2021 Guild Show Classes

September 22-24, 2021   |   Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport   |   Windsor, CT

Wednesday Classes + Tour Thursday Classes + Field Trip Friday Classes

 

Important Notes Regarding Classes:

Registration Deadline for All Classes is August 1, 2021. Registrations after this date at the instructor’s discretion.

Students Should Bring:
With all classes, we highly recommend students bring personal tools, lighting and magnification, based upon their personal needs.

Wednesday Classes

Full Day

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Make a Rubber Mold /Cast a Part!
Instructor: Michael Yurkovic (A)

Wednesday, September 22
9:00am – 5:00pm 

We will create a 2-piece mold, which is applicable for just about all molding applications in our miniature world. Students will bring in their own part(s) to mold and cast. If students do not have an item to bring in, the instructor will provide examples. Students will first prepare the first side of the mold, using clay to establish the parting line. Then add registration points, and pour the first side in quick cure silicone rubber. After curing, about 30 minutes, students will remove the clay and complete the second part of the mold. We will then use the resulting mold to cast at least one part per student. Students will do all the work to get the full experience, and have a skill they can take with them to use in their own applications. Sources will be provided for students, and students will have their molds to take home.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Cost: $195 for Guild Members/$205 for Non-Member

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

1/2 Day

Skirted Table
Instructor: Marcia McClain (A)

Wednesday, September 22
1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Create your own skirted table with realistic folds. A variety of decorative treatments and trims will be used as you wish for your table.

Skill Level: Beginner

Students should bring: Sharp fabric scissors

Cost: $60 for Guild Members/$70 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

Tour


Artist Workshop/House Museum Tour

Wednesday, September 22
9:00am – 5:15pm

Come join us for this day trip that will give you a flavor for the Connecticut countryside. Our first stop is to Bubba’s Mini Country Cupboards and the home of Barbara Vajnar, IGMA Artisan. After a drive through the woods and fields of Connecticut, visit Barbara’s lovely country home, and take a tour of her remarkable workshop. You might even learn a secret or two!

Next we will get back on the bus and make our way to the northwestern part of the state, also called “The Quiet Corner”. In the picturesque town of Woodstock, we will be visiting Roseland Cottage, known as “a colorful summer retreat”. Built in 1846 in the newly fashionable Gothic Revival style, Roseland Cottage was the summer home of Henry and Lucy Bowen and their young family. While the house is instantly recognizable for its pink exterior, Roseland Cottage has an equally colorful interior, featuring elaborate wall coverings, heavily patterned carpets, and stained glass, much of which survives unchanged from the Victorian era. The house is a National Historic Landmark.

Once we arrive, we will relax and enjoy our lunch on the grounds of this historic estate. If by chance it should rain, we will eat indoors. The private tour of the house begins at 2:30pm. We will return to the hotel by 5:15pm.

Transportation, Guided Tours, Box Lunch, and Admission:
$135 member/$150 non-member

Register for this tour

Thursday Classes

Full Day

Murphy

Wine Box Vignette
Instructor: Jill Castoral

Thursday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm

This Thursday class is full, but it is also being offered on Friday.

The wood wine bottle gift box displays a charming 1" scale vignette with a view of the vineyard. You will create the Tuscan stucco wall with window grate, beams, and vineyard view. The wine rack features a Bacchus medallion, wine bottle rack with 6 wine bottles, and a faux stained glass window. The grape themed arched window can be lit from behind to give a soft glow to the scene (light not included but available from Evans Designs). The wine crate kit and wine cask kits are included in the workshop for a take home project.

You will learn a new way to create a stucco wall, distressing, and wet on wet stain application as well as using water based gel stains for great effects and dimension.

The closed gift box measures approximately 4 ½” W x 3 7/8” D x 14 1/8” H. 
When fully open 9 ½” wide.

Cat, mice, and wine glasses are not included. 

