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 are interested in a workshop here and don't live in the area (my felting classes have drawn participants from all over this country and Canada), ...
you can find a list of some hotels/accommodations here.
I have no vested interest in any of them, but offer them as a guide for some options to those that are close by. Of course you can also check airbnb, hotel.com, etc.
The store is about 4 miles from the Burlington airport (it is really small, but international and easy to get in and out of!). I can usually pick participants up and get them back there before and after a class so a car rental isn't necessary. And if you stay in one of the accommodations really nearby (Fairfield Inn, Marriot Suites, Catamoung B&B) I can also get you back and forth to class for.
In the past, some participants who wanted to see a bit of New England and have a car anyway, have found better airline deals by flying into either Albany NY (3 hours drive), Manchester NH (2.5 hour drive), and even Montreal Canada (1.5 hour drive).
Be sure to check out our Events page for other gatherings of interest
Learn to Spin Sat March 11th (snow date Sat Mar 18th...tho' I don't expect it, you never know!)
In this introductory 1 day class, you'll learn the fundamentals of spining on a wheel. Our goal will be to produce a basic, balanced 2 ply yarn (like that shown in the top skein) and you'll learn a lot about wool and yarn in the process! Your yarn may not (tho' many participants in the past have produced lovely yarn in 1 day) be perfectly even and smooth and in just one day you may not produce enough to knit a hat, but you will have a strong foundation and understanding of the process and technique with which you can continue to practice and perfect!
I'll talk about fleece skirting, selection, washing fiber prep - you'll each learn to use hand cards to produce a rolag and I'll demonstrate combing so you understand both options. And we'll talk about (and experience!) the difference between spinning from a carded or a combed fiber and the differences between woolen spun and worsted spun yarn. We'll review ratios and twist and you'll have all the fundamentals to spin a lovely balanced 2 ply yarn - even if your first yarn spun in class is a bit thick and thin! You'll leave understanding what you're aiming for!
So whether you are a knitter, weaver, art quilter or rug hooker and whether you want to spin a lovely even yarn to hand knit a sweater with or create a one of a kind textured yarn for art quilts or rug hooking (like to two bottom skeins pictured) , this class is the place to start! You'll have a much better understanding of fiber, of yarn and of how best to choose fiber and yarn for your intended projects.
Use of a store wheel is possible so you do not need to own a wheel to participate. If you happen to have a wheel and want to use it in class, just be sure it is in good working condition before class.
Instruction fee includes all handouts and fiber used in class (and use of a wheel if you need one): $85
Workshops with Shelley Jones
March 24th - 26th 2017
Shelley has been felting for the past decade and living in Richmond, VA. She is inspired by the myriad of colors and structures in her garden throughout the year.
This year she is pleased to have had her work published in the June issue of the Australian Felt Magazine and also in the book, Worldwide Colours of Felt.
While Shelley has developed her technique to produce a very "hard and durable felt", she takes pleasure in the meditative process of felting and embellishing her work, more of which can be seen on her website at www.shelleyjones.net.
Felted Lidded Vessels Shelley Jones Sat and Sun Mar 25th and 26th 10 - 5
In this two-day workshop we will be working with resists to make a small lidded vessel. You will use fine merino wool roving and hand manipulation to make a decorative vessel body and lid. Shelley will guide you thru experimentation and exploration of using prefelts and yarn or wool for surface design and embellishment. She will have various samples of different shapes of vessels and lid designs to help you decide on a design.
This class will use a resist method for felting the vessel and is suitable for intermediate felters.
Instruction fee for 2 full days: $275.00
Felted Bangles with Shelley Jones Friday Mar 24th 10 - 5
Whether you are new to felting and consider yourself a beginner or you have quite a bit of felting under your belt but want to explore some new appraoches to surface design, join Shelley for this fun class and explore some new techniques. Shelley will guide you thru the design and execution of a fun felted body adornment. She will share with you various ways of adding flaps and attachments to a basic bangle shape, using resists as well as hand manipulation of the wool fibers. Imaginative use of color, texture and contour will inspire your effort. You will also explore embellishing techniques with handstitching. Working on a small piece allows you to really explore these design elements and complete a piece. And then with what you learn making cuffs and/or bangles with Shelley can be applied to all your felting work - whether garments, jewelry, vessels or sculpture!
This class is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned felters wanting to explore more surface design techniques.
Instruction fee: $95
Workshops with Melissa Arnold
May 22 - May 27th, 2017
Melissa has spent the last 12 years as a Professional Textile Designer, collaborating with fashion designer Catherine Bacon, and over the last 25 years working with both traditional and contemporary Shibori techniques. You can see more of her work at www.melissaarnoldtextiles.com.
Register for both workshops and save 20%
so $720 for 6 days of instruction in a small class setting.
