Workshop to teach how to make felt

Alex Nye

NMU students will have the opportunity to work with wool fleece and turn it into sculptural, functional, seamless hollow forms.

This felt-making workshop is being put on by Phyllis Fredendall, who learned her weaving techniques in Wisconsin and has been an artist in residence on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior and at the Huopakeskus felt center in Petäjävesi, Finland.

“Students should expect to use their hands, water, soap and a little elbow grease,” Fredendall said.

The materials participates will need to bring include a roll of bubble wrap or sushi rolling mat, an 18-inch long dowel with a 3/4 inch diameter, two or three old towels, a sponge, a sketchbook, pencils or crayons and scissors.

“Students who enjoy color and form will be particularly pleased,” Fredendall said.

The workshop will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in the Beaumier Heritage Center. The cost of attendance is $20 for students and $30 for the general public.