Classes

The Scrap Exchange offers a variety of classes taught by local artists sharing their expertise.
Complete class descriptions and registration information is provided below.

Early Bird Registration Bonus!

Register for any class more than 3 weeks in advance, and receive a $5 store voucher. This voucher is valid for two weeks toward the purchase of any materials in the Scrap Exchange retail store! Voucher is provided to you on the first day of class. Note: This offer is not valid on free meetups or events. The voucher may not be applied to Artist Marketplace or Green Gallery items.

Friends Club Discount

Are you a member of our Friends Club? Friends Club members receive a 10% discount on class registration fees. Go to scrapexchange.org/join-us/be-a-friend for more information on how to become a Friends Club member!

Refund Policy

Refunds for class fees will be issued if the class is cancelled by The Scrap Exchange for any reason. If you register for a class and cannot attend, a refund will be issued if you notify the Scrap Exchange at least 24 hours before the class begins.

Ongoing Free Community Meetups

Knit Night
Sew Night

 

Classes: January – April 2014

Basic Sewing (2 sessions)
Introduction to Knitting
Tissue Paper Collage
The Art of Correspondance
Pop Up Books & Cards
SoftArt Wall Hangings
Jan’s Great Weaving Adventure
Basic Sewing Workshop (1 session)
Parent & Child Sewing (2 sessions)
Journal Making
Vibrant Beads Using Magazines
Intermediate Sewing: Alterations & Patterns (2 sessions)
Pallet Furniture – End Tables & Kitchen Work Tables
Treasure Boxes (for kds!)
Mobiles and Windchimes
Wormbin Workshop – Vermicomposting
Create a Bowl Using Magazines
Robots (for kids!)
Rockets & Launchers (for kids!)

 

Class Descriptions

Knit Night
This new co-ed crafters group was established to bring knitters from the Triangle area together to share projects and socialize. The group focuses on upcycling and incorporating reclaimed supplies, as well as on sharing ideas with the local community. Participants can bring their own supplies or purchase them at The Scrap Exchange (when available). Beginning knitting skills required.

Date: First and Third Thursdays
Time:
6:30-8:30pm
Cost:
Free!
Ages:
14+
Online Registration Link:
https://knitnight2014.eventbrite.com/

 

Sew Night
Led by Christine Ramsey

Join us for community sewing night in our Design Center, hosted by Christine Ramsey. Bring a new or old project and Christine can help you work through creative and technical blocks. Take the opportunity to sew with tons of fabric, trim and accessories at your fingertips. Free to all! Materials not included.

Dates: Monthly on 2nd and 4th Thursdays
Time:
6:00-9:00pm
Cost:
Free!
Ages:
14+
Online Registration Link:
https://sewnight.eventbrite.com/

 

Basic Sewing

Learn the basics of machine sewing, troubleshooting, and project construction. Students will design and stitch one of two projects, either a tote bag or throw pillow, using FABULOUS Scrap Exchange fabrics.

Class: Basic Sewing (2 sessions)
Instructor: Christine Ramsey
Dates: Sundays, January 26 and February 2
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm (optional studio hour until 4:00pm with instructor assistance) Cost: $40 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://basicsewingscrap.eventbrite.com/

Raised in the one-time textile capital of the world (Alamance County, NC), Christine Ramsey has been an avid seamstress since the age of 7. She made doll clothes as a child, hippy clothes as a student, window treatments and slipcovers as a new homeowner, and career clothes as working woman; honing her design, sewing and problem solving skills all along the way. These days, Christine particularly enjoys working with vintage and reclaimed fabrics, which she fashions into one-of-a-kind bags, wall hangings, throw pillows, and more. She still tackles a wide range of sewing projects on a regular basis, especially in her role as volunteer host for the Scrap Exchange’s Community Sew Night, a drop-in open studio which takes place in the Design Center on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Christine blogs about sewing at http://kikisrewinddesigns.wordpress.com/ and sells her designs at http://www.kikisrewinddesigns.com/.

