Classes with Marilyn Romatka

Beginning Temari Balls

Temari balls are exquisitely wound and embroidered gems that are given in Japan as a very special gift to a loved one on an auspicious occasion. Easy to learn at a beginner’s level, the intrigued student can follow the craft up many layers of complexity, and never become bored with this technique. It has chieved the proud level of an art form.

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European Paper Stars (Papiersterne)

Delightfully easy to make, while looking deceptively complex, these stars are popular in Europe, especially at Christmas time. You will see them hanging in windows there, with light shining through them. The class is geared for adults, but the technique is easy enough for children. No experience needed to make beautiful stars – first time!

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Bow Loom Weaving

This delightful technique originates in SE Asia, and uses a simple loom construct; a piece of bamboo… or for non-tropical climes a dowel from the local hardware store. The woven band sports beaded selvages in the student’s favorite colors, and can be used for bracelets, hatbands, headbands, choker necklaces, cell phone case handles… the possibilities are endless!

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Finishing and Findings for Viking Knitting

This tutorial is offered free of charge, being a durable reference for Marilyn’s Viking Knitting students at conferences across the nation. View the multi-step process of attaching the findings to the pulled coil, from the seat with the best view in the house!

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Viking Knitting

What’s old is hot! This historical jewelry making technique is simple enough for youngsters, yet produces elegant necklaces, bracelets, or even earrings. The materials needed to make the coil can be found in your neighborhood hardware store, or the student can move on to sterling silver. Either way, the necklace comes out stunning!

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