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Learn to Wet Felt! Nuno Felted Scarf . With Shannon Herrick. **2017 dates to be added**, 12 PM-3 PM. $ 95.00($25.00 deposit holds your space) The Spun Monkey returns! Shannon Herrick will be back to teach her popular Nuno Felting class at MadWool.
Nuno felt is a technique that combines wool fibers with an open weave fabric to create wearable pieces with beautiful drape and textural interest. If you have never seen a nuno felted scarf, there are several on display and for sale at MadWool. In this class, we will learn about the properties of wool and how it becomes felt, combining fine merino with silk or cotton fabrics to create a thin, wearable piece that also has structural integrity. This is a wet-felting class, AND VERY PHYSICAL, so come prepared with work/play clothes and a towel or two (Sham-wow towels work great!). Other materials required:
*6-foot length of bubble wrap, bamboo blind or pool cover material (at least 1-foot wide)
*equal size length of tulle or other nylon net type fabric
*dowel or rolling pin as wide or wider than your bubble wrap (Note: MadWool can provide you with all of these for use in class/for sale as a felting kit for $15.00).
Wool and silk materials are included in the class fee. Feel free to bring additional materials of your own if you would like to experiment-Merino wool, silk or cotton gauze, chiffon fabrics, lace, any natural, open weave material. Vintage Lace can be especially nice!
Beginning Needle Felting with Shannon Herrick
Needle felting is a fun way to make shapes such as flowers and animals. Come and learn how to make a Ladybug, Mouse or a flat felted piece with Shannon Herrick, aka The Spun Monkey– a talented felter, dyer, spinner, and all around crafty lady!. You will learn how to manipulate wool roving and loose fibers with sharp, barbed needles that cause the fiber to felt without water. Bring your sense of fun and adventure!
- DATE : Sunday, March 12, 2017: 10 AM-12 PM
- COST $35.00 (fiber provided) $10.00 holds your space
- Maximum 6 students.
- Felting kits: needles, mat and extra fiber additional cost.
- Class is intended for adults or older children due to the use of sharp needles.
MAKE YOUR OWN FELTED DRYER BALLS. With Shannon Herrick. Sunday, January 31, 2016. 4-6 PM. $30.00. All materials provided. Ages 7 and up.
Learn to make a very useful item: felted dryer balls! Shannon will guide you in making fun, colorful balls which are great gifts. She will have a variety of essential oils available as well so you can find the perfect scent!
What are the benefits of using wool balls in your dryer?
- They decrease drying time, saving you money on utility bills.
- Commercial fabric softeners and dryer sheets are filled with harmful chemicals and perfumes that coat your clothing, eventually ending up on your skin. There are no chemicals in wool dryer balls!
- Commercial dryer sheets can be costly, and are thrown away after use. Wool dryer balls can be re-used for years, saving you hundreds of dollars.
- Commercial fabric softeners shouldn’t be used on cloth diapers. Wool dryer balls are perfect for keeping your cloth diapers soft and chemical-free.
- Wool dryer balls won’t affect the absorbency of your towels, kitchen cloths, or cloth diapers – commercial softeners will.
- 100% wool dryer balls increase fluffiness and reduce static as dryer loads tumble.
- Dryer balls help to soften clothes naturally.
How do they work?
It’s simple. They bounce around in the dryer separating clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through all the garments. As they tumble, the wool balls fluff your laundry, reduce wrinkles, and basically pummel the laundry to make it softer. They do so much more than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you don’t have to run the dryer as long. The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be.
All class materials are to be purchased from Madison Wool. Unless specified, class fee does not include pattern or materials. To register for classes, call the shop at 203-245-5921 with your information and deposit (credit card). We will accept mailed checks as well. Many classes from visiting teachers require you to register directly with them. Please call or email us with any questions. If we cancel class for any reason (usually only due to weather or teacher illness), you get store credit or you may take rescheduled class. Class deposit/fee non refundable five days prior to class; cancellations prior to this get store credit less deposit. We take extenuating circumstances into consideration, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend a class.