Category Archives: WORKSHOPS

03.30.17spring and summer workshops…

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Starting this May, I’ll be teaching an 8 week fiber sampling workshop at East End Arts!  We’ll review basics, teach new tricks and techniques, and explore the endless possibilities of a variety of fiber art forms such as wet felting, eco dying, weaving 101 and more.  Here’s a downloadable brochure to East End Art’s summer program.   I’ve updated the workshop page, so have a look! I’m looking forward to a fresh new spring season of making and creating…

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02.15.17Registration is open!

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Hi all!  I just wanted to provide you with the sign up information for my intro wheel throwing and fiber art workshops that are coming up this fall.  You don’t need to live in the district, so if you’re local, please join us!  Here’s the link to the brochure, the number to reserve your spot is (631)870-2602.  I can hardly wait to sink my hands in some clay!

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09.06.16fall is for pottery and making pillows with your friends…

IMG_0180 Just a little note about this fall’s workshop schedule!  Get ready, because pottery is on the menu, let’s go!  After waiting what seems like an eternity to get my hands deep into clay again, it’s finally just a few weeks away and starting to feel so real!  I honestly can’t even wrap my head around the fact that our summer of love came and went so fast!  I spent a lot of time weaving  and I’m happy to say that I’ll be teaching a Weaving 101 workshop!  Make sure you check out the schedule.  I’m really looking forward to a fabulous fall full of creativity, blending techniques and collaborating with friends! psst… check out these pillows, fingers crossed I’ll find the time to get a batch of these done for holiday market time 🙂

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06.08.16summer workshops…

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I’m going to pretend that while updating my workshop page just now, that I didn’t just notice how long it’s been since I’ve added a post, ugh that’s pretty bad…  Anyway, I’ve been invited to teach at a few new spots this summer and into fall…  I’ll be at Bond & Bangs in Asbury Park this July, and I’m really looking forward to my workshops lined up at the Art League of Long Island, that actually starts this Friday evening!

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Make sure to check out the workshops page and hopefully I’ll be able to add a beginner’s weaving class to my line-up soon!  I just started this incredibly addicting craft, and I don’t feel confident just yet to teach it, I’m just winging it myself…. Happy felting and WEAVING everybody!!! See you all, I hope for class!  Please make sure you’re following along on Instagram to stay up to date with classes, pop up sales and what I’m working on…  There’s a link to the right!

02.13.16new planters and such…

IMG_7170 A few of my latest air planters and some freshly felted soaps have just been added to the shop just in time for Valentine’s day…  These plants look so sweet and happy in any window, a handmade gift of nature that really lasts (this most recent batch of air plants from Air Plant Design Studio might be my favorite- look at the picture below)!  Make sure you enter the coupon code bemine20 at checkout for 20% off of your purchase so you can enjoy giving handmade even more!

I also listed some new classes to my workshop page so make sure to check it out…  Now that the classes are in full swing over at Gallery North, I’m so excited to introduce some new techniques and meet some new expect felters!  The light in the Community Arts Center is so amazing, teaching and working in this new space has been a real treat.  At the East End Arts Center in Riverhead, I’ll be introducing a new Felted Handbag class (texture for days), where the bag itself it nuno felted onto a panel of cotton so it’s lined from the start and part 2 of the class we’ll be sewing in the zipper, this is going to be the class you won’t want to miss…  SO in the meantime, check the schedule, if there’s a class or a techniques you’d like to focus on don’t be afraid to bring along some of your ideas!  Happy felting everybody, if you’re here in the North East, stay warm!!!

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01.13.16We felted flowers today…

at Gallery North.  We’re planning on assembling a wreath next week with all of our flowers, but I have a feeling we’ll be rolling a few more of these whimsical woolly petals… There’s nothing not to love about the process… vsco-photo-3 I have so many things I NEED to make FIRST thing in the morning, (I wish I could finish them) all by tomorrow, not for a class (well kinda) but for me…  Like these nuno felted cross body bags…  I just added this project to the workshop page this week.  FullSizeRender-1 I tried to finish it yesterday, but it was cold and windy outside and someone was enjoying the sun shining on my work table…  I didn’t have the heart to tell him to go…

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The dates are already set for the EEAC and we’re in the process of scheduling it for Gallery North…  We’ll be nuno felting the bag, rolling handles, sewing in a zipper and focusing on surface design…

