Join us for a two-session wool felting workshop, led by Portland artist, Ammi Brooks. Saturday’s session will focus on the Art of Nuno Felted Scarves and Sunday’s session will include Felted Balls, Soaps, & Flowers.
Felted Scarf & Decorative Fun
Instructor: Ammi Brooks
All skill levels welcome
Saturday, September 8 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $65.00 tuition + $15 materials fee*
Sunday, September 9 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | $35.00 tuition + $5 materials fee*
*Note: Materials fee paid directly to instructor at workshop
This two-session wool felting workshop will be led by Portland artist, Ammi Brooks. Saturday’s workshop is the Art of Nuno Felted Scarves. Sunday’s workshop, Felted Balls, Soaps, & Flowers, is a lesson on having fun felting.
Nuno in Japanese means “fabric or cloth” and involves a process of layering raw fiber, usually wool, in a desired pattern on silk or other natural fabric. With the addition of soap and water and pressing the fibers together, it bonds together through the shrinking, and shocking of the fibers.
Materials provided include a hand dyed (by Ammi) rolled hemmed silk scarf (11”x60”) from Dharma Trading Company, and colored fine merino wool roving from Weaving Works. Lots of fun decorative materials like sparkles, yarns and raw silk roving will be on hand. Students will take home an 8” x 50” (approximately) nuno felted scarf.
Students in the nuno scarf workshop need to bring a bar of olive oil soap in a container, a large towel, and a spray bottle or bowl for water.
Students in Sunday’s workshop, Felted Balls, Soaps & Flowers, will have fun making all kinds of flowers out of colorful wool roving, which can be made into pins, put on head bands, etc. Small balls can be turned into jewelry or holiday ornaments at home. Felted soap lasts two to three times longer than normal bar soap. It feels like a wash cloth wrapped permanently around soap.
Materials provided include colorful coarse wool and other fun bits of raw silk, sparkles and wool yarn for personalizing creations. One bar of Castile coconut oil soap is provided.
Students need to provide a container for water or a spray bottle, and, if desired, an extra bar of soap to be felted.
Ammi Brooks’ passion for felting intensified six years ago when she enrolled in classes at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. From there, she turned to YouTube videos where she says, “making lots of mistakes, I began to hone my craft.” She sold felted soaps to Made in Oregon, and at local festivals in Oregon and Washington until she joined Artistic Portland, a cooperative of local artists.
“The process is like magic to me. I never know exactly what the final product will look like. I have a life time of learning and creativity ahead of me!”
Examples of Brooks’ wearable and decorative art can be found at: http://www.artisticportland.com/ammi-brooks.html.