We make go-no
go decisions about classes AT LEAST 1 week in advance of the class date (sometimes
2-3 weeks in advance if the instructor is coming from far away), so if
you really want to take a workshop, don't wait until the last minute to
sign up or the class may get cancelled or may fill up.
register for any of these classes, you need to print the registration
form and mail it in with a check or your VISfA/MC info for the amount
of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class.
may sign up at the store as well, but no sign up is taken over the phone
as we require the filled out registration form.
If you have a group of 4 or more who are interested in a particular topic, we can schedule a class around your group.
Be sure to check out our Events page for other interesting gatherings we may plan
3/13......All the knitting classes are underway or done, so I removed them from the page. But keep tuned in as we may add some for the late spring.....and we'll certainly have more in the fall!
The Felt Vessel: Enhancing Surface & Form with Carol Ingram
Saturday, Aug 23rd: 9:30 - 4:30 AND
Sunday Aug 24th: 10 - 4
(This is 2 day class, but because the times are different I wanted to be sure it was clear that class starts earlier on Saturday...hence the 2 separate lines)
Vessels or hollow forms can be created several ways, depending on the desired result. Students can either bring in a sketch of a desired form or work with a basic round shape that will transform itself thru individual experimentation. Discussion of felting over a round form (inflatable ball) or flat resist will aid in deciding which method is most effective for the desired end result. Emphasis will be on surface decoration and creating a pleasing shape using sculptural, sewing and painting techniques. Color use and design, both inside and out, will also be covered. Instruction fee:
More specific supplies list will be provided to registrants closer to the class date....but Carol estimates that you might expect to use about 8 ounces of wool. We will have the breeds of sheep's wool she prefers to use available for sale at the usual class discount the day of class. Carol will collect $6 from each participant for the wire she uses and some other miscellaneous items (stiffening agent, etc).
This class requires some basic experience in traditional wet felting techniques. Fee for 2 day workshop: $275
Online Felt Boot Workshop
Runs from January 15th thru March 15th......every participant works at their own pace so you don't have to start on January 15th, but the workshop shuts down March 15th, so don't wait until March 10th to start! More details about how the class runs and to register here:
Felting Workshops with Andrea Noeski-Porada!
I'm so excited to have Andrea Noeski-Porada coming from Germany this October to share her inspiring and exciting techniques for Felted Foldings (stole/scarf/wall hanging 3 day workshop) and Patterned Reconstructed Felts (2 days for a wall hanging, trivet or coasters) Sign up for both workshops below and enjoy more than a 20% discount on taking either alone.
Go ahead....indulge in a 5 day creative retreat for yourself! Cost for both classes $525.00
Healthy lunch and something chocolate/sweet included!
Patterned Reconstructed Felt Workshop (we're still working on the title!) with Andrea Noeske-Porada...Oct 11th & 12th (Sat & Sun) 10 -4
Inspired by Aboriginal designs, Andrea developed this unique technique for creating very intricate and detailed designs in thick wool. In this intensive 2 day workshop, you'll learn Andrea's technique for creating dimensional prefelts which will then be cut and reconstructed in a different way. You will start by making cords, stripes and dots and felting them into a bed of wool to create a "prefelt" that is about 1/2" thick (so not the type of loosely felted prefelts you might be used to!). Then these dimensional pieces will be cut in specific ways to expose the internal design elements which will then be rearranged into an original and unique design and felted AGAIN! into a flat piece (think 10 x 10 or 8 x 11 ish) which could become a wall hanging, trivet, coaster, etc.
Instruction fee:$275 (sign up for this class and the 3 day class described below and save on both!)
Fiber for class available at class discount at the store.
Felt Foldings Workshop. ... with Andrea Noeske-Porada
October 8th, 9th, 10th (Wed, Thurs, Fri) 10 - 5
Join Andrea for this 3 day workshop and learn this fabulous technique for origami-like folded felts! You'll start by folding some paper models to develop a plan, then work on several prefelt samples to learn her specific technique for the prefelt pieces. Then with this basic understanding and some hands on experience with her techniques under your belt, toward the end of the second day Andrea will guide each participant thru a project of their choice - wall hanging, stole? The last day and a half each participant will spend working thru their own project with Andrea's expert advice.
