Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer Workshops 2008!

Fantasy 3D Playscape with Phaedra Phoenix - Full
Great for beginners and experienced felters alike as it provides many 3-D construction skills, preparing students to create and work on their own designs at home. The opportunity to engage your own creativity is almost limitless and so it is a very liberating class.
The playmat part of your creation will be about 10 inches square, this can be a hand felted base or felted sweater. We then build our layers of design. Perhaps a cave or fairy glen is your fancy, or a tree stump, a river or stream rolling through the landscape among rocks. You may want to add a wooden bridge, flowers or a toadstool clump. Maybe you'll create a mermaid lagoon or desert island complete with palm trees and sand and water lapping at the edge. Create your fantasy playscape from your own imagination, a picture or book. NO PREVIOUS FELTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Tools and supplies provided, you are welcome to bring your own.

Summer Knitting Circle Workshop with Mary Beth
Come with your own projects and let the skills and grace of Mary Beth help you along. You may be a beginner or halfway through a complex project, no matter! Plenty of smiles, support and shared skills abound with this knitting group.

Dying Your Project with Phaedra - Full
Create your own unique play-silks, felt colours, wool roving or custom yarn ready for other projects with natural dyes from Australia. I’m basically doing my own dying session anyway and no dye should be wasted, so please join me and enjoy! Bring your own projects, gloves and paintbrushes! I’ll make snacks!

Waldorf Dollmaking with Phaedra - Full
Have a doll half finished and need some group energy to get it done? Want to experience the magic of making your own doll with traditional Waldorf techniques? Have never done any doll-making before and want to learn how? All levels of sewers are welcome to create your very own unique doll. Choose your comfort level of making directly from the pattern or start with a pre-sewn body. You will learn how to form a head, sew and piece your doll together and correct stuffing techniques to ensure the “life” of your doll!

Vision Doll Workshop with Phaedra. Open/TBC
Autumn - Capture your moment in time by creating a personal doll from what is presented in a very unique way. An extremely liberating class that may also be used for maturing teen girls to creatively and positively express themselves. Only basic sewing skills required. Original patterns will be created and used.

Tall Tale Tree Workshop with Phaedra. Open/TBC
Autumn - Create your very own felted tree 8-15 " with it's own freestanding base, for use on a nature table or just as a perfectly interesting center piece or home decor your friends will go wild for!

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and second blog! How lovely to be able to communicate to the ether through this lovely forum!

I'll introduce myself I suppose as Phaedra Phoenix, Auntie Felt or just plain Oddsoxx sometimes!
I'm a English chick with a home-school heart, Waldorf inspired, mother of two starry boys - Donovan Boy & Little Gandalf & wife to a talented musician, writer and philanthropic husband of 11 years, he's usually Cricket or The Hairy One! We live in a tree house but will retreat to the woods for the Summer whilst teaching Summer workshops too!

I'm honoured to be counted as one of the DragonFly Artisans alongside some really talented and creative beings I get to call my friends!! We will start out adventure together creating both our own works and collaboratively and will offer them at our shows and at our Etsy shops. You may find tutorials, patterns for sale, certainly some silliness and tips and tricks for your own use. Thanks for coming by, visit again and comment often!!