Three craft workshops set for Fall semester

INA, Ill. (Sept. 30, 2014) – Whether working with fabric, displaying animals, or recycling used bottles are your thing, Rend Lake College can help you perfect your hobby with three workshops this fall.

Take all those old beer or wine bottle and put them to good use in the Drinking Glasses, Décor & More workshop, set for Oct. 11. Each participant will make their own drinking glass from a beer and a wine bottle with Instructor Jim Taylor, plus they will learn how to build a bottle cutter at a low cost. Safety glasses are recommended. This workshop costs $20 and will meet from 8 a.m. – noon, Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Historic Schoolhouse on the Ina campus.

Quilters of all ages and skill levels are then invited to meet for a workshop presentation by Instructor Mary Kelso in Quilting 101. Topics of the presentation will include a review of traditional quilts and contemporary quilts, tools and techniques, foundation paper piecing, chain piecing by machine and bargain shopping tips. Attendees will also complete several quick and easy projects, such as a table runner with holiday fabric, a Christmas tree skirt, and holiday wall hangings.

For your convenience, Quilting 101 is offered at multiple times and locations. The cost of the class is $15. The meet times are: 1 – 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the RLC MarketPlace, Room 204, in Mt. Vernon; 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Oct. 4, at Hamilton County Senior High School, Room B154, in McLeansboro; 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at the RLC MarketPlace, Room 204, in Mt. Vernon; and 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Academic Building, Room 214, on the Ina campus.

The last workshop, Taxidermy, will teach participants the art of preserving, mounting, and displaying animal skins with a hands-on approach. At the first session, aspiring taxidermists will work with a mount (a bird, deer, or small animal), and scalpel or sharp knife. Additional projects will be discussed at the first session, though fish are not recommended. A supply list will be mailed to all attendees at the time of registration.

The workshop costs $119 plus supplies and is taught by Instructor Fred Lawrence. It will meet from 6 – 9 p.m.Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 8 through Feb. 3 in the Advanced Technology Center, Room 151, on the Ina campus.

For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Smith in the RLC Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714, or [email protected].

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