A Trio of Stars

With Becky Rehl

Date: November 9, 2019

9 am to 4 pm

Skill Level:  All

Class Fee:  $80.00

In this class you will learn to make three different star ornaments. The Moravian 16-pointed paper star is also traditional in Scandinavia and Germany. An 8-pointed two dimensional fabric variation of the Moravian star involves no stitching. The Polish Jeżyk, or “porcupine ball” is a spiky round “star” with 80 or more points.

In the morning we will first make several of the paper Moravian stars, repeating until all have mastered the series of steps and learned the tips which reliably lead to success. Then we will explore a two-dimensional fabric variant which introduces the opportunity to incorporate color and pattern pairing.

After lunch we will work on the traditional Polish porcupine ball ornaments, cutting circles and rolling points. These can be made from foil paper, glossy magazine pages, wrapping paper, or origami paper.

Time permitting, we will close out the day with an overview of additional ways to adapt and use these star ornaments: as refrigerator magnets, card or photo holders, hostess gifts and holiday décor.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $10.00 for materials, which includes everything needed to make two of each star ornament. You may bring your own papers and fabric to make more (see below), or kits will be available for purchase.
All other supplies and equipment provided.
You are encouraged to bring any of these you have: your own favorite sharp paper scissors (straight and/or curved); fabric pieces at least 3” x 12” (consistent weight; cotton quilting fabric is recommended), rotary fabric cutter, cutting mat and ruler, fabric scissors; papers for the porcupine ball. Further details and specifications will be provided.

Becky Rehl’s lifelong affinity for color and design flourished when she first became heavily involved with Folklore Village in the 1980’s. Meeting and learning from a wide range of traditional folk artists led to a deep respect and appreciation for folk music, dance, and the arts. Over the years, she has moved from creating in a strictly traditional style, to combining traditional techniques with her own design elements. With her business Folksnips, Becky offers both traditional style and custom designed cutouts and hearts, as well as fabric creations.

Where others often find intricate paper cutting and weaving to be tedious, Becky finds it therapeutic. Her seemingly endless patience is key to both the creation and the teaching of these folk arts. She has taught folk crafts, as well as music and dance, to thousands of school children, and has led paper folk art workshops for families and teachers, at Folklore Village and at UW Milwaukee Stringalongs.

Register for this class HERE

Your registration includes lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.