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Prefelt: Save Some Time and Add Some Color!

If you’re reading this blog, you know what a satisfying, creative, inspiring process felting can be.  If you have hours to spend on classes and practice, that is wonderful!  However, if you find yourself short on time and desperate to complete a project, consider using prefelt as a fast-felting option. Prefelt is wool that has been partially felted but has not yet made it through the fulling process.  Felters can make their own prefelt, .

Decoding Needles: Some Sharp Advice For Your Poking

Every single day I can expect at least one question about needles.  Ours are nicely color-coded: purple for 38 star, green for 38 triangle, and blue for 40 triangle.  (Choose yours here!)  But what’s the difference in real life? The simple answer is that different needles are used for different things.  Our green needle is used for making the core of your project and is your all-purpose needle that is used with needle felting .

Make Those Chocolates Even Sweeter!

Are you ready to felt something delicious?  Our new kit, the Chocolate Sampler, provides five opportunities to needle the perfect sweet treat.  We know that beginners and experts alike can run into challenges when faced with a new project, so we wanted to pass on a few tidbits that can make things easier.  These tips are helpful when needle felting any project, so keep reading even if you don’t have a sweet tooth! To .

What to Expect When You Use Angelina Fiber!

So you were drawn to the sparkle, you thought your fairy could use a dress, your clouds needed to shimmer… and now you’re wondering what to do with that Angelina Fiber you found here! Wonder no more! Angelina is a synthetic, light reflecting and light refracting fiber, and it comes in both heat bondable and non-heat bondable varieties depending on the color. It is a trademarked fiber and therefore is not identified, but we .

122 Pleasant Street

Hello NEFS friends and family! Welcome to our blog, Felting Detangled!  My name is Sarah, and I am the new Head Retail Associate at our store in Easthampton, MA.  When you call or visit us in person, I’m the one who has as many questions about felting as you do… which we think will help me answer your questions as a brand-spanking-new felter!  I’m going to keep a running list of my own questions .

Textural Décor: Printed Nuno Pillows with Eva Camacho

In this two day workshop students will learn how to create a elegant felted pillow cover (16×16) while applying different textural and printing techniques. During the first day, students will learn how to design the surface of the silk with paints and inks by printing, stamping, rubbing and stenciling. Students will then be able to make a small sample at the end of the day to learn how to place all the layers to create the textural surface .

Felted Holiday Ornaments with NEFS

  Using materials from the store, NEFS staff will walk you through the steps of creating a variety of holiday ornaments! Choose two ornaments to make for the class with the option to take home the mini-kits for other designs if you like. These sessions filled fast last year when people decided it was a great way to get together with a couple of friends during the holidays while making stocking stuffer/secret Santa/hostess gifts. .

Felted Slippers with Elena Gibson

In this beginner-friendly workshop participants will create a pair of cozy slippers to warm one’s feet for a cold winter’s night! Students will learn to calculate shrinkage to determine the right size and shape of their template and explore the wet felting technique of using a flat resist. The design and embellishment will be kept simple in order to focus on shaping the slipper to achieve the perfect fit. Different methods of embellishment such as cut-outs, applique, and .

Eco-Print Felt Bags with Dawn Edwards

In this two day workshop students will learn how to create a 3D felted bag and learn how to use natural materials to eco-print the bag. During the first day, students will use natural Merino wool roving and a plastic resist to wet felt a beautiful felted hang bag. This is a great introduction to 3-D felting. The second day will begin with finishing off the bags and eco-printing them. If you’re unfamiliar with .

Nuno Felt Art Hats with Dawn Edwards

Come, explore the ancient art of feltmaking with a modern twist….nuno-felt. The term nuno-felt is used to describe the felting of natural fibers (we’ll be using Merino wool roving) into an open weave fabric base.  Nuno felting was developed in 1994 by textile artist Polly Stirling and her assistant, Sachiko Kotaka. They found that by manipulating wool fibers through a lightweight base fabric, that they created a felted fabric with characteristics quite different from .

