Pre-Conference Workshops

These workshops are hands-on and are designed to give you the chance to make something for you or your home.

Space in these workshops is limited and registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay!

Sign-up must be done over the phone to the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference & Shows at (828) 628-1915.

Please note: the Conference Events Pass and Grove Park Inn weekend packages do not include registration for any Pre-Conference workshops.  

Due to the high cost incurred by our workshop instructors in providing their time and supplies, cancellation of workshop participation must be done by February 1st to receive a full refund.

In the event that the minimum number of students is not reached for any workshop, refunds will be given in full.

If you have any questions about any aspect of these workshops, please call the office of the National Arts and Crafts Conference at 828-628-1915. Detailed descriptions of our workshops are below.

Arts & Crafts Embroidery with Natalie Richards

Thursday, February 17th 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $200.00 (includes take home kit)

Roycroft Master Artisan and instructor Natalie Richards will lead a two-part workshop on Arts & Crafts embroidery at this year’s National Arts and Crafts Conference. The class will not only be geared towards individuals who are new to embroidery, but to attendees that have taken previous embroidery workshops. The class will focus on perfecting prominent stitches present in historic Arts and Crafts textiles. Each participant will receive a kit that includes all necessary materials. The different stitches will be demonstrated individually followed by hands-on application with assistance from Natalie. Attendees will leave with the confidence to complete any embroidery project they select.

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.

The Small Art Metal Project Workshop is sold out for 2022.

Small Art Metal Project with Ron VanOstrand

Friday, February 18th 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Price per registrant: $100.00

This is a light workshop to introduce students to some of the tools and techniques used in the production of art metal objects and jewelry. Chasing, repousse, stamping, sawing and hammering techniques will be used by studebts to craft keychains, pendant drops, or other small objects or jewelry. The workshop is a “hands on” experience with demonstrations. Students are encouraged to take projects in their own direction or to follow the instructor’s example.

Ron VanOstrand is a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan in metal, and an art teacher with two decades of teaching experience. He has been a seminar presenter on Art Metal techniques twice in recent years at the conference.

All materials are provided and students will leave with at least one completed project. Tools provided remain the property of the instructor.

Call (828) 628-1915 to register. Have a credit card ready to purchase the registration fee.