Shifting Shapes With Couture Designs Felting workshop with Nancy Ballesteros


October 31st to November 3rd, 2019 in Picton, Ontario Canada at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church.

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

There are only 10 spots for attendees and it usually fills up fast so don’t delay registering.

4 day Nuno felting workshop by Nancy Ballestero from Perth, Western Australia.

Our journey in this workshop is to explore a unique tactile and abstract painterly-like method of working with Silk Hankies. Felt makers first impressions of Silk Hankies are usually one of frustration; my aim is to transform this experience. Silk Hankies possess unique properties which create gloriously lustrous and textural surfaces when laminated with minimal amounts of superfine merino and silk fabric. A myriad of visual effects can be created with the hankies.
Nancy Ballesteros feltingWomen come in a variety of body shapes – are you a pear, apple or an hourglass? How can one pattern suit everyone – it can’t! This is the reason behind our development of the ‘Shifting Shapes’ patterns. There are over 10 styles to choose between. Numerous sample garments will be on hand to try on. Our mission is to find the pattern that best flatters your style and shape. A few of our ‘Shifting Shapes’ designs are based on simple aprons, wrap-a-round aprons and various styles of short and long tabards (having a front and a back). The tabards can be sewn into a dress, tied or snapped at the sides. Scaled-up patterns will be supplied for tracing; various sizes are marked on the patterns. One of the best features of these garments is the no fussing with resists, thereby allowing a greater flexibility for fitting. You can choose to make a front only shape or for those who don’t mind a bit more of a challenge a front and back styled garment can be tackled (tabards). Participants are also welcome to work on a scarf/wrap option if you feel the clothing styles are not for you.
Emphasis will be placed on QUALITY FELT. Specific fulling techniques will be taught to ensure proper felting. Embellishment ideas to be explored as time allows, in particular creating straps and ties with thread we create ourselves.

Nancy Ballesteros (Perth, Western Australia)
Nancy Ballesteros has passionately worked with fabric all her life. She spent most of her childhood sewing and then was introduced to spinning, felting and dyeing while 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 continued to grow into a successful international web-based company offering felting supplies for discerning felt makers. She has taught felting for many years before taking a break to raise her two children and run Treetops. Since 2014, she began teaching again in Australia, Europe and the USA, mostly concentrating on unravelling the mysteries of working with Silk Hankies. Nancy was instrumental in developing the technique of Silk ‘Paper’. She has written about felting in numerous publications and participated in many workshops and master classes.,;

Materials will be an additional cost to the workshop or you may bring along your own. A material list will be posted here as soon as we have it.

We will offer a material kit for the course, the price will be announced closer to the date of the workshop


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