description: 

 

Must have taken Part 1 to participate

 

Part 2: Participants will prepare gourd for the color, add color, and make the lid as seen in photo.     Coco fiber for the coiled rim can be supplied vs the lid, however, coiling will not be taught during class time.  

 

Supplies participants must bring:

 

 

 

Part 2 of class:  gourd saw

 

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Time: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm

 

Title of Workshop: Designing in Sand

 

Fee: 

 

  • Smaller version - $35.00 Butterfly (12 will be available - if no one registers wanting the larger version)

  • Larger version - $50.00 (will not finish this one in class) Mandala – will be different from one in photo.   (5 large ones available)

 

Workshop Description:  

 

This class will give participants the skills/techniques for adding designs in sand from fine lines to creating depth and dimension.   Class participants will, be working with Adirondack ink/dye, using vinyl as a resist, and working with colored sand to make beautiful designs.  (Back of gourd has an opening so the gourd could be used for flower arrangement, hiding keys etc…)

 

List of materials/supplies participants need to have (you supply gourds):  Gloves for working with Adirondack ink/dye

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