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.
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.
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.
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Having grown up in a multicultural family, Kimberly’s love for languages and traditional cultures is infused into everything she creates. After many years overseas, she now calls the Appalachian mountains her home and continues to keep the adventure alive by staying close to the wild. Kimberly is a singer songwriter, dancer, women’s circle facilitator, personal finance astrologer, bookkeeper, yoga teacher, and chef.