Monday, September 14, 2009

October 2&3 I'll be teaching 3 feltmaking workshops at the first annual North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival. Just this morning we firmed up the details. When my friend MaryJo Lanik (of Ice Pond Spinnery) asked if I'd like to join her in her booth there, I was delighted to say yes.
What a wonderful bonus to be teaching workshops there. The workshops are only 1.5 hours and chockful of information and techniques. Priced at $35 each with nominal materials fee, I am hoping some people will sign up for all 3 to learn or add to their repertoire, a range of feltmaking skills.
Both the Hand Felted Bangle Bracelet Workshop and the Hand Felted Flower Workshop teach how to make felt from dyed fine merino wool roving. The workshops explore form and structure, using a painterly approach to surface design and finish with sculpting and shaping.
The Turbo Felting Board makes it possible to squeeze so much material into such a brief workshop where the registrants can expect to complete their projects.
The third workshop focuses on an array of needle-felting and beading embellishment techniques for fabric and clothing using wool, feathers, synthetic fibers and beads. The techniques will be applied to an already felted purse that becomes a cherished accessory as well as a sampler of all the new skills.
In addition to Mary Jo's spindles and yummy yarns, we'll have my books in the booth where I hope to do signings. Oh, and of course, the Turbo Felting Boards ($30.)

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