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The Felting Source is delighted to announce our fourth annual felting workshop in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

March 4 – 8, 2016 Estes Park, CO

2016 Instructors & Classes

In 2016 we will once again feature four noted instructors, listed below. One instructor will offer a single 4-day class and three instructors will offer two 2-day felting courses. This schedule will offer you the opportunity to either take one 4-day intensive class or two different 2-day classes during our four days together.

2 Day Class

Marjolaine Arsenault      
http://www.marjolainestouch.com

– Nuno Felt Poncho – 2 Day – CLASS IS FULL
Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 6
Email us to be placed on waiting list

– 4-Way Reversible Vest – 2 Day – CLASS IS FULL
Monday March 7 – Tuesday March 8
Email us to be placed on waiting list


4 Day Class

Nancy Ballesteros           
http://www.treetopscolours.com.au

– Shifting Shapes in Silk – designing with Silk Hankies – 4 Day – CLASS IS FULL
Saturday March 5 – Tuesday March 8
Email us to be placed on waiting list


2 Day Class

Marjolein Dallinga         
http://www.bloomfelt.com

– Form in Felt: Folding and Unfolding – 2 Day – CLASS IS FULL
Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 6
Email us to be placed on waiting list

– Form in Felt: Inner and Outer Spaces – 2 Day – CLASS IS FULL
Monday March 7 – Tuesday March 8
Email us to be placed on waiting list


2 Day Class

Anne Vickrey Evans       
http://annevickreyevans.blogspot.com

– Hybrid Felt for Artistic Yardage – 2 Day
Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 6

– Innovations in Felt and Surface Design Techniques – 2 Day
Monday March 7 – Tuesday March 8

Workshop Schedule

Friday March 4

Arrive late afternoon for evening reception and dinner

Saturday March 5

4-day class begins
First set of 2-day classes begin
Evening – Show & Tell

Sunday March 6

4-day class continues
First set of 2-day classes concludes
Evening – Fiber Marketplace

Monday March 7

4-day class continues
Second set of 2-day classes begin
Evening – Fashion Show

Tuesday March 8

4-day class concludes
Second set of 2-day classes concludes
Students may depart or stay over to depart Wednesday after breakfast

Wednesday March 9

Breakfast and depart


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 it along for our Saturday night 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 Sunday 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 touch for a project. Vendors may not be attending the entire time; we will post a schedule in the Marketplace.

Fashion Show

Bring your favorite felted creation to model for other participants in a fun, upbeat fashion show on Monday night.

Contact Us

Thank you for considering joining us at The 2016 Felter’s Rendezvous. If you have any questions, please feel free to email workshop leader Deb Tewell »


Location

YMCA of the Rockies Center is nestled against Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. Spring is the perfect season to see abundant wildlife right outside our lodge rooms. Cool mountain breezes and dazzling sunshine create the perfect environment for refreshing our spirits, enjoying the natural beauty of the Rockies, and making fabulous felt. There will be ample time to walk the campus and enjoy “Springtime in the Rockies!”


Lodging & Meals

Double occupancy lodging, facility use fee and three meals each day are included in regular registration costs. For participants who want to drive in each day or otherwise stay off campus there is a day use package that only includes a facility use fee and lunch. Meals will be served at times that mesh with our daily schedule of classes, 8 am – 5 pm with a noontime lunch break.


Registration & Cancellation Policies

Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer early bird rates before January 31, 2016. Register early; class sizes are limited. The Felting Source accepts checks, credit cards, and PayPal transfers to info@thefeltingsource.com.

At least 25% of the total registration fee is due as a deposit with your online registration. We cannot guarantee registration without receipt of online registration and the deposit. If you must cancel, your registration may be transferred to another individual.

The balance of all fees is due before February 13, 2016. 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 February 13, 2016 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 info@thefeltingsource.com) or received by mail before February 3, 2015 to Felter’s Rendezvous, The Felting Source, 1024-D Wind Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
  • For cancellations received before February 3, 2015, 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 February 3, 2015, no refund is possible unless we can fill your space from our wait-list.

