I taught felted flowers this last week as a short evening class. We had a good time. This is proved by me not taking many pictures again.
First they did a morning glory style flower to get the idea of laying out. Some of the students had not ever used roving before. Here they are shaping their flowers.
This is Carlene’s flower
Next they made more delicate flowers using silk hankies and they learned to make stamen and stems.
and everyone together
And be cause it’s spring her are some lamb pictures.
when lambs are born we put them and their mom into a small pen to make sure mom has milk and everything is going well. After a few days the lambs get their eartags and vaccinations. Then into a small group pen with other moms and lambs and then after a few more days out into the big group pen were they can get outside too. It is fun to run and jump with other lambs.
This is my house lamb, he is a preemie. He is very small with not much wool and no body fat. He was born late Tuesday night. And just because I like them here are the roosters roosting on some lambing pens for the night. They go to bed early as you see it is still daylight out.
I got a request for a felted flower class after some people in my guild saw a picture of some very delicate flowers on Facebook. It is going to be a short class done in the evening. I haven’t made any in a while so I had to do a sample.
I made a stem
I also did some stamen. I wrapped them in plastic wrap so they wouldn’t stick to the rest of the flower while I was rubbing and rolling.
For the body of the flower I used a silk hanky and added a very thin layer of merino wool.
and this is the result
I also made some little rose like flowers to show them.
Flowers are fun to make and do not take long. I am going to work on some other methods and see what they want to do at the class. We will make them 2 different way in the class do to time constraints. I will take pictures at the class to show you how the students do.
A couple of months ago while shopping at The Fold in Marengo, IL, owner Toni Neil asked me if I’d be interested in teaching a wet felting class. Many of the people who shop there are knitters, crocheters and spinners and she said they were curious about the felting. I agreed and we settled on November 1, class size and I provided her with a class description and supply list along with a list of the items I would be supplying.
I always think when taking a beginners class it’s nice to come home with something you can either use or show people, so I chose to make a place mat. In preparation, I made a couple as examples and gathered some other samples to show how embellishments can be used. I also brought along, yarns, prefelt, and some silk for embellishments.
I provided a pool noodle, bubble wrap, a template, a piece of polyester curtain fabric for each student and gathered up my samples and other tools to discuss as we worked. In addition, I printed out flyers for the forum, a resource list and a general step by step guide to basic wet felting for future reference.
The class was held in Toni’s kitchen at The Fold which was comfortable for four people. Unfortunately, they had to turn away a fifth, but I don’t know where we would have put another body.
I was surprised to learn that a couple of the ladies had come from as far away as Beloit, WI and Highland Park, IL which is an hour and half away. The other two lived closer to me.
The kitchen was nice and bright. So sunny, pictures were a little hard to get.
The one thing I learned is that they would have preferred to not have choices as to design. However, I’m never one to squash the creativity of a group and as it turned out they helped each other and while they followed basic designs they added their own creative touches.
Toni M (not the owner) finished first and was pleased with her first project and decided she liked her organic edges.
Dana brought some beautiful Churro yarn she’d purchased from New Mexico and made her mat a bit more abstract with a lovely turquoise background.
Carolynne purchased her roving and yarn to match at The Fold with the intention making an additional five mats of the same design which featured the stripes and abstract yarn design.
Since Candace had just purchased all the merino sheep from The Fold, she chose to feature a sheep on her design that she cut out from prefelt and used yarn for a fence, silk for clouds and some roving for grass.
They were all pleased with their place mats. We worked hard, but had a good time. Now these knitters, crocheters, spinner and weaver have a new tool in their fiber kits! I hope they will continue to experiment and join us on the forum. For more information on The Fold check out their website http://www.thefoldatmc.net
I haven’t taught a class in a long time. I was tired, but a good tired and had fun meeting new people and sharing my passion with them.
Every year on of the local guilds hosts a day of fun short workshops, lunch and fun.
There are vendors for adding to your stash
In the morning I took a hookers necklace class. This is done by stitching the little wool strips and beads onto a stretchy string. the necklace are scratchy but would be fine on winter over clothing. I think I may do one with some felt off cuts for a softer necklace. Mine is second from the left.
In the afternoon I taught a nuno felt bracelet. I had 10 people in the class and they seemed to really enjoy themselves. They will have to put buttons on them themselves. One lady left hers a little longer and is planning to use cufflinks to hold it closed.
I will show you the pictures I have of some of the other workshops next time.
Not a lot of felting itself going on this week but I have been busy. Like everyone else I never have enough storage space in my studio so I painted up all the peices and hubby and son put a new shelving unit together for me. I started to put sort and put things on it already but more needs to be done.
