Monday, May 26, 2014

Wool Felting Class

As part of our Berkshire Quilt Retreat, our hostess Karen arranged a private wool felting class for us at 413 Glassworks. None of us had ever felted wool before and we thought it would be fun to try. Plus, it would be a field trip from the quilt room.

The owner of the shop, Brittany Gabel, was our instructor. She was very nice and very patient. Although she usually has the class work on one item, she let us choose our own design from her samples. Marion and I decided to make pincushions.
Marion, Kim P., and Nancy D. in action.
Nancy D. at work on her penguin.
Karen at work on her funky owl.
Felting wool is an ancient art and is quite simple. You use wool roving and a punch needle. You repeatedly stab the wool against a Styrofoam block and try to avoid stabbing your fingers. It is a good way to take out your aggressions.
Karen's funky owl is taking shape.
My model was the smaller pincushion at the top. Guess, I got a
little carried away... or had a lot of aggression to work out.
Here is my pincushion in progress.
It went from a tomato to a flower.
Sharon really enjoyed the class.
Nancy D. was a star!
Sally worked right up until the end.
Shop dog Oliver. Twin sister Harley was camera shy.
I gave him a lot of snuggles.
Proud class graduates and our projects. From left to right, front row: me and Marion.
Back row: Sally, Kim P., Nancy D., Karen and Sharon.

Here is a close-up of our work!

Rewarding ourselves with ice cream!
More to come about our Berkshire adventures!

Pugs and kisses,

1 comment:

  1. I keep wanting to try that! Love how your pincushion turned out and of course anytime you learn something new ice cream should be involved.