Workshop Descriptions

Robin teaches a wide range of feltmaking workshops year round at Luckystone Feltworks Studio.   Click here for the current Schedule  & please check back often for updates.

(Scroll down for descriptions of Robin’s workshop topics.)

  Note: If you don’t see a topic on the current schedule- workshops can be scheduled by request for two or more people, or private instruction can be arranged).  Email for special requests.

In addition to Robin’s workshops, we regularly host internationally known master-feltmaker friends from around the globe as guest instructors for special workshops and events.  Click here for details:  Special Events.

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WORKSHOPS OFFERED WITH ROBIN

 Felting 101

This workshop is an introduction to the basics of traditional wet felting, the foundation technique for feltmakers.  Learn the fundamentals of fiber layout, choosing appropriate materials for your project to prepare yourself with basic skills necessary to move on to more advanced projects.  Experience the magic in transforming fiber to felt!

1 day 10:00 to 4:00 PM $85 + 15 materials

 

Nuno 101

This workshop is designed to give you a working knowledge of the nuno technique: a method of felting wool fibers into a fabric base.  Participants will create nuno felt samples as they explore different layout methods, fabric weights, and creative possibilities.

The word nuno means cloth in Japanese; the technique I teach was named and developed by my sister Polly Stirling, and her assistant Sachiko Kotaka, as a result of Polly’s experimentation to develop lightweight, drapeable felt that would be suitable for the tropical Australian climate she lives in.  Variations on nuno are endlessly influenced by choice of fiber, fabric, and felting methodology.

I do recommend taking Felting 101 first, if you have  no wet felting experience.

1 day 10:00 to 4:00 PM  $85 + 15 materials

 

Ruffled Nuno Scarf

Create a feminine ruffle edge nuno scarf in this one day workshop. We will be felting with a palette of hand-dyed superfine merino wool, and light weight silk fabric. One of the brilliant things about this scarf design is that very little wool comes in contact with the wearer’s skin, making it a great accessory for warmer weather.    Beginner friendly, but felting experience helpful.

1 day 10 :00 AM to 4:00 PM $85 + $30 materials fee 

 

Nuno Collage

Paperbark, nuno collage

Robin Blakney-Carlson, “Paperbark” Nuno Collage and hand stitch

Create a uniquely textured nuno collage in this one day workshop. We will be felting with a palette of fine merino wool, locks, silk fiber, flax, ramie, nepps and an array of light weight silk and cotton fabrics.   Experiment with unfamiliar fabrics and fibers as you learn to wet felt a textured art collage. 

Inspiration can be drawn from the landscape or your imagination.  This is a freeing form of fiber play.  No prior felting experience required, just let your creative side flow.   Beginner friendly, but felting experience helpful.

1 day 10 :00 AM to 4:00 PM $85 + $20 materials fee 

Cobweb Felt Scarf

Learn how to achieve the open texture of cobweb felt that distinguishes it from other wet felting techniques.
In this workshop we will be making scarves with a silk/merino blend in your choice of Spring colors.  The gossamer weight of cobweb makes for a versatile fashion accessory.  Toss it around your shoulders to keep off a chill on a summer evening, or loop it around your neck for a different look. This workshop is beginner friendly.

1 day 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
$85 + $30 materials fee

 

 

Nuno Collage Scarf

The nuno felting technique lends itself to experimentation with texture and color.  In this workshop participants will create a light weight, drapable scarf using fine layers of merino wool, novelty fibers and a base of light weight silk fabric.  Learn how

to choose materials and a surface design that can be elegant or playful, to suit your personal style. Beginner friendly.

1 day 10 :00 AM to 4:00 PM
$85 + $30 materials fee

 

 

V Wrap

This workshop uses a unique layout technique and a template to create a stylish and versatile merino felt wrap that can be worn in a variety of ways.  It is a great technique for experimenting with color and surface design.

Unlike a knitted shawl, the wet felted wrap is much more durable.

1 day 10 :00 to 4:00 PM
$85 + $30 materials fee

 

 

 

Double Nuno V Wrap

This double sided wrap is created with hand dyed and recycled sari fabrics, merino wool and silk roving.   The minimal amount of wool used to felt the layers together results in an airy, light weight wrap.   Similar to the V Wrap in design, the pieced nuno version is perfect for Spring into Summer wear.  Intermediate felting experience recommended.

1 day 10 :00 to 4:00 PM
$85 + $35 materials fee

 

Lattice Wrap

Create a chic open work wrap out of soft merino wool using a wet felting technique.  This wrap would be perfect for year-round use.  Beginner freindly

1 day 10:00 to 4:00 PM  $85 + $25 materials fee

 

Felt Collage

This beginner friendly workshop is a fun way to explore texture in feltmaking by combining a variety of fabrics, yarns and felting materials to achieve texture and interest in the surface design.
1 day 10:00 to 4:00 PM $85 + $18 materials

 

 

Landscape Sketches in Felt

The landscape is a perfect subject to render in felt, by taking advantage of the textures inherent in natural fibers.  Spend a day exploring new possibilities.  Beginner friendly.
1 day 10:00 to 4 PM. $85 + $15 materials

 

 

Felt Your Walkabout Vest Yardage

Felting the yardage to sew a vest can be a daunting prospect!  So many details to consider: choice of fabric base, amount and type of wool fiber, size of layout, shrinkage rate, surface design and maintaining consistency between two separate layouts.  Not to mention the large workspace required!   The structure of a workshop can be very helpful to the success of tackling an involved felting project.  I will lead you through the tricky stuff, and provide the work space to felt your vest yardage.  We will be using Polly Stirling and Diane Ericson’s Walkabout Vest Pattern.

