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 gatherings of interest
Dye Lab Thursdays May 21, 14, 28 and June 7th 6:30 - 8:30 Still looking for my photo of a Block Printed Scarf...check back.
If you're interested in learning the basics of 4 different methods for dyeing protein based fibers, yarns or fabrics join me for an introduction to the basics of chemical dyeing, natural dyeing, hand painting, and 2 ways to print (one chemical and one natural). The dye methods I will be teaching work only on protein based materials - so no cottons, linens, ramie, etc....just wool, silk, alpaca, etc.
Sign up for all 4 weeks for $75 ($10 materials fee will be collected at class) or any of them individually for $30 per class and a $5 materials fee will be collected
May 14th: Chemical Dyeing - both vat and handpainting. I'll cover how you'd handle yarn, fiber or silk fabric as well as vat and steaming options. How to calculate your dye and adjuvant needs and proper handling of dyes.
May 21st: Eco Printing Basics - You'll wrap and print a scarf length piece of fabric in this workshop (you supply it or buy a silk scarf here the night of class at a class discount) while learning the basics of this technique using plants from the garden (and Trader Joes!)
May 28th Natural Dyeing Basics - I'll cover various methods of extracting the dye from plants, what plants to look for and what colors they yield and also the various mordants you can use (although I'll only use alum in the class setting - maybe iron).
June 7th: Block Printing - This is a chemical dye process used to create specific geometric shapes on silk, felt or nuno felt fabric in any color(s) you like!
Instruction fee: $75. A materials fee of $10 will be collected to cover the dyes, adjuvants, propane, handouts, etc. Participants supply their own yarn, fiber and fabric for the samples (I'll send participants a list of supplies they need....since it's just for samples so you learn the techniques, it won't be much in the way of yarn, fiber or fabric and if you end up buying it at the store for class, you'll get the class discount)
Felt Boot Workshop-
Online and here "live" over the 3 day Columbus Day Weekend.
The online version will run again in the fall 2015. Stay tuned for details.
But I am also running it "live" here at the shop over Columbus Day weekend.
In this 3 day workshop, I'll guide you thru every aspect of making a wonderful pair of felt boots, from sizing and lay out to embellishing and attaching a sole. The online version is very popular, less expensive and comes to you! While I think I've done a good job with the videos and covering all aspects of the boot making thoroughly....there is nothing quite like the comradery of a live workshop and the ability to have instantaneous dialogue. So, if you've been eyeing these boots for a while and want to treat yourself to a 3 day immersion with lots of hands-on guidance (or if you sometimes need a timeframe to "stay on task" :) - I think with the online version sometimes participants don't stay on task and get it done in a timely fashion because they always have "next week"!) , join me this Columbus day weekend for an enjoyable workshop that will have your boots ready to wear for the winter season!
Class size limited, so don't delay in registering if you are interested. This is not a beginner class, so you need to have done some wet felting before. I expect that participants have a sound understanding of the basics (i.e. if you learned to wet felt here with me, you are fine) and have done some wet felting on their own (i.e. you can pull a good wisp, know how to lay out and felt an even piece, can "read" your fabric so you know when it's ready for the next step, etc).
Instruction fee for the 3 days: $300
Your materials and soles are separate (you can supply your own fiber as long as you know that it felts well before class). If you purchase fiber here for the boots, you'll get the usual class discount.
Butterfly Shawl with Jean Gauger July 9- 11th
Join Jean for a wonderful 3 days designing a lovely nuno felt shawl. Or you can add buttons at each side to create a sort of sleeve and wear it as a cardigan or even wrap it around your hips and wear it over leggings too!
She'll guide you thru various design elements she uses in her "butterfly shawls".
In this three day class you will learn how to make a nuno butterfly art shawl by making super light nuno felt. You will be given all the tips and techniques needed to help make your own unique piece. You will be shown different types of silks and how to lay out merino roving in combination with lovely embellishments including silk hankies, tussah silk, bamboo, and various novelty yarns.
This is a rather large project but with a 3-day workshop you will have ample time to plan and layout your project along with new ways for the felting and fulling process.
This is not a rank beginner project - you must know the basics and have felted before - but relatively new felters are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!
Included in the price of the 3 day workshop is a gournet lunch (interesting salads, a hot dish/casserole/soup, cheese/coldcuts, dessert, chocolate, etc).
Instruction fee: $475 for 3 great days of felting and 3 great meals! This workshop is being held at the Old Brick Church just 2 blocks from here so everyone will have plenty of elbow room and 2 big tables to work on. You'll be standing a lot, so wear comfy shoes!! :)
3-D Hollow Forms and Bags with Dagmar Binder Sept 3 - 5 2015
Those of you who joined in on the workshop with Dagmar here a couple of years ago will be happy to hear she is coming back to share her latest techniques and approaches to felting. This time, its 3-D hollow forms and bags! Although many of the techniques you'll learn for creating 3-D dimensions while making the hollow form can be applied to wearables, in this class we'll get her expert guidance and creative approach to apply surface dimension to a hollow form...like a new bag!
And who doesn't love a new bag to go with your latest nuno garment? Or with your latest felt scraf or coat?
So join us for 3 lovely days of creativity and fiber fun with Dagmar and make rock a new felt bag!
Included in the price of the 3 day workshop is a gournet lunch (interesting salads, a hot dish/casserole/soup, cheese/coldcuts, dessert, chocolate, etc). Instruction fee: $450 for 3 great days of felting and 3 great meals!
Sculptural Felting: A Journey of Experimental Discovery with Marjolein Dallinga Nov 13 - 15, 2015 10am - 5pm each day with 1 hour lunch break FULL
FULL - do not send in payment...if you want to go on the waitlist, then call or email and we'll put you on the wait list.
You don't create art, it already exists. You just have to let it come to you - let it out without attachment to the outcome.
That, in a nutshell, sums up Marjolein's very successful approach to felting. Join Marjolein for a journey of discovery of what felt can do and be and how to let the art come to you!
About this 3 day workshop, Marjolein says "it will deepen your consciousness about the experience learned from sculpting with felt and other fibers. We will explore different sculpting form ideas to become more aware of how and why we want to use this medium. We will focus on basics like color and design conceptions of our art work".
Students will be challenged to play with their own design ideas, guided by Marjolein thru various felting techniques and approaches to opening the creative process, with a focus on the journey and not the end result.
About a month before the class, all registrants will receive an itemized materials list. But it is nothing unusual....the usual felting supplies (towels, 2 bars of olive oil soap, bubblewrap, noodle, etc) plus she recommends 2000 grams of fiber in assorted colors, including black, white and grey. I can't actually imagine you would use that much wool, unless you were making something HUGE, but my guess is that she wants you to have lots of colors and textures to play with!
You can view her inspiring work at Bloomfelt.com if you want to get more of an idea of who she is and what she does.
Included in the price of the 3 day workshop is a gournet lunch (interesting salads, a hot dish, cheese/coldcuts, dessert, chocolate, etc). Instruction fee: $450 for 3 creative days of felting and 3 great meals.
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.