Fantastic Felt and Nuno Felt Hats: with Dawn Edwards of Felt So Right
Call us with questions 1- 877-665-5790
Date: July 28-29, 2017
Time: FRI & SAT 9am - 4pm
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: LIVING FELT 14121 W. Hwy 290, Bldg 2A Austin, TX 78737
Materials Fee: $10 to instructor, $15 to shop includes 6oz fine Merino Top (19.5 micron and above), plus lots of luster and texture fibers to choose from.
Fantastic Felt and Nuno Felt Hats Workshop
Come and learn the basics of 3D felting, or expand your knowledge, as we create beautiful felt hats using Merino wool roving with the option of incorporating lightweight silk fabrics for Nuno-felting. You will love the artistic possibilities, with functionality as an added bonus. We will create our hats over a template (flat resist), using wet-felting techniques. Hats will then be blocked.
Some standing involved. We will be rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
What to Bring:
A notebook, pen, sharpie marker
Lunch - we can order out, or you can bring your own.
We have a fridge and toaster oven (no microwave).
19 – 21.5 micron Merino wool roving (the amount will vary depending upon the hat style that you wish to make, but up to 5 oz. per hat). Also, you will have time to start, or perhaps even finish, an additional hat (depending upon the style and complexity of the hat that you choose), so you may wish to bring/purchase additional wool…Always better to have too much than to run short. Also, please make sure that your Merino is not Superwash as Superwash has been treated so that it will not felt.
If you wish to Nuno-felt, please bring lightweight silk fabrics (such as silk chiffon) or lightweight beaded silk fabrics (I sometimes buy beaded silk dresses from the thrift shop to use for this…please check the label to make sure it is silk, polyester fabrics will not work).
Other optional embellishing fibers: silk fibers, silk hankies, wool nepps, linen fibers, etc.
Also, if you have any cool buttons, brooches, feathers, etc., they make a great addition to your hat.
A plastic beach pail or bucket to hold water.
Laundry sprinkler bottle or Ballbrause water sprinkler.
Sharp scissors, a tape measure
Old pantyhose or an old t-shirt that can be snipped into strips to tie your felt bundles for rolling.
A wood hat block in your head size is a great investment if you are going to be making hats in the future. I will have a couple of hat blocks to share if you do not own or wish to purchase one.
3 old bath size towels.
General Info Including Travel & Accommodations
(or feel free to give us a call! Toll Free: 877-665-5790)
About The Instructor:
Dawn Edwards is a fiber artist specializing in exceptional, fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She lives and works from her home studio in Plainwell, MI, and sells her work under the name of Felt So Right through specialty retail, boutique and gallery shops in several states within the United States.
Dawn has studied felt-making with several renowned fiber artists and felt-makers from around the world. Her felt works have appeared in exhibitions, art shows, magazines and books. Dawn is a juried member artist in the gallery shops of the prestigious Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN, and the Pacific Northwest School of Art, Coupeville, WA, and a member of the Signature Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI.
Her love of color, texture, and beauty in everyday life, have led to artistic expression through many creative endeavors including stained glass and pottery, and finally to a medium where she is able to incorporate many of those techniques into her felt-making. You may see some of the wonderful textural and sculptural images found in pottery, or the beautiful color ways noted in stained glass.
Dawn's beaded felt cloche won the 2014 international "Mad Hatters" competition, judged by world renowned milliner, Arturo Rios.
Dawn has several of her felt creations featured in the book, 1000 Artisan Textiles:
Contemporary Fiber Art, Quilts, and Wearables by Sandra Salamony and Gina M. Brown. 1000 Artisan Textiles may be found at your local bookstore, Amazon.com or Quarrybooks.com.