 Student supplies and tools needed:
(Please note: I will bring extra supplies if you are flying in and cannot get these items through security) 

  • Minwax stain pens in Golden Oak and Early American
  • White glue (I like Aleene’s Original Tacky glue) and/or carpenters glue if preferred
  • Fine sandpaper 
  • Sharp exacto knife and small sharp scissors 
  • Clips to hold wood in place while drying 
  • Brush on Acrylic matte sealer 
  • Medium size brush to apply sealer

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Cost: $195 for Guild Members/$205 for Non-Member

Max. Students: 10

Krijnen

Two Photo Albums
Instructor: Tine Krijnen (F)

Thursday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm

This class is full.

Students will be given enough materials to make two albums. In class, students will make a sewn photo album, black or off-white pages with glassine paper in between. It will have a leather cover and a choice of different closures. Students will learn how to sew a book block with an extra bulge at the spine so that space is created in the book block for photos. Students will sew, measure, cut, work with ultrafine leather and work on recycled ivory of piano flats to create a closure. If time permits, students can start to make the second one to finish at home.

Skill Level: All levels

Students should bring: Cutting mat, precision craft knife with extra blades, fine glue brush

Cost: $95 for Guild Members/$105 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

Waitlist for this class

Murphy

Shaping Cabriole Legs
Instructor: Mark Murphy (F)

Thursday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm

This class is full.

In this class students will be doing all of the processes needed to shape a refined Queen Anne cabriole leg. This is the same process that I use when making simple tea tables, dressing tables, and highboys. We will be concentrating on making one perfect leg, including attaching the aprons and the corner blocks.

There will not be enough time to make a finished piece in class, but I will be providing each student with all the materials to make their own tea table at home. This will include all the pre-cut joinery. We will be discussing in class how all the joinery is created.

This class is meant to be a fun learning experience that can be used on future Queen Anne projects.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Students should bring: Jeweler’s saw, c-clamp (at least a 2” opening), small files, fine mechanical pencil, and a precision craft knife (#11 blade)

Cost: $140 for Guild Members/$150 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

Waitlist for this class

O'Brien

Sailor’s Valentine in Shadow Box
Instructor: Mary Grady O’Brien (F)

Thursday, September 23 
9:00am – 5:00pm

Develop skills for projects using micromini shells and beads. Attending this class will help students develop their own techniques and creative expression in working with shells. Students will be offered a wide variation of color and shells to choose from.

Skill Level: All levels

All materials provided by the instructor.

Cost: $95 for Guild Members/$105 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 6

Register for this class

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Make a Rubber Mold /Cast a Part!
Instructor: Michael Yurkovic (A)

Thursday, September 23
9:00am – 5:00pm 

We will create a 2-piece mold, which is applicable for just about all molding applications in our miniature world. Students will bring in their own part(s) to mold and cast. If students do not have an item to bring in, the instructor will provide examples. Students will first prepare the first side of the mold, using clay to establish the parting line. Then add registration points, and pour the first side in quick cure silicone rubber. After curing, about 30 minutes, students will remove the clay and complete the second part of the mold. We will then use the resulting mold to cast at least one part per student. Students will do all the work to get the full experience, and have a skill they can take with them to use in their own applications. Sources will be provided for students, and students will have their molds to take home.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

This is a repeat of the Wednesday Class

Cost: $195 for Guild Members/$205 for Non-Member

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

1/2 Day

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Soldering & Lighting Techniques
Instructor: Tim Kraft (A)

Thursday, September 23
9:00am – 12:00pm

This class is full.

This is a hands-on class learning to solder, using hard wire and tape wire in a project. When, where, use and installation of LED's. Student's receive a "manual' that shows step-by-step pictures of what they did in class so they have refresher references at home. Also included are tips on wiring and purchasing LED's.

Each student receives a soldering iron, iron holder, solder, roll tape wire, power supply, tester, 2 LED light strips, practice board to learn how to solder and has samples of several soldering methods that should be used when electrifying a project. They will learn how to solder and practice various techniques using a wood box 6" Wide x 7" Deep x 6" High.

