Pre-felts are partially felted sheets of wool that can be cut into design elements, layered and then wet felted together into a single piece for table runners, rugs, wall hangings & much more. In this class, you will learn how to create templates and cut pre-felts to create crisp design elements in your finished piece. Then you will assemble the pre-felt design pieces on your base layer and wet felt them together into a lovely finished piece of art. This class is intended to be the second part of a 2 class series, though you are not required to register for both (See April 20th class). Each participant will make one wet felted piece using 3-5 different colors and design features (approximately 8-inch x 12-inch finished size). All wool for the pieces will be provided including white or grey background fleece and a range of pre-felts for you to choose from. Open to all adult learners and individual children 14 years or older. Family groups are encouraged to attend with children 7 years of age or older.
Required Tools/Materials Students Need to Bring:
- 2 old bath towels
- Boot tray or large cookie sheet if you have one
- Materials fee, (cash & exact change preferred)
- Notebook to taking notes in class
- OPTIONAL: If you took the April “Making Pre-Felts” class, bring them!
Instructor: Cindy Hale
Instructor Bio: Cindy has 25+ years as a teacher of arts, science and farming with a particular penchant for creating events that increase community engagement. She has been teaching plant ID for over 30 years and wet felting since 2009. She got serious about natural dyeing in 2020 and greatly expanded her repertoire of skills through her 2022 ARAC Artist Access project: “Full Circle Production of Natural Dyed Pre-Felt for Use in Wet-Felted Art”. She is well known in the community as someone who enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with the community and will be offering monthly workshops related to natural dyeing and felting in 2023 in conjunction with the Duluth Fiber Guild. Cindy and her husband have been farming ecologically since 2005, raising sheep since 2013 and are well connected among other sustainable farmers in the region.