Fiber Arts — Needle Felting

PROGRAM FULL—Get a chance to work with one of the oldest known textile fabrics in this hands-on needle felting program. Over the three weeks, you’ll create both 2D and 3D projects that you can keep for yourself or give as a gift for an upcoming holiday.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs | Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Community Classes for Adults

Who Should Attend

People who want to get hands-on while learning something new and expand beyond the traditional techniques of knitting, crocheting and sewing.

Hands working with fibers

Program Description

Get creative with needle felting

Felting predates weaving and has been used for many items including yurts, blankets, rugs, hats, boots, and clothing. It is created from wool or animal fibers that are densely matted together. Felt also protects against cold and insulates against heat, and can absorb and hold moisture. It’s the perfect material for the midwest!

Needle felting is created by using wool roving such as lamb’s wool that can be all natural and is fun to work with. Each individual fiber has tiny scales that hold the wool together after being pushed through with a special tool or needle. You’ll get experience pushing the fibers together so the piece becomes felted or locked together while creating both 2D and 3D pieces. After you finish the three-week class, you will receive materials to take home so that you have the basics to get started.

Instructors

Julie Schaller has experience teaching people of all levels. She is an elementary art teacher for the Eau Claire Area School District but has taught middle school and adults as well including UW-Eau Claire's Summer Institute. She went to UWEC for art education and her master’s degree. She has a great passion for all things art and spends a lot of her free time making art and teaching others about it. She lives in Chippewa Falls with her husband and their dogs. She and her husband enjoy traveling to visit their adult sons and to see new places.