Kids Needle Felting
- $ 45.00 $ 45.00
Saturday, November 5th, 10am - 2pm
Instructor: Jan Johnson
$35/MBG Member; $45/nonmember
For Children, ages 8-12 (parent encouraged to accompany)
Fee includes all materials and instruction. Children will learn how to needle felt and why wool works so well with this craft. Each child will draw and design their own surface pattern, then transfer it to the substrate & complete the class by needle felting the design. They will take home their own felting kit and their finished product (which may be an ornament or picture).
What is Felting
Felting is the “process of separating, tangling, and relocking animal fibers found in items such as yarn or wool,” and can either be achieved through a wet technique or a dry technique, which is typically done with a needle.
When it Began
Felting has been around since the Neolithic period, and samples of felting date back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Felted creations were used to keep people warm and dry during a time when knitting wasn’t yet invented! Nomadic people in Central and East Asia still practice felt making, using the craft to create rugs, tents, and clothing both for themselves and for tourists. Felting in Great Britain, Scandinavia, and the United States is very popular, with more modern designs and techniques being invented to adapt to current felting trends.
About our Instructor
Jan Johnson is a local fiber artist who zooms from creating to creating like her favorite insect, the dragonfly! She loves Mobile Botanical Gardens and all Creation. In her fiber arts work, Jan uses natural dyes from plants and flowers as well as chemical dyes, eco prints on silk, linen and cotton, spins wool into art yarn, sews, needle and wet felts, embroiders in Sashiko and other styles, weaves on a Japanese Saori loom, rigid heddle looms, and practices Navajo style tapestry weaving. Jan loves to recycle and upcycle fabric and fiber, bringing new life to discarded clothing using all her skill sets. She is learning more about slow fashion, Boro and other visible mending and sustainable practices. As a former Children’s Librarian, Jan also enjoys interaction with children and their families. She is approachable, with a laid back style and boundless enthusiasm for having fun with fiber arts! Look for her work in the Artful Garden Shop at MBG and learn in classes at MBG.
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