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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

Whether you're making nuno felt wearables, or sculptural hats, the techniques learned in Magic of Pre-felt will provide you more design tools.  In this class you'll learn six different ways to use pre-felt. We will create a set of samplers featuring techniques you can use to inform future work. Techniques include Shibori felt, shape patterns, lace felt, Nuno pre-felt, and waves.

The class is self-pacing and it works best if you set aside a day or two each week to work through the lessons. These lessons include video tutorials, printed instructions and images. Each activity has a discussion area where students can interact, share images of their work and/or ask questions. This class is typically a 5 hour intensive in person, here you will have three weeks to complete the activities at your leisure and to interact with questions. After that time, the lessons will still be available to you indefinitely, but the question and answer time will no longer be monitored. 

The price of this class includes materials that will be shipped as soon as you register. You will still need to gather some equipment to complete these activities. Here's a list:

a 2' x 8' rolling mat: you can use bubble wrap, or a rubber rug mat & super thin plastic (painter's drop cloth) plastic the same size as your mat

a 2' section of Pool Noodle 

One piece of nylon sheer mesh or netting, or tulle approximately 24" x 24"

One piece of bubble wrap approximately 12" x 12" 

There are many ways to wet your work, I prefer a one gallon garden sprayer. You can find them at a garden supply store for around $10. You may use a ball brause with a bowl or bucket of soapy water. 

Soap: approximately 1 teaspoon of  liquid dish soap is fine, you may want unscented. 

One pair of sharp, full-sized scissors

Approximately 3 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar & a gallon bucket 

An old towel you don't mind staining

a sharpie marker

a large sewing needle and strong thread