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Take your felting skills to the next level at the 2018 Felting Affaire @PDX

The Felting Source is delighted to announce its inaugural Pacific Northwest felting workshop! What could be more fun than spending four awesome days with three instructors, six classes and 60 other felters? 

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October 20-23, 2018   Portland, Oregon

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2018 Instructors & Classes

In this inaugural event,  we will feature three noted instructors, listed here.

Marjolaine Arsenault, Diane Christian and Emilia Ponomarev.

Below this schedule grid are the Instructor bios, class descriptions, and materials list. (Note: Any "materials fees" are due directly to the instructor on the first day of class.  Thank you!)

Click on links inside the grid to jump to instructors' bios or class descriptions on this page.

To be added to a class 'wait list' contact us with that request.  Thanks!

To claim a spot on the Waiting List, please email Deb 
Instructor # of days Workshop Title Dates
Marjolaine Arsenault   2 days Sleeveless Top Oct 20-21
Diane Christian 2 days Nuno Collage   Oct 20-21
Emilia Ponomarev 2 days

Felted Accessories    

Oct 20-21
Emilia Ponomarev 2 days Speaking of Surface Design:  A Fine Tunic  Oct 22-23
Marjolaine Arsenaults 2 days 4-Way Reversible Vest Oct 22-23
Diane Christian 2 days Felted Landscapes Oct 22-23

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Marjolaine Arsenault

Marjolaine Arsenault

Marjolaine is a fiber artist creating garments and accessories in a felt making process fusing hand-dyed silk and wool fiber to make seamless garments. Composition, color harmony and texture are integral to every one-of-a-kind creation.

Marjolaine seeks to drape the body with style and beauty in contemporary pieces of wearable art. She travels the country to sell at various juried fine craft shows and to teach workshops. She was awarded the Collector’s Award at the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in 2013 and the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Chicago Botanical Garden Craft Show in 2014. Her collection was presented in the Electric City Fashion Shows in 2016 and 2017.

Her garments were published in Worldwide Colors of Felt and in various magazines. She studied Fine Art at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and after 20 years as a graphic designer and 10 years as a garden designer, she continues following her heart to recreate herself. She is a member of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild and her studio is located in North Creek, NY.  Find Marjolaine on the web here.


2-Day Class

Oct 20-21, 2018 (Saturday, Sunday)

Sleeveless Top

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[Prerequisite: Nuno felt experience required]

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: none

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 A Nuno Felt Top by Marjolaine Arsenault

Join Marjolaine on a 2-day class to create a nuno felt sleeveless top. Her fascination for the limitless possibilities of making nuno felt seamless garments led her to playful creations. During this workshop you will explore colors, texture, composition and design. Please note that this class requires standing most of the day. Nuno felt experience required.


2-Day Class

Oct 22-23, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday)

4-Way Reversible Vest

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[Prerequisite: Nuno felt experience required]

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: none

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4-way Reversible Vest

In this two-day workshop we will create a one-of-a-kind nuno felt vest that you will enjoy wearing in four different ways. Each side is different and turn it upside down and your longer vest now becomes a bolero. So much fun! Hand-made brooches close the vest. Please note that this class requires standing most of the day. Nuno felt experience required.


Diane Christian

Felters Rendezvous Instructor Beverly Gilbert

Diane Caswell Christian uses the medium of felted wool and other fibers to depict landscapes that have depth and movement.

She studied Photography at Endicott College and Studio Art at Smith College and has worked as an illustrator.

She began felt-making in 2006, and started teaching felted landscape classes in the Northeast in 2009. She has also taught at the Midwest Felting Symposium in Madison, WI in 2014 and at the Felters Rendezvous In Estes Park, CO in March of 2015.

She is a current member of the NorthEast Feltmakers Guild, Artist’s at the Crossroads, Academic Artist’s Association, and the Tobacco Valley Artists Association.

Her felt landscapes have appeared in several juried art shows and have become part of private collections in the northeast.  She is the 2010 recipient of the Granby Land Trust Award for a felt landscape, and in 2013 she won the Helen and Al Wilke Award for a colored pencil drawing in the Granby Land Trust’s annual juried art show. Her ‘Underwater Sanctuary’ felt piece was shown in the spring 2011 edition of Fiberarts magazine review “FeltUnited: 2010 Online Exhibition.


