Felted Accessories - From Head to Toe - Not Offered Summer 2019

  This is an intermediate class, but anyone with some fiber experience is welcome!

Textile handicrafts play an important part of our cultural history in the High Country. Handmade felt is made by layering animal fibers, adding warm, slightly soapy water and friction (rubbing and rolling, sometimes throwing) to tangle and bind the fibers together to make fabric.  

Learn to apply and add to your felting skills making beautiful two and three-dimensional works of art that you can wear from head to toe!  We will begin our first 2 sessions making wet and nuno felted scarves.  (Nuno felt uses a light layer of wool fibers and sheer silk or cotton fabric to make a lightweight scarf that drapes well).  Other sessions include items to compliment your scarf while learning additional skills, including a bag/purse using flat resist, handles, and additional resists for interior or exterior pockets/design elements.  We will also create a hat (beret, or folded or rolled brim hat) using each person’s measurements for a perfect fit.  We will finish our sessions by making a gift for our feet—felted slippers—just the thing to slip into after a long day of work or play. 

Felt making involves working on tables at counter height standing most of the time, so wearing comfortable shoes and clothes is recommended.  A waterproof apron if concerned about getting clothes damp.

Materials and tools will be provided, but each person needs to bring a few towels to each session.   Yarns, fabrics, silk waste materials (noil, throwsters..) will be available for embellishments in all the sessions.  Comfortable shoes are recommended, as it is easier to work standing up. Bring two or three hand towels to each session and a waterproof apron if concerned about getting clothes damp.  

Instructor: Jane Campbell
Enrollment: 6
Date:   (5 weeks)
Time:  pm
Cost:    (Materials included in course fee.)
Location:  Edwin Duncan Hall, Room 315

   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.

REGISTRATION:  Registration begins at noon on the dates below, and remains open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If a date below falls on a weekend or a holiday, registration will open on the first working day after this date:

  • FALL SESSION 2019:  August 12 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION 2020:  December 2 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION 2020:  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.


PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until 1 week 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 Elizabeth Fields at fieldsle1@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 Elizabeth Fields at 828-262-2944 or email fieldsle1@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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