NOTE:  Sewing is not part of this workshop, we will be felt the yardage and you will take your yardage and pattern home to sew (or have a seamstress sew for you).

2 days, 9 to 5 PM, $170 plus $16 pattern + materials fee based on use
Additional day and a half can be arranged for sewing guidance.

 

Walkabout Vest

We will be using the Walkabout Vest pattern, designed by Polly Stirling especially for use with hand felted yardage, published by Diane Ericson and ReVisions Patterns.    We will be making our felt, then sewing our vests; custom fitted to the wearer.   There is a lot of room for creativity with this interesting pattern.  Sewing skills and a working sewing machine are necessary.  Not for beginning felters.

3 1/2 days 9:00 to 5:00 PM
$298 +$16 pattern and materials fee

 

 

 

Art Felt Techniques

This 2 day workshop is designed around the creation of a smallish scale felt work, with a highly textured and embellished surface.  I encourage students to work intuitively, without pressure.  You will be surprised by what evolves!

On day one, we will wet felt our piece; combining a range of plant and animal fibers: fabrics, silks, yarns and wool, using resist and collage techniques.

Day two will focus on developing the surface through the addition of hand stitching, beads and embellishing techniques.  We will explore each piece as a group, and discuss possibilities for strengthening the design, then begin the relaxing work of stitching.

This workshop is for all levels of experience.  Finished pieces can be mounted as a wall piece or used as decorative art, akin to the art quilt.  Mounting techniques will be discussed.

Visit my blog for images of this workshop at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival: www.luckystonefeltworks.blogspot.com 

2 days  10:00 to 4:00 PM $170 + aprox. $30 materials fee

 

Small Pocket Bags

Working with a base of needled batt, a resist, and merino top we will make small single flap bags that can be worn cross shoulder style or from a waist belt.  This style was inspired by the Colonial pockets worn by women and men.

1 day workshop 10:00  to 4:00 PM  $85 + $25 materials

 

Window Pelmets


Working with a combination of merino batt and roving,  we will be creating window treatments for your home.  They look beautiful over a door way,  or hung like a valance in a window.  We will be using a wet felting technique.  Hanging methods will be addressed.  Bring measurements of your window or doorway for customizing the size.
2 days, 10:00 to 4:00 PM, $170 + materials based on size

 

Complex Collage Bags

3 day workshop.  This technique combines sturdy, soft Finnish wool felted with fabrics, prefelts, locks, and a variety of fiber elements.  We will be lining the bags with interesting fabrics, and adding metal feet, magnetic closures and leather handles.  We will be making our felt on day one and stitching the lined bag together on days two and three.  Sewing machine required.  The felt surface will evolve with wear, like the erosion of rock, revealing changes in color and texture.

3 days 9:00 to 4:00 PM
$255 + materials, aprox. $85

 

 

 

 

 

Open and Mentored Feltmaking

Come with your own agenda.  I will be available to help you with a project of your choice and provide you with the work space and equipment.  Bring your own fiber, or purchase the fiber you need at the studio.  Oversize projects by special arrangement.  Prior registration required.

1 day or more, 10:00 to 4:00 PM $85 per day
+ materials

 

 

 

 

Hand Felted Nuno Yardage

In this this two day workshop students will produce two lengths of light to medium weight nuno felt yardage, approximately 32″ x 64″ each (enough to sew a jacket).  The base weave in nuno felt gives stability to a garment.  If sewing is not your thing, why not have a seamstress construct a garment for you?  Consider creating felt for a window treatment.  We will cover selection of materials, surface design and proper felting technique to create durable yardage.  This workshop is a good opportunity for anyone who may not have the space, experience or confidence to tackle a large project on their own.

2 days 10:00 to 4:00 PM $170 + materials fee, based on weight

 

Pieced Nuno Scarf

This workshop is for experienced feltmakers.  Create a stunning nuno scarf using a complex base of a variety of silk fabrics, and a surface design in merino wool and silk fiber.
The result is an elegant, subtle work of wearable art.

1 day 10:00 to 4:00 PM $85 + materials, aprox. $35

 

Fleece Felt Mats

Fleece Felt Mats is a workshop not only for the pet lover, but any one who likes to create!  This fun felting technique makes the most of longwool fleece to create felt which retains the longwool’s characteristic luster and curl.   My idea behind this workshop was to free up the process; avoid the tedious, methodical preparation and layout required in traditional flat felt, and have fun!

Make a rugged wool mat to protect your furniture, provide a favorite pet a cozy napping place, or add a touch of earthy texture to your home.   Toss it in your car, on your couch or floor.  The mat is a nice throw rug if you don’t have pets.  We will be working with uncarded longwool fibers in natural, undyed shades to create our pieces.  It is a very tactile experience and beginner friendly!  Robin introduced this workshop at Rhinebeck’s NY State Sheep and Wool Festival in 2oo9.  You will have to felt, but the process is relaxed.

1 long day 9:00 to 5:00 PM $110 + materials

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