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Hand Stitched Pocket Altar May 16

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Hand Stitched Pocket Altar Class ONLINE
Sunday, May 16,1-4:30pm MDT
Instructor: Fran Meneley
Limit: 12 students. Includes class kit + shipping

Join artist Fran Meneley in making a sweet, hand-stitched Pocket Altar that requires only a few embroidery stitches. It’s a lovely project for experienced stitchers as well as an easy one for beginners. Fran was inspired to create hers by the plastic pocket altars she picked up during her travels in Mexico and New Mexico. These small devotional altars fit in a pocket or travel bag as a private reminder to owners of their connection to the divine. Fran’s interpretation is non-denominational, focusing as it does on images of the divine feminine in Mexican devotional
retablos dating to the 18th century. Fran’s class has been popular in the store. The online version comes with a bonus – she’ll take you on a virtual tour of her studio, including a close look at the seasonal altar she keeps and a discussion of why she has one. The pre-class tour is a great inspiration for making your little Pocket Altar. Fran has put together a kit of materials for you to use, which includes tea dyed wool felt, beautiful wool yarn to embroidery with, embroidery needles, a button closure, and special materials for creating a small saint that’s inside the little altar. The kit will be mailed to you by Two Hands Paperie. For a list of the materials you’ll need to have on hand before the class, see the list below. We highly recommend that you treat yourself to a wonderfully creative and relaxing afternoon of stitching with Fran!

To receive your kit in time for class, register by May 2 if outside Colorado or May 9 if in Colorado. We ship the kits via USPS Mail and will email you the tracking number. If you are a Boulder local, you can pick up your kit from our Pearl Street location by choosing “curbside pick-up” when registering. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the morning of the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Kit Includes: tea dyed wool felt, beautiful wool yarn and needles to embroidery with, straight pins, button closure, white gel pen, black Sharpie pen, images of saints for hand coloring – three to choose from, Shrinky Dink materials – enough for making two saints, three pre-class videos: Studio Tour, Coloring The Saint, and Shrinking the Saint.

Please bring the following materials:
-Small scissors suitable for fine cutting
-Colored pencils – a set of 12 to 24 colors. Fran has found that Prismacolor, Derwent, or Supracolor II Soft by Caran d’Ache provide the best results on the small saints.
ccess to a toaster oven or a regular oven – used to shrink the saint that you hand color

-Optional: a gold pen

Be sure to look for an email approximately one week before the class, which will have all the details: Zoom link to login, class agenda, materials list, and pre-class prep. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact us:

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made 3 weeks before class can either be refunded or used to pay for another class. If the class kit has already been shipped at the time of cancellation, the price of the kit plus shipping will be deducted from the refund amount. Two Hands Paperie retains a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. For cancellations made after the cancellation deadline, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee cannot be transferred to pay for another class. You may, however, gift the class along with the class kit to someone else; just notify us of the switch. These policies are to ensure that THP and teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 4 students are enrolled one week before. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be contacted via email and refunded the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio
Fran Meneley is an artist living and working in Boulder, Colorado. She’s mad about journaling and has been at it in her studio and on the road for 20 years. A mixed media artist interested in how various media intersect, she loves to cook and eat (not in that order), travel and explore (anywhere, always), garden sporadically (in small containers), museum hop, dance (with or without a partner), teach art making, and scavenge and collect textiles and ephemera. She also facilitates an art retreat in Taos, New Mexico twice a year at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. Fran is inspired by the intricacies and divine beauty of nature and is a lifelong learner and experimenter. In a former life she was Associate Publisher of a nationally circulated environmental magazine called Buzzworm. You can find her work on her website and in these publications: 1,000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol, Beaded Embellishment by Amy Clarke, 500 Beaded Objects by Lark Books, and in issues of the following magazines: Cloth Paper Scissors, Studios, and Beadwork. Her work is also in The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project.