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Suruga-dako with Appliqué   
Christian Baden Powell      Detmold, Germany
Put a contemporary spin on a traditional Japanese shape.
Level: Experienced
Class Size: 1
0
Fee: $
29
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., hot cutter and (glass) cutting surface, seam ripper, good quality thread, 1½” paintbrush.
Fighter Kite   photo
Steve Bateman     San Diego, California
Steve is a crackerjack fighter kite perfectionist who will teach a great-flying fighter of modern materials.
Level: Intermediate with good eyesight and attention to detail. Knowledge of the anatomy of a prusik knot is helpful!
Class Size: 15
Fee: $25
Bring: Breakaway knife (with new blade) and cutting surface, rounded darning needle or small crochet hook (wedged into a cork), sandpaper, scissors, 2 fabric weights, minimum 12” ruler, both regular and thick superglue, sharp pencil, soldering iron or lighter, Dremel tool (if available).
 
Mårten's Bag of Tricks   photo
Mårten Bondestam     Bobäck, Finland
Make two fantastic, plastic, three-dimensional flying forms with this kite inventor using his clever heat-sealing technique.
Level: All
Class Size: 20
Fee: $1.00 - 3.00 per project
Bring: Soldering iron and heatproof surface or heavy cardboard, 15 - 30 # test flying line (lighter for long-distance flights).
The Bedsheet Kite
Mary Bos     Hoquiam, Washington
"Get out of your beds cos' Mary needs the sheets!" This accomplished sewer teaches a unique and versatile multisled variant: The Bedsheet Kite. (Sheet not required!)
Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 12
Fee: $5.00 (plus $5.00 for optional pre-cut flares).
Bring: sewing machine, etc., a (decorated) hemmed ¾ oz. ripstop nylon skin, 1 yd. color-coordinated ¾ oz. ripstop nylon (for flares), rotary cutter and mat or hot knife and cutting surface, long ruler, marking pencil or pen. Bring a hemmed 53 inch wide by 86 inch or longer 3/4 ounce ripstop nylon skin. Decorating the "bed sheet" is optional! Note these dimensions have been corrected.
Eyeclops   photo   
Roy Broadley     Basingstoke, England
Roy is back with another of his unique kites. No one can hide from the unblinking “Eyeclops”. A certain eye catcher, staring from the sky.
Level: Experienced
Class Size: 20
Fee: ~$45.00
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., ruler, pencil, stitch ripper, scissors, thread, hacksaw, file, lighter.
Yard Wigglers  
Deb Cooley     Lincoln City, Oregon
Join the "Diva" as she shows us how to use up those fabric scraps. Make your own Yard Wiggler Banners that wiggle in the wind.
Level: All (basic sewing skills required).
Class Size: 15
Fee: $10 - $25
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., good thread.
WOW, you built the bag, too!
Tim Elverston     Gainesville, Florida
Gain sharper understanding of 3-dimensional design as it applies to bags (often underestimated, but useful), as well as kites - especially foils. Designing your own custom bags by making templates and prototypes will also improve your sewing and template-making skills.
Level: All (basic sewing skills required).
Class Size: 15
Fee: $15
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., scissors, X-acto knife and cutting mat, metal meter/yardstick, drafting squares and triangles, paper, fine point markers, masking tape, many sheets of posterboard.
Mighty Mite
Tim Elverston     Gainesville, Florida
This versatile kite designer teaches his Mighty Mite, an all synthetic materials fighter kite, and conducts a creative session in 3-dimensional designing.
Level: All (basic sewing skills required).
Class Size: 15
Fee: $ T.B.A.
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., sewing and appliqué scissors.
Lepidoptera Freemanicus (Freeman's Moth)   photo  
John Freeman     Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Spend a fun-filled day with the White-haired Wizard in Birks and come away with a large, magnificent kite as well. John's original design features variable graphics and, of course, graceful beauty.
Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 20
Fee: $85
Bring: sewing machine, etc., good black thread.
No-Sew Diamond Roller   photo
Sam Huston     Kent, Washington
Sam returns to pass on his famous “no-sew” kitemaking techniques in a variation of Helen Howe’s “Diamond Roller”.
Level: All (some manual dexterity required).
Class Size: 18
Fee: $40
Bring: Scissors, SCOTCH Brand Magic Tape (cheap tape is not worth the hassle), soft pencil, 3’ or 4’ straightedge, appliqué scissors for optional stripe.
Simple Edo
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
You’ll learn about various ways traditional rectangular kites have evolved, and make a contemporary, simplified version.
Level: All
Class Size: 20
Fee: $9
Bring: Scissors, X-acto knife and cutting surface, 24” straightedge, small bamboo knife, needle for thick thread, white glue, 12” x 18” x ½” box for safe kite transport, (useful but optional: tweezers, small side cutter, lamp).
Kite Train
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Our Canadian sage kitemaker offers a class in making a 25-segment, multicolor kite train. Dan will explain kite train construction concepts and teach fine tuning of bamboo.
