The classes offered in 2007. You can
see some of the finished class projects by using the links below.
Pentagon Dragon Kite
Rod Beamguard Vancouver, Washington
Rod offers a large dragon style kite with a pentagonal head and 5 segments
for the body or tail which taper to a point. A plan form will
be sent to students prior to the conference so that graphics may be
completed and the 6 pieces cut to the proper size before class. Construction
technique is the emphasis, not graphic design.
Brian Champie San
us an 11 foot unusual pod shaped kite, inspired by Ramlal Tien's
design, re-engineered and adapted for easier building in class by Brian. The project includes long hems, long
spar pockets and easy framing. Join Brian to make this elegant "Sentinel"
Is that a kite in your pocket? Sled Kite
Deb Cooley Lincoln
The "Diva" will
return to teach a patchwork pocket sled kite. There will be different designs and colors to
choose from. The one in photo is the more challenging design. If
you want a special color and/or design let Deb know in advance. Kits will
come with a spool of line. The kite and line folds up into the drogue,
ready to fly at a moment's notice!
Deb Cooley Lincoln
Think you may need a
new kite bag for all the kites that you going to make at the Conference?
Join Deb in her Let's Bag It! class and construct a bag from Cordova fabric.
These bags will last for years. Choose either a duffel
bag for spools or line art or a four foot to six foot kite bag.
Special sizes will need to be ordered early.
No Sew Noodle Kite photo
Georgean Curran Edgewood,
Join Georgean and
create a large no-sew Bargello style Noodle kite. Yes, it is fabric! The
kite is done in a Bargello technique but is put together with adhesives. It is
an impressive 80”
tall and 21” wide.
Star Kite Train
Mark Engbaum Renton,
Mark teaches a small train of beautiful five-pointed star kites with loop tails.
Easily added onto later, you will make a train of five kites in his class.
Cellta Illusion Kite
Gary Engvall Cranston,
Gary is ready to teach the fantastic Cellta Illusion kite. You will leave with a
finished kite or the knowledge and confidence to complete it at home. The
process is mostly straight-forward sewing, with one or two seams that people
find difficult to wrap their brains around. Let Gary show you how to make
those seams and complete this very unusual kite!
Of Course You Can Appliqué
John Freeman Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Gandalf is back with more kite magic but this time you will learn appliqué
techniques. Students will make a medium sized Rokkaku while practicing
John's favorite appliqué method. John's project will give you several design
options with different levels of difficulty. A photo soon will show one of the
possibilities. He will discuss different appliqué methods, advanced
techniques, and how to repair mistakes. This beginning appliqué class will
give you a firm foundation in the art of the kitemakers' appliqué and send
you home with a nice flying and attractive Rokkaku, too.
Poster Genki Kite
and Gerry's finished kite
Paul Horner Quathiaski
Cove, BC, Canada
Another new teacher for us is Paul. He will be working with students wishing to build
Poster Genki. This is a large (42" tall X 110" wide), easy to fly kite with an wonderful uninterrupted
area for graphics. Participants will bring a plain or appliquéd sail and
will apply reinforcements, spar pockets, and binding, do the framing and
bridling plus make a bag during the class session. Students can contact Paul for red or North's natural color fabric.
Upside Down Kite
Dan Kurahashi Burnaby, British
With Dan, you will make a two foot high switch-back Rokkaku. It is a
non-sewn kite. It can be
flown right side up, then turned over in the air to fly upside down! Click
on the photo to see his interesting graphic: view it "down" and then twist
your head around to see it "up". You will use bamboo and Tyvek plus
aluminum wire. Decorate your kite with the graphic after
construction is complete. Dan will teach you his trick to make the decoration
more visible when upside down. Dan will also explain in detail
how to bridle a Rokkaku in the traditional Shirone manner in contrast to this
Mark's finished kite
Ralf Maserski Dortmund,
Join Ralf, an experienced
kite builder and teacher from Germany and returning Ft. Worden teacher, to build a Pentagon kite with
mathematical patterns. Students will have their choice of colors and will
use Ralf's special method to put the pieces of the pattern together.
Don't worry if your German language skills are rusty, Ralf is fluent in
Muse Sport Kite
Ken McNeill Lenoir,
Mr. Blue Moon Kites presents a two day adventure building one of his
remarkable sport kites. Students will be building the Muse stunt kite using
a variety of techniques which Ken has developed over the last 15 years. The
Muse was developed specifically for workshops and is based on a “production”
kite, the Mantis. The kit provides pre-built frames and bridles, as well as
pre-cut sail panels. Choose your colors with his colorizer, which can be
found at Ken's web site. You will also be able to
choose between standard and UL framing. One of the primary techniques is the
use of bonded seams, so you will be sewing through different types
of adhesives. Please see the workshop information at the link above. Ken
will be doing no cutting at Ft. Worden, so students must provide their color
and framing choices at least 3 weeks in advance.
Barbara Meyer Maple
Barb is coming
again and will teach her
Delta Delirium. This 4 foot tall delta has modified wings, sled panel, and 2
keels. It is a wonderful light wind flyer and, unlike a Genki, it does not
overfly without tails. This modification of a standard Delta kite owes some
to the influence of Neil Thornburn as the wing tips are raised to reduce spar
length, maintain sail area, and give the appearance of a curved trailing
edge without cutting or hemming a curve. Thanks go to Margaret Greger for
the keel dimensions. Added touches from Barb gives you a very
special kite, the Delta Delirium. Students will use up to three colors on
their kite. Although beginners can successfully build this
kite, experienced builders may learn some new tricks, too.
