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2004  Class List

Janus - Gliding Airplane Kite
Bill Bigge with Harold Ames     Germantown, Maryland and King George, Virginia
Tackle precision airframe construction, covering and trimming as you duplicate (with carbon fiber tube and sheet, foam, polyethylene…) Bill’s combination of an indoor glider and a kite with a 0-25 mph wind range!
Angel Workshop
Robert Brasington     St. Helens, Tasmania
Make a dramatic but simple minimalist kite that can be expanded in concept once you’ve experienced Rob’s design and construction techniques with ripstop nylon, carbon and fiberglass.
Bird Workshop
Robert Brasington     St. Helens, Tasmania
Produce the basic “platform” kite with simple graphics, and leave class prepared to reproduce more embellished versions (paint or appliqué) and/or multiples to fly as trains or arches.
Tyvek No-Sew Fluted Sled
Rhonda Brewer     Lincoln City, Oregon
Making Ronda’s variation of this strong-pulling kite is a snap, using her clever reinforcements and fasteners with durable Tyvek® sails. A short discussion on knots and color design effects with markers and various paints is included.
Miniature Kites with Traditional Methods
Dave Butler     Tigard, Oregon
Bamboo, balsa, and beautiful art papers will be used to replicate fine kites in very small scale (complete with functional silk thread bridles), following an informative talk on several designs, materials and little hints that make a big difference. Designs include Japanese and early European/American kites and box kites.
Silk Painting
Diane Butler     Tigard, Oregon
Practice the basics of painting with the “Serti” technique on luxurious silk fabric. Bring a simple design or use Diane’s patterns. Apply resist lines and brilliant liquid dyes to a 30” silk square, which will later be steamed, rinsed and cured (optional participation on Saturday). Experienced students may register for both sessions and learn advanced techniques and do more involved designs (one project fee).
Rhomboid Box with Seminole Patchwork Design
Sue Clark     Naches, Washington
Enrich a simple 4’ kite with a colorful, intricate-looking pattern done with the “patchwork”-style piecing process of the Seminole tribe.

Hotsy Totsy Appliqué
Deb Cooley     Lincoln City, Oregon
Pick one of Deb’s designs for a great-looking 54” delta kite, and learn her classic hot-cut appliqué technique, then she’ll show how to make patterns for repeating the technique.
Gummi Bears
Ralf Dietrich     Frederiksvaerk, Denmark
Build Ralf's cheerful, inflatable line ornament in a delicious, original HARIBO® candy color.
Choices, choices, …
John Freeman     Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Choose colors for sewing a large, log cabin patchwork square, then choose one of six arrangements (each) for making the finished pattern into your choice of an 8’ delta or a 4’ square diamond kite!
Korean Square
Gary Goodenough     Vancouver, Washington
Build an unusual (~18” square) variation of a Korean fighter kite (traditionally rectangular with round hole!) using Washi paper and carbon fiber rods. Learn the fine points of bridling and bowing. Decorating with your own or Gary’s available materials is an option.
Swindon Star
Kathy Goodwind     Seattle, Washington
Have fun and learn a lot, producing Kathy’s 50” x 28” variation on her 6-celled “Asteroid” kite. Participants follow a tight schedule, stressing the importance of precision sewing, exact placement of reinforcements and pockets, and of “the world of dimensionality.”
Small Edo
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Work with bamboo and Japanese Washi, as you gather a wealth of information about the traditions and methods of Japanese kitebuilding, and make a classic 12” high Edo kite.
Mini Cody
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Experience Dan’s delicate process of working with bamboo and Japanese Washi to build a 3 ½” high extended wing Cody box kite.
Box Tower 3 (2-D Boxkite)
Ralf Maserski     Dortmund, Germany
Explore Ralf’s masterful use of a hemming tool and special sewing and construction techniques as you make his intriguing, optical illusional kite.
Sode Spectacular
Barbara Meyer     Maple Grove, Minnesota
Select available colors (to set mood and style) for sewing the main body, details, and optional decoration of this 54” tall sode kite, utilizing Barbara’s streamlined support and attachment devices.
Philippine Kites
Orlando T.D. Ongkingco     Quezon City, Philippines
First, a brief introduction to the various kites and unique practices of the Filipino culture. Next, the class focuses on making medium-sized traditional fighter kites using pre-shaped bamboo, by simply cutting, tying and pasting. Later (time and weather permitting) kites will be flown as pairs of kite fliers learn to outmaneuver each other!
Appliquéd “Jem Cut” Rokkaku
Ellen Pardee     Portland, Oregon
Try Ellen’s “cutaway” method of placing and removing various colors of an appliqué design on pre-cut sails to make her original, attractive, ~60” high Rokkaku variation.
Beginning Sewing
Gerry Pennell     Olympia, Washington
Go from “I want to sew” to “I can do this!” Gerry introduces inexperienced sewers to the tools and techniques needed for basic sewing, with an emphasis on kites. Exercises to familiarize students with their machines are followed by a simple kite or windsock project.
Making a Jewel Kite
Kevin Sanders     Adelaide, Australia
Sew and construct Kevin’s striking, nearly 6’ high “cross between a rokkaku and a diamond kite” out of ripstop nylon with a carbon frame. The Jewel is an uncomplicated, steady flyer in a wide wind range. *Participants should test their sewing machines in advance by sewing through two layers of ripstop nylon joined with double-sided sailmakers’ tape. Machines not capable of sewing this way will be used with an alternate method.
Delta Parafoil
Phil Scarfe     Reading, England
Reach new levels of understanding the complexity and function of parafoils. Build a small (~13 sq. ft.) version of Phil’s interpretation of this unusual variation.
Bitty Baby Butterfly Delta
Donna Schenk     Deerfield, Wisconsin
Contrasting colors enhance this simple delta derivative with “swallow tails.” Donna takes you from “cutting to completion,” showing new tools and techniques for conquering curved seams.
Dancing with Picasso (phases 1 & 2)
JoAnn Weber     Saint Paul, Minnesota
Acquire the tools and guidelines for expressing your own creativity. In phase one, take a packet containing design elements and a word (to guide each individual!), choose a design principle or two, and explore in depth to form original, energetic and dynamic compositions. In phase two, choose and enlarge one favorite composition and transform it into a two-color kite with fringe tail.
Dancing with Picasso (phase 1 only)
JoAnn Weber     Saint Paul, Minnesota
Develop your creativity to use in future kitemaking efforts. Receive a packet of design elements and a word (to guide each individual!), and by a process of cutting and pasting lines, shapes and masses, you’ll discover your own potential for inventing energetic and dynamic compositions.
Spikey Ball
Kay Woodring     Puyallup, Washington
Pentagons become spikes poking out from between flat hexagons that forma a 30”diameter, decorative sphere to display on your kite line. See how the two shapes can be easily adapted for any size ball or spikey ball.