Felt Workshop: Slippers - Fall, 2018

Wet Felted Slippers

Indulge your feet with a pair of your own handmade, custom fit, wool slippers.

You will make a pattern for your slippers by tracing your feet, enlarging the pattern for shrinkage and then making a double pattern from flat foam, which is the resist.  Both slippers are made at the same time on one pattern. 

Wool will be laid out on your resist pattern, wet out, turned over, fibers folded in and repeated.  Three to five alternating layers of fiber will be used on each side.  Embellishments can be added, silk hankies, silk roving, wool fibers and yarns ….to  decorate your one of a kind slippers. 

The wool layers will be wet with warm, slightly soapy water, then rubbed and rolled to tangle and bind the fibers together to form a non-woven fabric, which is felt.  To shrink and full your slippers you will squeeze and possibly throw them, making them denser and thicker.  You will cut the slippers apart, work the edges to finish them then put the slippers on our feet to work them to get that custom fit.  Slippers will be stuffed with plastic to dry. 

Felt making is a very physical activity.  Most of the work will be done while standing.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet.   Each person should bring 2 or 3 old bath towels. 

For beginners & all levels.

Instructor: Jane Campbell
Enrollment: 6
Date:  Saturday, November 3 (1 day)
Time:  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost:  $95  (Materials included in course fee.)
Location:  Edwin Duncan Hall, Room 313


Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the class fills or three working days before the class starts, whichever comes first:

  • FALL SESSION: August 10 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

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PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.


Jane Campbell is a Watauga County native, who learned a variety of fiber arts skills from members of her family on their century-old farm and from our local crafting community.  She has loved and created textile handicrafts since she was a child, and created and taught fiber arts for over 30 years, including weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing, and felting.  

Jane is passionate about our rich cultural heritage and community of the High Country “old ways” of life in creating fine handicrafts.  She has shared her expertise in fiber arts with children and adults at museums, heritage-day events, fairs, in classrooms, after-school programs, and workshops.  She is a member of the Blue Ridge Fiber Guild, is a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area traditional artist, a member of Bethany Lutheran Church’s fiber ministry, and has been involved with the Florence Thomas Art School since early 2011. Jane is a member of Hands Cooperative Gallery in Boone and of the “Village of Yesteryear” at the North Carolina State Fair, where she demonstrates felt making. 

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at reddickct@appstate.edu to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Dacia Trethewey, craftenrichment@appstate.edu

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard, reichardef@appstate.edu

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933 or email Jack Chambers at chambersje@appstate.edu.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.    ods.appstate.edu

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