Workshops

Take a workshop with Judith and learn 3-D surface effects with nuno felting and dye watercolour hand-painting techniques. If you are new to felting, check out the beginner-friendly workshops listed below and make a spectacular first felted creation. If you are an experienced felter and wish to take your feltmaking to a higher level, these are the classes to take! As a bonus, the fabulous and much-loved "No Roll Method" is featured in Judith's workshops. 

Nuno felt results from the union of wool fibre with, in this case, silk fabric. During the felting process, wool fibres migrate and tangle with the fabric weave, as well as “capture” any other fibre or fabric embellishments placed on the surface. Be amazed as a loose assemblage of fluffy wool fibres and rivers of silk fibre and fabric transform into a sumptuous and shimmering new fabric. This exquisite new fabric is durable, yet lightweight and sheer, and drapes beautifully. 

Judith is willing to travel to teach multi-day workshops and will be happy to work with you to design a customized workshop based on your area of interest. Send her an email to inquire about workshop possibilities.. If you represent a group or organization who would like to host a workshop at your location, contact Judith for a proposal.

The option to receive instruction online is also available.  

Workshop Possibilities

3-D Nuno Watercolour Scarf  or Wrap

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Create a one-of-a-kind scarf or wrap featuring 3-dimensional surface designs! You will use lustrous fibres, fabrics and hand spun silk to form rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe and rivers of silken shimmer. Instruction in the much-loved “No Roll” method is included.

Next, you will hand-paint colour directly onto your felted piece to enhance the inherent beauty of nuno with a spectacular watercolour effect. Be prepared to be amazed as the colour effect is softened as one colour transitions into another. Learn dye formulation, colour mixing and heat setting of dyes. Instructional handouts included. Take home a wearable work of art! 

1 1/2 or 2 days, beginner-advanced levels.

 

Explorations in 3D Watercolour Nuno Felt

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Immerse yourself in 3 days of play with fibre and colour! Design a stunning hand-painted nuno felted wearable work of art of your own, such as a scarf, wrap, vest, or chemise. Or, make a unique journal or several pieces of fibre art jewelry. Learn 3-dimensional surface effects and paint your piece as if it were a watercolour!

Using lustrous fibres, fabrics and hand spun silk, you will create rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe and rivers of silken shimmer, resulting in dramatic texture in your one-of-a-kind felted piece. Capture glass, gemstone or pearl beads for added sparkle. Instruction in the use of resists and the much-loved “No Roll” method will be included.

Next, you will hand-paint colour using fabric dye directly onto your felted piece. As the dye flows and combines to create new colours and subtle transitions, it enhances the inherent beauty of nuno with a spectacular watercolour effect.

Project complexity to be commensurate with experience level. Instructional handouts included. Take home a finished piece, or two!

Length can be 2 or 3 days (the chemise and larger wraps require 3 days), Beginner-advanced levels.

 

3-D Nuno Watercolour Chemise, Vest, or Tunic

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Create a one-of-a-kind seamless garment, such as a seamless chemise, vest or tunic featuring fabulous 3-dimensional surface effects! You will use lustrous fibres, fabrics and hand spun silk to form rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe and rivers of silken shimmer. Learn how to create a proportionally enlarged pattern for the best fit, calculate shrinkage, how to achieve flat seams, and learn other specialized felted garment techniques. In addition, learn how to strategically place fibre and use fulling techniques for shaping the garment to fit.

We will discuss how the pattern can be easily transformed into different types of garments. This workshop also features the much-loved “No Roll” method, which replaces laborious traditional hand rolling, leaving more time and energy for creativity. In addition, the much-loved “No Roll” method is included.

Using, fabric dye, you will hand-paint colour directly onto your felted piece. As the dye flows and and combines to create new colors and subtle transitions it enhances the inherent beauty of nuno with a watercolour effect. Learn dye formulation, colour mixing, heat setting of dyes and proper finishing techniques which result in durable and long-lasting felt. 