FABULOUS FELTED SHIBORI WRAP with Melissa Arnold - 2 spots remaining This workshop is Mon - Wed May 22 - 24th 10 - 5
In this exciting 3 day class we will learn the art of Arashi Shibori on silk fabric and then felt thru it to create a fabulous wrap with a button closure. Arashi means storm and it is the shibori technique of pole wrapping to create linear designs on fabric. This element is wonderful when subsequently felted and it gives your wrap a design that resembles an animal skin.On Day 1 we will dye our silk, pole wrapping, discharging (removing color) and then over dyeing our silk pieces (the discharging and overdying yields a complex color scheme). Day 2 will be spent exploring design and layout options for creating an innovative and exciting wrap from our shibori silk using merino wool with assorted fibers for embellishment. Day 3 we will focus on exploring finishing details and other innovative options for your wrap.
This is a class for intermediate felters. Some dye experience is helpful - but NOT necessary.
Fee for 3 days: $450.00
Photographs above by Calin Powel - except the one on the right , that's my shot!
LAYERED, COLLAGED, STITCHED, AND FELTED COLLAR AND/OR CUFFS with Melissa Arnold This workshop is Thur - Sat May 25 - 27th, 10 - 5
In this exciting and innovative workshop we will explore the many creative possibilities of layering, collaging, stitching and felting! Working with merino wool, prefelts, sheer patterned silks and assorted scraps of fabulous fabrics, we will play with the innovative design options we have when you layer wool and fabric together and stitch thru it. We will then further collage and felt the stitched pieces to create a dynamic collar with matching currs.
You will need to have a good basic foundation in felting as well as a working sewing machine that does free motion stitching (with the proper free motion foot attachment) and some experience with free motion stitching.
This wrap shown left (with detail in center) has been a "show stopper" on display at the shop since around Thanksgiving time! Everyone has oohed and aahed it even if my photographs don't do it justice! And Melissa forwarded some sample swatches (like the one shown right) that are absolutely gorgeous!
Instruction fee for 3 days: $450
Workshops with Maria Friese
July 12th - 16th 2017!
Maria Friese comes from the South-west of France near Toulouse. Her studio is situated in view of the Pyrenees: inspiration which feeds her designs in felt. Maria pushes this organic medium to it's boundaries by calculating and creating geometrically accurate forms. Her monumental piece ‘Cycle’, a large wall hanging inspired by macro images of moss and seed capsules, won her the ‘Young Designer Contest 2013’ from the prestigious organisation Atelier d’Arts de France.
As an experienced textile designer Maria will guide participants in each workshop with her knowledge and experiences in the design process.
She will give you precious tips how to improve your felt work for creating firm and high quality felt art.
Poetic Surface Design - 2 day workshop, Sat and Sunday July 15 & 16, 2017 10 - 5
In this two day workshop you will explore possibilities of creating poetic surface design for accessories or wall art. You will get an insight into the basis of surface-design concerning contrasts, colours and positioning of motifs to obtain a balanced surface. By working out a small personal pattern collection you will explore different techniques to create motifs and reliefs by using templates, pre-felt, nuno techniques, felt-needles or embroidery.
Instruction fee (includes lunch): $275.00
Symmetrical Felt Vessels/3-D sculptures 3 day workshop, Wed - Friday July 12, 13 & 14th 2017 10 - 5
In this three day workshop for experienced feltmakers you will explore possibilities of creating symmetrical felt vessels/3-D sculptures with a poetic touch. You will learn how to develop your very own designs for individual 3d vessel forms without any seams through sketches and surface samples. Based on this you will calculate and work out your template which allows beautiful symmetrical forms.
Instruction fee (includes lunch): $425
Felted Cuffs Sat Jan 28th 10 - 5 Class limit 8
Learn the fundamentals of traditional felting from raw wool while we design a cuff/bracelet. You'll learn both traditional wet felting techniques as well as how to use the felting needle to add detail and embellishments. With what you learn in this class, you will be able to join in on the more intermediate and advanced classes (as long as you do some on your own before them!) that I'm hosting with Shelly Jones in March and Maria Friese in July!
Instruction fee: $75
Materials fee depends on what you choose to use, but about $7-$15.
Nuno Felt Scarf Sat Feb 18th 9 - 5 Class limit is 6.
In case you're interested in participating in either Melissa Arnold's upcoming Shibori Nuno Felt Wrap or Collaged Wrap workshops in May or you are interested in a garment workshop in the fall (as yet unannounced, but pending), you will need to learn the basics of nuno felting. So join me for this one day workshop and learn all the basics while you craft a lovely nuno scarf. Whether you prefer to leave negative space (first photo left), build up a bit of dimension (center photo), or prefer no negative space and some inlays, you will have fun designing a one of a kind scarf in this class.
Instruction fee: $95 Materials fee, depending on what fiber/silk you end up choosing, may be $25 - $35.
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.