 

Introduction to Knitting

Stay cozy this winter! Learn the basic stitches in knitting as well as how to cast-on and bind-off in this class. We’ll cover the tools, vocabulary, and basic skills to begin your first project using re-purposed materials. All supplies included!

Class: introduction to Knitting
Instructor: Amelia Freeman-Lynde
Date: Friday, January 31
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $20 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapknitting.eventbrite.com/

Amelia Freeman-Lynde is a fairly recent Durham transplant. Originally from Athens, GA, Amelia spent 6 years in New York City working as a theatrical propmaker in Off-Broadway venues around the city. Since relocating to the Triangle in 2011, she has enjoyed a return to such Southern pleasures as sweet tea, air conditioning, yards, and storage space. She now splits her time between her two favorite businesses in Durham: The Scrap Exchange and Monuts Donuts. Her other interests include gardening, power tools, knitting, crafting, eating donuts, playing with her puppy, sustainability, equality, and being nice.

 

Tissue Paper Design and Collage

In this class, you’ll learn how to take salvaged tissue papers (from gift giving, sewing patterns, packing materials and more) and use glue and layering techniques to create vibrant collage art. All materials are provided, but you can bring your own stash of treasures if you’d like.

Class: Tissue Paper Design & Collage
Instructor: Ruth Warren
Date: Saturday, February 1
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Cost: $20 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scraptissuecollage.eventbrite.com/

Since childhood, Ruth Warren has been using reclaimed materials to create, strongly influenced by the make-do example of her parents. She studied Communication Arts at Marist College, worked at IBM, and left the corporate world in 1990 to raise her children and pursue a more art-oriented career. In addition to participating with The Scrap Exchange as Marketing and Promotions Coordinator these days, she continues to develop as a reuse artist, and has participated in multiple solo and group exhibitions in the Green Gallery.

 

The Art of Correspondance

Do you want your correspondence to have a personal touch? We will look at several techniques for creating stationary and postcards that are creative, eye-catching, and full of style. We will experiment with stamps, paint, and sewing on paper, and will create a small set of stationary to take home. All materials are included, but you are welcome to bring items along from your own collection.

Class: The Art of Correspondence
Instructor: Amelia Freeman-Lynde
Date: Friday, February 7
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $20 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapcorrespond.eventbrite.com/

Amelia Freeman-Lynde is a fairly recent Durham transplant. Originally from Athens, GA, Amelia spent 6 years in New York City working as a theatrical propmaker in Off-Broadway venues around the city. Since relocating to the Triangle in 2011, she has enjoyed a return to such Southern pleasures as sweet tea, air conditioning, yards, and storage space. She now splits her time between her two favorite businesses in Durham: The Scrap Exchange and Monuts Donuts. Her other interests include gardening, power tools, knitting, crafting, eating donuts, playing with her puppy, sustainability, equality, and being nice.

 


Pop Up Books & Cards

Explore the surprising charm of paper pop-ups! Create a book or a series of cards using a variety of pop-up techniques and the awesome array of papers in our collection. Techniques will range from very basic to moderate and is open to all skill levels, and parents are welcome to bring their children. All materials included.

Class: Pop Up Books & Cards
Instructor: Jesa Rae Richards
Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 10am-12:00pm Tuition: $20 tuition
*If you choose to bring your child, 1 child per adult registrant (included in cost).
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrappopups.eventbrite.com/

Jesa Rae Richards is a visual artist and arts educator. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago with a focus on painting and drawing. She works in a variety mediums and loves to try new ones. In her practice as a teacher and as an artist Jesa Rae believes that art flourishes when skill and knowledge are cultivated alongside experimentation and playful abandon.

 


SoftArt Wall Hangings

Make a small wall hanging from the plethora of fabric remnants found at The Scrap Exchange. We will use sewing machines in this class, so a basic familiarity with sewing is helpful. Sewing machines available for use at The ScrapExchange or bring yours from home. Materials included, but you may bring items from your own collection if you wish. Finished size is approximately 12″ X 17″.

