Workshop with Vilte Kazlauskaite in Slovenia

Workshop with Vilte Kazlauskaite in Slovenia

Our guest artist/author today is Nada Vukadinovic also know as Halay on the Felting and Fiber Forum.  She has generously offered to share her workshop experience learning a Fiber Inlay Technique.

A few weeks ago I attended a workshop in Maribor, Slovenia, given by internationally renowned textile artist and felter, Vilte Kazlauskaite from Lithuania. Her work is fabulous. You can see her creations here:

She held three workshops, but I was able to attend only one. It was called Fiber Inlay Technique. Quite intriguing, I had no clue what this could mean and I was very excited to learn about it.  I attended only one afternoon workshop. On  the previous day attendants learned something about  fabric manipulation in nuno felt, and the last day was devoted to the creation of a vest.

We were working with two types of silk: ponge and chiffon and were expected to create a piece of work, either a shawl or something similar, a flat piece anyway. I decided to make a square piece which I will probably use for a cushion.

First we were asked to draw a pattern on a piece of paper in the form of a mosaic that we would like to appear on the finished work, e.g. a bird, or something abstract.

I decided to draw something simple.


We used different sorts of fiber (mulberry silk, viscose, bamboo, and flax.)



When we were finished laying out fabric and fibers we began rolling and rolling. When we noticed that the wool has penetrated through all the layers of silk, we started kneading the piece and then rolled the project without the rod. The shrinkage percent was from 40-50%.

This is what we got in the end:


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Unfortunately, we were working only with white silk and some blue and white fibers, but I imagine it would be interesting to play with different colours, especially different colour fibers.  The fiber I personally used for the first time was flax and  fell in love with it.   I am already planning  to buy some and dye it.



To put fiber inlay technique in a nutshell, it means lots of silk and different fibers. Here are some more photos showing Vilte’s work: beautiful textures.


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And here is some yummy hand dyed silk.



Vilte uses natural dyes only.

It was nice to learn something new. Here in Slovenia we don’t have many opportunities for learning new felting techniques, but the situation seems to be improving. We are planning to invite another master from Ukraine and are getting quite excited about it.

Thank you Nada for sharing this exciting technique with us!

13 thoughts on “Workshop with Vilte Kazlauskaite in Slovenia

  1. I love the textures. Are you saying that you had silk on the bottom and silk on the top and wool, flax, etc, in between as in a sandwich?

  2. So good you had an opportunity to learn a new felting technique! It would have been better with a variety of colors, like you said, but now you can create a new piece on your own. Like Vilte, I love using naturally dyed silk and wool. You will notice the colors all seem to blend well.

  3. Looks like a fun workshop. It’s great that you’re getting more teachers to your area. I look forward to seeing what else you create in this manner.

  4. Sylvia, yes. the embellishment fibers were places only to fill in the openings which we cut out of silk (the bottom layer) and then the wool was placed on top on the whole surface and covered with another piece of silk fabric.

  5. I love all that wonderful texture. Thanks for sharing this technique with us!

  6. Thank you very much for sharing Nada! It’s always great to see the work of famous fibre artists and Vilte is one on them. I’m sure you could use this experience in your works especially in your lovely garments!

  7. Thank you for giving me credit, but I kindly ask you to remove these step by step instructions as the students attending the workshop werw warned thay disclosing such information is not allowed. It is disrespect to the teacher and your colleagues students who also attended and payed money for they workshop. In other words, it is simply a theaft. Thank you for understanding.


    1. Vilte, I apologize. I have edited the post to respect your wishes. Thank you for pointing out your non-disclosure policy. No disrespect or theft was intended.

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