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

March 3 – 7, 2017 Estes Park, CO

2017 Instructors & Classes

In 2017 we will feature five noted instructors, listed below. One instructor will offer a single 4-day class and four 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.

4 Day Class

Inge Bauer

– Hooded Garments: Felting Fabric and Fine Merino – 4 Day
Saturday March 4 – Tuesday March 7
CLASS IS FULL
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2 Day Class

Marlene Gruetter

– Shambolic Vest – 2 Day
Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5
CLASS IS FULL
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– Shambolic Pogo Bag – 2 Day
Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7


2 Day Class

Anna Gunnarsdottir

– Sculptural Felt Workshop – 2 Day
Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5

– Lighting Wool From Within – 2 Day
Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7
CLASS IS FULL
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2 Day Class

Lisa Klakulak

– Fabric Fusion for Object Encasement – 2 Day
Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5
CLASS IS FULL
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– Solid Form Felting Techniques – 2 Day
Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7
CLASS IS FULL
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2 Day Class

Ruth Walker

– Roll a Ball, Felt a 3 Pocket Bag – 2 Day
Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5

– Yep; 2 Days, 2 Hats – 2 Day
Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7

Workshop Schedule

Friday March 3

Arrive late afternoon for evening reception and dinner

Saturday March 4

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

Sunday March 5

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

Monday March 6

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

Tuesday March 7

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

Wednesday March 8

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 2017 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 and facility use fee are included in regular registration costs. The surcharge fee for single-occupancy lodging is $45/day. 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 are charged separately during registration, and will be served at times that mesh with our daily schedule of classes, 8 am – 5 pm with a noontime lunch break.


Registration, Fees, & Cancellation Policies

Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer early bird rates before January 31, 2017. Register early; class sizes are limited. The Felting Source accepts checks, credit cards, and PayPal transfers to info@thefeltingsource.com.

At least 30% 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, 2017. 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, 2017 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, 2017 to Felter’s Rendezvous, The Felting Source, 1024-D Wind Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
  • For cancellations received before February 3, 2017, 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, 2017, no refund is possible unless we can fill your space from our wait-list.

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


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.

Materials Fees

  • Note: In addition to the registration fees, each class may include a class fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. These fees cover materials the instructor provides for your use during each workshop. Fees vary by instructor, as do materials lists. Information on individual class fees and material lists can be found with each class descriptions below, so you can assess the total cost of registration, lodging, meals, materials, and class fees.

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.

Inge Bauer

Inge’s creates custom clothing, accessories and interior design. She primarily works in felt but also uses leather, hand selected fabrics, and upcycled textiles. As a teacher, Inge provides a space where people can step outside everyday life and embrace their creativity. Her extensive experience is what makes her workshops so popular. Not only does Inge describe her process, but discusses the reasoning behind the process and the failures she encountered on the journey to that process. She found her personal way into feltmaking in the traditional carpets of Mongolia, Turkmenistan and other Asian countries. Inge’s pieces are unique, fine quality, reversible and seamless, designed to feel good to wear. Dyeing is also a major part of her creative process, and she has an ongoing fascination with developing nuances of color by dyeing wool and silk fibers, and wool, silk, linen, and cotton fabrics. Inge’s website: www.ibtextiles.de

Regina Mattmüller will be assisting Inge with this class. Regina has completed The Felt School in Germany, attended classes with famous teachers and has a wide range of experience in felting.

Class : Hooded Garments: Felting Fabric and Fine Merino — 4 Day

Saturday March 4 – Tuesday March 7

Advanced

CLASS IS FULL
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Inge Bauer

It is Inge’s speciality to make seamless clothing using the nuno technique. She has discovered that different kind of fabric can be used–cotton, linen, silk or wool. As students will learn, the finer the felt the larger the shrinkage rate! We will start the class by calculating a custom pattern for each student by making samples. We will find the right combination of wool, shrinkage, and our own special “hand” to create a hooded garment that in uniquely our own. We are allowing an additional four students in this class and Inge will be bringing, Regina Mattmüller will be assisting Inge with this class. Regina has completed The Felt School in Germany, attended classes with famous teachers and has a wide range of experience in felting.

Materials and Fees for Inge’s Class »

Maximum Students: 16

Marlene Gruetter

Six beautiful Angora goats introduced Marlene to the world of fiber and she has been involved with the fiber arts ever since. She now focuses on felt wearables and creates unique felt garments under the name Shambolic. The definition of shambolic is informal, chaotic, and disorganized. This best describes the composition of Marlene’s work. She uses recycled silk garments and incorporates many components of the recycled pieces such as buttons, serger seams, labels, etc. in her work. The final look is tactile and has an eye-catching and striking appearance with color and movement. Marlene’s work has been on display at various art venues in the United States and she has published articles about her Shambolic wearables nationally and internationally. Her Shambolic wearables have also received distinguished awards at competitions and runway shows.