Other Costs

Transportation

    • Airfare
    • Airport shuttle to the town of Estes Park and the YMCA of the Rockies
      (www.estesparkshuttle.com or 970-586-5151, ~$45 one-way or ~$85 round trip)
    • Rental car

Lodging (if you opt to stay off campus)

  • It will be your responsibility to arrange daily transportation to the meeting facility. For those not staying on-site there is a day use fee that includes lunch and facility use.

Class Descriptions & Instructors

We have brought together a group of felting instructors who have a diverse set of skills that we know you will be pleased with. Each one brings with her extensive experience in not only felt-making, but in teaching.

Marjolaine Arsenault

Marjolaine is a feltmaker/fiber artist fascinated by the creative process of making seamless nuno felt garments. Her work is influenced by her love of gardening and the interpretations of natural elements. Composition, color harmony and texture are integral to every creation. Nuno wet felting technique invites the imagination to paint with wool, silk and other fibers to create unique pieces of wearable art. She travels across 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 Fine Craft Show in 2014. Her garments were exhibited at Kent State University Fashion Museum in the show Entangled: Fiber to Felt to Fashion in 2014-15. She is a member of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild. 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. Her studio Marjolaine’s Touch is located in North Creek, NY. www.marjolainestouch.com

Class : Nuno Felt Poncho — 2 Day

Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 6

CLASS IS FULL » Email us to get on waiting list

Marjolaine Arsenault

In this two-day workshop, we will create a seamless poncho that will be reversible. You will explore the balance between wool and silk to create a light and airy garment. We will talk about color harmony and use a variety of fibers for “painting”. You will learn how to create a pocket. All levels welcome.

Class : 4-Way Reversible Vest — 2 Day

Monday March 7 – Tuesday March 8

CLASS IS FULL » Email us to get on waiting list

Marjolaine Arsenault

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! Continue exploring color harmony and use a variety of fibers for “painting”. Hand-made brooches close the vest. All levels welcome.

Nancy Ballesteros

Nancy Ballesteros has passionately worked with fabric all her life. She spent most of her childhood sewing and was introduced to spinning, felting and dyeing during her time at university. These elements quickly took over as her life’s passion and she hatched a fibre business called Treetops Colour Harmonies in 1987.

Since moving to Australia in 1990, Treetops has continued to grow into a successful international web-based company offering felting supplies for discerning felt makers. Nancy has taught felting for many years before taking a break to raise her two children and run Treetops. She was instrumental in developing the technique of Silk ‘Paper’ and has written about felting in numerous publications and participated in various workshops and master classes.

Class : Shifting Shapes in Silk
Designing with Silk Hankies — 4 Day

Saturday March 5 – Tuesday March 8

CLASS IS FULL » Email us to get on waiting list

Nancy Ballesteros

Whether you decide to design a shift, an apron, a pinafore, a jumper, a tabard or simply a wrap, felting with Silk Hankies can be a delightful tactile experience. Remember the sheer joy you felt as a child dipping your fingers into jars of wet paint and splashing it madly over the paper? You can have a similar experience playing with the Silk Hankies.

Most felt makers are unsure how to handle Silk Hankies, they can indeed be very frustrating! In this workshop we will experiment with a method of “wet painting” using only minimal amounts of wool laminated between the hanky and silk fabric. For the garments I will supply several different scaled-up patterns. There will be sample garments to try on to decide which style best suits your shape. One of the beautiful aspects of creating ‘shifting shapes’ is there is no fussing with resists. Participants are also welcome to work on a two-sided wrap option.

Emphasis will be place on QUALITY FELT. Specific fulling techniques will be taught to ensure proper felting. Embellishment ideas to be explored as time allows, particularly creating straps and ties using hand embroidery with thread we create ourselves.

Each Silk Hanky comes from a cocoon which is spun by a silkworm as one continuous strand of silk. The hankies are created from piercing these degummed cocoons and stretching them over a small square frame, layer upon layer. They possess amazing properties which produce amazing felt!

