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Harnessing Wool’s Artistic Properties: Needle Felting 101

May 7, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 5:00 pm

Registration Closes: Friday May 6 @ 10am
needle felting using wool and a needle

Needle felting is a satisfying way to create felt from wool, one of the most versatile and reliable natural fibers on the planet. Sheep give us their wool over and over again, and we in turn can clothe ourselves, make decorative wall pieces, strong and natural toys, accessories like hats, bags, shoes and so much more. In this hands-on class, instructor Jessica Kaufman will share her extensive knowledge of the various ways of creating felt from wool and all the different types of beautiful and useful things you can make. We’ll get you started on flat needle felting, needle felting 3-dimensional pieces, and adding decoration onto already felted items. We won’t do any wet felting in this workshop, but we’ll talk all about it.

What is needle felting? Needle felting uses large hand held barbed needles that, when stabbed through wool, catch on the scales of the fiber and push them together, creating solid fabric from roving (unspun wool). Tidy, compact and portable, needle felting is a great bring-along project.  Also, your project doesn’t have to be “done” in order to set it aside for periods of time; it won’t rot, unravel, harden or spoil if you need to take a break for hours, weeks or even years. Combining colors is really beautiful and fun, with natural fleece available in a wide range of whites, tans, browns, and blacks.  You can also use dyed wool, so there are infinite color blending opportunities. 

Workshop Details

This hands on workshop will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022 from 1pm – 5pm at a covered outdoor pavilion in Asheville, NC. Students will bring home multiple projects, some started and others finished. It just depends on you and what you want to make!

This is an after-lunch class, so snacks and drinks are welcome. Bring a seat cushion if you’d like some padding!

Age minimum for class participant is age 8 with guardian.

About the Instructor

Jessica Kaufman (she/her) has an MA in crafts education and is the owner of WAXON Batik & Dye Studio in Asheville, NC.  With over 22 years of teaching experience, Jessica has taught a wide variety of fiber and textile arts to summer campers, school children, high schoolers, and adult workshops up and down the East Coast.  Her enthusiasm for teaching is apparent in every class she leads.  Jess maintains over 80 free knitting videos at HappyGoCrafty.com.

Sliding Scale $90 – $40

In order to make our workshops more accessible, we offer two price options for each class, with an additional Equity Discount for qualifying individuals. Please consider these options and select your price at checkout.

  • Sponsor Price $90: For those who have enough to share, thank you for being a Sponsor. This is an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the class for someone else.
  • Standard Price $65: The Standard reflects one person’s share of what it costs to produce the class and cover basic expenses.
  • Equity Price $40: We offer an additional Equity Discount for those from the following communities who support reparations and/or an equitable redistribution of wealth and would not have access to this workshop without this discount:

Thank you for helping to transform the world into a culture of abundance, resilience, and opportunity for all.

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Registration Closes: Friday May 6 @ 10am

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Lily Harlin


Lily is an artist, creator, and dreamer. Since a very young age, she has been immersed in the natural world and draws heavy inspiration from the wild. Though her medium changes frequently, Lily’s art and expression always incorporate an element of the organic and unpredictable. She got her associate in fine arts in 2023, and now volunteers at her school as a ceramic studio monitor. She hopes to open a studio of her own one day to have a place to teach and inspire others. In addition to doing commission work, Lily has been creating many graphics for The Firefly Gathering since 2019. Lily grew up in the Earthskills community from the time she was eight years old, so having the opportunity to grow and give back in so many ways has been incredibly fulfilling. No matter where she ends up, this group of people and ideas will always hold a special place in her heart.