North Carolina Gourd Society

NCGS Presents The 77th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday Nov. 3rd, 2018 9am - 5pm & Sunday Nov. 4th, 2018 10am - 4pm

NC State Fairgrounds - Holshouser Bldg.

Admission $2 - Kids under 16 free!


Class Registration: Online and mail-in registration will be from August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018.
Walk-in Registration: Will be at the festival for classes that are not full.

Class registration is first come, first served. This year, students will be able to register and pay online using PayPal.
For any registration questions email the festival committee at ncgourdsociety@gmail.com.


Please note: You are not officially registered for a class until payment is received. Every effort will be made
to promptly indicate when a class is full. In the event that a student pays for a class that has just filled,
the money will be refunded, and that student will be notified by email. If classes do not meet
the minimum student requirement by October 1st, they may be canceled, the students notified
and the registration money refunded. If paying by check, please mail by September 30, 2018.





Between classes, be sure to stop by the Pita Delite food truck to satisfy your hunger and delight your palate. Click Here to see the menu.





Saturday Morning Classes - November 3, 2018

“Gourding in the Round”

Diane Frankenfield

Read her bio here.

quilterdi@ix.netcom.com


Students will learn to weave a triple rod wale on a round gourd after inserting spokes into the gourd. Color change will also be taught as well as a step up. And finished with a modified Gretchen border. Color choices available.


Class cost: $41

Time: Saturday morning 8AM - 12PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 2

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: Cleaned, cut gourds with holes drilled, round reed, and instuctions.


Students must bring: Water bucket, spray bottle, scissors, packing tool, towel, and apron.


Gourding in the Round



“Rest Stop”

Betsey Sloan

Read her bio here.

basketsvt@aol.com


Using a cleaned but unopened gourd, students will first outline the desert skyline and then the two travelers sitting upon rocks. They will then woodburn the images, stain the gourd and then color with sand. This technique can be used for almost any image. The carving, if desired, will be accomplished after class at a later time.


Class cost: $60

Time: Saturday morning 8AM - 12PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 6

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: Tutorial, pattern, gourd, inks, sand, glue and misc. supplies.


Students must bring: Woodburner with favorite tip.


Rest Stop



"Desert Maiden"

Sheryl Walton

Read her bio here.

srwalt01@gmail.com


In this class students will construct a Desert Maiden gourd sculpture using a Welburn people gourd for the body and a Tennessee spinner gourd for the head. The instructor will provide cleaned, drilled, and assembled gourd bodies ready for the finishing techniques. Students will dye the body and head with GourdMaster Antique Gold ink dye, use acrylic paints for the face and body designs, and spray the piece with a satin finish protective polyurethane top coat. Copper tape, nails, copper wire, and heishi beads will be added for accents, and a leather cape and "medallion" will be constructed and attached. The final step will be to add the Maiden's feather headdress. A complete set of printed instructions (including instructor-completed steps) will be provided for each student, as well as a list of materials and where to purchase them.


Class cost: $41

Time: Saturday morning 8AM - 12PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 4

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: All necessary tools and materials for the project will be provided by the instructor.


Students must bring: Students should bring an apron and gloves if desired.


Desert Maiden



Saturday Afternoon Classes - November 3, 2018

“Flutter-By-Light”

Sherry Briscoe

Read her bio here.

giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net


In this class students will learn how to use “Stick n Burn” to burn their butterflies onto their gourd, using their choice(s) of pre-printed patterns provided by the instructor. They will also learn how to condition their gourd with Formula 49 and color the butterflies with ink dyes. The Instructor will demonstrate blending and shading to attain a lovely painterly effect. After heat-setting the gourd, the students will apply a coat of varnish and will then drill and insert Turkish Beads in their desired patterns. Once the project is complete they will affix the luminary kit into the gourd.


Class cost: $46

Time: Saturday afternoon 1PM - 5PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 1

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Cleaned/sanded/cut cannonball gourds; pre-printed patterns on a sheet of “Stick n Burn”; GourdMaster (GM) ink dyes in a wide variety of colors, including the new ones just recently released; GM Formula 49; Turkish Beads in several colors and sizes; tutorials with a full-color photo of the project; how-to instructions and butterfly patterns; luminary kits; varnish, felt squares; paper towels; vinyl gloves; mini brushes; Q-Tips; and a few scissors and heat guns for those students who may not have them.


Students must bring: An adjustable-temperature wood burner with their favorite pen/tip for outlining patterns; a drill/rotary tool with the following size drill bits: 9/64”. 5/32”, 7/32”, 5/64”, 19/64”; a heat tool (not hair drier); a respirator/dust mask; sharp scissors; and an apron/smock to protect their clothing.


