Introduction to Rigid Hettle Weaving
April 27
10 AM to 2 PM

Enjoy an afternoon of weaving on a rigid heddle loom to create your own small handmade wall hanging. In this course we will cover the basics of weaving principles and patterning. The looms will be pre-warped for ease, and an assortment of natural yarns of various colors and textures will be provided for your design of choice. Beginners and returning weavers welcome.  Instructor: Megan Mesloh

*Member: $115; Non-Member: $130

Botanical Bundle Dyeing Workshop
May 12 & September 15
10 AM to 1 PM

Bundle dyeing is the process of adding dye plants directly onto the pre-treated fabric, then folding, twisting, and binding the fabric to create intricate and deeply colorful organic patterns- the color is extracted, then set in the fabric by steam. This is an explorative and playful process, all levels of natural dye experience are welcome! All materials provided. Instructor: Megan Mesloh

*Member: $115; Non-Member: $130

Drawing Through Nature
June 3 & August 5
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Choose a subject and render it as realistically as possible. This class will address how to make shapes, add values and how shadows can be used to define objects. If desired add pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, pastel or a medium of your choice to colorize your drawing. Suitable for all skill levels. Required materials list sent upon registration. Instructor: Melissa Gannon

Member: $30; Non-Member: $35

Introduction to Botanical Dyes
June 15, July 27 & October 5
10 AM to 1:30 PM

We are pleased to offer a 3.5 hour workshop covering the essentials of natural botanical dyeing for textiles with artist Megan Mesloh. This course teaches students how to mordant or “pre-treat” fibers to accept dye derived from locally foraged plants. After introductions and tea, we will take a curated walk through the garden to identify common dye plants and discuss harvesting practices and plant processing. All necessary steps of immersion dyeing on cotton, wool, and silk fibers will be covered. Each participant will create a card with the day’s colors and a dyed silk scarf to keep. All materials provided. Instructor: Megan Mesloh

*Member: $115; Non-Member: $130

Exploring Watercolor
June 17, July 22 & August 12
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Learn to paint what you see and create beautiful watercolors. This class will concentrate on watercolor washes and mixing colors. We will also talk about composition. Suitable for all skill levels; material list sent upon registration. Required materials list sent upon registration. Instructor: Melissa Gannon

Member: $30; Non-member: $35

Indigo Dye + Pattern Resist
July 7
10 AM to 1 PM

Work with one of the oldest and most beloved dye stuff - Indigo - made from the fermented leaves of the indigofera tinctoria plant. In this workshop we will prepare an indigo dye vat and create ‘resist’ patterns on provided cotton fabric using clamps, twine, and wood blocks. The results range from bold geometric shapes to soft organic patterns on the fabric. No prior experience is necessary. This is a great space to play with natural color and pattern in one workshop. All materials provided. Please wear an apron and/or clothes that can be stained. Instructor: Megan Mesloh

*Member: $115; Non-Member: $130

*Reduced-cost scholarship spots may be available. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for these, please email

About the Instructors

Melissa Gannon enjoys painting nature. Her inspiration comes from travel, hiking, and exploring her local area. Her home in the Pacific Northwest provides ready access to the coast, rivers, mountains and desert. She loves painting outdoors—portraying a perfect peaceful place in the woods, a bird surveying the world, or the vibrancy of a bunch of daisies. She finds that observations made in plein air painting enhance her studio work.
Megan Mesloh is a textile artist working primarily with weaving, natural dyes and surface pattern design. She received her BFA in textiles from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. With a focus on cloth making and manipulation, Mesloh explores the many potentials for fibers to transform in color, shape and form.