register for any of these classes, you need to print the registration
form and mail it in with a check or your VISfA/MC info for the amount
of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class.
may sign up at the store as well, but no sign up is taken over the phone
as we require the filled out registration form.
If you are interested in a workshop here and don't live in the area (my felting classes have drawn participants from all over this country and Canada), ...
you can find a list of some hotels/accommodations here.
I have no vested interest in any of them, but offer them as a guide for some options to those that are close by. Of course you can also check airbnb, hotel.com, etc.
The store is about 4 miles from the Burlington airport (it is really small, but international and easy to get in and out of!). I can usually pick participants up and get them back there before and after a class so a car rental isn't necessary. And if you stay in one of the accommodations really nearby (Fairfield Inn, Marriot Suites, Catamoung B&B) I can also get you back and forth to class for.
In the past, some participants who wanted to see a bit of New England and have a car anyway, have found better airline deals by flying into either Albany NY (3 hours drive), Manchester NH (2.5 hour drive), and even Montreal Canada (1.5 hour drive).
Be sure to check out our Events page for other gatherings of interest
Workshops with Melissa Arnold
May 22 - May 27th, 2017
Melissa has spent the last 12 years as a Professional Textile Designer, collaborating with fashion designer Catherine Bacon, and over the last 25 years working with both traditional and contemporary Shibori techniques. You can see more of her work at www.melissaarnoldtextiles.com.
Register for both workshops together and save $ !
Pay $680 for 6 days of instruction in a small class setting.
FABULOUS FELTED SHIBORI WRAP with Melissa Arnold - FULL This workshop is Mon - Wed May 22 - 24th 10 - 5
In this exciting 3 day class we will learn the art of Arashi Shibori on silk fabric and then felt thru it to create a fabulous wrap with a button closure. Arashi means storm and it is the shibori technique of pole wrapping to create linear designs on fabric. This element is wonderful when subsequently felted and it gives your wrap a design that resembles an animal skin.On Day 1 we will dye our silk, pole wrapping, discharging (removing color) and then over dyeing our silk pieces (the discharging and overdying yields a complex color scheme). Day 2 will be spent exploring design and layout options for creating an innovative and exciting wrap from our shibori silk using merino wool with assorted fibers for embellishment. Day 3 we will focus on exploring finishing details and other innovative options for your wrap.
This is a class for intermediate felters. Some dye experience is helpful - but NOT necessary.
Fee for 3 days: $400
Photographs above by Calin Powel - except the one on the right , that's my shot!
LAYERED, COLLAGED, STITCHED, AND FELTED COLLAR, WRAP OR CUFFS with Melissa Arnold Thur - Sat May 25 - 27th, 10 - 5
3 spots still open
In this exciting and innovative workshop we will explore the many creative possibilities of layering, collaging, stitching and felting! Working with merino wool, prefelts, sheer patterned silks and assorted scraps of fabulous fabrics, we will play with the innovative design options we have when you layer wool and fabric together and stitch thru it. We will then further collage and felt the stitched pieces to create a dynamic collar/wrap with matching cuffs.
You will need to have a good basic foundation in felting as well as a working sewing machine (one can be rented nearby for $10/day) that does free motion stitching (with the proper free motion foot attachment) and some experience with free motion stitching.
This wrap shown left (with detail in center) has been a "show stopper" on display at the shop since around Thanksgiving time! Everyone has oohed and aahed it even if my photographs don't do it justice! And Melissa forwarded some sample swatches (like the one shown right) that are absolutely gorgeous!
Instruction fee for 3 days: $400
Workshops with Maria Friese
July 12th - 16th 2017!
Maria Friese comes from the South-west of France near Toulouse. Her studio is situated in view of the Pyrenees: inspiration which feeds her designs in felt. Maria pushes this organic medium to it's boundaries by calculating and creating geometrically accurate forms. Her monumental piece ‘Cycle’, a large wall hanging inspired by macro images of moss and seed capsules, won her the ‘Young Designer Contest 2013’ from the prestigious organisation Atelier d’Arts de France.
As an experienced textile designer Maria will guide participants in each workshop with her knowledge and experiences in the design process.
She will give you precious tips how to improve your felt work for creating firm and high quality felt art.
Poetic Surface Design - 2 day workshop, Sat and Sunday July 15 & 16, 2017 10 - 5
2 spot open
In this two day workshop you will explore possibilities of creating poetic surface design for accessories or wall art. You will get an insight into the basis of surface-design concerning contrasts, colours and positioning of motifs to obtain a balanced surface. By working out a small personal pattern collection you will explore different techniques to create motifs and reliefs by using templates, pre-felt, nuno techniques, felt-needles or embroidery.
Instruction fee: $250.00
Symmetrical Felt Vessels/3-D sculptures 3 day workshop, Wed - Friday July 12, 13 & 14th 2017 10 - 5
2 spots open
In this three day workshop for experienced feltmakers you will explore possibilities of creating symmetrical felt vessels/3-D sculptures with a poetic touch. You will learn how to develop your very own designs for individual 3d vessel forms without any seams through sketches and surface samples. Based on this you will calculate and work out your template which allows beautiful symmetrical forms.
Instruction fee : $400
Needle Felted Bookmarks with Neysa Russo - Sat Oct 14th 10 - 1
What better way to make the gift of a book really special for a friend, co-worker or family member this hoiday season than to include with it a beautifully needle felted bookmark!
The Icelanders have a XMAS tradition of gifting a book on XMAS eve and then after dinner they all snuggle down for a quiet evening of reading. I LOVE this tradition.....it takes the commercialism out of the holiday and is a way of sharing one of your favorite books with your friends and family. Adding a special book mark that you created adds an extra elegance to the gift too.
So join my niece, Neysa, and learn her approach to planning a design and choosing a color scheme as well as the technical aspects of needle felting a lovely bookmarks (a few design ideas are pictured but we'll have lots of other possible creative ideas here for you then, as well. From geometrics to florals....so many possibilities.
You'll have time during the morning to make 2 bookmakrs in class and you'll leave with the knowledge to make many more for the holidays. AND....you can then apply what you learned making these bookmarks to create larger pieces such as wall hangings, table runners, pillows, etc. on your own!
These bookmarks are pretty quick and easy to make, are gorgeous, and pretty inexpensive. You'd have no trouble knocking out a bunch before XMAS. In fact, you might find them addictive!
So come join Neysa for 3 hours of colorful fun and leave with new techniques in hand and inspired to do so much more.
Neysa will collect a $5 materials fee to cover needles and the foam base. I will have an assortment of colors from the "workshop bin of fibers" out for you to use for your designs....you will just need to purchase your pre-felt background (under $10).
Instruction fee : $45
Bene: You must prepay to confirm your spot in a class. Fees paid to confirm
a spot are NOT refundable if you, for any reason, cannot attend. If the
class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be
issued. Don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't
delay since most classes fill quickly. In the event you sign up and can't
make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you
are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial
arrangements between yourselves.