Melissa Arnold Workshops September 2018

FFAA is pleased to host  felter Melissa Arnold in September 2018. She will be presenting a trunk show on September 8, and two intermediate workshops.

Melissa has specialized in working with Traditional and Contemporary Shibori techniques for over 25 years. She has spent the last 15 years as a Professional Textile Designer, collaborating with fashion designer Catherine Bacon.

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Workshop registration begins July 14.  

Workshop location is the Spark Event Centre, 2257 Premier Way #116, Sherwood Park, AB.

Layered, Collaged, Stitched, and Felted Collage within a Collage

September 14 - 16, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm

Textile Designer’s “Twist” on nuno felting

This workshop requires a working sewing machine and knowledge of free motion stitching.

We start by collaging wool and silk fabric scraps onto a prefelt and free motion stitch it into place. We then cut up the collage and collage it further onto a larger felted wrap or collar using some of the same fabrics (that wool can felt thru) in the layout. We also explore some of the same surface design techniques mentioned in the other class for the final felted piece.

This is a wonderful way to use novelty fabrics (sequins, glitz, heavier weight silks etc. that one cannot felt through) and put them onto your felt. Melissa used a variation of this technique for Collars for the Fashion Designer. This is a 3-day class for 10 to 12 people with their own sewing machine and knowledge of free-motion stitching.


Layered, Collaged, Stitched, and Felted Bag

 September 18 - 20, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm

This workshop is similar to the one above in the collaging process using silk fabric scraps and wool, but we make a larger collage; there is more time spent designing and stitching. We then felt the collage into a bag. This is also a 3-day class for 10 to 12 people with their own machines and knowledge of free motion stitching.