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To 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.

You 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 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

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

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

Nota 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.