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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.

To 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.

You 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.

The classes are listed in chronological order below. I updated the list 11/4....the spinning and knitting classes being offered in 2015 are not yet posted....hopefully I'll have them figured out by early Dec.

 

Needle Felted Fiber Ornaments Sat Dec 6th 1 - 5

CAUTION....if you have an addictive personality, this may not be a good class to take!! Once you learn the basics of needle felting, you may never stop.

In this afternoon workshop, I'll show you how to mold raw wool into a holiday ornament (just since it is the season!) using just wool and a felting needle. Making a Santa will introduce you to the method for shaping anything you want..... from pets to wild animals, gnomes (such as the one shown right) to ferries,, mushrooms to roses...whatever strikes your fancy.

This technique is also great for creating lovely wall hangings and table runners such as those shown below. The possibilities are endless.

This technique can be done in the living room or in the car and require no water and really only lap space so it is a really portable craft. And kids (as long as you feel they are old/mature enough to handle the specially designed and sharp needle - this is not a sewing needle that is used) have great fun with it as well.

Instruction fee includes the fiber, 2 needles and a high density foam base to work on: $55

Felt Rugs Friday evening 6 - 8 Feb 13th, plus Sat & Sun Feb 14th and 15th 10 - 5 2015 More photos to come

Learn 3 different approaches/techniques for rug making. We'll start off by looking at three styles/techniques and discussing their differences and then you can either choose 1 of them to make OR you may choose to explore all three techniques on a small scale ( placemats?)...it's up to you.

Note that making a rug is an undertaking - even 2 x 4 and requires 2 full days during which you will be standing a lot. And felting that amount of wool is not easy (wool, when wet is about 3 times heavier than it is dry), but it is really rewarding .... and if you have a pet, they will LOVE you for it!! So just eat your Wheaties before class!

Workshop Fee (does not include fiber): $175

Online Felt Boot Workshop

Will run Oct 15th thru Jan 15th. For more information or to register, click here.

 

Nuno Felted Seamless Tunic with Linda Veilleux - Sat & Sun Mar 14 & 15 2015 - Just 1 spot left!

Join couture seamstress and felter extraordinaire for a weekend workshop in the spring to design and felt a seamless, sleeveless summer tank/tunic using hand dyed silk and merino wool!

In this class you will learn to take proper body measurements, make a resist and felt a garment that fits your body to a T. Linda will show you how to first make a sample and then, using silk and Merino wool, construct a Tunic without seams. You will go home with a one-of-a-kind lightweight wearable garment.

You can certainly find others teaching seamless garment construction, and some very accomplished felters among them, but what Linda brings to the table above and beyond the ability to clearly teach the seamless technique that I or any number of other felters could teach you, is that she is truly a professional seamstress who has studied with some of the big names in couture sewing so she really understands the body and garments and fit ...on top of felting! So if you have wanted to learn this technique in felting, Linda is the one to learn from!

Shown above are two examples completed by participants in one of Linda's previous workshops.

If you haven't done any felting before and are interested in taking this workshop, check out our Nuno Felt Scarf workshop (scroll up one) scheduled for the fall to learn all the basics you'll need to move onto a more challenging project like this seamless tunic.

Class limit: 6 Instruction fee: $250

A materials list will be sent to registrants, but from a general materials cost standpoint (much of this depends on the size you are making and how "lightweight" you make it!), figure you'll need 3-4 yards of silk (chiffon or paj, dyed or not) and anywhere from 4-12 ounces of fine merino wool, and felting soap.

Butterfly Shawl with Jean Gauger July 9- 11th

Join Jean for a wonderful 3 days designing a lovely nuno felt shawl. She'll guide you thru various design elements she uses in her "butterfly shawls" and potentially will be sharing some new techniques/additions she's working out now. So check back for details....or if you're familiar with her work and just want to sign up now, you can do that as well!

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!

 

Felter's "Building Dimension" Special -

this offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Frequent Felter's Program, but if you don't qualify for that yet, you can enjoy a 15% savings on the Registration/Instruction fees if you sign up for BOTH of the next 2 exciting felting workshops here:

A Journey of Experimental Discovery with Marjolein Dallinga

and

3-D Hollow Forms with Dagmar Binder.

So instead of paying a total of $900 for both ($450 each) , it would be $765 (including 6 great lunches) for 6 FABULOUS days of felting creativity in 2015

 

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nota 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.