Felting Faces Workshop

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Felting Faces – The Parrot Lady with Kimberly Pulli

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Date: July 19-21, 2018
Time: 9am- 4pm Thursday- Saturday

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
The shop is supplying all of the wool for this project, over 13oz of fine Merino top, plus embellishment and textural fibers, use of shop tools.

Skill Level for this Workshop: Suitable for all levels, some wet felting experience very helpful. We will be rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

Workshop Description:

“Felting Faces” using nuno, wet and needle felting techniques. We will have fun felting a flat piece featuring the Parrot Lady together, which consists of merino wool, MC-1, silk, yarn, nepps and hankies.
Kimberly will share with you all of her techniques for creating these beautiful works of art in wool. Together, the participants will felt “The Parrot Lady”. Techniques learned from this project will support
your future artworks and explorations. At the end of the class, Kimberly will be draw a name and one of the students will take home the artwork Kimberly made in the class!

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Eco Printing Workshop

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Eco Printing Workshop: with Dawn Edwards of Felt So Right

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Date: June 15-16, 2018
Time: FRI & SAT 9am – 4pm
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
Free habotai or chiffon yardage provided by shop
Students may purchase silk scarves or yardage and felt yardage from the shop.
Students may bring silk fabrics and felted object(s) to print onto.
*See workshop calendar if you wish to come felt an item before this class with the intent of eco-printing it.

Eco-Printing – Combining Felt and Nature
If you are not familiar with eco-printing, also known as botanical printing, it quite simply refers to leaves and plant matter that print when bundled and simmered for a period of time. Eco-printing differs from ‘natural dyeing’…while both use natural plant materials, natural dyeing more commonly results in a fabric being dyed in one particular color. With eco-printing, you will actually see the wonderful leaf prints on your piece. Eco-printing is gaining in popularity all around the world…Come and find out why.

Using simple, natural plant materials, we will transform our felt through the extraction of color using eco-dyeing techniques, a method discovered by Textile Artist India Flint. Dawn will bring along a selection of eco-printed samples for participants to study and she’ll explain how she achieved the results. We’ll discuss bundling methods and then we’ll move on to wrapping our own felt bundles. Once wrapped, the bundles will be heated for several hours to aid the release of colors from the leaf matter.

As, this is an introduction to eco-printing in a condensed format, our focus will be printing on felt. After our felt pieces go into the pot and while our bundles are simmering, you may wish to bundle a couple of undyed silk or silk/wool blend scarves (heavier weight silks, such as Habotai, print better than lighter weight silks). If we have enough pots/burners to accommodate all of the bundles, we’ll add these pieces to the pot, and if not, you will be able to take your bundles home to continue your experimentation. We will keep printing until the time and pot space runs out.

Note from Dawn: Please remember, only protein fibers will be suitable for this workshop (silk and wool both being protein fibers). Cotton/linen, etc. are cellulose fibers and require a different approach, so won’t work for this process.

Day 1:
Get familiar with the eco printing process and results using the plants brought and gathered to this workshops. Day one is a great day to print on felt yardage for placemats and/or table runners or to use in other projects.

Day 2:
Building on the results and discoveries from day one, print onto hand felted items. Bring your own thin nuno felt scarves, lap top sleeve, hat, small purse or blouse/tunic.
Keep in mind the projects cannot be overly large so that there is room in the pots for everyone. Folded width should be 12″ or smaller. If you are uncertain or have questions – call the shop.

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Woodsy Forest Vessel Felting Workshop

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Wet Felting a Woodsy Forest Vessel with Dawn Edwards

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Date: June 14th, 2018 Thursday
Time: 9am- 4pm

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
Includes wool, embellishment and textural fibers, use of shop tools.

Skill Level for this Workshop: Suitable for all levels. We will be rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

Workshop Description:

Come and create a beautiful wet-felted forest floor inspired vessel. We will explore methods of creating great visual interest through a fabulous, highly textured surface. We will form our vessels using a flat resist. Felting with a resist will produce a seamless, hollow shape. Watch as our flat felt pieces become three-dimensional…and woodsy.

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Painting with Wool: Realistic Animal Portraits Workshop

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Painting with Wool: Realistic Animal Portraits
2-day Needle Felting Workshop with Dani Ives

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Date: May 18th-19th FRI, SAT
Time: 9am- 4pm Friday & Saturday

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
Includes wool, wool felt fabric, embroidery hoop, all supplies and use of shop tools such as felting needles and foam.

Students will work with Living Felt brand fibers including our CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Felting Batts, New Zealand Corriedale, Alpaca and other fibers.

