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Learn to do art that is easy on the environment, wallet

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By Special to the Monitor

Hobbies can be fun and relaxing, but they also at times can be expensive and not earth-friendly.

Join Katy Korkos and Terry Foxx at Pajarito Environmental Education Center for a three-part workshop focusing on the ins and outs of crafting using recycled and otherwise environmentally friendly materials.

This class is designed to encourage imagination and ingenuity in using up and making do with items around us.

Ever thought of using an old pair of jeans for making a bookbag, making pillows out of the unworn part of a used quilt or using outgrown children’s T-shirts for a quilt? Perhaps a mother’s or grandmother’s button jar, collected memorabilia or old lace from a wedding dress can be used to enhance a cover for a book or album.  

Sheets and stained table cloths can be revitalized when hand dyed for integrating into a crafted item. Creativity is limitless.

 The class is designed to challenge ideas and/or to design a project that is financially-and earth-friendly.

The workshop will have three parts.

The initial class will be on Thursday and will emphasize types of fabric, their production, ecological impact and earth friendliness.  

The class will also discuss the history of fabrics, quilting and crafting.

 On Saturday, the class will carpool to St. Vincent de Paws thrift store to examine fabrics, explore possible use of fabrics and discuss ways to make do.

At the final class on Nov. 5, Foxx and Korkos will help  participants plan their project and organize ideas so that they can proceed on their own.

Meeting times for the weeknight sessions will be from 6:30-8 p.m. The Saturday field trip will begin at 10 a.m. at PEEC. This class is designed for both the beginner and the experienced crafter.

The cost is $35 for PEEC members or $40 for nonmembers. Both Foxx and Korkos will volunteer their time for this activity so that all proceeds can go toward PEEC programs.

To register for the class, call PEEC at 662-0460, or stop by the nature center at 3540 Orange St. from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday or visit www.PajaritoEEC.org.