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04.10.15at least the wool looks like spring…

The calendar has been filling nicely with workshops, private lessons, and festivals.  I was so tickled when recently, I was invited to teach a felting workshop to the fashion design department at the Nassau Community college!  What an honor!  We’re going to be felting booties for their next tree trimming event for children at the Cerebral Palsy fund raiser at the Cradle of Aviation Museum next winter.  It really warms my heart to be part of something so special.  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset There are some really neat classes lined up for spring and summer.  Check out these felted air planters…  I’m having blast making them and this class will give you the option to felt an air planter or a cozy birdhouse for spring.  If you check out my instagram page (button on the right), you’ll be able to see some of my latest projects, like the birdhouse…  I need to make a few more, I’ve just been so carried away with the planters, arranging the moss and the plants have been a real treat.  Here’s a little secret, I always wanted to be a florist, so to be able to finally incorporate plants into my work… Living art… What’s better than that.

I always find so much inspiration teaching my students.  Some of them repeat classes with me, some are new to felting, but nevertheless, their work is always so beautiful, so different, so creative and full on raw creativity… Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset This was the Felted Ruffle Scarf workshop.  This particular scarf was gorgeous… Actually from start to finish it was pretty gorgeous!

Check out the workshop page for what’s coming up for spring/summer.  In the meantime, I’ll be running all over town teaching how to make cool pretty things out of fibers and preparing really hard for THIS!!!! FullSizeRender YUP I MADE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUE!  SEE YOU THERE, I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! happy felting my friends, see you in class!

02.27.15felting pods…

 

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A fabulous workshop in Riverhead this week at the East End Arts Council.  I try to post soon after my workshops a bit of a recap from the class as well as a list of resources for wool and goodies.

Whenever you’re felting a 3 dimensional piece whether it be a pod or a pair of slippers, you want to use a resist.  A resist is needed to prevent the walls or sides from felting together.  In this case, we were felting vessels so we used foam board resists.  We cut them to size taking into consideration that our finished piece will have shrunk up to 20% or so, give or take depending…

After we cut the resist to our desired shape and size, we covered the first side with our fibers, which for this workshop we used short fiber merino from New England Felting Supply.  The first side, whether it be a top, bottom, or a side was then decorated and wet down.  Once completed, we flipped it over to cover the other side of the resist.  Before the leftover fibers from the first side were folded over, we filled up the “empty space” on the second side with matching fibers to complete a solid cover around the entire resist.  No holes (for this project).  After the second side was covered with fibers, we wrapped the fibers from the first side onto the second.  It was then wet down with warm soapy water and covered with bubble wrap so we could start to massage those fibers around and start the felting process.  After 10 minutes or so, the piece was flipped over to start the felting process on the first side.  Sounds confusing but once you start you’ll remember the steps, not to mention I’m an email away…

After the piece has had both sides massaged (remembering to be “pulling the ends in” towards the center), it is now time to start to roll.  We sandwiched it between our bubble wrap, rolled it around a pool noodle and then wrapped that in a bamboo mat (this kept it from unraveling).   The idea here is to keep rotating your work 90 degrees, this way it felts evenly around.  You also want to flip it so that the curled edges that are facing up after every roll, are facing down with the next rotation.  This also helps to keep the shrinkage process evenly distributed.  Once we see that the resist looks really curled and squished inside of our felt, it’s time to cut a hole, work the fresh cut (felt the raw edges) and remove the resist.  Our job didn’t end there though… We stuck our hand inside and started to rub vigorously our pod or vessel against the bubble wrap until we achieved full sturdy felt.  This takes a while.

I broke the process down like this for time: One hour to plan and lay out fibers.  Another hour just to wet, complete the other side, wet and start the massage.  The third hour we spent rolling, cutting out our resist and then felting our pod or vessel with our hand inside and rotating while we roll.   Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset You keep this process going until you achieve your desired size and shape.  Then leave to dry.  Remember to wet down as you go,  wet and rub some soap onto your bubble wrap when you massaging,  this lubricates and allows your hand to move around freely.  Check out the link on the side of my blog to New England Felting Supply.  It’s a one stop shop for everything you need.  We used short fiber, but you can also grab some curly locks and other various fibers, explore and experiment and remember to email me some pictures!  See you all next time at class, happy felting!