INSTRUCTOR'S NOTE: If students have questions about this class, they may contact Sherry via email at giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net.


Flutter-By-Light



"Gretchen on a Gourd"

Diane Frankenfield

Read her bio here.

quilterdi@ix.netcom.com


Students will learn to weave a Gretchen border on a round gourd. This is a great way to finish off any gourd.


Class cost: $41

Time: Saturday afternoon 1PM - 5PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 2

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Clean cut gourd with holes drill and assorted colors of round reed.


Students must bring: Water bucket, spray bottle, scissors, towel, and apron.


Gretchen on a Gourd



"Woodburned Feathers with Antler & Beads"

Linda Kincaid

Read her bio here.

lindakincaid@bellsouth.net


Students will wood burn a doodled feather and two small feathers on the front of a gourd. Then they will apply alcohol ink, drill holes, and attach beads and a deer antler.


Class cost: $46

Time: Saturday afternoon 1PM - 5PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 4

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Prepared Gourd, Detailed Instruction Sheet, Needles, Heat Gun, Antler, Beads, Ink Dye & Applicators, Gloves, Dremel, Suede Cord


Students must bring: Basic protection items: Apron, Protective Gloves (if you have), Wood burner with Skew, Ball, Shader Wood Burning Tips, Heat Gun (if you have one)


Woodburned Feathers with Antler & Beads



“Stained Glass Window”

Sheryl Scott

Read her bio here.

sherylscott66@outlook.com


Create a beautiful stained glass look on a canteen gourd, we will woodburn and dye the gourd, then put a base on the bottom and weave sea grass around the opening with waxed linen. The stippling will be finished at home unless the student would like to go outside to finish.


Class cost: $41

Time: Saturday afternoon 1PM - 5PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 3

Maximum Number of Students: 15

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: Gourd, sea grass, waxed linen, base, heat set dye, pearl ex powders, tutorial


Students must bring: Wood burner and favorite tip , craft dryer, dremel if you want to go outside to stipple the carved part


Stained Glass Window



“Cat In Blue”

Betsey Sloan

Read her bio here.

basketsvt@aol.com


This technique uses a 3-D lacquer to create the look of stained glass. Students first quickly woodburn the image on a gourd provided for them, then stain around the image with alcohol inks. Then an adhesive lead is added to define the "glass" areas. After painting with acrylics or ink, the lacquer is added and the project sealed.


Class cost: $66

Time: Saturday afternoon 1PM - 5PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 6

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Gourd, tutorial, pattern, lead, inks and paints, 3-D lacquer, finish spray if weather permits, misc. supplies.


Students must bring: Woodburner and favorite tip, several paint brushes, small straight scissors.


Cat In Blue



“Random Teneriffe”

Sheryl Walton

Read her bio here.

srwalt01@gmail.com


In this class students will learn techniques and tools to use in the creation of random teneriffe weaving on a canteen gourd. The instructor will provide prepared gourds ready for use so that students can spend class time on the teneriffe weaving. Students will learn how to create a tight warp for the weaving, incorporate beads into the piece, change colors, and work with a variety of textures and diameters of weaving materials. This is a fun project with no pattern to follow, and each student will create a unique piece of gourd art! Please note that this is a four hour technique class, and most students will not finish the project in class. Full printed instructions will be provided for the entire project (including the instructor-completed steps), and each student will leave the class with enough weaving material to complete his/her project.


Class cost: $41

Time: Saturday afternoon 1PM - 5PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 4

Maximum Number of Students: 8

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Instructor will supply all tools and materials necessary for the project.


Students must bring: None.


Random Teneriffe

















Sunday Morning Classes - November 4, 2018

“InLace for Beginners”

Betsey Sloan

Read her bio here.

basketsvt@aol.com


If you still have not opened that box of InLace you bought a few years ago, here is your chance to learn how to use it. Students will use tools provided for them to first sand, polish and buff a hardened sample. Then they will woodburn and carve a pattern. Students will mix and then inset the InLace. As it takes 24 hours to harden, students will leave class with a "wet" inlay. Bring a box to carry home your treasure.


Class cost: $60

Time: Sunday morning 8AM - 12pm (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 6

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Tutorial, patterns, InLace supplies, tool kit for students to keep, misc. supplies.


Students must bring: Woodburner and favorite tip, carver plus several ball burs, collets to fit, box (12x8) to hold gourd.


InLace for Beginners



“Bamboo Vase”

Sherry Briscoe

Read her bio here.

giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net


In this class students will base-coat a gourd vase black. They will then learn how to paint bamboo and leaves by “floating” gold paint over the gourd. They will have time to practice this technique before proceeding to paint the design on their gourds. After completing the painting, they will apply a sealer/varnish to the gourd and will attach a gold cord to the top of the vase.


