Trying out new skills

Legacy Learning creative workshops begin this weekend

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley will host another series of workshops this month, beginning with a rug making class on Saturday.

The class will explore the age-old experience of preparing and making a rag rug. Participants will learn a simple crochet stitch and learn to make a rug in the style of those great-grandma used to make, but faster and more efficiently, according to organizers. We will be focusing on making a simple, rectangular rug and also using t-shirts to make rugs.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kendall Young Library, 1201 Willson Ave. Cost for the class is $50. Bring a friend and use the Buddy Plan. Add two to the cart and use the coupon code RUG and both come for $80.

Rag rug making is a way to upcycle and bring back a lost art. Organizers said making rag rugs is a great way to repurpose old clothes, bed shirts, tshirts, fabric items, turn the old clothing of loved ones into memory items that will be treasured for many years to come.

Wood Shop Wednesdays “Presentation Boxes with Dovetail Joints”

Learn basic skills in the first workshop,and how to sharpen chisels, plane blades, and scrapers. Participants will then continue to build a box with dovetail joints, miters, and a frame and panel lid. Instructor Rusty Farrington will lead this workshop over three weeks to create a presentation box. Participants will learn how to use all the tools necessary to create their very own work of art.

The three-week class will begin on Wednesday, March 7 and be held on two more dates, which will be decided at the first session.

The class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening at the Webster City High School wood shop, 1001 Lynx Ave.

Cost for the class is $100. To register for the course, visit

What is a dovetail joint? Dovetails are a method of joining wood using what are essentially interlocking and angled mortise and tenon joints. They are considered to be evidence of the finest craftsmanship and a sign that a woodworker has mastered their craft. Dovetails can be cut by machine or by hand. Once a craftsperson has mastered cutting them by hand, they can be cut faster than by machine in all but specialty shops that use CNC routers and other devices to speed production.

City Quilts –

Quilting Retreat

Looking for a weekend sewing getaway, and maybe want to dip your toes into the “Modern Quilt” arena? This class will introduce you to quilts inspired by city views. Leave the lush green of the country and choose a skyscraper as your inspiration.

Instructor Sharon Cline will lead students through the quilting process and introduce them to a fun, new quilting style.

The class will be held on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. and go through Sunday, March 25 at 11 a.m. The course will be held at the Briggs Woods Hickory Cabin. Cost for the class is $160, which includes participants’ stay at the Hickory Cabin for Friday and Saturday night.

This is a bold quilt using black and pastel solids. A limited number of pastel solids kits will be available; call 423-276-6888 to reserve yours, or use the materials list to purchase your choices.

Bring a salad to share on Friday night and participants will a do soup and salad; then group plan the rest of the weekend meals.