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Painting with Wool – The Folk-Art Heart

Try out needle felting to create a unique wool “painting” in the style of Scandinavian folk art. Students will explore the magic of needle felting to recreate a folk-art style heart motif on a flat felt base. To begin, students will learn how to stretch a felt backing onto an embroidery hoop, then use needle felting techniques to transform a beautiful array of hand-dyed roving from the instructor Laura Berlage’s own sheep.

Plenty of wool in each color will be provided so students can customize the pattern as they like. Focus will be given to shape creation, colorwork to mimic folk painting technique, and three-dimensionality. At the end, the instructor will offer suggestions for using or mounting your finished piece. Bring your creative spirit and love of wool! Open to ages 13+.

This is a live virtual class taught over Zoom. Students need a strong internet connection and a device with video capabilities.

Kits ($25 value) are included in the class fee. Each kit includes the felt base, wool, and needles. Students also need to provide their own 8” embroidery hoop and a felting base or mat. Kits will be available for pick up at the American Swedish Institute from October 6th or can be shipped for an additional $10 fee.

Registration for this kit-based class closes October 3.