Class cost: $41

Time: Sunday morning 9AM - 12:30PM (3-4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 1

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: Cleaned/sanded/cut gourd vases, black and gold acrylic paints, floating medium, paint brushes, brush basins, paper towels, gold cording, practice paper, and glue.


Students must bring: An apron/smock to protect their clothing, any favorite paint sherrysbrushes they may wish to use. Instructor will have additional brushes available for student use.


INSTRUCTOR'S NOTE: If students have questions about this class, they may contact Sherry via email at giraffeslaff@bellsouth.net.


Bamboo Vase



"Gourd Weaving"

Diane Frankenfield

Read her bio here.

quilterdi@ix.netcom.com


Students will color a gourd with alcohol inks, first. Then learn to cut a gourd that is able to be woven on. Students will be expected to have a mini hand saw and know how to use it.


Class cost: $41

Time: Sunday morning 9AM - 3PM (6 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 2

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: Intermediate


Instructor will provide: Clean cut gourd, alcohol ink, spray sealer, reed and instructions.


Students must bring: Water bucket, spray bottle, scissors, packing tool, towel, flexible ruler, apron, a mini hand saw (that the student is familiar with using).


Gourd Weaving



“Creative Metal Embellishments”

Sheryl Walton

Read her bio here.

srwalt01@gmail.com


For those times when your gourd needs a little something extra, this class will teach you to construct contemporary metal embellishments from common components found at the local hardware store. Students will assemble their embellishments using quick set epoxy, then will color them using two different finishing techniques, alcohol inks and patina. If you have been curious about patina finishes, this is a great introduction to the steps in creating a patina finish. We will be using the Modern Masters line of patina products, with copper as the base and blue and green patina solutions. After the finishes have developed and dried, we will spray them with either matte or satin polyurethane to stop the action of the patina solutions and protect the finish. Wire and beads may be added if desired, and a small tube will be added to the back of each embellishment for use in attaching it to your gourd.


Class cost: $21

Time: Sunday morning 10AM - 11:30AM (1 1/2 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 4

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: All tools and materials needed for the project will be provided by the instructor.


Students must bring: Students should bring an apron and disposable gloves.


CLASS FULL

Creative Metal Embellishments



Sunday Afternoon Classes - November 4, 2018

“Trinket Box/Jewelry Box”

Sheryl Scott

Read her bio here.

sherylscott66@outlook.com


Class cost: $41

Time: Sunday afternoon 12PM - 4PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 3

Maximum Number of Students: 15

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: Gourd, heat set dye, hinges, handle for top, spray finish, tutorial with pattern.


Students must bring: Wood burner with favorite tips, craft dryer, dremel if you want to stipple outside


Trinket Box/Jewelry Box




"Desert Maiden"

Sheryl Walton

Read her bio here.

srwalt01@gmail.com


In this class students will construct a Desert Maiden gourd sculpture using a Welburn people gourd for the body and a Tennessee spinner gourd for the head. The instructor will provide cleaned, drilled, and assembled gourd bodies ready for the finishing techniques. Students will dye the body and head with GourdMaster Antique Gold ink dye, use acrylic paints for the face and body designs, and spray the piece with a satin finish protective polyurethane top coat. Copper tape, nails, copper wire, and heishi beads will be added for accents, and a leather cape and "medallion" will be constructed and attached. The final step will be to add the Maiden's feather headdress. A complete set of printed instructions (including instructor-completed steps) will be provided for each student, as well as a list of materials and where to purchase them.


Class cost: $41

Time: Sunday afternoon 12PM - 4PM (4 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 4

Maximum Number of Students: 10

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: All necessary tools and materials for the project will be provided by the instructor.


Students must bring: Students should bring an apron and gloves if desired.


CLASS FULL

Desert Maiden



“Vinegar Graining”

Betsey Sloan

Read her bio here.

basketsvt@aol.com


This is a fun (and messy) technique that is great for old gourds or those with marks/patterns that makes them unusable for an art project. First, students will mix and practice on one of the teacher's old gourds, and then they will switch to one of their own, add a rim, and there you have it....a patterned and beautiful gourd. The mixture is vinegar with acrylic paint, applied by brush but patterned by hand, comb, tool, etc.


Class cost: $41

Time: Sunday afternoon 1PM - 4PM (3 hours)

Minimum Number of Students: 6

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Walk-ins accepted if class is not full.

Experience Level: All Levels


Instructor will provide: Old gourd, tutorital, paint, vinegar, brushes, gloves, texture tool, QuikWood.


Students must bring: An old and/or marked gourd preferable opened. Think vase.