EVERYTHING they receive in class for their hands-on experience is theirs to take home.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Students should bring: Scissors (inexpensive), and precision craft knife with #11 blade

Cost: $135 for Guild Members/$145 for Non-Members 

Max. Students: 9

Waitlist for this class

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Stenciled Quilts
Instructor: Pam Boorum (A)

Thursday, September 23
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Select from classic quilt patterns to make 1:12 scale quilt. You will be stenciling your chosen pattern on a prepared grid on muslin. A practice piece or two will precede the actual application of the craft paint in color(s) of your choice. We'll cover design considerations, pitfalls to be avoided and some tips for finishing the quilt. Finished size approx 8" X 8".

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Students should bring: Please bring your choice of cotton fabric for backing. At least 12" X 12" though a "fat quarter will yield enough for binding strips. Please also bring one or two colors of craft paint. We will have a few colors available as well. Optional: Needles and white or off-white thread. The stitching will be on your own but this is a great take-along project.

Cost: $45 for Guild Members/$55 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

Field Trip

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Quilt Shop Shopping Trip
Instructor: Marcia McClain (A)

Thursday, September 23
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Join Marcia and visit one of her favorite fabric shops. They have a huge assortment of quality cottons. Colchester Mill Fabrics is in the former Levine & Levine Coat Factory building, a 16,000 square foot free-standing building that still has the old steam pipes and sprinkler system, which adds to the charm of the building.

Here is some history: “My mom, Carolyn, was a stay at home mom who made custom drapes, slipcovers and pillows for customers. She shopped at Colchester Mill Fabrics for supplies. She became aware the business was for sale, and in the fall of 1974, asked her mother-in-law for a $25,000 loan to buy the store. The store was purchased in March 1975 and she suddenly lost her lease. My Mom found a small strip mall that was on the main road and decided to buy the location. It housed several other businesses and as our business grew, the other tenants were asked to leave. Finally, our store encompassed the entire 8000 sq. ft.

On June 3, 1997, I was in NYC on a buying trip when I got a frantic call that the store was on fire. We had been burned to the ground in an arson fire. We had to decide what our future was going to be. The outpouring of love and support from our customers was overwhelming and Mom said, we had to reopen for them. Mom had a vision for a new store and spent days trying to make that a reality.

Exactly one year from the day of the arson fire, we opened in the former Levine Levine Coat Factory building. We went from 8,000 sq ft to almost 16,000 sq ft. We carried the same types of inventory in the new store as we did before but now had a more dedicated quilt department. With such a huge area to fill with product, we expanded in every department including having a classroom. Classes were a challenging and as new product came in, the classroom got smaller until finally, it was replaced with fabrics.”

Skill Level: All levels

Students should bring: Cash or credit card!

Cost: $25 for Guild Members/$35 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 7

Transportation: By private vehicles

Register for this field trip

Friday Classes

Full Day

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Winter Cake
Instructor: Jeanie Anderson (A)

Friday, September 24
9:00am – 5:00pm

This class is full.

We will be exploring several techniques in the class, such as working with spreadable clay, piping, making and working with molds, and shading with chalk pastels. Students will go home with a finished piece, written instructions and tree molds handmade by Jeanie. Beginners and seasoned clay workers alike are welcome in this challenging but fun.

Skill Level: All Levels 

Students should bring: all tools supplied by the instructor 

Cost: $140 for Guild Members/$150 for Non-Members 

Max. Students: 12

Waitlist for this class

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Chipmunk
Instructor: Beth Freeman-Kane (F)

Friday, September 24
9:00am – 5:00pm

Create this charming box framed composition of a chipmunk holding a flower. The resin casting of the chipmunk will be provided, and acrylic painting techniques will be taught to bring life to the whole scene.