Sculpting Dimensional Surfaces with Lisa Klakulak

Participants will study and explore numerous ways to bring three-dimensional surface textures to otherwise two-dimensional felt. Four main techniques will be covered: surface resists, differential shrinkage, a combination of the two to raise forms within a plane, and solid form protuberances. The use of surface resists will be employed to create high-relief planes and pockets. The application of thick partial felts to a thin background fleece will result in undulating surfaces as a result of differential shrinkage and circumferential .

Illuminated Felted Spheres with Liz Canali

Create a hanging globe or globe lamp shade for a lamp or desk top. Using the nuno technique combined with felting on a ball you will be able to catch the soft glow of light with a felted shade. You can choose the size and number of lights ((if you work quickly you may have time to make more than 1) you want to make. Make them plain or fancy – round or shaped – .

Nuno Felted Scarf with Nancy Dorian

Using Nuno felting techniques, you will be elated as you transform layers of hand-painted silk, sumptuous merino wool roving, novelty and other silk embellishments into gorgeous flowing fabric. During the felting process, the wool fibers migrate through the weave of the silk and entangle, pulling the silk and any other embellishments along with them as they shrink. This results in an incredibly lightweight garment that drapes the body beautifully. In this one-day workshop we will cover design, layout, felting, .

Imagery in Felt with Lisa Klakulak

Whether stylistic or realistic, impressionistic or graphic, learn techniques to develop recognizable imagery in felt to further communicate your aesthetics and concepts. Beginning with observational drawing skills, explore proportion and perspective as well as color theory for hand carding tints, shades and intensities of colored fiber in order to render objects more realistically. Participants will reproduce their drawn images (and/or existing images of their own choosing) by arranging high shrinkage partial felt shapes on .

Art Collage Tote

This bag is not only a fiber art piece but real useful fashion accessory.  Super sturdy and roomy, with a large and flat reinforced bottom, this bag can stand on its own and will hold its shape, unlike many felt pouches-bags created on a resist. No need to shape it up, stuff, or stretch on a dummy. The wide-bottomed shape is made with the use of resists, flat on a table. Durable surface created with the .

Capturing Nature: Nuno Cowl Scarf with Katia Mokeyeva

In this class, we create a wrap that actually sits on the shoulders and stays in place, all while looking beautiful. We will learn how to make and combine different layouts in order to create a soft and strong felted fabric that drapes wonderfully and holds its shape where needed. We will study various surface techniques, and the way to compose with different colors and textures to yield a complete, harmonious piece. You will work on an idea .

Felted Avant Garde Fashion with Katia Mokeyeva

Gorgeous, comfortable, perfect hooded seamless vest with a great fit. This workshop provides an alternative way of making a resist and a layout for a one-piece garment with hood, nice shoulder line and comfortable fit. The roomy garment that takes up a relatively small space for its creation. We will be combining different unique layout types in one garment, in order to come up with an ideally desirable shape and fit. We will learn to create sturdy, light .

FELTED RUGS FOR THE HOME USING LOCAL WOOLS with Chris White

Go green and support New England farms! Feltmaker Chris White will lead a weekend workshop on how to felt a durable, lasting rug for your home using selected wools from the Pioneer Valley and other small farms farther a-field. We’ll be using beautiful, rich, hand-dyed wools and embellishments to decorate the background of natural sheep colors (brown, white or gray). Materials fees will vary depending on the size of the rug and type of .

Speed Vessels: Focus on Form with Carolann Tebbetts

Discover how many amazing and varied vessels you can make in one day using the seamless flat resist method and New England Felting Supply’s quick-felting Short Fiber Merino Batt. In addition to learning the basics of the flat resist method of creating 3D forms, this beginner-friendly class will focus on shaping. Each student can expect to come away with four or more small vessels in dramatically different shapes using the same 6” circular template .

FINE FELTED FOWL: LIFELIKE NEEDLE FELTED HENS with Rachel Gerowe

Learn to create your own fine felted fowl using soft pelsull locks and needle felting techniques with Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals.  You will begin by shaping the head and neck, then adding details of the face before shaping the body and designing your own unique hen with a variety of colors of soft pelsull locks.  See what you can create with a needle, some wool, and a little imagination! Rachel Gerowe first picked .