You will learn a LOT in this workshop. At the end, you will take home a unique and wearable work of art and be equipped with the knowledge to create successful projects going forward.

3 days, intermediate-advanced levels

Instructional handouts are included.

Upcoming WORKSHOPS

May 2018: Alpaca Fiber Studio in Chagrin Falls, OH. Course offerings to be announced.

To get on the mailing list for information contact Judith Dios


PAST WORKSHOPS

Alpaca Fiber Studio, Chagrin Falls, OH; 3-D Hand-Painted Watercolour Scarf, 2017; Scarflette, 2017; Chemise or Vest, 2017; Garments, 2017

Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Tucson AZ.; Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt, 2017

Midwest Felting Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin; 3-D Watercolour Nuno Garments, Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno, 2016

Artful Dimensions Gallery; Fredericksburg, VA, 3-D Hand-Painted Watercolour Scarf, 20142015, 2016;  Chemise, 2015; Garments, 2016

Kirkland Art Center; Clinton, NY Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt, 20153-D Watercolour Nuno Scarf, 2016

The Craft Guild of Dallas Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt; Explorations in 3-D Watercolor Nuno, 2016

San Juan Island Textile Guild; Friday Harbor, WA, Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt, 2015

Maria Paracca's Studio; Hoover, AL, 3-D Watercolour (hand-painted) Nuno Chemise or Vest, 2015

New England Felting Supply; Easthampton, MA, 3-D Nuno Watercolour Kimono, 2014;  Chemise, 2014 & 2015; Dress, 2015.

Sara Felts; Vancouver, BC, Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt, 2014

Textile and Surface Design Guild; Lethbridge AB, Explorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt, series of 4 workshops, 2014

Kreative Momentum; Calgary, ABExplorations in 3-D Watercolour Nuno Felt, 2014

Felt::Feutre; Salt Spring Island, BC, 3-D Nuno Watercolour Scarf, 2013

Fiddicks Farm; Ladysmith, BC, 3-D Nuno Watercolour Scarf, 2012

Beach Cite Studios; Orange Beach, AL, Basic Nuno Felting, 2010

 

3-D Nuno Watercolour Dress, Kimono or Jacket

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Create a one-of-a-kind seamless seamless dress, jacket or kimono style robe featuring fabulous 3-dimensional surface effects! You will use lustrous fibres, fabrics and hand spun silk to form rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe and rivers of silken shimmer. Learn how to create a proportionally enlarged pattern for the best fit, calculate shrinkage, how to achieve flat seams, and learn other specialized felted garment techniques.  In addition, learn how to strategically place fibre and use fulling techniques for shaping the garment to fit.

We will discuss how the pattern can be easily transformed into different types of garments. This workshop also features the much-loved “No Roll” method, which replaces laborious traditional hand rolling, leaving more time and energy for creativity. In addition, the much-loved “No Roll” method is included.

Using, fabric dye, you will hand-paint colour directly onto your felted piece. As the dye flows and and combines to create new colors and subtle transitions it enhances the inherent beauty of nuno with a watercolour effect. Learn dye formulation, colour mixing, heat setting of dyes and proper finishing techniques which result in durable and long-lasting felt. 

You will learn a LOT in this workshop. At the end, you will take home a unique and wearable work of art and be equipped with the knowledge to create successful projects going forward.

4-days, intermediate-advanced levels.

Instructional handouts are included.

 

Prints from Nature

 

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Learn how to imprint leaves, flowers and berries onto fabric and be amazed at the beauty that emerges! Gain the knowledge necessary to continue exploring the fascinating world of eco-printing. This is an economical, low impact and sustainable process that can easily be done at home with minimal equipment. 

Afterward, you will look at every flower, shrub, tree, etc. with new eyes... as potential sources of wonderful prints to use in art, clothing and home decor! No experience necessary.