Level: All
Class Size: 20
Fee: $45
Bring: Scissors, X-acto knife and cutting surface, 12” straightedge, small bamboo knife, needle or small crochet hook, 16” x 16” x 4” box for safe kite transport and storage.
Building a Basic Kite Aerial Photography Rig
Brooks Leffler     Pacific Grove, California
Build a radio controlled kite aerial photography cradle for your camera, as taught by the master of KAP.
Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 10
Fee: $45
Bring: your own point and shoot, auto-focus, auto-wind camera (35mm. or digital) with maximum dimensions of 5”w x 3”h x 2.5”d, a 2-3 channel radio-control system (suggestions for models and sources will be provided in advance of the conference), Pop® rivet tool for 1/8” rivets, 4” x ¼” stubby screwdriver, #1 and #0 jewelers’ Phillips head screwdrivers, ¼” and 5/16“ open end wrenches or 4” adjustable wrench, 4” AND 7” diagonal cutters, sharp knife, small and medium rat-tail files.
E.W. Redmond Tribute Kite   photo  
Gail Lindsay     Yucaipa, California
Create a large, beautiful and unusual six-sided replica based on an original E.W. Redmond kite. This great-flying beautiful kite is 35 feet long with the tails.
Level: All (basic sewing skills required).
Class Size: 20
Fee: $35
Bring: Zigzag sewing machine, etc., large spool white or black polyester thread, straightedge, ruler, 2-sided Mylar tape, small pointed scissors for appliqué cut-away.
Mini Mock Form   photo  (photo credit Patrick Mann)
Don Mock     Ruston, Washington
You asked for Don to teach his 20 sq. ft. “Mock Form”. So here he is! Once again he has agreed to help you build this great soft kite. A must in all kite bags.
Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 20
Fee: $40
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., ruler, pencil, seam ripper, thread, glue stick, extension cord, optional hot tacker and heat-resistant surface.
Harlequin Box   photo  
Paul Morgan     Shrewsbury, England
Paul will teach you to build his “Harlequin” kite. This is a wonderful variation of a box kite that looks different from every angle.
Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 20
Fee: ~$36.00 (wood) or ~$62.00 (carbon).
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., scissors, chalk (or favored marker), saw, file, optional pins.
Kichi Tako    photo
Mike Mosman     Columbia, Maryland
Mike has won several awards for innovation with his Kichi Tako kite. A folding cellular design that stores flat and then is folded into flying shape.
Level: Experienced
Class Size: 20
Fee: $15
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., appliqué scissors, 48” straightedge or two straight yardsticks, T-square, protractor, two 1½ yd. pieces ¾ oz. ripstop nylon in contrasting colors (more, if appliqué designs are incorporated), black edging material - cut (preferably on the bias) approx. 9 yds. of 1½” w 1½ oz. nylon, cut, a 4-foot long piece of 3/8“ or ½” d. PVC plumbing pipe (for indoor flying), optional carbon rods - 4 pcs. .098”d x 72”l or 6 pcs. .098”d x 48”l with metal ferrules, optional tail material.
Beginning Sewing
Gerry Pennell     Olympia, Washington
New to sewing? Then start your engines! Gerry's beginning kite sewing class is that place to start. Gerry's many tips, tricks and tools are always useful no matter what your sewing ability.  And you make a simple kite or windsock!
Level: Beginner
Class Size: 10
Fee: $15.00 kite, $12.00 windsock.
Bring: Sewing machine, etc.
Miniature Rotor Kite
Charlie Sotich     Chicago, Illinois
Bigger isn't always better. Charlie the master of mini kites brings a project hot off the top of his washing machine. A miniature rotary kite that really spins and flies!
Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 16
Fee: $3
Bring: Good tweezers if available.
Replica Potter Kite    photo
Bob and Charmayne Umbowers     Gig Harbor, Washington
Let Bob & Charmayne help you build a replica of the historical winged, 3-cell “Potter kite" from red ripstop nylon and carbon rods. It will fly with the wings in place; in high winds it will fly without them.
Level: All (basic sewing skills required).
Class Size: 15
Fee: $54
Bring: Sewing machine, etc., good red and black thread and extra full bobbins, Scotch tape.
Wiggle Your Squiggle (painted)    photo
Ruth Whiting     Gainesville, Florida
The inventive Squiggle kite uses a unique technique of oil painting transparent colors on thin plastic films.
Level: All
Class Size: 10
Fee: $15
Bring: An assortment of 3-4 soft brushes, small kitchen sponge, X-acto knife and cutting surface, an 8-12 oz. jar.
Wiggle Your Squiggle     photo       
Ruth Whiting     Gainesville, Florida
Simple but elegant 1’w x 3’h rectangular kite made of high density polyethylene with Ruth's imaginative configuration of thin rods for framing.
Level: All
Class Size: 10
Fee: $8
Bring: X-acto knife and cutting mat.
Bol     photo          
Kay Woodring     Puyallup, Washington
Kay is back to teach you how to make a 5 ft. diameter “bol”. Always fun to see on the flying field.
Level: All (basic sewing skills required).
Class Size: 12
Fee: $35
Bring: Sewing machine, etc.