Saturdays, November 13, 20, 27, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuition: $85 Materials: $145 Shipping: $17
Registration closes on November 3rd.
Have you ever accidentally felted something in the wash—oops! Or have you seen felted knits and wondered if you could do that with crochet? This class not only unlocks the process and tricks for felted crochet but also lets you felt in the wash and by hand on purpose to make a beautiful, durable wool rug. And guess what, you can machine wash that rug later, for happy bare feet for years to come! If you know how to make chain and single crochet stitches, you’ll be good to go. And I guarantee that one you get the knack for it, you’re stash of odds-and-ends wool yarn will soon be put to use making more. If you want to bring some of that stash to our Zoom class, I’m happy to help coach you and what would or would not work well for incorporating into your rug.
Approximate finished project dimensions: 23 x 32 inches. (Unfelted dimensions about 29 x 37 inches)
Students will receive a supply kit in the mail prior to class. Here's what is included:
- Adequate yardage of your color choice wool from our farm’s sheep and Icelandic lopi (4 skeins lopi, 3 skeins colored wool)
- Written pattern and felting instructions
- Access to video tutorials of me demonstrating the key steps in the process, for review or in case you have any troubles using Zoom
This is what you would need to have on hand for completing the project:
- Size N crochet hook (yup, it’s big)
- Tapestry needle for burying ends (if you like that technique)
- A washer and dryer (if you choose to use a laundromat, that’s fine, just repeat the steps you learn for this part when it works for you)
- Non-detergent bar soap (for hand-felting, doesn’t need to be much)
- A utility sink (a bath tub or large bin could also work if you don’t mind kneeling)
- A couple older beach or bath towels
- A space to block your rug that is water-resistant (this could be the top of a chest freezer, a tile floor, or a table covered in plastic)
Students can choose from four color schemes: Autumn Orange; Forest Green; Bayside Blue; and Frosted Purple. Upon registration, you will receive an email with photos of each option.
Contact us prior to registration if you would like to use your own yarn and colors. You will need 440 yards of a coarse lopi and 440 yards of colored, wool yarn of your choice.
About the Instructor: Laura Berlage is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, WI. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual.
Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm—especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.