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Lost Art Studio carries Hearthside Fibers Color A La Carte 1 oz packages of 50 colors of wool for felting


Pet Portrait in 2D

Needle Felt 

with  Justine Heinrichs

Saturday and Sunday August 1 & 2, 2020

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

          (Workshop size min 6)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner


           Cost: $175

           Materials: $30  instructor on day of workshop: all materials will be supplied.

                                   Note: portrait frame not included in this workshop.


Have you ever wished you had a portrait of your pet? Here is a chance to learn how to make a realistic portrait using wool. Wool is used as our “paint”. It is a fabulous medium for portraying animals. We will apply the wool using barbed needles stabbing into a wool felt background.  We start with a favorite photo of your furry friend. You’ll be taught how to transfer a usable outline onto a piece of felt, choose and blend colors and different techniques to get different textures. You do not need to have previous experience.


Here are the details:


Participants will learn how to needle felt a realistic portrait from a photo onto a wool felt background. One week or earlier before the class, students are asked to email favorite photos of their subject to instructor. Photos should be a close up of your pet with lots of reflection in the eyes and detail of the nose. On day one, participants will learn how to transfer a meaningful outline onto wool felt. Using a variety of colors and hand blending, we will begin needle felting the eyes and nose. I find that once the eyes are done the soul of the work is apparent and calls for the piece to be completed. Day two will focus on the ears and filling out the muzzle and the rest of the work. 


Skills taught:

  • Transferring a basic outline from a photo onto a felt background 

  • Techniques using felting needle and wool to paint a 2D portrait

  • Using a photo in various ways as a reference guide

  • Mixing wool of different colors to obtain wool of a precise color or color combination 

  • Seeing each individual color of a photo separate from its overall effect 


Justine Heinrichs is a musician and orchestra teacher for over 30 years. A former egg carving artist discovered felting in 2017 and it was off to the races. She does commission work and workshops for needle felting animal portraits in 2D. She was recently included in the Beyond the Fiber event this past August with her students showing great results. Justine won First Place in the Make it with Wool and Best in Show in the Design Challenge with her hawk portrait at the 2019 WI Sheep and Wool Festival






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Two workshops to choose from


Felted Landscape or Irises

with  Anna Winette : Wool Art by Anna Winston Repke

           Sunrise/Sunset Landscape - class full

                 email if you'd like to be on wait list

                   - Saturday February 22



            Felted Irises - Sunday February 23- class full

                 email if you'd like to be on wait list

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

          (Workshop size min 6 and max. 12)

           Recommended Experience Level: Beginner

              NOTE: Iris felting workshop as shown in photos requires finish sewing with

                          free motion sewing machine.

                          or needle felting is an option for finish with slightly different results


           Cost: $100  if signed up before December 31, 2019

                     $120 after January 1, 2020

                Materials: $35 for Landscape Felting

                                  $40 for Iris Felting

                          to instructor on day of workshop

                    Material fee will include all the lovely blended colors of wool

                    for your felted piece and the use of the tools we will need to create it

                    such as the wet felting supplies, foam pad, and needles


Create a beautiful landscape picture from wool! Your finished piece will be approximately 12” x 14”. We will create our base piece with the wet felting method and then go on to needle felt the lovely details into your final picture. I will guide you all the way and demonstrate each step and will also have examples for you to look at.  I will have pictures to choose from, or better yet, bring your own ideas! 


Students Should Bring:
2 towels and wear comfortable clothes that can get can get wet.

Iris felting workshop uses free motion sewing machine.

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






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.”  In between shows you will find her on her 25 acre ”farm” with a dog and a basket of wool at her feet, a project in her lap and one of 15 grandchildren running around.

Knit and Felt Your Hat

Summer Workshop date to be determined

Contact Lost Art Studio for a private or to arrange a group lesson


          (Workshop size min 6 and max. 10)

           Instructor: Dorothy Schutte

           Cost: $50 plus materials


Some knitting experience required.

If you are new to knitting, sign up for the Beginning knitting class


This workshop begins with knitting  a very oversized hat with wool yarn followed by a felting session where the large knitted blob is transformed into a beautiful hat. At the first meeting you will get the knitting pattern and begin knitting with the yarn specified in the materials list. Two weeks later you will bring your finished knitted hat blob to the workshop to complete the process through felting. You are welcome to come to the regular Lost Art Open studio on Friday or Saturday to get any help or questions answered about the knitting process.


Date to be determined Knitting Materials:

-Size 11 24"circular knitting needles

-Size 11 double pointed needles

 -310 yards 14 ply wool yarn- Brown Sheep Wool or New Zealand Wool Pak

           New Zealand Wool Pak can be purchased through Paradise Fibers.

           or purchased from instructor ($25/310 yd skein).

           You can choose to purchase white yarn and dye the yarn before knitting

               or dye the completed felted hat in a Paint Your Yarn Dye class


       if you choose to use another wool yarn, check with instructor to be sure it

       will work for this process.

-If desired, you can add a non-wool novelty yarn to knit as an accent for your hat.

       Some yarns will be available the first night, or if you have some of your own

Date to be determined Felting Materials


-Old clothes/apron

-old towels

-wool fiber for accent (optional






Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio
Nancy Wilson
519 Wisconsin Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186

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