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Betty Burian Kirk

Felting Workshops

The Amazing Felt Hat This is a workshop where the students design and make their own cloche. The cloche is a close fitting hat, somewhat bell shaped, that was so popular during the roaring twenties. Recommended for those with felting experience. 4 to 6 hour workshop, material fee

Felted Geode This is a hands on mini workshop. Participants will use wool rovings or bats as well as colorful wool yarn to create a soft sculpture replica of a geode. Open to all levels, 2 to 3 hours, material fee

Introduction to 2 and 3 Dimensional Felting Each participant will make a two dimensional sample to learn the technique of felting and then a three dimensional piece that is seamless (can be an eyeglass case or small vessel) A brief overview of traditional felting and its history will be given as well as a discussion on what contemporary fiber artists are doing with felt. Open to all levels, 2 or 3 day workshop, material fee.

Felting Lectures & Demonstrations

Making Felt A lecture and demonstration of how felt is made out of wool. The historic importance of wool and felt will be explored as well as the technical and artistic aspects of producing felt. Open to all ability levels, 1 to 2 hours.

Pictorial Felt Betty Burian Kirk will talk about making pictures on felt using a wet felting technique and painting with wool to create beautiful and stunning floral pictures on purses and wall hangings. The lecture will be in 4 parts. The first part Betty will discuss techniques and equipment used in felting. The second part will be a slide show of textile artists using felt to create images. The third part will be a presentation of how to create a pictorial piece step by step and the fourth part will be group participation in creating a felted pictorial piece.

Lectures and workshops can be created or tailored to an organizations needs at request if sufficient time is available.

If you are interested in having Betty Burian Kirk present any of these classes to your organization, please contact her at Betty@bbkirk.com  List what topic you are interested in and dates for scheduling.