2-Day Class

Oct 20-21, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)

Nuno Collage

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Experience Level: Some experience with Nuno Felting

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: none

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 Nuno Collage with Diane Christian

If you are familiar with basic Nuno felting with silk, it is time to expand your horizons and explore how different fabrics felt into various textures.

Diane’s 2-day Nuno collage workshop will expose you to a wide variety of fabrics that can be combined to create imagery in a wall hanging or used as accents in clothing for the more fashion minded.

The focus of the class is on learning how many layers of fabric can be successfully felted and exploring texture. You will discover the felting qualities of odd fabrics provided by the instructor and then put your new-found knowledge into action to create a small wall hanging.


2-Day Class  

Oct 22-23, 2018 (Monday and Tuesday)

Felted Landscapes

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Experience Level: All Levels

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: $50

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Learn how to felted landscapes   

This class is taught as a mini art class. Students will learn how to render a landscape in any medium by learning the fundamentals of landscape painting.

Students will explore the use of color, value, perspective, etc. to create a sense of distance that draws the viewer into the landscape.

Students will also learn to take advantage of the unique effects that can be achieved by using wool and embellishments through a combination of both wet and needle felting processes.

Day one: Students will learn including how to create a sense of distance through color and perspective. We will begin felting the landscape by laying out colored wool using the wet felting technique. 

Day two: Students will further develop their landscape by adding detail and texture with a felting needle.


Emilia Ponomarev

Emilia Head shot

Emilia is a recent transplant from Russia to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Felters are all so happy she is here. You will be too when you see the lovely felt she makes and the knowledge she shares!

She explores the how’s and why’s of felt and the movement of fiber to create wonderfully light felt with perfect edges and a beautiful drape. It is almost as if Emilia thinks like a fiber! She brings a background of many crafts to her world of felting and those fortunate enough to get into her classes will fully understand the breadth of her knowledge.

Her repertoire spans all types of felting and she says, “I cannot say which felt I like more, heavy or light, thin or thick, clothes or art objects, jewellery or bags, hats, scarves or gloves... I just enjoy to see my hands creating something new out of wool fiber.”

Emilia has taught felting and surface design in Russia for beginners through advances students and offers classes at her studio in Broomfield, CO.

Her works have been shown in several prestigious exhibitions:

"Baikal Warmth" - All Russia 2015 Exhibition

"Soul of Felt" - a year-long Russian-German Exhibition that was showcased in Germany Italy, Netherlands, and Ireland

Taos, NM Wool Festival, where her hooded vest received the Grand Champion Award


2-Day Class

Oct 20-21, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)

Felted Accessories

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Level of expertise: All Levels

Number of Students: 15

Materials Fee: None

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So many felting techniques can be combined with one another to yield striking results. Come learn some of these techniques then combine them to create your own uniquely styled necklace, bracelet, or other fashionable accessories (yes we will make multiple projects).

 The instructor will demonstrate techniques and show examples of her work that incorporate some of the techniques she has devised and combined. Learn a simple way to make a cord, shibori, felt carving, felt netting, dimensional hollow felt…and more.

 Your felt will be strong and stable under Emilia’s guidance. There will be options to add buttons or other embellishments to make your perfect pieces totally unique.

This is an intensive class, yet the techniques Emilia shares will be useful in a variety of your felting projects.


 2 Days

Oct 22-23 (Monday and Tuesday)

Speaking of Surface Design: A Fine Tunic

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Level of expertise: All Levels 

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: None

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During this two-day class students will learn how to do an even and fine layout, how to make straight, even edges, and how to create felt that drapes beautifully. Make only two measurements to create perfect resist/pattern for this tunic. Make the same pattern longer or shorter and you will have a dress or top. Students will learn how to prepare different resist shapes to make different effects. 

We will learn surface design elements that can be used in many other projects, including art objects. Students will incorporate 2-3 of these surface design techniques to create a truly unique one-of-a-kind tunic designed by and especially for themselves.  NOTE: the image above is a "sampler" tunic that shows multiple surface design possibilities.

