August 2009 Archives

I am teaching two new felting workshops in September and October that many of you will find fun and interesting:

    1. Making a Nuno Felt Shawl
      Saturday September 26, 2009 only
      10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
      Boston Center for Adult Education
      122 Arlington Street
      Boston, MA 02116

      You can sign up for this workshop on the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) class listings page on the web. Nuno felting is a Japanese felting technique which involves combining silk and wool. We will have enough time in this workshop to learn nuno felting techniques and apply what you have learned to make a beautiful wool and silk laminated shawl!

    2. Gossamer Shawl Workshop
      Worcester Art Museum
      Course Number: 09FAMXD327
      Saturday October 10, 2009 only
      10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
      55 Salsbury Street
      Worcester, MA 01609

      Phone: 508.793.4333 or 508.793.4334

      Nuno Felting is the process of felting wool onto lightweight sheer silk or cotton.  This class focuses on the Japanese technique of making lovely garmets.  You will use wool, yarn, or ribbon to create a uniqe felted shawl.

      Please find the Worcester Art Museum catalog here and use the form at the end of the brochure to sign up for the course.  You will need to fax or send in your registration form.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Recently I went to a felting workshop in Kansas with Lisa Kalakulak of Strong Felt.  This workshop was one of the more amazing experiences I have had.  All of the people there were focused upon their work because of the leadership of Lisa.  She was intense and it allowed all of us to be equally intense.  I learned a number of new techniques while I was there including incorporating different materials, creating 3-d designs, and using embroidery to highlight the design of the felt.  Here are some examples of work myself and other students did:


I've begun incorporating these techniques into my own work, and though I haven't had much time to create too much, my first attempt at incorporating velvet into a felted hat.  Here is the result:


I'll have more new work soon, as well as exciting new classes that I've been doing.  I hope to write again soon, and I hope you all do well in the meantime.  Keep creating!

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