12.15.14Felted slipper materials…

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset I’m so sorry it took me so long to post this!  It seems like life manages to get in the way of your best intentions (especially around the holidays)… but anyway,  I’ll break down the materials into 2 sections since the class was a combination of 2 different workshops…

For the felted slippers:  We used %100 Pelsull wool.  We used about 4 ounces per pair of slippers, and had some left over, so if you’re going to felt a pair a gift, even for a man’s size, 4 ounces should do it.  On the right hand side of my blog, there is a button (link) for New England Felting Supply, there you can find Pelsull and all sorts of different kinds of wool.  We used Pelsull because of the strength and body it has for the slippers.  However, if you wanted them to be super soft on the inside, you can always place a layer of short fiber merino inside, meaning the layer closest to the resist.

For the introduction to wet felting:  For felting flowers, we used a combination of short fiber merino and extra fine merino.  The short fiber merino IS the extra fine merino, but has been combed and chopped, combed and chopped…you get the idea…  Short fiber merino felts quickly and smoothly, and is a pleasure to felt with. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Here’s a little refresher for my slipper students, and I truly hope I didn’t hold you up from starting slipper #2!  I still haven’t done my second slipper, but I suffer terribly from second sock syndrome, an issue I developed when I owned a knit shop (hehe)…

Steps: 1. We traced our foot.  Then we traced our outline about an inch or so out to allow for shrinkage once we start felting our slipper.  2. Cut it and cover it with a nice solid layer of Pelsull wool.  3. Wet the fibers and press the water out so it reaches the edge of the resist (our foam form).  4. Flip it over and wrap the overage around the resist to the other side, trying to avoid big bulges of wool, flatten it the best you can.  Fill in the blanks with more pelsull.  You should have a nice solid layer wrapped around your entire resist.  Once you’ve wet both sides, check for areas where your resist comes through, the wool is too thin there and you’ll need to add to it.  Once you’ve checked the piece from front to back and you know that there is wool solid throughout, it’s time to cover your slipper-to-be with a sheet of bubble wrap (bubbles facing down) and rub.  I add a bit of soapy water to the top of my bubble wrap so that my hand can rub around freely.  5. Rub the slipper for about 15-20 minutes and flip it over and repeat, and remember as we discussed in class, it’s always good to rub from the edges inward to tighten as you go.  6. Once you’ve rubbed generously both sides of your slipper, you can roll it.  We used a pool noodle to keep the pressure even, if you have one, great.  These can be found at the dollar store or a pool supply shop.  Good to have and makes felting so much easier.  Once you see that the slipper is shrinking over the resist, you can cut a slit or whatever desired shape you’d like for the opening of your slipper.  I always cut 2 inches from the bottom of the slipper, remember that the heel gets shaped and the sides come up once we start to felt it around our foot.  7. Pull the resist out.  Pour a little soapy water around the opening and make sure your felt and finish the edge.  8.  Slip your foot into the slipper, (it’s wet and feels weird, I know) it’s the only way we get to see how much further we need to go.  Fold your bubble wrap and use it to felt your slipper around your foot.  Rub the heel, the sides, and the toes, felt it ALL!  9. Now you’re at the home stretch, you’re now going to felt and work your slipper to the size and shape that you need it to be.  10. Work and finish your felting, but remember to shape and mold your slipper so it dries exactly how you want it to be.  You can stuff it with bubble wrap to give it form while it dries.  If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email!  Enjoy! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

 

 

11.13.14what’s happening…

IMG_9946 From November 13th to the 15th and then by appointment only through the holidays, I’ll be selling my work in a sweet little barn located at 3985 Sound Avenue in Mattituck…  IMG_9916 IMG_9856 Along with my work, will be beautiful linoleum block prints, photography, skin care and more… Oh and don’t forget about the mulled wine and homemade pies… The vineyard barn sale was featured in Go Northfork today, we’ll be there tonight until 9pm!  Come on down and support local art for the holidays, shop small, shop local! IMG_9805 The next felting workshop will be on the 18th at Gallery North,  Introduction to Nuno felting, a fabulous technique to learn before the holidays.  Hand dyed silk, beautiful combinations of extra fine merino and silk blends, you’ll fall in love… oh, and one more thing, the Holiday Boutique at East End Arts is set to open this weekend as well, the gallery is packed with gorgeous handmade items from local artists, I highly recommend checking it out to start your holidays shopping…  Happy felting and be sure to follow on instagram to keep up with my latest work!