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Two-Day Fit to be Tied Workshop with Erin Butler

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Join us on Saturday & Sunday, July 28th-29th from 10am-4pm for a two-day workshop with Austin-based artist Erin Butler! Erin is a former decorative painter who has rediscovered her creative spark amidst piles of wool, silk, and other color-filled felt-able fibers.

In this workshop participants will learn how to create a sculptural, fine merino wool cowl with surface applications of silks, bamboo top, and non-superwash art yarns. They will also use shibori-style techniques that have been adopted by felters. Wet-felting can be a very zen, but somewhat physical process. You will be called on to channel both an ease and spirit of fun in your dry fiber layout, and a gentle but firm muscle to get the fiber to do what you ask of it. This workshop requires some moderate physical effort, so please consider this fact.

Participants should bring:

  • 3 Large towels
  • 1 Pair of kitchen gloves to protect your hands during tying
  • 1 Pair of sharp tipped cuticle scissors
  • 1 Pair of sharp non-curved scissors
  • Assorted needles and thread for sewing embellishments
  • If desired, beads and baubles that can be sewn on in the second day of the workshop to further adorn your cowl
  • If desired, non-superwash wool art yarns in colors that will suit your color palette

All other materials will be provided for you to make and take home your sculptural wool cowl!

Cost is $150 per person plus a $35 supply fee. This is an all-day class so you may want to pack a lunch or snacks.