Friday, April 30, 2010

Felting, Dyeing, Beading, Stitching ~ Exciting Workshop in June!!!

June 17, 18 and 19, yours truly will be on lovely Lopez Island to learn all about making and embellishing hand-bound blank books with resist-dyed, felt covers. Oh be still my heart!!!

handmade books by Chad Alice Hagen, hand bound, resist-dyed felt covers
This intensive workshop, taught by nationally-recognized felt artist, Chad Alice Hagen, is brought to 12 lucky students through the efforts of Jan Scilipoti, a felt and quilting artist who lives on Lopez Island (one of the San Juan Islands in NW Washington state). Thank you Jan!

handmade book by Chad Alice Hagen, hand bound, resist-dyed felt cover
Just in case you're starting to get that itchy feeling (the way I did when I first heard about this event from Sweetpea, who also will be attending), yes, there are still a few openings!!! Contact Jan to get all the information (she'll email you a pdf flyer), ask questions and register. But don't wait too long...

handmade books by Chad Alice Hagen, hand bound, resist-dyed felt covers
The first day will be all about resist dyeing on needle-punched prefelts... Imagine, 15 dyebaths and oodles of ideas for creating uniquely patterned felt!!!

handmade book by Chad Alice Hagen, hand bound, resist-dyed felt cover
The next two days are all about creating at least two books each, using our dyed felt for the covers. I've made and Coptic-bound a few books and done a bit of beading (LOL) in the past, but never with felt. I'm looking forward to the feel of the felt in my hands as I work the embellishments and binding! We should have lots of delightful hours surrounded by color, texture, and the companionship of like-minded, wool-dye-bead-book-crazy gals. (OK, men too, if any dare to join us!)

If you'd like to join us, for sure, Lopez Island, mid-June is the place to be! You can see more pictures on Chad's Flickr photostream. And here is Chad's blog, which is waaaay fun!

14 comments:

  1. Waaaaaaa...............I can't go......You have fun though and take lots of picures!- Anne Marie

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  2. Way too far for me to consider going, but I'll be watching for an update. I predict beading on felt lke this will feel like needling through butter. The results will be lovely!

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  3. I agree with Anne Marie..........WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

    & I have to repeat what Barbara wrote to............so double waaaaa

    Sounds like a blast of a fun time, enjoy!!!

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  4. Oh, I'd love to join you but I feel like I just got back from the Thom Atkins workshop in California. Maybe next time. Have a great time and take lots of pictures to share with all of us. Gita/Bubbygigi

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  5. Wow, what beautiful things! The workshop sounds lovely. I'm going to mention of it at my site, http://www.simply-san-juan.com so more people know about it! Thanks for the wonderful photos and information.

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  6. You'll have so much fun. Both felting and book making are addictive.

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful class! I've loved Chad's work for years and have always wanted to take one of her classes. Have a great time!

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  8. Oh that would be such a fun class to take! I just know you will have a fantastic time :) The one time I beaded with felt, the store bought type from a craft store, it was lovely and very much as Barbara referred to... stitching through butter. Loved it and plan to do more, I can just imagine how much more wonderful stitching on hand felt will be!
    Thank you for sharing about the class... and about the Batiks. Love, love, love batiks.

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  9. That sounds really exciting. I hope you have a great time !

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  10. Lucky lucky ducks!! Quack!

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  11. Lucky, lucky you!!! I can just picture you enjoying yourself tremendously. What a combination of interesting techniques! Have fun and, please, let us see what you made.

    Sabine

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  12. wow! Beautiful books and you're SO lucky to attend! Yes, we are all jealous!!

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  13. totally green with envy here! but soooo glad you get to take the workshop!

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