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Chicks in 3D

with  Nan Calvert

Sunday March 3

10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Please arrive a few minutes ahead of class)

          (Workshop size max. 12)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

   

           Cost: $45

           Materials: $20  instructor on day of workshop

  • Level –Some needle felting experience is helpful. Adventurous beginners with no experience are welcome!

  • All materials will be provided - armature wire, wool fiber, felting needles and pads

  • Age – 16 years and over.

  • Bring lunch and a chair pad to keep you comfortable if desired.

Description:

Whether you celebrate the return of Spring or the observance of Easter, this needle felting workshop is for you! You will learn how to make and needle felt over an armature (wire form) in the shape of a chick. You will leave with a life-sized, wool version of our sweet, little fuzzy peepers. They’re cute, soft and so much easier to care for than the real ones!

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Fancy Felted Vessel

with  Nan Calvert

Sunday March 24

10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Please arrive a few minutes ahead of class)

          (Workshop size max. 8)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

   

           Cost: $100

           Materials: $20  instructor on day of workshop

  • Level –Some simple wet felting experience is very helpful for this workshop. If you want to register for this but have no experience, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IxCDkh-evs for a quick tutorial.

  • All materials will be provided - There is a truckload of them LOL!

  • Age – 16 years and over.

  • Bring lunch and a chair pad to keep you comfortable if desired.

  • Wear comfy shoes as we will be standing much of the time. You will probably get a little wet.

  • Wet felting can be a workout for your arms.

Description:

– In this workshop, you will learn the following wet felting techniques:

  • Wet felting over a closed resist.

  • Surface design using wet felted cords, bumps, silk, pencil roving, spikes, buttons/beads and non-wool materials.

You will begin by making a simple vessel. There will be 3 resist shapes from which to choose. Once it has reached the pre-felt stage of wet felting, you’ll then explore various surface design techniques to add to your vessel and that is where the real creative fun and excitement begin! You will take home a one-of-a-kind, sculptural wet felted vessel and an expanded knowledge base that will take your felting to another level.

Nan learned felting at the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center and it quickly became one of her (many) passions. There are endless possibilities when it comes to felting arts – sculpture, garment making, portraiture, landscapes, jewelry. Nan says, “One of the reasons wet felting is so fascinating is that it truly is an ancient art. That connection to the distant past excites me. Needle felting is a comparatively newer form. It’s equally as amazing, though.”

In addition to being a felter, Nan also does looping and stone wrapping. Looping, also known as knotless netting, predates crochet and knitting. In days long gone, it was used to make fishing nets, clothing, and other useful things. Stone wrapping began in Japan hundreds of years ago and had a number of uses. Here it’s used as a decorative art. Fiber arts and stone wrapping are easily combined.

Nan lives on a little slice of heaven off Highway 11 in the Town of Dover with her dogs, horses, Angora goats, chickens and husband. She is also a Subject Matter Expert on plants native to southeastern Wisconsin.

Felted Landscape

Wet Felt & Needle Felt 

with  Anna Repke

Friday, April 5

5:30pm to 8:30 pm 

          (Workshop size min 4, max 8)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

   

           Cost: $50

           Materials: $15  instructor on day of workshop

            Students should Bring: 2 towels and wear

            comfortable clothes that can get can get wet.

Description:

  You will learn how to make a small landscape scene. Approximately 8" x 10". You will learn how to wet felt, needlefelt and landscape design. Note: the class photo shown was for previous class making a larger felted landscape. Technique will be the same for smaller landscape in this class.

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Be aware that there is a fair amount of rolling and rubbing using your arms and hands.

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Stained Glass (Wool)

Wet Felt & Needle Felt 

with  Anna Repke

Saturday,  April 6

9:00 am  to 4:00 pm 

          (Workshop size min 4, max 8)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

   

           Cost: $100

           Materials: $40  instructor on day of workshop, includes all materials and frame

            Students should Bring: 2 towels and wear

            comfortable clothes that can get can get wet.

Description:

 Make your own 14” x 26” Stained Glass window out of wool! This project is easier than it looks. You will learn how to wetfelt the base with all the delightful colors of your choosing and then needlefelt the black lines in between colored wool. The frame is included in the material fee and we will help you to frame it before you go.

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Be aware that there is a fair amount of rolling and rubbing using your arms and hands.

Git 'er Done - Creative Felting Workshop

with  Anna Repke

Sunday,  April 7

9:00 am  to 4:00 pm 

          (Workshop size min 4, max 8)

           Recommended Experience Level: Previous felting experience, not a beginner workshop

   

           Cost: $80

           Materials: cost will vary according to your project

            Students should Bring: 2 towels and wear

            comfortable clothes that can get can get wet.

Description:

 For those who have already taken a felting class. Get 'er done!! Anna will bring all those fun fibers to try out, carders, sewing machines and wool galore. Do you have something you need to finish or something you want to try again an just need to jump in or just need someone to hold your hand a bit? This class is for you!

Anna started out as an oil painter, but the toxic fumes just proved too much and that was the end of painting!  Raising kids and Border Collies became the focus.  She was here at the WI Sheep and Wool Festival competing in the sheep herding part and  sold a dog to a fiber artist, Gale.  

Later, Gale taught her about felting and so when the discovery of ”painting” with wool was made, it soon turned into a passion!  Now the kids are raised and the Art Shows, Workshops and Classes across the country have taken over. 

 

Anna says, ”I never knew what it was to have a passion until this. I haven’t looked back since.  Working with wool has been the most fulfilling creative experience for me, ever.  There is something about the organic quality to the wool.  It has texture, character and life.  The things that can be done with it are endless.” 

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Blue Bird Wool Painting

Needle Felt 

with  Justine Heinrichs, a Sarafina Certified Instructor

Sunday March 10th,  2024 

9:00 am to 4:00 pm with an hour lunch break

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP IS SATURDAY March 2, 2024

          (Workshop size min 6)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

   

           Cost: $150 includes all felting materials

                  Note: portrait frame not included in this workshop.

 

Description:
 

This workshop is a fun exploration of painting with wool using felting needles, merino wool and gorgeous locks! Participants will create a portrait of a Blue Bird suitable for framing. 

 

Students will learn:

How to use felting needles

How to use a template for design inspiration

How to blend colors by hand or using hand carders

How to use different values of color to express light and reflection

Needle Felted Horse Head

for Beginners Workshop

with  Justine Heinrichs, a Sarafina Certified Instructor

Sunday September 22,  2024 

​10:00 am - 1:00 pm

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP IS SATURDAY September 14, 2024

          (Workshop size min 6)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

   

           Cost: $65 includes all felting materials

                  Note: portrait frame not included in this workshop.

 

Description:

This 3-hour workshop is a fun exploration of 2D needle felting using a cookie cutter with realistic results. Participants can create their own horse or someone else’s.

 

Students will learn:

How to use felting needles

How to use a cookie cutter to establish shape

How to create shapes to show details

How to apply color to establish more detail

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Justine Heinrichs is a musician, teacher and felt artist. She began her felting journey in January 2017 with a tiny owl Woolpet kit and a passion was born. Justine won Best in Show with her wet and needle felted hawk portrait at Sheep and Wool in 2019. She is one of the first Sarafina Certified Felting Instructors in 2021.

 

 Justine says, "I love the organic,  yet magical, nature of wool and the endless ways it can be manipulated. You can create lifelike creatures to the fantastic. The sky's the limit. I love sharing my passion in workshops. Felting is such a joy. I want to empower others to enjoy it too."

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