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Take Beginning Fibers I at EAC this spring

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Take Beginning Fibers I at EAC this spring

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is offering Beginning Fibers I (ART 190) once again for the Spring 2009 semester for anyone who wants to learn a new craft and explore the world of fibers. Students in the class will learn the ancient arts of off-loom weaving, on-loom weaving, machine knitting, basketry, paper making, book binding, and box making.

The class, which will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5-8:20 p.m. at the old Thatcher High School building, can be taken for one (section #5899) or two (section #7850) credits. The one-credit class will run for only 8 weeks and the two-credit for the full 16 week semester. “Students who take my class fit into two categories,” says Bee Lancaster, instructor of the course. “There are those who have been weaving and spinning since childhood and those who notice the class in the class schedule and are curious enough to enroll.”

She says that both types of students are essential in her classes because the novice brings a fresh idea to the group while the veteran gets to pass on these dying art forms to the next generation. “People are amazed when they arrive for class because we have so many rare looms available and so many diversified projects within the class itself,” says Lancaster.

For more information about this class, contact Lancaster by e-mail at

Students 55 and older receive an in-state tuition waiver. Many students will be able to add this class to their existing schedule without incurring additional charges. Though classes have already begun, registration is open until January 16. To register for this class, contact the Records and Registration Office at 428-8270 or register online at