F03 Textural Techniques in Felt with Patti Barker

Friday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Dining Hall

Take an adventure in textural felt making while you learn eight techniques to add to your toolbox. We will create simulated animal skins, roses and ruffles, we will entrap beads, learn mosaics and create raised shapes. Participants will come away with six 10″ x 10″ samplers, with instructions and skills to use in creating unique felted accessories and garments. Skill level: Beginner. Be aware that felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires hand and arm strength and standing for long periods of time. Maximum number of students: 15.

Students should bring:

  • One 2’x 8’ rubber rug mat. Be sure to get the ones with small holes. You can get one online at Amazon. You can also try Walmart or Target.
  • One NEW 1-gallon garden sprayer. You can get them at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware or Walmart for around $15. Several people can share one sprayer OR you may bring a bucket and a ball browser.
  • Small bottle of Dawn dish soap (may be shared).
  • Sharp, full-sized scissors.
  • Four table risers. The black square ones are available at Walmart in the housewares department. They are actually bed risers sold in sets of 4 for around $10. These will help save your back from aching.
  • Your favorite pen to write notes on your instructions.
  • Two old towels that you don’t mind staining,
  • Camera to record your progress.

Note: Wear loose-fitting clothing that you don’t mind getting wet…and/or bring an apron; wear comfortable shoes.

Class Code: F03. Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: $50.

Patti Barker is an award-winning felt wear designer and teacher. She earned a BA in Studio Art at Western Washington University. All of her designs are produced with felted seams. The fabric and garment are created simultaneously. Patti lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband Rex and a parrot named Baby Huey.

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