Feltmaking + Textile Studio and workshops by LeBrie Rich in Portland, Oregon
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Adult Felting Workshops
With Portand's Duchess of Felt, LeBrie Rich
Learn to make slippers using a plastic resist as the pattern. Students will come away with one completed pair of slippers and the know-how to make more for any sized foot. Best for those with some felting experience or scrappy beginners.
Wet Felted Flowers
Learn to make gorgeous felted flowers! In this class you’ll learn the basics of wet felting – combining hot water, soap and a little elbow grease with dyed wool fiber to make felt. This class is an opportunity to PLAY with fiber and color in three dimensions. We’ll sculpt abstract flowers that can be put in a vase, or pinned on a lapel for a cheery spot of color.
Holey Cobweb Scarf
The holey felt scarf (or 'cobweb scarf') is a classic feltmaking project with countless variations. Through a specific layout technique you achieve a lacy, holey texture without ever having to get out the scissors! Great for beginners to wet felting, and also intermediate students who want to learn the keys to making this versatile form successfully.
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.'
Your Perfect Felted Handbag
Learn to make your perfect felted handbag! In this wet felting class you will learn to use a plastic resist, add pockets, and create rope handles. All of these elements come from strategically layered fiber to create a seamless bag that requires no stitching.
We'll start the day by looking at my extensive library of Japanese felting books to get inspiration. I will help combine these ideas with your own to craft the one-of-a-kind bag that you've always wanted.
5 - 6 hours.
Textural Wet Felting
We’ll spend the day exploring the textural possibilities of wet-felted wool. Using only sheep’s wool and hot soapy water, you’ll learn to sculpt spikes, fins and craters using wet felting techniques and plastic resists.
After lunch we’ll explore Nuno Felting – the art of combining wool fiber and fine fabric into a fabulously textured textile. You’ll come away from the class with a collection of samplers that could be small wall hangings or incorporated into your other mixed media works. This class is open to beginners, but would also work for intermediate wet felters wanting to expand their vocabulary in this material.
Wet Felted Cane Beads
Making a cane, or felted rope is a satisfying way to make great felted beads. This is also how you can make the ever popular felted sushi. The finished product can be strung into bracelets or necklaces, used as buttons, or kept in one’s pocket for luck.
Because the beads must be dry to work with, this class covers just bead making, not jewelry assembly.
2 -3 hours.
Felted Jewelry: Wire, Ball & Thread
In this class we’ll make modular felt jewelry based in experimentation and play! You’ll learn wet felting basics by felting around wire and making felted balls during phase one. In phase two you will combine the felt forms you made – along with thread wrapping techniques – to create a collection of jewelry that will be as fun to wear as it was to make (almost). No experience necessary – great for beginners.
5-6 hours (can be divided into two shorter sessions).
Nuno Felt Scarf
Nuno Felting is a process of combining wool roving and fine cloth like cotton, silk or poly chiffon with wet felting. In this class you’ll learn to strategically layer merino wool and fabric, then wet felt them together to create a light and fabulously textured textile.
Needle Felted Cakes
Make a delectable sweet for your sweetheart (or yourself) out of wool! Using needle felting techniques, we’ll create beautiful and intricate soft sculpture cakes that you can take home at the end of class. Great for beginners.
Wet Felted Beret
The beret is a good introduction to felted hats; its simple shape and iconic spike lend themselves to infinite variation. We will use wool roving and a plastic resist to make the beret with wet felting. Making a beret does not require a headblock or stiffeners, so after this class students will be able to make berets at home without special equipment.
5 – 6 hours.
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.