New Classes at The Black Sheep

May/June 2012 CLASSES at

The Black Sheep

17 Brindle Pond Rd.

Center Barnstead, NH 03225

ContactTheBlackSheep@yahoo.com

Fundamentals of Seamless Felting

This is an example of what can be made from seamless felting

Seamless Felting is the process of felting a 3 dimensional form using a resist. Learning the seamless felting technique is essential for creating most sculptural projects, and the basis for creating felted 3D art. The emphasis is to learn to create smooth and strong felted seams that will become invisible by the end of the process, and result in the illusion of being seamless.

Students will make a small project (clutch purse, vessel, book cover, bowl, or other simple item of the student’s choosing). No felting experience is necessary. Please note that this class requires standing most of the day.

Monday, May 7, 10:00am-3:30pm

Instructor: Jane LeBlanc

Experience level: Beginner

Cost: $85.00 plus the cost of materials (approx. $10-$30)

 Please bring to class:

  • 1 or 2 ounces of Merino wool batt
  • Scraps of 100% wool yarn or other fiber for embellishing
  • Scissors
  • Small bucket
  • 2 or 3 of old towels or rags
  • A couple kitchen sponges
  • 1 bar of olive oil soap or glycerin soap
  • 1 or 2 kitchen sponges

 Also bring the following (or you may purchase a rolling kit for $14)

  • Pool noodle (cut in half)
  • 14″ x 24″ bubble wrap (with the small bubbles)
  • 14″ x 24″ tulle netting
  • 14″ x 24″ heavy duty plastic sheeting
  • 24” x 2” piece of scrap fabric

 Wet Felting 101: 

In this class you will get a solid grounding in the basics of good felting techniques using wool batting. It’s not sewing. It’s not weaving. It’s not knitting. So, what is it? How does the magic actually happen? You’ll discover how, why, and when those fibers actually do the amazing trick of transforming themselves into FELT! In the class you will make a sample piece of flat felt. You’ll be able to add designs, or keep it unembellished. Beginners welcome.

Monday, May 14, 10 am – 1:30 pm 

 Instructor: Jane LeBlanc

Experience level: Beginner

Cost: $45.00 (plus the cost of materials which is about $10-$15). 

 Please bring to class:

  • Scraps of 100% wool yarn or other fiber for embellishing
  • Scissors
  • Small bucket
  • A couple of old towels or rags
  • A couple kitchen sponges

Also bring the following (or you may purchase a rolling kit for $14)

  • Pool noodle (cut in half)
  • 14″ x 24″ bubble wrap (with the small bubbles)
  • 14″ x 24″ tulle netting
  • 14″ x 24″ heavy duty plastic sheeting

Needle Felted and Embellished Beads:

Use these beads to make a necklace, earrings, bracelet, or to embellish clothing or accessories, or anything you can think of. You will be making needle felted beads that you can embellish with seed beads, fiber, yarn, buttons, embroidery floss and more.

Monday, May 21, 10 am – 1:30 pm

 Instructor: Jane LeBlanc

Experience level: Beginner

Cost: $35.00 (Needle felting kit is included in cost)

 Please bring to class:

  • Scraps of yarn, fabric or other fiber, small beads, or buttons for embellishing
  • Thread in different colors
  • Wool roving in different colors
  • Sewing needles
  • Scissors

Needle Felted Critters: 

Bunnies, birds, sheep, colorful fish! A menagerie of small felted critters will come to life in this workshop! Learn the sculptural technique of needle felting, and go home with some animal miniatures – including one felted necklace pendant or charm! All materials will be provided.

Saturday, May 26, 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Instructor: Liza Hamilton

Experience level: Beginner

Cost: $55.00 (Needle felting kit is included in cost)

 Make a Needle Felted Pincushion: 

This is a fun class for everyone, but if you have never done needle felting before, this is a perfect beginner class. What is needle felting? Needle felting is the process of interlocking wool fibers by stabbing it with a specialized barbed needle. The barbs catch the scales on the fiber and cause them to tangle and bind together into a solid form. You will be making a round pincushion, which you will embellish as you please. Classes are 3 1/2 hours long.

Tuesday, May 29, 10 am – 2:30 pm

 Instructor: Jane LeBlanc

Experience level: Beginner

Cost: $55.00 (Needle felting kit is included in cost)

 Please bring to class:
  • Scraps of 100% wool yarn, fabric or other fiber, small beads, or buttons for embellishing
  • Embroidery floss in your choice of colors
  • Embroidery needles
  • Scissors

 Fiber Pet Portraits

Create detailed needle felted “fiber paintings” of your pet! You will go home with a finished 8.5” x 11” portrait, ready for framing. All you need is a photo reference of your pet’s face to be reproduced into a unique fiber portrait! All materials will be provided, but please bring a photo reference of your pet!!

Saturday, June 2, 10 am – 3 pm

 Instructor: Liza Hamilton

Experience level: Beginner

Cost: $75.00 (Needle felting kit is included in cost)

Classes are to be paid in full at time of registration. No refunds if you cancel less than 24 hours before the class. Please wear old clothes. Worktables are waist-high and require stools if you want to sit. You may bring your own stool. During wet felting classes, you will be standing throughout most of the class.


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