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in Fabric, Knitting, Sewing, Weaving, Clothing

Create a Coat - Choose your style


with Betty Firth & Heidi Breaker

Calendar Feb 10, 2020 at 12 pm

This is a 2-Day Class
Monday, February 10, 2020    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020   12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $100  Materials: $5

Wrap yourself in tradition with a beautiful blanket coat or choose to make a different style. Woodsmen and Native Americans alike favored blanket coats or capotes as practical, warm, comfortable, and easy-to-make.

Learn how to design a coat custom-fit for you without even using a pattern! You will learn how to measure, cut, construct, and hand-sew your coat. Decorative stitches used for constructing the pieces and embellishing the final garment will be introduced. You don’t need to have any experience, really! Come, learn, have some fun, and walk away with a coat, ready to wear or ready to finish at home.

Students will need to bring a new or used full size (double) blanket, 80” x 90” or larger or an equivalent measure of wool fabric. Other types of fabric can be used, but will hang differently.

About the instructors: Betty Firth and Heidi Breaker both have a long history of doing a lot of different things, and making a unique coat that suited their style is one of those things. They decided it would be fun to teach others how to do it, so come help them have some fun.

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Wet-Felting Wool Slippers


with Sarah Malick-Wahls

Calendar Feb 15, 2020 at 8 am

Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuition: $80  Materials: $25

In this class, students will explore and learn the process of wet-felting loose wool roving over a form. We will start out with a small sample project to learn the technique. Then, students will work on independent projects and complete their own pair of wool slippers to be taken home, with skills that can be applied to other projects.

Students should be ready to roll up their sleeves with comfortable clothing that can handle a few splashes of water. If students wish to make a pair for someone other than themselves, they should bring in a tracing on paper of the receiver’s feet in order to create the proper size

About the instructor: Sarah Malick-Wahls has experience teaching ecology and natural resources to undergraduates and outdoor and survival skills to elementary and high school students in addition to teaching fiber arts here at EFS. Previous EFS classes she instructed include wool-felting slippers and fingerless mitts.

A wildlife biologist by trade, Sarah has been a fan of traditional folk arts for many years. She came to felting first through "fulling", the process of shrinking knitted items, about a dozen years ago. After teaching herself wet-felting with wool roving eight years ago, she was an instant convert. Now she prefers the flexibility of form and significant savings on time it takes to produce products with this technique. She was a founding board member at EFS and is happy to continue her involvement with the school as an instructor. Sarah's slippers with needle-felt adornments are frequent contributions at local fundraising auctions.


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