Felting Series: Needle Felting with Wire Armatures
Join felting artist Grace, for this fun and informative introduction to the art of needle felting with the addition of wire armatures to make your creation movable into various poses. In this workshop you will learn all you need to get started exploring the creative art of needing felting with wire armatures and will make your own little felted creation to take home.
Learn how to sculpt simple wire armatures as a base for needle felted figures. Wire armatures add structural support and an element of animation to your felted creations. We will be felting small cats or other felines, but this can be easily expanded to other four legged creatures.
You will leave this workshop with an understanding of wire armatures and sculptural needle felting, as well as your own felted creation! No previous experience with wire-work needed but previous experience needle felting is required.
Wire and fibre will be included in the class fee. Please bring your own felting needles and felting cushion, or these can be purchased before the class for you to take home with you. If you have your own wire-work pliers please bring those too (if not, some will be available to share).
Ages: 12+ (consideration: this activity uses a sharp needle and requires some hand-eye coordination and patience, as well as some dexterity for wire work)
Class size: 6 max (This class can be tricky and students often require hands-on assistance.)
Grace Aroella-Jarvie has a wide array of passions and an endless curiosity which keeps her striving towards new experiences. She is especially interested in traditional skills and knowledge, seeking to maintain a way of life that is connected to the earth. Her pursuits currently include herbalism, wild crafting, small-scale farming and a variety of artistic crafts. Tying together a love for natural materials and working with her hands, Grace has been exploring the world of fibre arts for the last 6 years. Her fibre practices include felting, natural dying, spinning, crocheting and weaving. She has been teaching felting workshops to children and adults for the last 2 years. She hopes to share her enthusiasm for hand crafted goods and the beauty of natural materials in a way that inspires others.