Class: SoftArt Wall Hangings
Instructor: Carla Knip
Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Cost: $30 tuition
Ages: 16+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapsoftart.eventbrite.com/

Carla Knip was raised in The Netherlands with embroidery and knitting needles in her hands. Never interested in following a pattern, she quickly began creating her own embroidery and knitting designs at a young age. She began quilting after her immigration to the United States in 1986, and has enjoyed great freedom in her design and materials since that time.

 

Jan’s Great Weaving Adventure

Learn the basics of loom weaving and then embark on your own weaving adventure. Class will cover warping, threading, setting up, and weaving on a small loom made from “scrap” materials. Once you have mastered the basic technique, we will experiment with the use of colored and textured yarns and fibers to create top finish a sample weaving long enough for a wall decoration, cuff or bookmark. (You later may find opportunities in your stash! ) All materials included.

Class: Jan’s Great Weaving Adventure)
Instructor:
Jan French
Date: Sunday, February 9
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $30 tuition
Ages: 16+
Online Registration Link: https://weavingscrap.eventbrite.com/

Jan French is a local fiber artist teaching and demonstrating weaving, knitting, felting, and other needlework classes at schools, fiber festivals, and other venues in the Triangle. She is currently a teaching artist for the Creative Arts in Public/Private School program administered by the Durham Arts Council and a member of the Triangle Weavers Guild. Jan has directed her own collaborative fiber art projects, incuding the most recent “plastic tapestry” hung outside the Scrap Exchange entrance last summer. She loves the weaving “fiber” possibilities available at the Scrap Exchange!

 

Basic Sewing Workshop (1 session)

Learn the basics of machine sewing in a single afternoon! Students will thread machines, stitch, and troubleshoot problems. They’ll also design and sew a first project–either a tote bag or pillow–using FABULOUS Scrap Exchange fabrics.

Class: Basic Sewing Workshop
Instructor: Christine Ramsey
Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 12:00-4:00 pm (includes optional studio hour 3-4pm with instructor assistance)
Cost: $30 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapbasicsew.eventbrite.com/

Raised in the one-time textile capital of the world (Alamance County, NC), Christine Ramsey has been an avid seamstress since the age of 7. She made doll clothes as a child, hippy clothes as a student, window treatments and slipcovers as a new homeowner, and career clothes as working woman; honing her design, sewing and problem solving skills all along the way. These days, Christine particularly enjoys working with vintage and reclaimed fabrics, which she fashions into one-of-a-kind bags, wall hangings, throw pillows, and more. She still tackles a wide range of sewing projects on a regular basis, especially in her role as volunteer host for the Scrap Exchange’s Community Sew Night, a drop-in open studio which takes place in the Design Center on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Christine blogs about sewing at http://kikisrewinddesigns.wordpress.com/ and sells her designs at http://www.kikisrewinddesigns.com/

 

Parent & Child Sewing (2 sessions)

A great bonding activity for adults and children, this class will cover basic machine sewing, and the creation of a first fun project (stuffed doll or toy). Open to children 7-14 with an adult.

Class: Parent & Child Sewing (2 sessions)
Instructor: Christine Ramsey
Date: Saturdays, February 22 and March 1
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
(includes optional studio hour 11:30am-12:30pm with instructor assistance)
Cost: $30 tuition (1 child included per adult)
Ages: 7 to 14 with an adult
Online Registration Link: https://scrapparentchildsew.eventbrite.com/

Raised in the one-time textile capital of the world (Alamance County, NC), Christine Ramsey has been an avid seamstress since the age of 7. She made doll clothes as a child, hippy clothes as a student, window treatments and slipcovers as a new homeowner, and career clothes as working woman; honing her design, sewing and problem solving skills all along the way. These days, Christine particularly enjoys working with vintage and reclaimed fabrics, which she fashions into one-of-a-kind bags, wall hangings, throw pillows, and more. She still tackles a wide range of sewing projects on a regular basis, especially in her role as volunteer host for the Scrap Exchange’s Community Sew Night, a drop-in open studio which takes place in the Design Center on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Christine blogs about sewing at http://kikisrewinddesigns.wordpress.com/ and sells her designs at http://www.kikisrewinddesigns.com/.

 

Journal Making

Create your own unique journal/sketchbook from the exciting paper collection at the Scrap Exchange! These hardcover, stitched books are designed to last and inspire. All materials included.

