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Lectures

Walk on the Wool Side
Powerpoint program/lecture with a concentration on how to use wool in quilting and sewing projects, from traditional blanket-stitched applique to needle-felted art quilts. I also bring samples to correspond with the slide show, which serves to inspire attendees to try their hand at using wool in their creative designs. I have patterns, kits, and wool felt for many of the projects I can bring. I can also bring models from some of the numerous designs I've done for magazines. We'll need a screen or white wall for the PowerPoint program.

Wild about Wool
This lecture covers a smorgasbord of techniques for working with wool, from the traditional blanket-stitched applique to cutting edge techniques with needle-felting and fibers. With lots of tips and tricks included (such as dyeing wool with kitchen products in the microwave), this presentation includes a variety of samples to inspire the listener, including some that are not in my patterns, such as wearable art. I'll be happy to bring a sampling of my patterns, Woolfelt, and kits for purchase as well.

Wild Wooly Wearables
Similar to the previous program, this presentation concentrates on wearable art such as hats, purses, tote bags, scarves, jackets, and clothing, still including lots of tips for the viewer and samples for inspiration. I have won numerous awards for my wearable art and will bring these one-of-a-kind garments for the attendees' viewing pleasure.

Felting 101
This program concentrates on fiber art such as needle-felting, wet-felting, and nuno-felting. Again I include lots of tips and samples for inspiration and also demo a couple of basic felting techniques. I develop classes in fiber art which I have taught across the country, from basic felted soap classes for kids to the more complex Nuno-felted scarves of hand-dyed silk chiffon, wool, and bamboo fibers.

Fees: Travel, accommodations, and food costs to be covered by hosts. Please email me for a fee schedule for lectures and classes.

Classes

I teach a variety of classes including sewing, felting and dyeing. These are some of my most popular classes. In addition, many of my patterns (shown on the Patterns Page) are also suitable for workshops; please email me for class availability and pricing. ZOOM classes now available!

Testimonials

“It was wonderful, I came to the class knowing NOTHING about felting, and found it fun to explore a different art form outside of my realm of experience. I also went home with a lovely new scarf and some cool ideas of textures to explore in another scarf and the pottery I do.”

“The class was wonderful and left me wanting to learn more.”

“The instructor provided high quality and artistic materials. She spent a lot of time with each student encouraging, helping and sharing.”

One Heart, One World
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Classes


Students will create a unique kimono-style jacket in this 2-day class with their own coordinating fabrics. We'll explore combining tantalizing textures and hues in harmonious combination for the most appealing and flattering finished looks to make you feel like a superstar! We'll also enjoy adding some fun dimensional embellishing techniques. One size fits most; instructor will assist in fitting. 2-day class.

Students will create a lightweight felted wool scarf using hand-dyed prefelt in their choice of colors on a prefelt scarf base in a variety of hues! We'll learn needle-felting as well as wet-felting in this fun class. Both the novice as well as the more experienced felter will learn and enjoy this expressive class. Students will leave this all-day class with a beautiful finished scarf! Kits in many colors available; pattern provided. Some physical exertion required.

We'll adorn our wool with rich swirls of color to create a beautiful art piece in the students' favorite hues. We'll also dye embellishments to match. Students will explore fun techniques such as marbling, stencilling, needle-felting, and creating funky beads, all using wool. Their unique creation will be ready to jazz up their next project: art journal cover, shoulder bag, brag book, cell phone case, etc. Half-day class, or full-day to complete a finished project (purse etc.)

Wet-felt a beautiful scarf of sumptuous hand-dyed silk chiffon, hand-dyed merino fibers, silk, curly mohair, and sparkly Angelina fibers for a unique wearable work of art that?s light as a feather! This technique is fun and a bit messy, also somewhat physical. Kit required, I have an array of beautiful colors: rose, turquoise, green, purple & more. All day class.

This flattering hat has a retro feel and will add a touch of pizazz to any outfit! It is easy to sew and comes in 4 sizes, Small - X-Large. Ours is shown in Woolfelt, but other fabrics such as sturdy cottons, linen, even denim may also be used. The Woolfelt flower can also serve as a pin to wear with garments or other accessories. Full day class; kits available in all colors.

My placemat patterns are some of my most popular designs! Students can usually complete a placemat in this half-day class, once they learn the technique they can make more at home. Or use one as a table centerpiece! Many styles available; choose from #188 "Christmas Placemats" (shown), #196 "Easter Egg Placemats", #195 "Pumpkin Placemats", #192 "Rosey-posie Placemats", and more. See the Patterns Page for choices. Great for beginners or the sewist wanting to make a quick 'n easy gift, each style offers a basic quilting technique such as crazy quilting (#192), stitch 'n flip (#196), using jelly-rolls (#184), etc. Most styles are either fat-quarter friendly or use pre-cuts to assemble.

Students will learn a variety of fun techniques for dyeing silk in this artsy creative class! Techniques offered include basic silk dyeing, adding texture by using different resists, marbling on silk, ice-dyeing and more. Kits available with silk scarves. The class can be a half-day or full-day depending on methods chosen. Great for both beginners and experienced dyers!

This flattering jacket is deceptively easy to make in this full day class and is the perfect choice to wear over a little black dress or throw on with your favorite comfy jeans! Students will bring their own drapey fabrics such as rayon batik. One size fits most, instructor will help with fitting. Most students will leave the class with a finished jacket!

Learn to wet-felt beautiful flowers of hand-dyed merino wool fibers, silk, and sparkly Angelina fibers to add a bit of bling to your precious posey. Perfect to make a flower brooch to wear or to enhance your favorite hat, purse or wall hanging, this is a great class for both beginners and the more experienced felter. Students will learn to make pre-felt, a technique that can be used in lots of other felting projects; how to add dimension to a felted piece; how to make those cute wool beads that can also be used to make jewelry; and how to make a curly tendril or short vine. All skill levels. Kit required for this half-day class; I have all colors.

Explore playing with textures and colors as we create a wallet/cell phone case/make-up bag of wool fibers, silk, sparkly Angelina and curly mohair. Learn to felt with a resist to create that inner pocket; you can even add a strap later to make a small shoulder bag! This half-day class is great for all skill levels. Some physical exertion is required. Kits available in all colors. Students are welcome to bring an inspiration photo.

Create a show-stopping necklace with wool beads, novelty beads and a zipper that will be the envy of your friends! Students will learn to wet-felt beads with wool fibers, and will also choose pre-made wool beads in colors to harmonize with the ones they make. Then they'll choose novelty beads and spacers to coordinate and assemble into a work of art they will wear with pride! A metal-teeth zipper provides the base for their design. Instructor will bring kits in many colors; students are welcome to bring their own beads as well to personalize their necklace. A fun and creative all-day class!

Students will create a variety of dimensional hand-dyed woolfelt flowers to embellish this beautiful 15" wall hanging. We'll also learn several hand embroidery stitches to enhance their project. Kits available for this full-day class.