The techniques we are going to cover include making several types of: flowers, craters, braids, and lace. In addition the instructor will cover methods for creating “fossilized seashells,” rushes, cords, shibori, “ “smoking” stitches, “mud cracks,” pebbles and bumps,  as well as using prefelt, plant fibers, and fabric.

No question will be left unanswered! 


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Event Schedule

NOTE:  All classes run 9am to 5pm with a lunch break

Friday October 19

Arrive late afternoon for evening reception and dinner

Saturday October 20
First set of 2-day classes begin
Evening - Show & Tell, 8pm

Sunday October 21
First set of 2-day classes concludes
Evening - Free Time to explore the area

Monday October 22
Second set of 2-day classes begin
Evening - Fashion Show, 8pm

Tuesday October 23
Second set of 2-day classes concludes
Students may depart or stay over to depart Wednesday after breakfast

Wednesday October 24

Breakfast and depart

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Show & Tell

Do you have a newly discovered technique you’d like to share, a favorite felted object you want to show off, or something you are especially proud of having made? If so, bring along something from home you've made for our Saturday night, 8pm Show & Tell. It might remind you of playgroup, but with a felter’s twist!

Fiber Marketplace

A few of our favorite vendors will join us for the Fiber Marketplace on Friday evening through Tuesday noon. You’ll have the opportunity to buy embellishments for your workshop projects or fiber and other necessities that you can’t always find when you need just the perfect embellishment or color for a project. 

Fashion Show

To be in the fashion show, bring your favorite felted garment that you have made then model it for other participants in this fun, upbeat fashion show on Monday night, starting at 8pm.


Thank you for considering joining us at The Felting Affaire @PDX 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to email event organizer Deb Tewell 


The Pacific Northwest is the perfect place to host a felting event.  The Felting Source is proud to offer this first-ever 4-day workshop in Portland, OR. Often known by its airport tag (PDX), we included in the title to acknowledge, not only the location, but the uniqueness of this city.  Enjoy your time here at The Felting Affaire @PDX!


There is easy direct airport-to-downtown public transportation; drive-time is about 30 minutes.  You'll find information here on transportation options for getting to and from the airport.



We have booked a block of hotel rooms at University Place Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Portland. Our special group rate is $89/night, single or double occupancy. To reserve a hotel room at this rate, call the University Place Hotel directly at (503) 221-0140 and let the front desk know you are with The Felting Source group to get the special group rate. If you would like to stay prior to or after the event, the University Place Hotel and Conference Center will honor our group rates three days prior and three days after The Felting Affaire.

If you prefer double occupancy but do not know anyone who is attending, contact The Felting Source to put your name on the “Looking for a Roommate” list and to get the names of others who are on the list.


A full breakfast is included with lodging. All other meals will be on our own. There are a number of restaurants in the area that offer a wide variety of options and our hotel is just a short walk from Portland’s legendary food cart scene.


Registration, Fees, & Cancellation Policies

Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer early bird rates before July 16, 2018. Register early; class sizes are limited. The Felting Source accepts checks, credit cards, and PayPal transfers to [email protected].

At least 30% of the total registration fee is due as a deposit with your online registration.deposit We cannot guarantee registration without receipt of online registration and the deposit, unless you call Deb Tewell, conference organizer and speak with her directly. NOTE: We will not accept a voice mail as a way to hold a class spot. If you must cancel, your registration may be transferred to another individual.

The balance of all fees is due before September 28, 2018. If we have not received the balance due by this date, your reservation may be transferred to someone on the wait-list and your deposit will not be refunded. Please mark your calendars!

Registrations made after September 28, 2018 must include payment in full. Because we must send deposits to our suppliers well in advance of the workshop, we cannot offer refunds beyond those described below. We appreciate your understanding!

Cancellation refunds are made according to the following schedule:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing (email to [email protected]) or received by mail before September 28, 2018 to: The Felting Affaire @PDX, c/o The Felting Source, 1024-D Wind Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
  • For cancellations received before September 28, 2018 the balance, less a 25% deposit, will be refunded if we are able to fill your space from our wait-list or you are able to find a replacement.
  • For cancellations received after September 29, 2018, no refund is possible unless we can fill your space from our wait-list.

NOTE: In the case of inclement weather, workshops will be held as long as instructors are able to make it to the event venue.

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