Fantastic Needle Felted Fox

Needle Felted Fox by Donna Moore featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Didn’t Donna do a fantastic job on her fox? Everyone fell in love with it and we all are in love with her work table as well — she covered it with vintage rulers …. just fabulous! 🙂

“Tried my hand at the fox and can’t wait to start on the Cardinal!”

– Donna Moore, Texas

Cute Felted Baby Booties

Felted Baby Booties by Chris Pellerin featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

We love these multi-colored baby booties Chris makes! Chris shares that she used Merino wool and felts them on a single resist (which is our method also!). She lives on a farm in Western Massachusetts where she tends to the land, grows food, cares for critters, rug hooks and felts.

Chris Pellerin, Massachusetts
Dunroamin Farm Design

Want to wet felt your own slippers? Check out our kits and how-tos:

Wet Felted Slipper Kit
Wet Felted Slipper PDF Download

Felting Faces Workshop

Felting Faces Workshop featured on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

Felting Faces – The Parrot Lady with Kimberly Pulli

Call us with questions 1- 877-665-5790

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

Eco Printing Workshop featured on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

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

Woodsy Forest Vessel Felting Workshop featured on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

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

Painting with Wool featured on www.LivingFelt.com/blog

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

Call us with questions 1- 877-665-5790

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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