Class Title: Journal Making
Instructor: Jesa Rae Richards
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $20 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapjournals.eventbrite.com/

Jesa Rae Richards is a visual artist and arts educator. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago with a focus on painting and drawing. She works in a variety mediums and loves to try new ones. In her practice as a teacher and as an artist Jesa Rae believes that art flourishes when skill and knowledge are cultivated alongside experimentation and playful abandon.

 

Vibrant Beads Using Magazines

In this class, students will learn how to make colorful, stylish beads from magazines. The beads will be hardened and shiny, with a similar look to Pandora beads. All materials included.

Class: Vibrant Beads Using Magazines
Instructor: Deborah Bird
Date: Friday, February 28
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Cost: $25 tuition
Ages: 11+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapbeads.eventbrite.com/

Deborah is painter and jeweler. Her art is shown in the Carr Mill Mall and at the Chapel Hill Art Gallery. She has been teaching art classes for 7 years.  You can learn more about her at www.TheArtOfDeborahBird.com.

 

Intermediate Sewing: Alterations & Patterns (2 sessions)

Dress up your wardrobe with simple sewing techniques by learning to make alterations like hems, darts, and altered seams. This class will also include an introduction to making clothing from the ground up, using commercial sewing patterns and fabrics from The Scrap Exchange. The first 2 hours of each class will be instruction time, with an (optional) hour until 1pm with instructor assistance.

Class: Intermediate Sewing: Alterations & Patterns
Instructor: Christine Ramsey
Date: Sundays, March 2 and 9 (2 sessions)
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
* 3:00-4:00pm is an optional open studio hour with instructor assistance!
Cost: $40 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapintersew.eventbrite.com/

Christine Ramsey was raised in the at-one-time textile capital of the world, Alamance County, NC. She has been an avid seamstress since age 7: making doll clothes as a child, then hippy clothes as a student, window treatments and slipcovers as a new homeowner, and career clothes as working woman…honing her design, sewing and problem solving skills along the way. Christine particularly enjoys working with vintage and reclaimed fabrics, which she fashions into one-of-a-kind bags, wall hangings, throw pillows, and more.She still tackles a wide range of sewing projects on a regular basis, especially in her role as volunteer host for The Scrap Exchange’s free community meet up, Sew Night, on the 2nd and 4thThursdays of each month.

 

Pallet Furniture – End Tables & Kitchen Work Tables

In this class, students would learn how to build an end table or small kitchen table out of a single shipping pallet. The class would begin with tips on finding free pallets, disassembly of pallets for maximum reuse (i.e. how to avoid bending nails during removal, how to avoid shattering boards during removal), continue with layout and design instruction, and finally assembly. All tools and materials provided.

Class: Pallet Furniture – End Tables & Kitchen Work Tables
Instructor: Phil Corrigan
Date: Friday, March 7
Time: 5:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $30 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrappallet.eventbrite.com/

Phil Corrigan and his wife write the Trash Blog (www.thetrashblog.com), concerned with waste issues in North America. Phil’s interest in waste and reuse was inspired through his work with homeless folks (his day job) who are geniuses of creative reuse. He loves the feeling that comes along with building things, especially when it allows us to see the value in something that was thought worthless. Pallets are just the beginning.

 

Treasure Boxes for Kids

Make your own treasure box, built to last from re-used materials and fill it from the Scrap Exchange treasure trove of unusual objects. This class welcomes all skill levels in a playful, imaginative environment. All materials included.

Class: Treasure Boxes for Kids
Instructor: Jesa Rae Richards
Date: Saturday, March 8
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Cost: $15 tuition
Ages: 5-9 years
Online Registration Link: https://scraptreasure.eventbrite.com/

Jesa Rae Richards is a visual artist with an inquiry based, playful approach to arts education. Jesa Rae received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Jesa Rae’s work focuses on art as a means of connection. She has partnered with social justice organizations to bring arts workshops to children of political organizers, was most recently the lead early childhood teacher at a community arts center and is currently working as an arts educator in Durham where she is perpetually inspired by young artists.