This workshop will be held at the Old Brick Church a block down from the store so everyone has lots of room and their own 8 ft table to work on.
Instruction fee: $400 (if you register for the full 5 days with Andrea the cost of each class is discounted - see above)
Fiber purchased for class at the store will receive a class discount.
Eco Dyed Nuno Felt Scarf/Shawl Workshop with Eva Comacho-Sanchez....
Friday and Saturday April 11th and 12th 10 - 4 each day (this is not a mistake.....the class is Friday and Saturday since we are renting the church space so everyone has lots of elbow room and a full table to themselves)
I've seen lovely garments result from Eva's eco-dye nuno felt workshops in the past and am excited to be able to offer the class here this spring!
Create a gorgeous nuno felted, eco dyed shawl/scarf in this 2 day workshop with Eva. Using botanicals such as eucalyptus, and perhaps even hardware like old nuts bolts and washers, you'll first learn the unique eco-dyeing technique (this is quite different than "natural dyeing") to dye the silk fabric for your nuno felt project. You'll start by dyeing samples the first morning to learn the eco dye technique and see the range of possibilities for imprinted leaves and other organic shapes, then you'll dye the silk for your shawl/scarf and with Eva's guidance lay it out with fiber. On the second day, you'll felt it and then with expert guidance, plan the post felt eco-dye pattern!
Instruction fee for the 2 days: $190.
Class discount available on silk and fiber purchased at the store for the workshop.
For those of you interested in staying on/returning to the shop on Sunday to use the workshop pots, pans and dyepots to eco dye more silk (while the technique is fresh in our minds and while we have all the botanicals and equipment out to do so!) you are welcome to join me/other participants on Sunday April 13th from 10 - 3 p.m. to build up your eco-dyed fabric stash so you have plenty to nuno felt at home once you've learned the technique! This is an informal/social day....no instruction....just participants helping other participants recall the steps and using up the dyepots and botanicals to practice the technique and build up a few pieces of silk so everyone has some ready to felt when they get home! No charge for this day, but if we order in pizza or something like that something might be collected to cover that for those interested.
Intro to Felting Tuesday evenings, March 18th & 25th 6:30 - 8:30/9 4 spots open!
Whether you've done a bit of felting on your own but maybe have missed some basics or perhaps haven't ever tried it, you'll learn a lot in this workshop. From an understanding about the wools that felt and why you might choose one type over another depending on what you are doing, to understanding how to lay out the fiber in several ways for different effects and the various tools you can use for the fulling, to knowing when it is done, and how to shape it and embellish it, we'll walk you thru all the fundamentals that will give you a really strong basis from which to explore this medium on your own or join us for a more advanced project like the Felt Vessel workshop coming in August or the Reconstructed Felts in October, the Felt Bag in November, or the Felted Foldings in October.
Make a felt flower, a wall hanging, a small bag......make a nuno felt sample, a baby bootie.....you choose what the project is you want to make to learn the fundamentals of the three basic types of felting: wet, nuno and needle.
Fee includes handouts and all fibers (wool, silk, etc) and needles used: $55
With what you learn in this class (customers who have taken classes elsewhere and then taken this intro class here have been amazed at how much more they learned here) you will have the skills to go on and create lots of wonderful things on your own, or you can join me for the Advanced Beginner Class or a project class (hats, bags, etc) and learn all sorts of neat ways to add dimension, surface texture and design to your felt.
Learn to Spin Your Own Yarn! Saturday Mar 22nd 10 - 5 Still 3 spots available!
Learn the fundamentals of spinning your own yarn. From washing the fleece to carding it, spinning it and plying it, you'll learn so much about wool that even if you decide you don't want to spin, you'll be a better knitter, felter or weaver because of your knowledge! But most customers who take this class continue on becuase it is a wonderfully zen experience (once you get the hang of it!) and you will love working with your homespun yarn! All handouts, fiber and use of a wheel during class is included in the class fee: $95
Bene: You must prepay to confirm your spot in a class. Fees paid to confirm
a spot are NOT refundable if you, for any reason, cannot attend. If the
class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be
issued. Don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't
delay since most classes fill quickly. In the event you sign up and can't
make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you
are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial
arrangements between yourselves.