FELT SCHOOL

Felt School is held every year in early October, in conjunction with Yarn School. We can also offer private Felt School workshops at similar rates to groups of 6 or more.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Explore in to the wonderful world of felt! Get hands-on experience and create projects with five main techniques: wet felting (flat & resist), nuno felting, recycled felting, shibori felting, and needle felting. You’ll go home with your own needle felting tools, an assortment of glorious finished projects, and felting goodie bag!

Teacher: Classes will be taught by with Shannon Okey (aka knitgrrl), crafty maven, Cooperative Press publisher, and author of Felt Frenzy (plus a whole lotta other craft books).

Fiber Animals: Free snuzzles from our chocolate Romeny Fudgy the Whale and Shetland wether Uncle Honeybunch.

The workshop fee includes EVERYTHING-–2 FULL days of classes, supplies, equipment use, your room, meals & snacks & a great goodie bag.

Reboux hat by Shannon Okey

FELT SCHOOL FAQ

What experience do I need? All levels are welcome. We’ll explore several different techniques, and you’ll have time to practice your favorites in more depth.

What do I bring? Most importantly, bring yourself & a love of fiber.

You should also bring one or two old wool (or other animal fibers–angora, mohair, alpaca, etc.) sweaters to felt. Check thrift stores or ask friends for their dated cast-offs). 100% animal fibers are best, but we’ve had luck with at least 60% animal fiber-–as long as it’s not marked “machine washable”.

Optional: accessories, interesting fiber you want to try (we’ll have a generous fiber buffet to graze for our projects), knitted projects to felt, your own felt items to display in our gallery (take them home afterwards, of course), and any destashed or personal yarn, fiber, or equipment you’d like to sell, trade, or give away at the Swap Shop (an honor-system student store). If you want to shop, bring your checkbook or cash.

Shibori dimensional project made from recycled Fair Isle sweater.

Which airport should I use? Kansas City, MO (airport code MCI) or Topeka, KS (FOE) if you want to take the shuttle. If you’re planning to rent a car, you can also try Wichita (just over 2 hours) or Oklahoma City (about 4 hrs).

Note: Several regional lines service MCI, so if you’re not finding good rates, check Frontier, Southwest, Midwest, etc. They’re not always listed on expedia, etc.

Can I come early? If you’re enrolled just in Felt School, you may be able to check in after 5pm the night before for an additional $60, which includes your dinner and breakfast. YOU MUST ARRANGE THIS A MINIMUM OF 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

What’s up with the shuttle? Details and times to use as a guideline are listed on the registration page.

How far is Harveyville? About 2 hours from Kansas City or the Kansas City International Airport, an hour from Lawrence or Manhattan, 35 minutes from Topeka.

If you’re driving from farther way, please use our directions to doublecheck, as GPS/Google maps/Mapquest may try to route you down rough or impassable dirt roads.

Needle-felted embellishment on wool high-tops

ROOM OPTIONS

STANDARD DOUBLE ROOM This is the default Yarn School room included in your tuition. Shared double in a large former classroom. These rooms have two double or queen sized beds. You may choose your roommate, or we can assign. If you have more than two in your group but don’t want to share a group room or you all want the larger beds, we can give you adjacent rooms or reconfigure rooms with up to 4 full/queen beds.

PRIVATE ROOM (+$75): Just little old you. These are usually smaller rooms with singles or doubles.

FACILITY (MORE INFO & PHOTOS HERE)

ROOMS Most of the guest rooms are large (average 700-900sf) former classrooms charming schoolroom details (chalkboards, maps) and tons of natural light. Private rooms are typically cozier (former offices and teachers’ lounges). All of our beds have new, quality mattresses, cotton linens, and down blankets or comforters (cotton blankets instead on request).

BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS are shared (the original school facilities). Towels and washcloths are provided.

MASSAGE On-site massage is available by appointment from massage therapist and teacher June Jones. She has over 30 years of experience in a variety of modalities, from Swedish to pain management to prenatal massage. $40 for a half hour or $65 for a full hour.

MEALS

BREAKFAST is continental, so come early to chat and knit, or sneak back to your room with coffee and a little something if you’re not a morning person. Breakfast includes coffee and tea, fruit, cold cereal, yogurt, pastries, toast, etc.

LUNCH is served buffet style.

DINNER is served buffet or family style. As always, you’re free to enjoy the group or fix a plate and skip out, if you’d prefer a little solitude.

SNACKS (chips, popcorn, cookies, candy, fruit, etc.) are available free around the clock.

SPECIAL DIETS We can accommodate vegetarians at no extra charge. Very specialized/exclusive diets (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan) are available at an extra charge, or you’re welcome to bring your own food.

If you’re bringing your own special snacks or beverages, you may keep them in one of the group fridges.

Cut felt & needlefelted flowers

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

MONDAY

Our first day will focus on unwoven wet techniques.

After the check in and lunch, we’ll dive in to wet felting. You’ll get an overview of the principles of what makes good felt, and a demonstration of wet felting using a bamboo roller blind. Then you’ll have a drum carding lesson and a session with the carders, grazing the fiber buffet of colored and natural wool, sparkle, sari silk, etc., to create one-of-a-kind fiber for your wet felting projects. Then make your own gorgeous felt scarf. Adventurous students can try shibori felting techniques.

Then we’ll tackle nuno felting, felting through silk chiffon fabric to create a delicate scarf or wrap.

Finally, we’ll start a resist project (mittens, booties, or purse), wet felting around a template, which you’ll be able to finish in your free time.

After dinner, students can relax, knit, play, or just curl up with a good book in their room.

TUESDAY

Tuesday starts with recycling! Check out a great assortment of remade items and learn clever tricks and artful techniques to make the most of your abandoned woolens. You’ll make your choice of recycled items (bag, drink coolers, slippers, oven mitts, etc.),  which you can choose to embellish later with needle felting.

After lunch, we’ll cover needle felting. Start with a monogram or simple design, then move on to a small sculptured piece (like a fruit or flower pin), then to a larger project, like a hat or doll.

After dinner, relax, knit, or continue with your needle felting projects or resist project from the previous night.

(Students may check out after class Tuesday or relax and stay overnight for Wednesday morning checkout.)

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday morning, we’ll have breakfast, then say our goodbyes and head out with our new felted goodies. Folks planning to take the shuttle should book flights that leave at 11am or later.

Fine artist Betsy Timmer presents her work and demonstrates her techniques.