 

Mobiles and Windchimes

Find balance in the chaos! Dig into the inspiring materials at The Scrap Exchange and fashion a unique mobile or beautiful wind chime. All materials included.

Class: Mobiles & Windchimes
Instructor: Jesa Rae Richards
Date: Friday, March 14
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $20 tuition
Ages: 14+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapmobile.eventbrite.com/

Jesa Rae Richards is a visual artist and arts educator. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago with a focus on painting and drawing. She works with a variety of mediums and loves to try new ones. In her practice as a teacher and as an artist Jesa Rae believes that art flourishes when skill and knowledge are cultivated alongside experimentation and playful abandon.

 

Wormbin Workshop – Vermicomposting

Anyone, anywhere, can compost at home with a worm bin. In this hands-on workshop, you will make your own tidy and efficient indoor composting bin specifically designed for composting in apartments or other indoor spaces. The workshop includes supplies to construct your own bin, and of course, worms! Composting creates rich humus (the organic component of healthy soil and a natural fertilizer), from your vegetable and fruit scraps. Learn all you need to know to recycle your food waste, care for your worms, harvest the compost, and feed your plants. Worm bins also make great gifts, so each attendee can make and take two worm bins for only $20 more.

Class: Worm Bin Workshop
Instructor: Muriel Williman
Date: Sunday, March 16
Time: 2:00-4:30 pm
Cost: $25 tuition; $10 materials
Ages: 13+; kids welcome if accompanied by an adult
Online Registration Link: https://scrapwormbin.eventbrite.com/

Muriel Williman has been a waste reduction specialist for nearly 20 years, and the solid waste educator in Orange County for the last 12. She has used the same worm bin to teach composting fundamentals for the duration, having learned composting indoors using worms while in college in upstate NY. To say she is passionate about dirt is an understatement.

 

Create a Bowl Using Magazines

In this class, students will make an 8” decorative bowl from reused magazines. They will also paint or glaze the bowls – student’s choice. All materials are included.

Class: Create a Bowl Using Magazines
Instructor: Deborah Bird
Date: Friday, March 28
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Cost: $25 tuition
Ages: 11+
Online Registration Link: https://scrapbowl.eventbrite.com/

Deborah Bird is painter and jeweler. Her art is shown in the Carr Mill Mall and at the Chapel Hill Art Gallery. She has been teaching art classes for 7 years and you can learn more about about her at www.TheArtOfDeborahBird.com.

 

Robots (for Kids!)

No electronics, just awesome materials and loads of imagination. Come create robot figures or robot accessories to wear for your robot dance moves. Students are encouraged to imagine, design and then build and will be introduced to various methods of joining and joint making. All materials included.

Class: Robots
Instructor: Jesa Rae Richards
Date: Saturday, March 29
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Cost: $15 tuition
Ages: 9-13 years
Online Registration Link: https://scraprobots.eventbrite.com/

Jesa Rae Richards is a visual artist with an inquiry based, playful approach to arts education. Jesa Rae received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Jesa Rae’s work focuses on art as a means of connection. She has partnered with social justice organizations to bring arts workshops to children of political organizers, was most recently the lead early childhood teacher at a community arts center and is currently working as an arts educator in Durham where she is perpetually inspired by young artists.

 

Rockets & Launchers (for Kids!)

Inspired by STEM curriculum and the excitement of making things that fly, this class provides materials, some very basic physics and enthusiastic creative encouragement for young inventors to create “rockets” that really move. These creations will be simple, safe and created from the materials at The Scrap Exchange.

Class: Rockets & Launchers
Instructor: Jesa Rae Richards
Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $20 tuition
Ages: 7-10 years
Online Registration Link: https://scraprockets.eventbrite.com/

Jesa Rae Richards is a visual artist with an inquiry based, playful approach to arts education. Jesa Rae received her BFA in Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Jesa Rae’s work focuses on art as a means of connection. She has partnered with social justice organizations to bring arts workshops to children of political organizers, was most recently the lead early childhood teacher at a community arts center and is currently working as an arts educator in Durham where she is perpetually inspired by young artists.

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