Class : Shambolic Vest — 2 Day

Saturday March 4 – Saturday March 5

Intermediate/Advanced

CLASS IS FULL
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Marlene Gruetter

In this two day intermediate-level workshop you will learn how to create your own exclusive trend-setting seamless Shambolic vest. Using recycled and/or new lightweight silk fabrics and a touch of fine merino wool you will explore composition to create a dramatic layout that will result in a vest with sensational color and attention-grabbing texture. You will also gain an understanding of how to calculate layout and shrinkage when utilizing a template and how all these factors define the shape and the texture of your garment.

Materials and Fees for Marlene’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Class : Shambolic Pogo Bag — 2 Day

Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7

Intermediate/Advanced

Marlene Gruetter

Do you like color, design and texture? Then register to create this fashionista style handbag. Learn to transform recycled silk fabric and wool fiber to create a newly felted texture that will make others ask, “how did you do that!” Whether you are a novice at felting or a seasoned feltmaker, this class is guaranteed to bring you inspiration. You will learn how fabric placement plays a crucial role in composition and overall design. You will also discover that you will not be discarding any of the silk garment that some refer to as “waste”. That’s the beauty of Shambolic, learning how to use all the elements (buttons, labels, serge seams, etc.) into your body of work. There will also be discussion in how to achieve various looks for the handbag by using different materials (i.e. plastic tubing, aluminum, etc.) to obtain variation of artistic looks. Some advanced felting techniques that will be covered to successfully craft the handbag include how to use “resists” to create pockets and tunnels for your bag. And, learn how to use a block to shrink the bag down so that it will stand on its own and not fall over like some felted handbags like to do.

Materials and Fees for Marlene’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Anna Gunnarsdottir

Anna Gunnarsdottir is a textile artist from Iceland, where she has her working studio and gallery in the town of downtown Akureyri. Focusing on traditional felt making techniques, Anna combines tradition with a contemporary, fresh approach. She has developed her own unique way of felting, where her signature has a strong sense of Scandinavian and minimal art. Anna´s work is based on the idea of light and shadow, creating large sculptures and 3D wall pieces for both indoor and outdoor use. She has gained international recognition for her sculptural work, exhibited in a number of countries, including Australia, the United States, Germany, Sweden, and France. Anna’s website: www.annagunnars.is

Class : Sculptural Felt Workshop — 2 Day

Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5

Beginner/Intermediate

Anna Gunnarsdottir

Let your imagination take you to the magic world of felted woollen sculptures. Students will learn how to make a variety of felted sculptural shapes and forms focusing on attaching shapes from different angles and planes. In addition, we will explore various surface design materials and approaches to adorn your sculptural surfaces. The studies learned in this class will give you the basics from which you can create large or angular, sculptural pieces that can be either a wall-piece or standing-work.

Materials and Fees for Anna’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Class : Lighting Wool From Within — 2 Day

Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7

Intermediate

CLASS IS FULL
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Anna Gunnarsdottir

Felted forms make intriguing home décor. When lit from within, they become absolutely stunning. The radiated light is charming, calming and pleasant to watch in the dark winter nights that instructor, Anna Gunnarsdottir, experiences in her home country of Iceland. Students will learn to felt a shell-like form and decorate the surface with a variety of materials that will yield further interest in the way light emanates from the form. Anna will demonstrate how she puts wired electric lights inside the felt to create a warm light. Come light up your home with warm, wool light.

Materials and Fees for Anna’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Lisa Klakulak

Lisa Klakulak’s creativity was nurtured at a young age by her mother’s arts, good public-school art programs in the suburbs of Detroit, and classes at the local art association. With these foundational experiences as well as self-directed exploration in fabric dyeing, sewing, and off-loom bead weaving, Klakulak began her BFA studies in 1993 at the University of Colorado. During her college years, she exhibited sculptural beaded jewelry at local art cooperatives and independently pursued the study of natural dyes, graduating in 1997 from Colorado State with a BFA in Fiber Arts. Klakulak relocated to Taos, NM to work as the chief natural dyer for a fiber supplier and began selling her work at Fine Art and Craft Shows. International travels over the millenium intensified Klakulak’s textile focus, motivating her move to the southeast to study at Penland School of Craft and to accept an Artist-in-Residence position at The Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, TN. While at ACC from 2002-2005, Klakulak extensively explored the medium of felt, educated children in middle Tennessee public schools through ACC’s Outreach Programs, began instructing adult workshops and acquired a K-12 Visual Arts certification. Klakulak, now residing in Asheville, NC, creates wearable textiles, accessories and non-functional sculpture as well as instructs workshops worldwide. She pursues opportunities to work with children to integrate fiber art into the visual art curriculum and to raise cultural awareness and appreciation by way of her international travels. Lisa’s website: http://strongfelt.com

Class : Fabric Fusion for Object Encasement — 2 Day

Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5

Intermediate/Advanced

CLASS IS FULL
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Lisa Klakulak

Fusion is the term Lisa uses to refer to the coercing of wool fibers through other pre-structured fabrics. In this class we will explore the strategic layering of translucent and transparent fabric, wool fiber, and partial felt to encase objects within a well-fulled, yet flexible, felt. Participants will create several studies utilizing handmade, high shrinkage partial felt from which shapes will be cut, leaving negative spaces for the placement of their own objects in well-defined “windows” of silk and tulle fabrics. Strips of partial felt will also be employed to hide fabric edges on the surface and create defined designer edging.

Note: This class is a technique class, not a project class. Students will learn a variety of felting techniques that can be imaginatively combined to create any number of projects on their own. You will not make a bag or a necklace or a scarf in this class.

Materials and Fees for Lisa’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Class :  Solid Form Felting Techniques — 2 Day

Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7

All Levels

CLASS IS FULL
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Lisa Klakulak

Explore systematic construction techniques for solid felt forms of spheres, cords, bands, barrels, cones, discs and hoops and learn graceful connection techniques for wet felting these basic forms together seamlessly. We will learn crosshatched preparation and needle felting of forms in preparation for wet felting that provides ample air space for shrinkage resulting in well-integrated surfaces that won’t pill! We will incorporate shapes cut from handmade partial felt to create well-defined edges, intriguing shapes, and color migration from cut edges. Lisa teaches in a systematic way that allows for consistent repetition or strategic variation. The skill set you take from this class can be used to build more complex compositions for adornment, closures/clasps for wearables, hanging devices, surface protuberances or sculpture elements.

Note: This class is a technique class, not a project class. Students will learn a variety of felting techniques that can be imaginatively combined to create any number of projects on their own. You will not make a bag or a necklace or a scarf in this class.

Materials and Fees for Lisa’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Ruth Walker

Ruth Walker felts colorful accessories by hand from fine, award-winning handspinner’s wool fleeces as well as from commercially available combed top. In her dyeing she includes yarns, locks, and silk fabric with the processed fleece to provide coordinating texture and color. She intends her pieces to be fun and stylish, yet seriously functional: the use of the finished product is suited to the properties of the felt, and the felt is suitable for the product. She has taught outside on picnic tables, in homes, in university fiber classes, at felting conferences, and at a fine craft center. With her mantra “Have Ball, Will Travel” she has taught in America’s heartland, on both coasts and in the U.K.

Walker worked for many painstaking years in biological research, but now vastly prefers to generate results that are both usable and pleasing. Her consistent goal is technical excellence in felting, coupled with interesting color and texture combinations. Indeed, her inspiration comes from the interactions of the colors and textures with which she surrounds herself. In addition, out of respect for the beauty and function of the wool itself she feels her work must attempt to do that wool justice. Ruth’s website: http://www.feltmaker.com

Class : Roll a Ball, Felt a 3 Pocket Bag

Saturday March 4 – Sunday March 5

Beginner

Ruth Walker

Felting a bag can yield something wonderful and unique in a couple of days. Techniques included are felting over a ball, incorporating pockets, steam-blocking as well as cord- and small ball-felting. This class is Ruth Walker’s adaptation of felter Beth Beede’s “hat on a ball”, and as such can be done in the space of the kitchen sink and a spot of the counter top next to it. The papier-mache technique allows for a great deal of control in the placement of color and design. Everyone will complete 1 bag with handles.

Materials and Fees for Ruth’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12

Class :  Yep: 2 Days, 2 Hats — 2 Day

Monday March 6 – Tuesday March 7

Beginner

Ruth Walker

Our goal is felting a hat in a day and two in two days. The first day will be devoted to a simple toque, cloche or beret to understand the technique, the second day to tackle something fancier or more challenging. This is Ruth’s adaptation of felter Beth Beede’s “hat on a ball.” The papier mache’ technique allows for a great deal of control in the placement of color and design, as well as several styling possibilities. Our session will begin with a brief description of felt and will include examples of felt from various breeds of wool. Simple sampling methods of felting will be demonstrated. After the papier mache’ technique is described, participants will pick out the permanently mothproofed, wool color batts they choose to use. Everyone will complete 2 hats.

Materials and Fees for Ruth’s Classes »

Maximum Students: 12