April 26, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
This is a class for those who have always wanted to try wet felting a basic design or image but haven’t had the time, space or chutzpah to try it! In this class you’ll get to try your hand at making a felted wall hanging using wool from Clover Valley Farm’s Happy Sheep with guidance from farm owner/operator, Cindy Hale. We will look at a series of samples, from start to finish, showing how you can use different types of wool (i.e. raw wool, roving, batting or yarn) and felting techniques including the use of “pre-felts” to get different effects.
You will learn how to properly layer wool of single and multiple colors for both strength and artistry, including how to anticipate the way the wool will shrink and move in order to best achieve your desired result. In the morning of this full day event you will start by creating a basic design, making templates and selecting the wool for each design element and laying out your unfelted masterpiece. After lunch we will get wet and soapy! You will get the “feel” of how the wet felting process works as you slowly and steadily massage, roll, toss and rub your piece until it reaches its final form.
You will go home with a completed, one-of-a-kind, approx. 18″ x 18″ piece of art, that, once dried can be hung with pride. You will go home with new felting skills, and inspiration to do more wet felting on your own! Learning wet felting in a small class allows you to experience a wide range of techniques and see other people’s design ideas. All supplies, materials & tools needed for one wall hanging will be provided by the instructor, additional wool ($35/lb) and wet felting stones will be available for purchases from the instructor.
You should bring…
A bath towel, an apron, a bowl or ice cream bucket (to hold soapy water), a 2’x2′ sheet of bubble wrap, a notebook, and pens/pencils (for sketching and notes), and a plastic bag to bring your wet project home. Optional = bring in pictures of design elements, specific types/colors of wool you really want to include!
We will take a half hour lunch (you are also welcome to bring a lunch from home, or enjoy lunch from the Dovetail Cafe) and two short breaks throughout the day.
No special experience required.
Best for Ages…
10 and older (children must be accompanied by an adult. They can work as a team, or both can register individually, in which case, each registration will make a project)
Venue: Duluth Folk School Library
The Library is upstairs in the Duluth Folk School/Dovetail Cafe building.
Note: The Library is up one flight of stairs, and we do not have an elevator.