Vinegar Graining




To register by mail: Send registration form (click here for form) and a check made out to North Carolina Gourd Society by September 30, 2018 to:


North Carolina Gourd Festival
Attn: Ellen Healy
8900 Jeanew Court
Raleigh, NC 27613


Sherry Briscoe

Giraffes Laff Art & Crafts

I have been crafting gourds since 2002; and my husband, Bob joined me in that endeavor a couple of years later. Shortly after that some of the gourd folks we met on the gourd trail convinced me that I should teach at the festivals. That is when we embarked on this wonderful adventure. Suddenly we were traveling all over the country teaching, vending, and demonstrating!

I am often asked what my favorite gourd-crafting technique is. - How can I mention just one? I love wood burning, painting, coiling, tenerife. Oh my. I can’t forget kumihimo, weaving, lacing, and carving, too! There is just no limit to what you can do on a gourd, and I’m committed to trying them all!

I love teaching other gourd-lovers new techniques; and watching their faces when they complete their very own project.

Festival classes:

Flutter-By-Light Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Bamboo Vase Sunday 9AM - 12:30PM


Linda Kincaid

I have been married for 54 years, and I have two wonderful daughters, who are grown and have families of their own. I have been doing arts and crafts for most of my adult life. I started wood burning in 2000, and discovered gourds in 2009. I’ve been hooked ever since.

I am a member of the Cypress Gourd Patch, the South Carolina Gourd Society, and the American Gourd Society. I currently hold the office of Treasurer for the SCGS. I am also a Certified Judge with the American Gourd Society.

I love being active and sharing my skills with other gourd lovers. Teaching is something I really enjoy, and I never miss the opportunity to teach a class or two.

Festival classes:

Woodburned Feathers with Antler & Beads Saturday 1PM - 5PM


Betsey Sloan

Betsey Sloan is a seasoned instructor having taught at The Cherokee Gourd Gathering, the Florida show and the Retreat, the Ohio Gourd Festival, as well as gourd gatherings in MO, AL, GA and SC.

Her 24 years of experience has also resulted in two books, "Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds" and "InLace Resin for Gourds and Woodworking." Sloan lives in Franklin, NC where she is an active member in the Macon County Art Association as well as a hanging member.

Festival classes:

Rest Stop Saturday 8AM - 12PM

Cat In Blue Saturday 1PM - 5PM

InLace for Beginners Sunday 8AM - 12PM

Vinegar Graining Sunday 1PM - 4PM


Sheryl Scott

I have been painting on gourds for 25 years with a break to raise my kids, and even then I painted some as a hobby. I started back to working with gourds again in 2011 and gradually took over the family business. Now it is my full time occupation with help from my family.

We currently grow around 3 acres of gourds of all varieties, and we try to add new ones each year. My husband, Tim and I travel to around 12 gourd shows each year learning new things from others and trying to share what we have learned along the way.

Festival classes:

Stained Glass Window Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Trinket Box/Jewelry Box Sunday 12PM - 4PM


Sheryl Walton

Sheryl has been an oil painter for over forty years and discovered the fascinating world of gourd art in 2014. A self-taught gourd artist, her work displays a contemporary mix of her passions for science and experimentation, as well as her love for texture and saturated color.

Originally from the Midwest, Sheryl graduated from the University of Central Missouri, with majors in biology and photography and minors in chemistry and anthropology. She has won numerous awards for her art and wildlife photography, including two Best in Show awards. She is a member of the American Gourd Society, North Carolina Gourd Society, and the Triangle Gourd Patch.

Sheryl currently calls Durham, NC home, where she works as an electron microscopist in viral research by day, gourd artist by night. A true animal lover, she shares her ark/zoo/home with Peaches the Lovebird, Keagan the Sheltie, Willoughby the Pomeranian, and Spencer, Stella, and Sophia, the red tabby cats – all rescues, and all hopelessly spoiled.

Festival classes:

Desert Maiden Saturday 8AM - 12PM

Random Teneriffe Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Creative Metal Embellishments Sunday 10AM - 11:30AM

Desert Maiden Sunday 12PM - 4PM


Diane Frankenfield

Diane took her first gourd class in 2010 at the NCGS festival. She fell in love with the versatile medium of gourds. After being asked to teach a gourd class in 2014, she designed a basket weave on top of a gourd, which combined her love of baskets and gourds. Diane was not new to teaching; she taught quilting for 5 years in Metro Atlanta, where she lived before moving to NC with her husband and 2 daughters. Diane is a partner with Judi Fleming in the NC Gourd Gals, and still finds time to work as a Computerized Technology Technologist (CT Tech).

Festival classes:

Gourding in the Round Saturday 8AM - 12PM

Gretchen on a Gourd Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Gourd Weaving Sunday 9AM - 3PM