Date

Sep 27 2024

Time

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Cost

$58.00

927JC: Felted Tea Cozy with Jane Campbell

 

Level: All
All Felting Materials Provided
Student Provided Supplies:
Two bath size towels
Tea Pot

Students will learn a wet felting technique to make a seamless, one of a kind Tea Cozy using wool fibers and silk embellishments.Bring your own teapot to make a custom fit cozy.   We will measure your teapot and calculate the size to cut a foam resist that will be used to lay out your work.  Two to three layers of wool roving will be used to encase the foam resist for insulation before adding silk, bamboo, yarns for embellishments.  Wet felting will tangle and bind the fibers together.

Wet felting can be messy and strenuous.  Wear clothing that is okay to get wet and comfortable shoes, we will be on our feet most of the time.  Bring two old bath towels to help contain water.

Please bring terry bath towels to absorb the water from the wet felting technique. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes as we will be standing most of the time.

 


Workshop Teacher

  • Jane Campbell

    Along with my husband, Mike, I am a native of Watauga County. We have two children, Cole and Ivy.  We are fortunate to live and work on part of the farm that has been in my family for over a century.

    Being raised on this farm, which lies along the “old Buffalo Trail”, I have seen many changes from farming with horses to farming by only a few families.  Seeing families leave their farms has made me aware of how precious the “old ways” are and how fast they are being lost: not only the loss of farming but also the loss of handicrafts.

    Weaving was my first experience with the fiber arts.  As a child, seeing two of my aunts working on looms at my grandparent’s home, I was fascinated.  Knitting came next, having a grandmother who helped me begin knitting and also having a sixth grade teacher who patiently taught everyone in her classes to knit.  

    Years later, volunteering with Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, was my first encounter with weaving on my own.  Soon after, a neighbor gifted me with an old barn loom.  After research and help from friends, I began weaving rugs and scarves on the old loom.  Over the years I have collected several looms and have woven blankets, coverlets, fabrics, dolls, bags and a variety of other textiles.  Spinning came later with a one day workshop and lots of practice.  Dyeing fibers soon followed.  Felt making and needle felting are the most recent handcrafts to interest me.   Over the past few years, I have led felting workshops in classrooms, at guild meetings, for church groups, and lifelong learners making hats, bags, flowers, ornaments, scarves and rugs.  

    For thirty years, I have had the opportunity to work with children and adults at museums, heritage day events, fairs, in classrooms, after-school programs, and workshops.  I am a member of the Blue Ridge Fiber Guild, a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area traditional artist and also a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, which started a fiber ministry in early 2011. I have been involved with the Florence Thomas Art School, since early 2011. I am a member of Hands Cooperative Gallery and also a member of the “Village of Yesteryear” at the North Carolina State Fair where I demonstrate felt making.  

    Hopefully through demonstrating these fiber skills from the past, some of the participants have gone home to ask about their own families “old ways”.

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