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2021 Online Felt Classes by Patti Barker
Until we are able to safely meet again for in-person classes, I'll continue offering online, self-pacing felt classes. I chose Ruzuku.com as the host platform because the format makes it easy for participants to navigate.
HOW IT WORKS:
Most of these offerings I have taught in person and they are generally one-day classes. Online students will have three weeks to complete the activities at your leisure. After that your classes will be available indefinitely. The format includes video demonstrations, written instructions and plenty of photos. At the end of each activity there is an area to ask questions, post results and interact with other students. When you click a link for more information, you will be able to see the equipment list and a place to register for a future class. If you have any questions, send me an email at
Art Vest - Jan. 23rd
The art vest is the most versatile design I teach. It is the perfect transition piece for anyone wanting to create beautiful nuno felt clothing. The style is A-line and meant to fit loosely. Makers will learn a host of surface design techniques in this class.
Cost $150 (includes materials)
Student Lindy, happy with her results
Stained Glass Shawl - Feb. 20th
If you enjoy puzzles, you will love this technique. The secret to success is the hand painted silk gauze that is included in your kit when you register. Makers will deconstruct yardage of silk and piece it back together using nuno felt mosaic nuno felt techniques learned. These shawls retail for $240. Class cost: $150 (includes materials).
Felt a Vessel - April 24th
This course is designed for beginning felt makers and people of all ages, or anyone wanting to make a felted vessel. Makers will learn how to layer wool for best results, the proper rolling technique, healing cut edges, shaping and more. Makers will use a flat, closed resist to create a three dimensional vessel. Cost: $60
Demystifying Felt Resists - May 1st (offered through Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival)
Pattern resists allow us to create dimensional felt. You'll learn how hats and clothing are made, along with some other textural felt techniques. Participants learn how to use open, closed, layered and embedded resists while creating five samplers. We will make a small vessel, layered feathers, volcanos and a tiny dress. There will be a discussion on basic pattern making for felt clothing.
Textural Felt Sampler Series -May 1st (offered through Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival)
This course was designed in an effort to add techniques to your felting making toolbox. An adventure in textural nuno felt techniques--from simulated animal skins to roses and ruffles, we will entrap beads, learn mosaics and create raised shapes. Makers will come away with six 10" x 10" samplers featuring eight different surface design techniques. Makers will learn the skills to use in creating unique felted items.
The Magic of Pre-felt - Aug. 21st
Whether you're making nuno felt wearables, or sculptural vessels, the techniques learned in Magic of Pre-felt will provide you more design tools. In this class you'll learn multiple ways to use both commercial and hand made pre-felt. Makers will create a set of samplers featuring techniques you can use to inform future work. Techniques include shape patterns, nuno pre-felt, felt lace, waves and Shibori felt. Price $150 (includes materials)