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Final Surface Design on Felt Online Classes for 2018

Final Surface Design on Felt Online Classes for 2018

Believe it or not, 2018 is coming to a close and the last of my online classes for 2018 begins on October 5, 2018. There are four different modules that are all about experimentation with mixed media techniques creating surface design on felt. Each class is 4 weeks in length with an extra 2 weeks of instructor support at the end of the 4 weeks. The classes are only $45 US with PDF information and videos presented each of the 4 weeks. There is a ton of information packed into the 4 weeks so it’s a great bargain. Anyone from anywhere in the world can take these courses, no need to show up at a certain time (you can even wear your pajamas).

Nuno Felted Paper Fabric Lamination, Ruth Lane

The first module is called Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination. You will learn the technique of Paper Fabric Lamination and then how to use these pieces in nuno felting.

As you can see from the examples above, there are many possibilities with this technique. All of the samples above were created by students who have taken the class in the past.  Click here for more information and to register for the class.

The second module is Experimental Screen Printing on Felt.

The samples above were created by former students in the screen printing class. You will also be able to use these techniques to screen print fabric such as silk to use in nuno felting. These same techniques can also be used on cotton fabric to use in fabric collage or quilting. You will learn how to create thickened dye, make your own screens and many ways to use these screens in an experimental approach. Click here for more information about Screen Printing and to register for this class. 

The third module is Printing, Stenciling, and Playing with Thickened Dye on Felt.

(Photos above by a former student.) This one is really fun and experimental. Learn to make stamps, stencils and how to use a variety of objects from around the house to create your own unique surface design on felt. Develop your own style with designs you have created. The techniques you learn in this class can be used for felt, other fabric types and even paper. The stamps and stencils can be re-used over and over and applied in different ways to create exciting patterns. Click here for more information about Print, Stencil, and Play with Thickened Dye on Felt and to register for the class.

The last module in the series is Free Motion Machine Stitching on Felt.

In this course, you will learn the basics of free motion machine stitching and how to use this specifically on felted projects. Does the thought of machine stitching seem a bit scary? If so, you should take this course to get a handle on how to use your sewing machine to create wonderful embellishments on felt paintings or other felted items. We’ll start with how to set up the machine and some great practice techniques that will build your skill level until you feel comfortable with your machine. Then you’ll learn about machine lace, thread sketching and how to incorporate machine stitching into felt paintings. Click here for more about Free Motion Machine Stitching on Felt and to register for the class.

I hope you want to expand your fiber art skills. If so, click on any of the links above to read more about the classes, see the supply lists and to register. I look forward to “seeing” you in class!

And don’t forget, if you are a beginner, our online class Wet Felting for Beginners is always available.

This class teaches you all about wet felting. You’ll learn how to make a piece of felt, how shrinkage works and how to calculate it and the basics of felting, fulling and creating felt from wool fiber. Click here for more information and to sign up. 


Third Quarter Challenge – Beneath the Surface

Third Quarter Challenge – Beneath the Surface

This year’s challenge theme is all about surface design. So you would think that most surface design is just that, the top layer of embellishments added to the surface. But wool is such an interesting fiber. You can add things underneath the top layer of wool that will affect the surface design. So that is this quarter’s challenge. To add something underneath the top layer of wool that will change the surface after felting. I am using photos from our library here on the website so not all of these photos are of my work. But these are to give you some ideas.

One of the things that you can put beneath the surface are inclusions such as marbles. Here Ann has made some felt cuffs where the marbles definitely change the surface design. You can leave them in, take them out or cut them partially open to have the marble or inclusion partially exposed.

Here are a few more pieces that have inclusions in the felt. I have used yarn, a felt bead, marbles, and a glass color sample. I have also created craters with a different color wool underneath to create a complementary color scheme.

You could also use resists under the top layer of wool to create a design. By having a different color underneath, you will expose the contrasting underneath color when the resist is cut out and removed. The piece on the right is cut back applique where three layers of felt were stitched together and portions were cut back to reveal the design.

Another method of changing the surface from beneath is to have two or more layers of wool in different colors, these can be stitched as in the photo above to create ridges and then cut back. Or you could try this with felt beads with layers of color and then cut them to use on a surface. Or if you created a vessel with thick walls with multiple color layers, you could carve parts of the vessel back to show the different colors. There are many options with this technique.

Using a coarser wool under a finer wool will change the surface design as well. In the photo above, Terri Berry used a Gotland wool underneath the top surface teal merino. She used a plastic resist to create the pattern under the merino. The Gotland migrates through the merino and the only teal merino left is where the plastic pattern blocked the migration. You can read her entire post about it here.

You can use different wool underneath to achieve a different texture on the surface. These two samples were created by Zed with two layers in each sample. The sample on the left is Mixed 56’s on the bottom covered by 18.5 mic Merino. The sample on the right is two layers of 18.5 mic Merino. The coarser wool underneath gives a different texture than the two layers of Merino. (Thanks Zed!)

One very simple way to change the surface is to use a different color underneath the top layer. As you can see in the photo above, the red on the black wool looks different from the red on the white wool.

There are many more ways I have seen that people have created different surface designs by what they put underneath that top layer of wool. These are just a few examples to get you started. What can you create by changing the surface design from beneath the surface? I hope you’ll give it a try. And if you create something for the challenge, please show us over on the forum. 




Online Class Schedule for 2018

Online Class Schedule for 2018

I have posted the online class schedule for 2018. Take a look at the classes listed under the menu item Online Classes to see the schedules for my classes and for Teri Berry’s classes. As always, the Wet Felting for Beginners online class is continuously available so you can sign up now for that one. We have also heard from several other instructors who might be interested in teaching so I will post about that when it occurs. If you are a felting or fiber art instructor that would like to teach some online courses with us, please fill out the Contact Us form.

