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Patti Barker

As a fiber artist and teacher I have a fascination of wearable art for the stage. I love exploring rich color and texture combinations, and employ a variety of techniques to create my work. Nuno felting, hand-dyeing, needle felting and bead embroidery all compliment the tactile and visual narratives of each piece of my art. I am continually intrigued with the ability wearable art has to transform its wearer. I consider myself a happy human, doing my best to find joy and share it. Living in Central Florida with my husband and our dog buddy are part of that joy. Fiber art is the other. I've been felt-making full time since 2010 and have won a few awards for wearable art. In 2017 I graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Studio Art. It wasn't easy at my age, but it was a lot of fun! To see more of my work, visit

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About this course

The dictionary says a vessel can be a ship, a container for holding liquids, or a tube that transports blood throughout your body. Vessel has a number of different meanings, yet all of them relate in some way to liquids and transportation. In this class we use water to transport loose wool fibers into something solid. 

This is a beginner's class where you will learn how to create a round felted vessel using merino wool. Participants will lay out wool shingles; cross-hatch layers; use a closed resist; heal a cut edge; and shape your vessel.  

Follow along a checklist of activities to complete your project. There are video demonstrations of techniques and printable instructions.  Each activity has an area for class discussions on that subject, where students upload photos and ask questions. Complete all the activities in four hours, or spread them out over days or's your choice. I'll be there daily to answer questions and offer comments for the three weeks the class is scheduled for, beginning August 1st. After that, you'll have indefinite access to the videos, instructions and discussions. 

Materials Required:

•two ounces of merino wool roving or a blended batt with at least 70% merino, 18 - 22 micron

•plastic resist pattern in the shape of the vessel you wish to create; we are using a 3m plastic, round resist pattern that measures 9” across (you can use alternate materials to make your pattern, such as flooring underlayment, bubble wrap (small bubbles), or calico cotton. There is a video on how to cut a circle on "materials and equipment" on the activities list. 

•bubble wrap to roll with, approximately 1’ x 3’, and an extra piece to rub with. I typically teach using rubber rug mats to roll with. If you have one, you can use that, but the finesse of this project requires at least a small piece of bubble wrap for shaping.

•piece of sheer nylon mesh (like sheer curtains), larger than your project

•wetting mechanism: suggest a ball brause or garden sprayer, warm water

•soap of your choice (liquid dish soap works fine)

•two 10" round latex balloons

•at least one old towel (you don't mind staining, just in case)

•sharp, full-size scissors