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Workshop: Hand Felted Sculptural Tomte

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Create your own hand felted tomte just in time for the holidays! In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn two felting techniques – wet felting and needle felting while creating a sculptural tomte that can stand on a shelf or mantle. Starting with a birch log base, students will develop their unique pattern for wet felting the body and hat. Wet felting is a process where unspun wool, water, soap and agitation creates a fabric – the specific technique we will use in this class is resist felting to create a hollow form that will become the body and hat for the tomte.  Next, students will stuff the body with dry wool, giving it dimension and character, and attach it to the birch base. Finally, students will finish their project by needle felting a beard and tassel for the cap, and wet felting a little (or big!) nose for their creature.  Once they’ve completed the course, students will have the knowledge to make tomtar of all sizes and shapes. Students need good hand strength and the ability to stand for extended periods for this wet felting class. Suitable for ages 16+.

A $25 materials fee is payable to Judy McDowell in class for all the materials for this project. Students are also encouraged to bring 2-3 old bath towels, a bag to take home wet projects in, and an apron.