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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 the San Juan Islands with my husband, our dog and parrot 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 pattibarker.com

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About this course

Using pattern resists in felt making is how we bring a flat design into three dimensional form. You will learn methods used to create any shape hat, clothing, vessels, and other 3-D techniques. Participants will learn about open, closed and layered resists, while creating five mini projects. We will make a small vessel, a tiny dress, felt feathers, volcanos and more. There will be a discussion on basic pattern making for any felted project, including a simple way to calculate for shrinkage.  

When you register for this class, you will automatically be shipped materials including five mini kits, one for each lesson or project. There are a few things you'll need to gather for this class, here is the equipment list:

*A table or counter top surface that is at least six feet long. If using a table, consider table risers to save your back. They come in a set of four for around $10 (called bed risers). 

*Bubble wrap 12" x 90," and one extra piece for rubbing

*piece of nylon sheer or tulle , approx 15” by 15”  

*Piece of pool noodle at least 12" wide (or the width of your bubble wrap)

*Wetting devise: one-gallon garden sprayer, or a ball brause

*Your favorite liquid soap (I use Dawn)

*Sharp, full-sized scissors, and super sharp tiny sewing scissors

*Two old towels you don't mind staining (just in case)