Feltmaking + Textile Studio and workshops by LeBrie Rich in Portland, Oregon
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Freezer Paper Stencils
Freezer paper is a widely available material with miraculous properties. We’ll cut stencils out of freezer paper, exploring the concept of positive and negative space. Then we’ll fuse the stencils to fabric using an iron on a low setting, and apply fabric paint. When the freezer paper is removed, a crisp, one-of-a-kind image appears. All of the materials we’ll use are readily available, and teens will leave the class with the skills to do this project on their own at home.
Audience: Teens Duration: 2 hours Max audience size: 18
Dr. Who Needle Felting
Teens! Learn to needle felt a miniature TARDIS, Dalek and other essential Dr. Who artifacts. Needle felting is the approachable and addictive craft of sculpting raw wool with a barbed felting needle. Non-Whovians are welcome needle felt with us too… the subject matter is not limited to Dr. related objects. Let’s craft together!
Audience: Adults, Teens Duration: 2 hours Max audience size: 25
Needle Felted Cute Critter
Needle felting is the approachable and addictive craft of sculpting raw wool with a barbed felting needle. Learn to needle felt a cute critter from artist LeBrie Rich. At the end we’ll photograph our critters in front of various backdrops.
Audience: Teens, Adults Duration: 2 hours Max audience size: 25
Fabric Twine Coasters
Learn to make fabric twine for your crafty projects! We’ll make our own fabric twine and then craft it into super cute coasters! Making your own fabric twine is a meditative craft that upcycles small fabric scraps into a useful material. Come craft with us! All materials provided.
Audience: Adults, Teens Duration: 2 hours Max audience size: 18
Bracelets for Friends or Frenemies
Get crafty at the library making bracelets for your friends, frenemies or yourself! From love messages to Harry Potter spells, you can customize these bracelets however you wish. Be contained by the BFF binary no more! We’ll combine beads, charms and various knotting techniques to make adjustable bracelets that fit any-size wrist. Beginners welcome; all materials supplied.
Pine Cone Crafts
Hoo-hoo wants to get crafty at the library? Artist LeBrie Rich will show you how to make an owl out of a pine cone. You will use felt, sequins, trims and other craft supplies to make your owl your own. All materials provided... including pine cones!
Audience: Families, Youth Duration: 1.5 hours Max audience size: 18
Felt Book Cover
Make a felt book cover to cozy up your favorite book! In this workshop you will learn simple sewing and craft techniques. All materials are provided.
Audience: Teens, Grades 4th and up Duration: 2 hours Max audience size: 18
Fake out your friends with Cupfakes – sculpted plaster cupcakes that look deliciously similar to the real thing. We’ll frost cast plaster bases with a pastry bag and real piping tips, just like a bakery – except our icing will be tinted molding paste. Various icing techniques will be taught. Fake sprinkles will definitely be involved.
Audience: Teens Duration: 2 hours Max audience size: 16
Fake out your friends with CupFakes - sculpted plaster cupcakes that look deliciously similar to the real thing. We'll use a miraculous substance art material to pipe dreamy colors onto our CupFakes using real baker's icing tips. When dry, it looks EXACTLY like frosting!!! Various icing techniques will be taught. Sprinkles will definitely be involved.
I have been teaching this workshop to teens at libraries and have gotten many requests from adults for the opportunity to make these seductive non-confections.
Note that this is not a felting class, even though it's on a webpage listing 'Adult Felting Workshops.' This should be under the heading 'Adult Fun Workshops.'
Nuno Zori (woven fabric shoes)
Nuno Zori means “fabric shoes” and they’re a traditional type of indoor footwear in Japan. Originally made out of old towels and worn by woodcutters to protect their feet from splinters, they’re essentially fabric flip flops made by weaving fabric around rope. This traditional technique upholds the Buddhist adage “Mottainai” or “waste not want not” by making worn out textiles useful again. We’ll use upcycled T-shirts and simple, ingenious equipment (just two specially bent coat hangers) to make the shoes. Students will leave class with a finished pair of shoes and the skills to make many more pairs of Nuno Zori at home.
Before color photography was invented, photographers hand-tinted their photos using oil-based pigments. In this program teens will use authentic photo-tinting supplies to hand-tint black and white photos and postcards. Experience magic as you bring green shrubbery to life and add a rosy glow to ladies portraits. Teens are also encouraged to subvert the craft by making psychedelic landscapes and alien people with green skin.
Audience: Adults, Teens Duration: 1.5 hours Max audience size: 25