Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Felted Garment Construction Workshop

Felting Workshop March 2018 from Beth Marx on Vimeo.

The March 2018 nuno felted garment workshop in Southern California was a real hit with lots of camaraderie and sharing.  

The first day was optional but in the past students have said that this day alone was worth the price of the workshop!  We met in Long Beach, CA and took the Metro rail train about 50 minutes to downtown Los Angeles.  It was a cold, rainy day for a change so instead of walking the short 3/4 mile to the fabric district, we opted to take the Dash E bus for $25 (senior rate).  We bought silks, notions and closures at three of my favorite places.  After several hours of shopping, we headed to our reserved lunch, at a local Mediterranean restaurant on a quaint alley street where lots of movies have been made.  The lunch was delicious and everybody enjoyed themselves.  Then back on the Metro to head back to Long Beach.

For the next three days we met in Los Alamitos, California to construct the garment.  The first half of the first day at the workshop, I taught how to size up an existing garment to account for shrinkage.  This is such an easier method to use than taking your measurements and converting them to allow for shrinkage.  With my method, you don't even need to use a calculator just my EASY PEASY SHRINKAGE CALCULATION sheet which I provided to everybody with their handouts.   

Then it was on to felting, fulling, demonstrating and sharing.  I scheduled the work and worked the schedule to keep everyone on task to complete their garment.  And beautiful and unique were each and every garment.


Barabara felted a rectangle and then connected it part way  to make this lovely, airy poncho

Debbie made a beautiful vest with lots of texture

Vana made this gorgeous pull over long poncho with large pocket
Pam felted a trapezoid and cut in the armholes at the end.  Love it!

Susan modeling her beautiful vest
Monica was a brand new felter and look what she made!

Louise made this gorgeous jacket with beads
Renee's vest has locks on the back and cool bling!

Daveen modeling her vest open
Daveen wearing it upside down

Gina modeling the vest upside down and wearing it like a shrug.
Dorothy was new to felting and she made this amazing vest

Lindy's beautiful vest has lots of texture and cord closures
Lindy wearing her amazing vest upside down
The vests can be worn 4 ways:  Right side out, inside out, upside down right side out and upside down and inside out. Here's Lindy showing two ways to wear it.

Thank you ladies for making this workshop such a joy!

1 comment:

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