Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour Intro to Feltmaking class at Eugene Textile Center (a $40 value).
Eugene Textile Center's fiber art enthusiasts call upon decades of internationally lauded stitching and spinning to illuminate the basics of fabric aesthetics with a host of classes. The two-hour Intro to Feltmaking class employs wet felting techniques to transform fluffy patches of merino wool into pouches, purses, coasters, trivets, solid gold, or other imaginative creations. Grab provided swatches tinted in a rainbow of hues and converge with fellow textile artisans to listen to or soak up via osmosis a knowledgeable teacher's cloth-crafting tips. Classes are held at 6 p.m. on November 7 and 21 as well as December 5 and 12, and at 12 p.m. on November 26 and December 9, the last date of the year to start with a 9 and end with Santa Claus still procrastinating.
Eugene Textile Center
Veteran artisan Suzie Liles had already been a reputable figure in the fiber arts community for nearly 20 years—teaching, chairing conferences, and being active in several design and weaving guilds—when in March 2008 she and a partner decided to open Eugene Textile Center. An MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, Suzie channels her training, experience, and passion for all things woolly into making the center a craftsperson's paradise of name-brand supplies and instructional workshops in various forms of textile conjuring. Local hobbyists and professional fiber artists alike are able to rent spinning wheels and other equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Suzie also welcomes visitors to weaving and surface-design studios, which are equipped with looms and a dye kitchen.