Teri Berry’s Felted Concertina Hats will be available twice in 2018. This course will be held in February and August. The four-week hat making course will initially guide you through the different options for hat blocks. Week 2 will focus on making a stylish or quirky concertina hat. In week 3, you will make a super-cute snail hat. Week 4 will be an opportunity to catch up or make another hat. For more information click here. 


Teri Berry’s new course is all about making felt bags. The 2018 course dates will be in May and November. During this 5 week course you will have the opportunity to make at least 3 bags / purses. In week 1, we will make an animal themed spectacles/phone/pencil case. Week 2  will be spent making a small to medium shoulder / hand bag. The week 3 tutorial is a little more ambitious, we will be making a backpack with adjustable straps, multiple internal compartments and internal pockets. Weeks 4 and 5 will be for catch up / further development, you might like to apply your own design to a bag.

Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques – A Mixed Media Approach, my four-part module online course will be offered every quarter in 2018. The dates will be in January, April, July and October. Each of the modules is only $45 and you can just take one or take them all. You just need basic felting experience and can take the modules in any order. The modules are listed below:

Nuno Felting with Paper Fabric Lamination

This class is about learning the technique of paper fabric lamination and then using those results to nuno felt. Paper fabric lamination is a technique of essentially gluing paper to sheer fabric in a specific design. When  I first learned the technique, I wondered how I would use the result. Many artists use paper fabric lamination and layer the results together with stitching and other methods. When I looked at my samples, I saw sheer fabric with a design and thought “Why not try nuno felting with it?” I tried it, it worked, and I loved the results. It was a way to use my own designs and create a piece of nuno felt that was completely different and in my own style.

Screen Printed Felt Journals by Ruth Lane

Experimental Screen Printing on Felt

Have you put off trying to screen print because you thought it was too complicated? This is the course for you then. This course will teach you about a variety of methods of screen printing that are fun and easy although sometimes a bit messy!

Printing, Stenciling and Playing with Thickened Dye on Felt

Learn to make thickened dye and then use it to make designs on felt or silk. Create your own unique designs with stamps, stencils and stuff found around your house. This course will teach you to experiment and play with thickened dye.

Free Motion Machine Stitching on Felt

This course is all about how to use free motion machine stitching on felt. You will learn a variety of techniques that relate specifically on how to use your sewing machine and enhance hand-made felt. You will learn how to incorporate machine lace into felt, transfer designs to felt, thread sketching on felt and experimenting with new ways to use your sewing machine to embellish felt.

We look forward to an exciting online class schedule in 2018 and hope you’ll consider joining a few of the classes. You can sign up to be notified by email when registration opens. Just fill out the contact us form with the class name and date requested.



Surface Design Techniques on Felt

Surface Design Techniques on Felt

I have been experimenting with a variety of surface design techniques on felt for a long while. I have developed a series of online classes about these techniques. There is a screen printing on felt class running now and I am currently finishing up the last in the series Free Motion Stitching on Felt. This course will give specific free motion stitching techniques that I have developed that can be combined with felting either during the felting process or after the piece is felted. I am planning on offering the course in the spring. I will make an announcement here when the class is posted and open for registration.

Free Motion Machine Stitched Poppy on Felt

In preparation for the class, I have been making samples for the PDF and videos for the course. This is a poppy that I stitched on to a piece of felt that was already screen printed with a deconstructed screen printing technique. I liked the poppy but it just seemed to fade away into the background and I really didn’t want to add in color with thread. So I decided to paint the poppy color in.

Painting on felt isn’t the easiest thing and it’s hard to get fine details because the surface of the felt doesn’t really take paint very well. I used Dye-na-Flo paint to paint in all the color on the petals and stem. Then I added highlights and shadows with liquid acrylic paint.

Painted and Free Motion Stitched Poppy on Felt

You can definitely see the poppy now. It is also a little hard to get a good photo with reds and oranges and this is a little redder than the original. But you get the idea. If you are interested in taking any of my surface design classes, just fill out the contact us form with your information and  which class is of interest. I will put you on the email list to contact when the class registration opens.

Fish 1

Also, there are two spots left in Galina Titova’s Felting Fantasy Fish class that begins January 12, 2017. You can register here. It’s a really fun class and very popular, so don’t miss out!


Announcing New Online Class and a Giveaway!

Announcing New Online Class and a Giveaway!

My new online class Print, Stencil and Play with Thickened Dye on Felt is finally ready! It is the third module of Embellishing Felt with Surface Design Techniques – A Mixed Media Approach. The cost for the 4 week course is $45.00 (US). The first offering of the course is September 16, 2016. To register for the course, please fill out the contact us form here.

PSP Front Page

Do you love to experiment and play? This class is going to be a lot of fun as you learn how to make thickened dyes and a variety of ways to apply thickened dye to felt or silk. You’ll learn how to make stamps, stencils and various mark making techniques.


For more information about the course, check out the class page here. 

Finished Stenciled Fish on Felt

Now for exciting news! I am giving away one free class slot for this class. To enter to win, share this post on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or your own blog and receive one entry per social media share. Leave a comment below with where you shared the post. You must leave a comment here to be entered to win. The drawing will be held on September 9th and the winner announced here on September 10th. Good Luck!

And remember, our Wet Felting for Beginners online class is always available. So if you’re just starting to felt and want to learn the basics, go here and sign up. 

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