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in Fabric, Knitting, Sewing, Weaving, Clothing

Painting with Wool: Flower Fantasy: Live Online


with Laura Berlage

Calendar Feb 20, 2021 at 2 pm

Saturday, February 20, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuition: $30   Materials: $30   Shipping: $15

Registration will close on February 10th in order to allow time to ship materials from the instructor's farm to students. 

Explore the magic of needle felting in a peaceful, floral mandala form and take your colorwork skills to a new level. In this class, Laura will show you how to stretch your felt backing onto an embroidery hoop and keep it tight for ease of use and how to transform the beautiful array of hand dyed roving from Laura's farm’s sheep into your own interpretation of the design. Enough wool of each color will be supplied, so you can work any of the colors on the mandala as suits your taste.

Focus will be given to shape creation, color blending, and three-dimensionality. At the end, Laura offers suggestions for using or mounting your finished piece. Bring your creative spirit and love of wool!

Students will need to provide their own 8-inch embroidery hoop and foam work surface. Some students may prefer to use a multi-tool, but it is not required. If desired, one can be sent to students by Laura for $16. 

About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming idea into form and overlapping narrative and visual.

Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression. 

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