Needle felting is a fun way to create “paintings” by building layers of beautiful, colorful wool fibers.
Using a small, handheld barbed needle, you’ll learn to poke wool roving into a fiber backing to felt pictures. This process is satisfying, peaceful and portable. Relax, chat and enjoy a new medium!
In this retreat you will learn about needle felting tools and materials and practice techniques on several different backings. You can use one of these samples as a pin or patch. With guided instruction, you will create a botanical piece and a landscape and learn ways to mount or frame your felted artworks. Then using your own printed image and techniques you have learned, you will create a third needle felted painting. The instructor will share sources of images and inspiration, and the retreat will conclude with a chance to “show and tell.”
Materials are included, Students should bring a pair of sharp sewing scissors and a printed color landscape image. All meals are included in the retreat prepared by our Nome Schoolhouse Chef, please let us know of any dietary restrictions. If you would like to book a room for the retreat please contact [email protected]
Jean is a fiber artist living in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Her textile exploration began in the 70s when she tried batik, tie dye and bleaching blue jeans. After retiring from teaching special education, she re-embraced textile arts, taking classes and selling her felted and dyed artwork. Jean is a member of Textile Center of Minnesota and has a degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota.