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Nuno Felted Dress with Charity Van De Meer @ St. Mary Magdalene's church
May 9 @ 9:00 am – May 11 @ 5:00 pm
Nuno Felted Dress with Charity Van De Meer @ St. Mary Magdalene's church | Prince Edward | Ontario | Canada


We are so lucky that Charity Van De Meer is coming back to Canada for another workshop with us!!

Over the three days we will be creating a natural white nuno felted dress. 

While focusing on designing and making this one-piece nuno-felted dress, students will learn how to create and to add extra fabric into the dress to create a full skirt.
You will develop and enlarge your own pattern with a very simple, but effective method that will help you to develop your own pattern that will suit and fit you.

The dress can be later dyed or eco printed on your own. This class will be dealing only with the creation of the garment.

You are welcome to bring your own materials to the class or you can purchase the following items as a material kit; 400 grams of merino top in natural white,  200 grams of finger roving, 9 meters of silk gauze or silk pongee (your preference of gauze or pongee)

The cost of the kit will be announced in the new year. The costs will probably change from today due to changes to tariff fees that are happening in January 2019 with the US.

This list below is Charity’s list of materials required for this class. I will supply the bubble wrap and a pool noodle.

  1. Wool: fine merino top (under 19 micron) 400g. 80g for a sample. (extra for larger sizes) this is important.

  2. Fine finger roving 200g * and extra for a sample.

  3. Silk laps 300g **(Optional)

  4. Fibers: silk, linen, viscose and all other kinds that can be used for embellishing your dress.

  5. Fabric: Fine silk chiffon/ gauze, or pongee 5 or silk ***Russian silk. The fabric must be very fine, soft and not too dense). 110-140cm width, 9m long about 100cm x 100cm extra for the sample.

  6. Bubble wrap: ONE PIECE of 120cm x 300cm for template and 4m for rolling in. ****Ant slip mat is an option too. It works faster. Large enough.

  7. Rolling pole: 120cm. PVC, wood, pool noodle are fine. Small one for the sample.

  8. Plastic bottle or something to sprinkle the soapy water

  9. Scissors: good small and big fabric pair and a paper scissors.

  10. Soap (liquid and solid)

  11. Ties to tie the rolled bubble wrap to roll (something stretch would be good. I use the cut-out of old T-shirt, or old nylons)

  12. Towels to wrap around while rolling and to dry your hands and the table

  13. Pen and paper to take notes and draw the rough designs masking tape. Very important.

  14. Happy smile on your face!

  15. Battery operated with variable speed sander optional and an extension cord. (maybe earplugs too)

* single twisted roving preferable. Charity can bring the 16micron merino top white $8/100g, $9/100g coloured

** Charity can bring some silk laps if ordered in advance. $20/100g

***Russian silk: Charity will bring some but students need to order in advance white $8/m. $12,60/m coloured

Natural Rhythms in Colour with Nancy Balletsteros of TreeTop Colour Harmonies @ TBA
May 31 @ 9:00 am – Jun 3 @ 5:00 pm
Natural Rhythms in Colour with Nancy Balletsteros of TreeTop Colour Harmonies @ TBA

This felting course is an advanced felting technique workshop. A high level of felting experience is necessary to take this class.

4 day Nuno felting workshop by Nancy Ballesteros, Perth, Western Australia
As far back as the ancient Egyptians, it has been recognised that a certain proportion keeps showing up in things we consider beautiful – a Natural Rhythm that our human brain finds especially visually pleasing. Mathematicians and philosophers have written books; Leonardo Da Vinci used it when he painted Mona Lisa – The Golden Ratio, Fibonacci’s numbers… How could all this help you with your creativity?
This workshop will help you discover simple, practical ways to apply this powerful design principal. You can explore using more structured elements (stripes) or more organic lines and spaces while creating a nuno felted Natural Rhythms design sequence. This is an amazingly easy way to obtain visually pleasing outcomes – and no maths are required!

Drawing from her 30+ years of designing colours, Nancy will also teach some practical ideas about using colour. She will lead you through colour exercises to develop your own colour language which can then be applied to your design sequence Nancy’s unique method of wet wool handling techniques will be covered for creating both “organic” and “structured” patterns. Specific finishing techniques will expand your felting skills. Learn how to create GREAT superfine cloth while creating Natural Rhythms with lines and colour. This workshop is the culmination of Nancy’s passion for fashion, design, colour and the art of feltmaking.

In this 4-day workshop, we will spend the first half-day discussing practical colour theory and Fibonacci’s numbers before launching into the following projects. For these projects you can choose to design using “organic” (more free form) lines or more “structured” (stripe) patterns. The Infinity Wraps can easily be changed at the last minute to become a more simple wrap if the loop doesn’t suit you. Specific WET felting techniques will be taught for creating these patterns. Please come with an open mind ready to learn how to work with your wool in a different manner- it will be challenging! Emphasis will be placed on QUALITY FELT. Specific fulling techniques will be taught to ensure proper felting. Also learn about our No-Roll Felting Technique.

General Class Requirements:
For a bit of fun and inspiration you can go on-line to Pinterest, interior design books, books on rugs, fashion magazines, etc. and find ‘stripe/ rhythmical’ patterns that inspires you. Bring a printed colour photocopy of your favorite(s) , or store pictures on your phone/tablet.
Another fun tool is the ‘Random Stripe Generator’ at www.biscuitsandjam.com. Have a play if you have time. Choose the ‘Stripe Widths Allowed” as 1,2,3,5,8, 13.

Colour Wheel – bring one if you have it. Otherwise I suspect there will be enough to share around. I particularly like a colour wheel called Colour Computer by M. Grumbacher, Inc.
One A4 Plastic File Folder or some kind of slightly firm plastic (run the plastic sheet through the laminator) that we can cut and make into rulers – it needs to be plastic to be waterproof. Cut out the following widths 13cm, 8cm, 5cm, 3cm, 2cm. The length of each should be around 20-25cms. Mark on each one in permanent marker its width (2cm, etc).
1 metre tape measure – preferably plastic coated (one that you don’t mind getting wet or marking on).
Scissors you don’t mind using to cut wet wool
Permanent Marker
Straight pins for garment fitting

General Felting Supplies everyone should bring:
1. Waterproof apron (optional)
2. Sprinkling water bottle – milk jug with holes in top, or I will have for $3.00 a sprinkler top that go on 1.5 lt plastic drink bottles if you bring one.
3. Ice Cream container and a Bucket
4. Two styrofoam fruit and veggie/meat trays
5. Olive Oil Soap bar
6. Several towels (at least 4)
7. SEVERAL Micro-cloths that you can use to keep your hands really dry
8. Old Plastic bag
9. Painters Plastic 1 mil (25um) thick-sheets 3.6m long x 2.6m wide – don’t skimp and bring lots of small pieces, we need BIG pieces of plastic sheeting. Don’t bring BLUE and don’t bring builders film (100um) its too thick! Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop will supply the plastic for everyone.
10. Table Leg Raisers if you need them. Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop has a number of these that can be borrowed but not enough for the entire class so if you have some bring them along.
11. Bubble wrap OR non-slip matting. These items need to be at least ½ metre longer and 30cm wider than your intended project. Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop will supply the bubble wrap
12. TWO Pool noodle or PCV pipe – needs to be at least as wide as your intend project, or same width as your bubble wrap. Something thicker than a broom stick please. Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop will supply these.
13. Fulling Equipment – any of these corrugated surfaces will do: glass washboard, metal washboard, firm blue pool bubble wrap – I like clipping mine inside an oil drip tray, other corrugated surfaces can be the backside of Ikea cutting boards, paint tray that has lots of ridges. In addition you could bring a rolling pin, they are good fulling tools if you have one.
14. Non-slip matt – useful for putting under these tools so they don’t slide.

The materials list for your actual garment you are creating is quite extensive and depends on which version you wish to make.

All of the items will require Silk Mesh (5.2 momme) OR Silk Georgette (Tissue Silk 4.5 momme) OR Silk Chiffon ( 5.5 momme (you won’t be able to see through the Chiffon like you do the mesh or tissue). The amount will depend on the item you will choose to create.
Also Superfine Merino Tops, 18-19 micron in a variety of colours around 100 gms each. However, it is easier if your wool tops are around 1 metre in length, but they don’t have to be… Generally 1 metre of wool tops = 25 gms.

Once we have everyone signed up I will email out Nancy’s pages with the pictures and materials list for each garment and colour so you can choose which one you wish to create and we can sort out what materials you need.