Skill Level: All levels

Students should bring: Tweezers, small scissors, precision craft knife, stylus

Cost: $220 for Guild Members/$230 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

Murphy

Wine Box Vignette
Instructor: Jill Castoral

Friday, September 24
9:00am – 5:00pm

The wood wine bottle gift box displays a charming 1" scale vignette with a view of the vineyard. You will create the Tuscan stucco wall with window grate, beams, and vineyard view. The wine rack features a Bacchus medallion, wine bottle rack with 6 wine bottles, and a faux stained glass window. The grape themed arched window can be lit from behind to give a soft glow to the scene (light not included but available from Evans Designs). The wine crate kit and wine cask kits are included in the workshop for a take home project.

You will learn a new way to create a stucco wall, distressing, and wet on wet stain application as well as using water based gel stains for great effects and dimension.

The closed gift box measures approximately 4 ½” W x 3 7/8” D x 14 1/8” H. 
When fully open 9 ½” wide.

Cat, mice, and wine glasses are not included. 

 Student supplies and tools needed:
(Please note: I will bring extra supplies if you are flying in and cannot get these items through security) 

  • Minwax stain pens in Golden Oak and Early American
  • White glue (I like Aleene’s Original Tacky glue) and/or carpenters glue if preferred
  • Fine sandpaper 
  • Sharp exacto knife and small sharp scissors 
  • Clips to hold wood in place while drying 
  • Brush on Acrylic matte sealer 
  • Medium size brush to apply sealer

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Cost: $195 for Guild Members/$205 for Non-Member

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

Moore

Let's Make a Parquet Floor! 1/12 scale
Instructor: Laura Moore

Friday, September 24 
9:00am – 5:00pm

Parquet flooring can be complicated and extremely difficult to create even in full scale. This class uses a simplified method to create a classic masterpiece without fiddling with tiny pieces. This is a true beginner class. No experience in woodworking required. 

1/12" scale Parquet Floor approximately 10" X 10". Students will sand and pre-finish 3/16" wide bass wood strips in choice of 3 colors. Boards will be hand cut "in situ" while gluing down. Finished floor is 1/8" thick and ready to glue down on dollhouse or roombox floor. 

Supplies: All supplies and tools will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring extra lighting/magnification. 

Extra supplies are available for purchase to students who may want a larger floor. 

Bring a tracing of your floor project and your favorite L square and Xacto knife.

Skill Level: All levels

Cost: $185 for Guild Members/$195 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

Register for this class

1/2 Day

kraft

Stenciled Quilts
Instructor: Pam Boorum (A)

Friday, September 24
9:00am – 12:00pm

This Friday class is full but it is also being offered Thursday night.

Select from classic quilt patterns to make 1:12 scale quilt. You will be stenciling your chosen pattern on a prepared grid on muslin. A practice piece or two will precede the actual application of the craft paint in color(s) of your choice. We'll cover design considerations, pitfalls to be avoided and some tips for finishing the quilt. Finished size approx 8" X 8".

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Students should bring: Please bring your choice of cotton fabric for backing. At least 12" X 12" though a "fat quarter will yield enough for binding strips. Please also bring one or two colors of craft paint. We will have a few colors available as well. Optional: Needles and white or off-white thread. The stitching will be on your own but this is a great take-along project.

Cost: $45 for Guild Members/$55 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 10

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Christmas Gingerbread Tea Time
Instructor: Elizabeth Murta

Friday, September 24
1:00pm – 5:00pm

You will learn how to make and work with cold porcelain. You will learn how to make a complete miniature tea set molded by hand and full of details. 1 inch scale. 1" X .5 "

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Students should bring: small scissors, tweezers, tacky glue, Xacto knives and blades, number 0 brush, black and white acrylic paint, magnification if you have and need it, and your personal tools.

Cost: $130 for Guild Members/$140 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 20

Register for this class

kraft

Try your Hand at Sculpting Hands!
Instructor: Jeanne Rullie (A)

Friday, September 24
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Work with polymer clay to create 1/12 scale doll hands. Techniques for veins, knuckles and fingernails will be taught. Painting of skin tone will be demonstrated. Instructor to supply all materials. Tools will be available to borrow and use in class.

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Students should bring: Magnifiers

Cost: $90 for Guild Members/$100 for Non-Members

Max. Students: 8

Register for this class