Beyond Felting: Silk, Wool, Paper 1M19
Create a unique textured and unique surface by felting merino wool onto mulberry paper, and vice-versa. Paper is a material that provides certain tactile qualities, while adding more structure to the felt. Learn how to combine these two materials, how to trap the mulberry paper into the surface with wool, and how to felt both of them together. Create several 12" x 12" pieces–or a few bigger pieces, which can later be applied to garments, accessories and other work. Limit 8 students
This class is presented thanks to underwriting from an anonymous donor.
Eva Camacho makes felted clothing, decorations, jewelry, housewares and accessories at her company Lana Handmade, based in Northampton, Mass. She creates nuno felt by combining fine silk and the finest merino wool. Much of her work is inspired by nature. Eva grew up in Alcaudete, Spain. She sources wool from New England farmers and incorporates material from the woods into some of her work.
"I usually start by hand-dyeing the wool (with natural dyes I have created myself from plant matter), which is then felted together with fine silk. To create patterns on the silk, I use techniques such as free motion embroidery, hand-stitching, beading and printing. My work is the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of felt-making with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles."
Fiber Arts and Mixed Media
Materials & Tools:
- 8-10 oz wool fibers – bring a combination of various types of wool/breeds and colors.
- 24” x 36” mulberry paper sheets. Instructor will bring Korean Hanji paper available to purchase for $7-$10/piece.
- scraps of 100% silk, such as pongee, chiffon and gauze. Do not bring heavy silks.
- scraps of linen, denim, cotton
- sewing needles
- embroidery threads (similar colors of wool and silk)
- head pins
- ball brauser or water sprinkler
- 2 spray bottles
- rusted metal (small pieces)
- olive oil soap, preferable as a bar
- tulle/netting, approximate size 24” x 24”
- 2 short pool noodles or 1 long now cut in half
- 2 pieces of bubble wrap, size 36” x 36”. If you are unable to source bubble wrap at this width, it can be taped on the smooth side using gaffer tape or similar
- 2 corrugated plastic panels, 24” x 36". Available here: https://www.amazon.com/T-SIGN-Corrugated-Plastic-Coroplast-Replacement/dp/B07FCKS59R?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0
- Here is the link to Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-20-in-x-24-in-Corrugated-Plastic-Custom-Create-A-Sign-31754/304694555?MERCH=REC-_-pipsem-_-NA-_-304694555-_-N
- 1 x 4” paint brush
- 4 towels
- plastic bucket (1 qt. capacity)
- fabric scissors
- tape measure
- other fibers such as silk hankies, bamboo, tencel (optional)
- sketchbook and pencil