Painting with Wool: Felting Realistic Animal Portraits
Come learn how to needle felt realistic two-dimensional animal portraits with fiber artist, Dani Ives. You’ll learn the entire process of creating a needle felted animal portrait. We’ll chat about selecting and assessing an image, methods of transfer, and use of color to mimic lighting and texture. You’ll learn about adding key details and techniques to emphasize realism and make your portraits pop. Dani will be offering detailed demonstrations and tons of individual instruction.

Topics Covered:

-Composition

-Assessing an image for a portrait: how to study an image to determine what colors to use in order to portray the light and shadows and how to work with bone structure and fur (or feathers/scales/skin)

-Transferring Image: either reversed with transfer pen, or poke and connect dots

-Eyes: Demonstration, order of pieces, tricks to make them “pop”

-Nose: Order of pieces, demo

-Color blending, working dark to light, bottom layer to top

-Fur textures: short, shiny, long (Other animal covering textures as needed)

-Sharp lines, cleaning up edges, outlines for drama

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Needle Felting Felines Workshop

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Needle Felting Workshop: Felting Felines

Learn how to needle felt 3D Animals – Domestic, Wild and Big Cats!

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Date: APR 12TH-14TH, 2018
Time: THUR, FRI, SAT 9am – 4pm

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
Includes all supplies for this class plus use of shop needles, foam and tools.
Students may purchase additional fibers, and supplies from the shop if desired.

Needle Felting Realistic Cats, Lions, Tigers, etc! Needle felt a domestic cat, wild cat or other big cat.
Award winning artist Megan Nedds joins us from Ohio to share her techniques for needle felting incredibly realistic needle felted animals.
Megan has made hundreds of realistic needle felted animals and will share all she can fit into these 3-days to help you sculpt an amazing work of art.

During this 3-day class, we will be exploring feline characteristics while everyone makes their choice of cat.
Cats can be challenging to sculpt because they are uniquely shaped, but this class will help you achieve that signature feline contour.
We will also focus on cat faces and fine tune details such as coat and paws.

Megan says, “I love working with Living Felt’s MC-1 fast felting batts because they are the perfect consistency for felting. They are so soft and the colors are perfect. When I use them, I know my sculptures will turn out great!”

Felted Art Dolls Workshop

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Felting Art Dolls: A 3-Day Workshop with Marie Spaulding

 

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Date: March 22nd-24th THUR, FRI, SAT

Time: 9am- 4pm Thurs, Friday & Saturday

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Materials Fee: $0
Includes wool, Armature, Foam, use of Needles and shop tools
Students may purchase additional fibers, and supplies from the shop if desired.
Students will work with Living Felt brand fibers including our CW-1 Core Wool and MC-1 Felting Batts, fine Merino Tops and luster/embellishment fibers.

Felting Fantastical and Artful Dolls:
Marie Spaulding has been needle felting dolls since she first learned to felt in early 2000.
Learn her techniques for making exhibit quality dolls and fantasy characters including pointy noses, ears, lively eyes and detailed hands.
Explore wet felting and nuno felting for interesting costumes.

*Students will be free to put their emphasis where desired. If you want to make three heads instead of a full doll, we can support that.
If you prefer to spend time on costuming over articulated fingers, you will be supported and coached towards seeing your goals met.
If you want to make a Santa, you can do that! This will be a great opportunity to follow your inspiration.
If you prefer to attempt a more abstract doll using found objects, that will be supported also. (bring the found objects with you)

This workshop is specifically designed as an in-depth experience to help you felt detailed dolls in just a few days.
Students will be encouraged to work at least one night after the class (felting home work 🙂 to get the most out of the experience.

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Magical Millinery: Felting Fantasy Hats Workshop

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Magical Millinery – Felting Fantasy Hats
3-days with Kate Koprowski of HandiCraftKate

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Date: Feb 15-17, 2018
Time: 9am- 4pm Thursday- Saturday
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737

Workshop Description:
This February spend three days on-location in beautiful Austin Texas delving into a felting workshop that will introduce you to the art of millenary.

The focus of this workshop will be the construction of three different types of fantasy hats through the use of resist felting.

Each of the three hats that students construct will require a specifically shaped resist to create a seamless and hollow 2-D hat “blank”. In order to transform the 2-D hat blank into a 3-D wearable fantasy hat sculpture the students will learn several different blocking techniques and approaches. This workshop will give students the basic felting techniques at the core of every 3-D project by covering: resist making, measuring, shaping, thinking in 2-D forms to create 3-D shapes, shaping and finishing. This is an intermediate level class-for those with some feltmaking experience. If you are a beginning feltmaker you may find this class challenging but not overwhelmingly so.”

Possible Project One “Pixie Hood”
Possible Project Two “Fantasy Fedora”
Possible Project Three “Witch Hat”

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