I am teaching at a multi guild gathering today. We call it Distaff day and for a small fee you get two 2 hour classes, lunch, vendors and lots of chatting with like minded people. I am teaching nuno felt bracelets and taking hookers necklace. I will have pictures of the day in a later post.
I washed some old fleeces I found stashed away and salvaged a small amount of curls I will cut from the matted back. I don’t know where I got these but they would have been free. They don’t look bad in the pictures but they were in rough shape.
I received a raw flees I ordered for a hat project that you will get to see when it’s done. I was down to picking between 2 fleeces and in the end picked this one because I liked the sheep’s name. The fleece is very curly. I love the smell of raw wool.
Lastly around the farm: the chickens and turkeys arrived. The Black chickens are egg layers and the yellows are meat birds.
I volunteered to give felting workshops at the Montana Arts Interscholastic at Glacier High School this past Saturday. In my previous post, I showed you all the wool I dyed for the classes. I had 39 students signed up for a total of 3 classes and the possibility of having 15 students per class for a total of 45. So I made up about 50 packets so I was sure to have enough and give the students a lot of color choices.
Friday night, I decided to go over and check out my class room and take over all the piles of equipment and supplies. And here is what I found. The room was set up for the “Dance, Dance, Dance Extravaganza. There were only 3 tables in the room. Hmmm…
I couldn’t find anyone to ask so I just put my supplies under the tables. I decided I would just come an hour early to make sure that I could get everything set up. The first class was scheduled for 8:00 am Saturday. So an early morning for sure.
Luckily, when I came in on Saturday, the class room was set up with three rows of tables and all I needed to do was set up a station for each student. I set up 15 stations because I wasn’t sure how many students I would have.
Each station had a towel, stair tread, sheer curtain and a resist all piled up. They also had a bottle of soapy water and a little dish of extra soap.
I had a demonstration desk set up for me. This is a new high school and the facilities were really nice with lots of space. There was one sink but I brought tubs to fill with hot water half way through the class for the students to use. So I got all set up and had plenty of time to relax a bit before the students showed up.
One of my concerns about the whole set up was that the students would be late. The class time was only one hour and forty-five minutes so it was going to be tight to make a felt phone case over a resist with people who had never felted before. The students spent the night before sleeping on the gymnasium floor and, yes, they were late. I was supposed to have a full class of 15 the first session, but ended up with only 5. The main portion of missing students turned out to be a school that at the last moment canceled all their students due to a school violation. Sadly, one student caused the entire school to miss out. So instead of 39 students, I ended up with only 23. But we forged ahead.
Dennis was the photographer and assistant teacher. Most of the photos are of layout and rubbing. Once we got into the felting and fulling portion, we were rushing to try to get all the students far enough along that they could finish fulling at home. So we didn’t get any photos of the finished cell phone cases. The students all had another class to attend and we only had 15 minutes between sessions to clean up and set up for the next class. But they all seemed to enjoy the class. I even had a couple of students come up after class and ask where they could take more classes and get the supplies. So I may have converted a few into fiber addicts. 🙂 It amazes me though that some of the students were just “worn out” after rubbing and couldn’t believe how much work it was. But every one of them had a phone case that was felted before they left. They still needed to shrink them down and I hope they will take the time to keep working on it.
I thought you might like to see my finished class samples that I made during each class. They still aren’t quite dry so you can’t see the silk noil embellishment very well, but now I have 6 phone cases to sell. 🙂
It was a good experience and I enjoyed it. I think it would work a bit better with a slightly longer class session but they cram it all into 24 hours (there was a class session Friday night that I declined to teach) so I guess they do well to get four almost 2 hour sessions completed with over 200 students involved.
Yesterday I had a great time at Alpaca Tracks. We did use wool instead of alpaca only because it felts faster so works better for a class. Now they are all ready to make hats from there lovely alpaca’s fibre.
As you can see I am not the only one taking pictures with my phone.
Rubbing and rolling
This one is coming along but is not quite there yet.
The best part of this day was this hat. Not be cause it is an unusual or far out but because it was a reluctant hat. The lady was not sure she wanted to make a hat, she not a hat person, maybe she would sell it.
But at the end of the day she loved her hat and was going to keep it for herself.
These two hats turned out great, very mysterious.
I didn’t get any other hat pictures. wit was a very staggered ending and there where 3 pill box styles that will have to be sewn together after they are dry.
All in all a great day. I think everyone had a good time and was happy with there hats. And we had crepes for lunch.