Expect to learn a great deal in Barb's class including assembly techniques
to join sail to keel to panel, hemming, simple attachments for tails to
minimize weight, how to size the center panel, how to adapt design to a
Conyne design or a double Conyne, plus how to make any sized delta.
Beginning Kite Making
Gerry Pennell Olympia, Washington
In the beginning there is Gerry! Let Gerry put you on the road to
successful kite sewing mania.
The ideal starting point for all beginners is this class! Gerry discusses
helpful tools and “How To’s”. She takes you from “I want to sew” to “I can
do this”. Get on the right track with her exercises to become familiar with
your sewing machine. You will make either a wind sock or simple kite in
class plus additional kits are available for a take home project.
The Shard Kite
Donna's and Jean's finished kite
Kevin Sanders Willunga,
Kevin returns to Ft.
Worden in 2007 to teach his award winning Shard kite. The “Shard” is a
triangular low aspect ratio single line kite designed by Kevin in 2003. It
is a light pulling, bowed kite with twin ribbon tails, and is a steady flyer
in a wide wind range. Visually different from most other kites, the unique
shape lends itself to a range of graphic and decorative styles. This bowed kite uses progressively different diameter
cross spreaders along its length to minimize weight while maintaining even
frame tension along the entire kite. The 1.8 meter tall, carbon framed, ripstop nylon Shard is
uncomplicated to construct but the ability to sew accurate straight seams in
ripstop nylon and 4 oz. Dacron tape is a pre-requisite for this class. Some
of the fittings used on the kite are hand-made from readily available
hardware materials, and the making of these fittings is demonstrated in the
class although completed fittings are included in the kit.
Wood Block Printing
Scott Skinner & Ali Fujino Monument,
Colorado & Seattle, Washington
Join this Drachen Foundation duo to perform traditional Japanese wood block
printmaking on paper before constructing kites from your efforts! They will
present traditional Japanese materials and their development for use in
kitebuilding. The design of your sails will be done with block printing,
giving you a sense of how the Japanese traditionally used this media to
decorate and mass produce their kites. Experience kitemaking with
traditional materials (handmade papers and bamboo), techniques
(printmaking), and designs (Japanese motifs) from one of the oldest cultures
of kitemaking with the help of Ali and Scott.
Charlie Sotich Chicago,
Charlie returns to show you how to create a kite arch, in miniature! Students will use precut tissue sails approximately 4 X 4 inches. The sails
will be decorated with markers before the spines are glued in place. Message
from Charlie: "Students should think of a message to put on the arch, i.e.
“Go Fly a Kite”, “Up with Kites”, their name, etc. before coming to class".
Sam's and Dawn's finished kite
Holm Struck Bliedersdorf,
Holm comes to Ft. Worden Kitemakers Conference for the first time. Join him
and build a historical replica Eddy kite using cotton fabric. Holm's
will closely follow the W. A. Eddy original kite taken from the March,1900
patent. The kit Holm
will provide includes cotton fabric for the sail, hemp cording for the bridle, bow tensioner, and frame, finished wood rods, plus stainless steel fittings and
a manual. Students will be using metric measurements but Holm will be
speaking fluent English!
Patchwork Tube Line Laundry
Ken Tumminia Lincoln
Try Ken's approach to Patchwork Play by designing, cutting and sewing a long
patchwork tube. Use one
shape but vary the colors to make different designs for your unique (and
great looking!) line laundry tube.
Stella Octangula Line Laundry
Bob and Charmayne Umbowers Gig Harbor, Washington
Do laundry with the Umbowers! "Everything you always wanted to know
about line laundry but were afraid to ask" will be discussed and shown and
demonstrated. Learn the tips, tricks, nuts and bolts, what works, what
basics such as attaching laundry to the kite line, storage, shaping,
bridling, etc. Then you will cut and sew this double tetrahedron line
art from your own fabric. As part of the kit, students will each receive a laminate
template which makes the polyhedron compound called Stella Octangula Tetrahedra.
Make more at home to fill your kite line with geometric line art.
12" Cody Kite
Jerry's finished kite
Rick White Renton, Washington
Build a mini-Cody kite with Rick guiding the way. The students will
learn how a Cody kite is made and flies including basics of bridling
and adjusting the bridles. The class will construct a 12” Cody using
rip-stop nylon. You will be trained on the use and safety of hot cutters.
Sails may be hot cut in class or contact Rick for pre-cut sails.
Paint A Hapi Coat Panel
Barb Wright Vancouver, Washington
Spend some time with the Hapi Coat Queen! Take one or both of Barb's classes. In
this first class, Fabric Dye A Hapi Coat, you will learn a technique to
apply fabric dye to a poplin fabric and will paint the back portion of a
coat. The kit will include instructions for completing the coat on your own
or you may take the Hapi Coat 101 class to sew it.
Sew a Hapi Coat
Barb Wright Vancouver, Washington
Let Barb show you how to make a
Hapi Coat (kite fliers' formal wear) to wear on the flying fields and at
kite events. In this second class, you can bring your own fabric or use the
masterpiece you created in her Paint a Hapi Coat Panel class to make your own unique Hapi coat. You will keep the pattern and instructions to
make more coats later as desired. Contact Barb in advance for fabric printed
with kite designs.