Marjolein Dallinga

Marjolein Dallinga was born in the Netherlands where she studied Fine Arts. She moved to Montréal, Canada, in 1989 to pursue her art career through making art books and jewelry. While raising a family, her creativity led her to toy making and teaching art classes. This led her to discover felting, and she now works in this medium.

The world-renowned CIRQUE DU SOLEIL became interested in Marjolein’s work, and for the last five years she has experimented with felt for their costume design while also creating final products for their shows.

Marjolein has her own company, Bloomfelt.com, and works from her studio with sewing and dyeing rooms. She has taught felting for thirteen years in North America, Europe, and Australia. Last years she won three awards for her costumes made for the WOW (world of wearable art) in New Zealand. To learn more visit: www.bloomfelt.com

Class : Form in Felt — Folding & Unfolding — 2 Day

Marjolein Dallinga

Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 6

CLASS IS FULL » Email us to get on waiting list

This 2-day workshop will deepen the consciousness about experiences learned from sculpting with felt and other fibers. We will explore different sculptural form ideas, with the theme of folding and unfolding, to become more aware of how, and why, we want to use this medium. We will focus on basics like color, design, and conceptions of an artwork.

Class : Form in Felt — Inner and Outer Spaces — 2 Day

Marjolein Dallinga

Monday March 7 – Tuesday March 8

CLASS IS FULL » Email us to get on waiting list

Students will be challenged to play with their own designs using sculptural felting techniques, deepening their awareness of the creative process with an accent on the journey and not the end result. This is an experimental discovery workshop. At the end of each day we will discuss creations to heighten awareness of color and design choices. An exhibition of all work will complete the course.

Anne Vickrey Evans

Anne’s first introduction to felt was as a child visiting her grandparents in Norway where nearly everyone had a pair of felt boots. When a Danish friend was visiting over 30 years ago, she taught her how to make a pair of felt slippers. From that point on, felt became a focus for her and she eventually wrote five books on the subject, made two videos in addition to developing a line of feltmaking craft kits for children and adults. Since 2011 Anne has been focusing on handmade felt wearable art. Her garments have been exhibited in a number of juried fashion shows including the Surface Design Association Conference Fashion Show 2011, the HGA Convergence Fashion Shows 2012 and 2014, ArtWear Fashion Week in Fort Collins Colorado 2011 2013 & and the Uncommon Threads Art-to-Wear Fashion Show in Illinois where she received the Juror’s Choice award for “Best Body of Work” in 2012. In 2013 she received the Surface Design Association Award of Excellence. A collection of her work was at the Denver Art Museum during and after the “Spun: Adventures in Textiles” exhibit. Most recently she was an invited artist for the “Fiber Innovations” exhibit in 2014 at the Parker Arts and Events Center in Parker, Colorado. Anne and her husband, Don, recently moved to Northern New Mexico, and manage the FeltCrafts® business that provides feltmakers with tools and machines for feltmaking. Visit FeltCrafts on Facebook to learn more >

Class : Hybrid Felt for Artistic Yardage — 2 Day

Saturday March 5 – Sunday March 6

Anne Vickrey Evans

Hybrid, laminated and nuno felt are terms for the same process, that is, combining wool fiber with fabric then felting and fulling the wool to cause rusching or puckering of the fabric. This technique can produce beautiful wearable items or surface effects for wall hangings, quilts and other fiber art. In this class we will explore the different effects achievable with various fabrics and fibers. Students will make a notebook with a number of samples for reference. On the second day students will work with techniques using laminated prefelt in addition to experimenting with different forms of natural silk for felting.

Class :  Innovations in Felt &
Surface Design Techniques — 2 Day

Monday March 7 – Tuesday March 8

Anne Vickrey Evans

Surface design on felt can be achieved before or after felting and fulling. On day one we will work on a variety of techniques for achieving surface effects during the layout process. The finished sample can be made into a wall hanging, bag or other accessory. On day two we will work on various surface design techniques that are compatible with handmade felt, including stenciling, marking, stitching and dyeing.