Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Exciting News: Free Felting Workshop!

I have EXCITING NEWS!

I have been working with Sue Bunch of Back to Back Fiber Products for the last couple of weeks dreaming, plotting and planning a free online felting workshop

Like, what?!

That's right! It all started during one of my Wednesday night Facebook LIVE chats. I host one each Wednesday evening at 8pm CST. We cover all sorts of art teacherin' topics which are archived on my page. One evening we were chatting about Teacher Burnout and I mentioned that one way I combat burnout is by hosting craft nights at my home. I don't do it as often as I would like because, honestly, when the weekend hits I usually spend the following 48 hours in pajamas binge watching RuPaul's Drag Race and making big messes. This lead to following the idea: what if we spent the month of April, during my Facebook LIVE chats enjoying a craft night? We wouldn't have to leave our house, we could spend time with folks who get us (art teachers!) and we could learn a new craft while creating something beautiful and fun. What could be a more perfect evening than that?
So, how can you join the fun?

1. Start by "liking" my Facebook page. This is how you can stay posted and join the chats. If you've never joined a FB chat, it's quite simple. If you've liked my page then at the time when I'm LIVE, I will pop up in your feed. Don't see me? Then hop on over to my page. If you happen to miss the chat, NO WORRIES! All my chats are archived on my page. I'll also be archiving them on my YouTube channel. So you can join the craft night live or think of my page as an after pass. 

2. Purchase the supplies for the workshop. Sue and I have been working very closely to put together a kit which will proved all the supplies needed for our month-long felted workshop series. She's been super kind to keep the price economical and offer free shipping to those in the continental USA. If you are outside of the US, please contact Sue for shipping information. 

You don't have to purchase the kit to join the fun! If you already have the supplies, you don't have to purchase the kit. I'm teaching this class for free because I LOVE needle felting and craft nights. This is not a money making venture for Sue or me. We are doing this because we love felting so much and want more folks to explore this craft. So don't feel obligated to purchase. Just be sure to join the fun!

Here's a peak of what is inside each kit:
What does each kit include? All of the supplies you would need for the month of April's free felting workshops. Each Wednesday evening, for the month of April, I will be introducing you to a new felting technique. Here's a peak at our fibers schedule:

Wednesday, April 5th: Learn to Needle Felt
To kick off our craft nights, I'll share with you how to needle felt! Included in the kit, Sue has provided a little list of supplies you'll need for each session. I'll provide a more detailed description of what we'll be making right here in blog post form as we get closer to the date. Essentially,  I want to share with you the basics of this craft so that you'll feel comfortable creating whatever you like! All projects will be very open ended so that you can explore what interests you. 

Wednesday, April 12th: Intro to Wet Felting
While needle felting is one of my favorite crafts, sharing needles (ahem) with your students in the classroom might give you the shakes. Wet felting however is PERFECT for kiddos of all ages and it's super fun to explore. I'll be sharing a couple of my fave wet felting techniques on this evening.

Wednesday, April 19th: Sculpting with Fiber
Felted sculptures are so much fun! This is an area that I really want to explore more as well. I'll share ways to create basic sculptures with an armature and both wet and dry felting techniques. 

Wednesday, April 26th: Felting in Fashion
Y'all come prepared to create something fashionable! We'll be creating that wee palette hair clip I love so much and felting old sweaters into masterpieces. I'm super excited about this one. 
Are you excited yet? I know I am!

Join the chat right here tonight. If you have ANY questions, either leave them in the comments or throw them my way this evening. I plan to do an unboxing of Sue's kit so you can see what you'd be receiving. 

Interested in ordering a kit? Pop on over here! If you have any questions for Sue, feel free to reach out to her at sue@backtobackalpaca.com. 

I can't wait to have y'all over for a craft night starting in April!
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16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful, generous, and fun opportunity you are providing us! I just ordered my kit, because if I didn't, I probably would never make it out to get the supplies, which would cause me all kinds of shoulda, woulda, coulda moments. Can't wait! Thanks, Cassie!

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    1. I'm excited! And I'm so glad you are joining the fun :) I think everyone will be surprised how easy this craft is. Chat soon!

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  2. So excited!!! Will the courses be available to watch after the live broadcast?!? Like on YouTube? Just in case we can not make a class.

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    1. YES! That's my plan...I hope to edit the live broadcast and upload to YouTube. If that doesn't work then I'll just do a demo video and share there :)

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  3. WAy to go!! YOu consistently amaze me with your amaziness!!! <3

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  4. That's wonderful
    I really would like to join, I just have an inquiry regarding the kit. Currently I live in Kuwait so I think it would be hard to purchase the kit!?
    What do you advise?

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    1. Hi Sarah! You can still purchase a kit, you'll just have to pay for shipping. If you email Sue (sue@backtobackfiber.com) she can give you a shipping estimate. Glad you are interested in joining the fun!

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  5. Cassie, Could you post the videos about the felting on YouTube so I can save them. Exciting news!!!! Thank you Cassie. Pat S

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    1. Hey Pat! Yes, I plan to post the next day to YouTube. So you won't miss a thing!

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  6. Cassie, If I want to felt on an article of clothing does it have to be a certain fabric? Pat S

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    1. Hey Pat! You can needle felt on just about anything. I don't recommend denim since it's such a hard fabric. I've used sweaters (wool and otherwise), jersey, cotton, etc. Endless possibilities!

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  7. Due to a school order error I have a TON of roving. Is it possible to list the other supplies so I can run out to purchase them? TIA
    Laurie

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    1. Sure! In fact, if you scroll up, you'll see a list of "materials included" and you can see what you'll need in addition to roving. Felting needles can be found on Amazon (or probably from Sue if you email her!)

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  8. Anonymous3/22/2017

    Hi Cassie,
    If my district allows me to take this class for in-service credit. Would you be able to send me an email verifying that it took place and that I took part in it? I can send you pictures of my work in the end if you would need that.
    Thanks,
    Chrissie

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    1. I can totally do that! My email is cassieart75@gmail.com.

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