Wet felting is a technique where wool fibers when wet and agitated become a material that can be sculpted, shaped, twisted, combined and formed to anything imaginable shape- a coat, felting-beads jewelry, vessel, hat, figure and the list goes on....
Felting can be created using the wet felting method or using needles/individual or multiple called needle or dry felting. Intricate designs are "painted" on using the barbed needles and fiber or yarn. There are large felting machines that make large pieces of felting that is done dry, quickly and of course easier as a machine does the work.
Another exciting method of felting is NUNO felting which combines wool fiber with sheer fabric, preferably silk. Using the wet method, a innovative texture immerges and color and materials give the artwork character that only the hand can create.
WET FELTING VESSELS, Bird Yurts, Painting, etc
NEEDLE FELTING & EMBELLISHMENT
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WEAVING is the perpendicular intersecting of yarns to form fabric. There are numerous types of apparatuses for weaving techniques, from primitive backstraps to automated and computerized machines.
In the studio we have simple backstrap looms, easy-weaving rigid heddle looms to floor looms. Weaving is an explosion of textures, color and patterns that are infinite. And so many products can be created!
To find a classes or individual workshops, contact us by phone or email. Wednesdays are typically reserved for studio weaving time so come in and find out how to weave, use a loom and learn more...
Spinning yarn by hand can be accomplished by using a simple drop spindle or various types of spinning wheels. The most common of these wheels are either castle style or saxony style both using a foot peddle to make the twisted yarns. My favorite style of yarn is hand spinning noveltly & energetic yarns on a castle wheel. Come in and see our selection of hand spun yarn or LEARN TO SPIN YOUR OWN!
The needle tells the story for many. It is known as a woman's voice through out history globally. Hand stitching covers many categories including applique, boro work, molas, quilting, embellishing and embroidery.
I love the hand stitch patterns that form simple or intricate patterns and motifs. Using a variety of threads or yarn give such interesting textures. Come in and learn the basic hand stitches on a sampler and then incorporate it into your next project. I am particularly fond of mixing the hand stitch patterns with applique on home goods pillows, wall hangings and table wear. I have designed many original patterns that you can follow or I can help you to develop your very own pattern.
Learn from our guest artist, Karen Lugg. Her beautiful journals are available in the studio shop. If you have a special occasion, a group of friends, a bridal party, etc and want to make a memory, email or call and set up your own class and time to create, relax and have fun. Karen will be holding scheduled classes as well, so check out the monthly calendar.
Her classes include:
SMALL MEMORY BOX- Make + Sip class
SMALL ART JOURNAL- Make + Sip class
ART CARDS- workshop or Make + Sip class
MEMORY JOURNALS/ALBUMS- workshop
Art Journals, Memory/Occasion Albums
Silk painting is the art of applying resist known as gutta and then painting a dye onto the material. The resist is removed when the painting is complete and the design is revealed. This technique allows the artist to create intricate and complex designs to simple free-flowing watercolor style compositions. Habutai silk fabric is the popular choice, but some artists do choose other fabrics.
I prefer using a water-based resist and water-based dye so that it is easier to clean, and very safe and easy. I love the look on habutai silk, as it enables the dye to appear as a watercolor.
I offer this class as a "make & sip" class as it can be completed in a short time frame or taken home to finish for more intricate work. Silk painting is relaxing and takes no artistic skills.
Natural dyes were used only until 1853 when the first synthetic dye, mauve was developed. Today most dyeing is done easily and inexpensively using synthetic dyes. However the art of natural dyeing challenges and excites fiber artists to discover the beauty and experience of using nature for the color source. In our studio we use and teach both synthetic and natural dyes on fabric, yarn and fiber. Dyeing is an art as well as a spontaneous experiment in color!
The techniques of dyeing are numerous- we teach space, bag, resist, tub and immersion dyeing. We hold special events and workshops for natural dyeing.
Shibori is the art of binding as a resist certain areas of the materials and then dyeing the piece. It is a Japanese term meaning to squeeze, twist or wring fabric before dyeing. More common terms of shibori is the art of tie-dyeing and clapping. Shirbori has many techniques that are both challenging and complicated and create infinite patterns. Some are arashi- wrapped on a pole, mokume stitching which looks like tree bark, kanoko binding and hundreds more.
Shirbori is commonly dyed in indigo because of its popularity and origin in Japan, but you will see any array of colors, singular and multiple in this art. I love using both Habutai silk and cottons.
Knitting is the interlooping of yarn to form a fabric. Knitting can be performed by using knitting needles, knitting hand looms and machine knitting. As long as you have a long strand of material, you can knit it into a form- the end result is determined by that material whether it is chunky colorful yarn, soft wire or fine silk-like thread. Knitting takes on infinite color, texture and shape.
In the studio we have simple hand knitting looms, cording spool and hand machine knitting looms.
Although home sewing has become less popular for everyday wear, there are advantages to sewing unique home-goods, accessories, up-cycling stylish clothing and refitting apparel. Quilting has definitely boosted the interest in the sewing machine, but with all the trendy new sewn items and decor, it has brought sewing back to a new level. Home sewing can be easy, simple and rewarding. Learn to use a sewing machine and make something unique and personal.
We will be adding tutorials that will coordinate with many of our classes.
MAKE + SIP CLASSES
MAKE + SIP are classes we offer that cover about 2-2.5 hours of learning a particular technique and making a sampler using that method. Most of these classes are simple, easy and introductory style. They are meant to be relaxing and fun, creating while sipping on a beverage of choice. We offer complimentary coffee/tea during the morning and afternoon classes and BYOB for the evening classes. If you are arranging for a private group class, you are are welcome to coordinate your own food/drink for that purpose. These classes are ideal for a private bridal shower party, baby shower, girls/guys out night, friends, moms/daughters, etc. Just call to make a time fit your needs. We do not host large parties in the studio, but prefer smaller groups. Call to find out what creative classes we can offer you.
TOUR THE STUDIO
Take a tour -our space consist of a separate shop in the entrance and then opens into a very large studio where looms of all styles, sewing equipment, spinning wheels, yarn, containers of fiber, art paper, fabric and more (if you can imagine!) surround the walls and make our space creative and comfortable.
We have a kitchenette for our Make + Sip classes as well as a cozy gathering table where we relax, take a break or have a lesson. We hope to see you at our studio for a class, workshop or just explore the shop for wonderful handmade items and fiber craft supplies.