Flat Surface Needle Felting

Flat Surface Needle Felting


Class Description: Learn to use needle felting techniques to embellish a flat surface (it’s like painting only you use yarn or roving!) The resulting embroidery- like design may then be used as a picture, or a part of a constructed piece – a garment, bag, or other home or wearable accessory. From simple lines and shapes to elaborate detailed works, needle felting is limited only by your imagination. Students will leave class with a sample piece showing basic needle felting techniques, a started (or completed) piece of original design, and the skills tools and materials to begin a piece on their own.

Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome! Students need only an appreciation of the arts, and enthusiasm and confidence to experiment with new techniques and materials.

Maximum Class Size: 10

Students to Bring: Students should bring a small pair of scissors, paper and pen for notes, and pictures to be used as reference for a design. Simple objects, landscapes, animals or flowers work well, but should not be extremely detailed. Magazines or snapshots of your favorite subjects should be fine.

Materials Fee: $20.00 per student (Materials fee includes 2 pieces of fabric for class projects, 2 sizes of felting needles, student foam back board, and various colors of wool samples.) Instructor will provide other tools for students to try, additional wool in various forms, and a variety of completed projects for discussion and inspiration.

Instructor: Rhonda McClure

Email Address: rhondamcclure@gmail.com

Rhonda McClure lives with her husband on a small farm in eastern NE. Having learned to sew and knit as a child, her active pursuit of becoming a fiber artist began in earnest when she married a professional shepherd and was given a spinning wheel as a wedding gift. A wool business soon developed, and skills expanded into dyeing, soft sculpture, silk painting, quilting, wet and needle felt, and more. She has participated in individual and group shows at various galleries and events, exhibiting a variety of media, but recently her work has been focused on wool. Her work can currently be found at the gift shops of the Sheldon Art Museum and the International Quilt Study Center, and Springfield Art Works, as well as online. Fiber art pieces have been exhibited in various shows over the years, and recent work in competition at last years Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon won First and Second in the needle and wet felt classes respectively. With the 3 children now grown, the wool business has returned as a priority, and evolved into ‘Ewe And Us’, a business based on sheep and wool production (including natural colored) with products ranging from raw fleece for spinning and felting to fiber based works of art. With a commitment to sustainable agricultural and lifestyle practices, Rhonda is always happy to share her knowledge and experience with other fiber enthusiasts.


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