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Take your felting skills to the next level at the 2019 Felter's Rendezvous

The Felting Source is delighted to announce its 7th annual felting workshop in beautiful Colorado Springs, at the base of Pikes Peak! What could be more fun than spending four awesome days with five instructors, eight classes and 60 other felters?!  Register here  

If you're not already getting periodic emails from the Felting Source, sign up here to get updates on The Felter's Rendezvous 2019.  

NOTE: The Felters Rendezvous Location Is Changing!

As much as we loved being in Estes Park for the past six years, we have decided to move the Felters Rendezvous to Colorado Springs.

We will miss the mountain setting but know that the move will be a beneficial one. Our new host hotel, Hotel Eleganté, has perfect meeting space, great room rates, two restaurants under its roof with many more close by, and we are sure you will love it as much as we do!

2019 Instructors & Classes

In 2019 we will feature five noted instructors.

Eva Camacho and Katia Mokeyeva will both offer 4-day classes. The other instructors will each offer two 2-day felting workshops. This schedule will give you the chance to either take one 4-day intensive class or two different 2-day classes during our four days together.

Below is the schedule with instructor bios, class descriptions, and materials list. (Note: Any materials fees are due directly to the instructor on the first day of class.)

Click on links inside the grid to jump to instructors' bios or class descriptions on this page.

To be added to a class wait list contact us directly with that request.  

Thank you for considering joining us at the 2018 Felter's Rendezvous. If you have any questions, please feel free to email workshop organizer Deb Tewell .

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Instructor # of days Workshop Title Dates
Eva Camacho    4 days Barcelona Vest--Surface Design & Composition March 2-5
Katia Mokeyevava 4 days Mesmerizing Patterns Applied in Garment Making   March 2-5
Flóra Carlile-Kovács  2 days

 Felted Small Bag or Fanny-Pack

March 2-3
Flóra Carlile-Kovács 2 days Felt Your Dream!  Pre-felt workshop with Nomatic Designs  March 4-5
Judith Dios 2 days 3-D Watercolor Nuno Vest    This class is FULL. To get on the wait list, email [email protected] March 2-3
Judith Dios 2 days Explorations in 3-D Watercolor Nuno   This class is FULL. To get on the wait list, email [email protected] March 4-5
Kristy Kun 2 days Sculptural Flowers and Refined Petals March 2-3
Kristy Kun 2 days Texture Techniques with Needled Wool   This class is FULL. To get on the wait list, email [email protected] March 4-5

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Eva Camacho

Maggy Pavlou

Eva Camacho is a feltmaker born and raised in Andalucía, Spain, now living in western Massachusetts. She is a fiber/textile artist working full time making felt with her hands, by using wool, water and soap. She has been selling her work in numerous art shows in the East Coast.

  • Currently, her last collection, Boro can be found at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and other collections are being sold in 20 different galleries and stores across the United States.
  • In December of 2015 she received the Award of Distinction in Fiber Wearables from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • In 2016 and 2017 she received the 1st and 2nd place Award in the Wearable Accessories Category at the Fiber Celebration Exhibition in the Community Creative Center, Fort Collins, CO.
  • In 2016 she was invited to be part of the Pentaculum 2017 Artist Residency in Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
  • In 2017 she also received an award from the Surface Design Association, and was also invited to be part of the 2017 Mass MoCA Artist Residency.
  • Her felt work has appeared at numerous magazines and newspapers, such as 
    • Martha Stewart Living Magazine and the 
    • New York Times, the latest fiber books 
    • Worldwide Colours of Felt and
    • Artistry in Fiber.

She considers her work very sustainable because of the use of 100% natural and biodegradable materials including natural dyes, locally-sourced and sustainable raw materials, all with an emphasis on low-impact creative processes like reduced water consumption needed to make the felt.

Through her work she hopes to raise awareness of the problems of climate change, as well as the solutions we can take to reduce the effects and adapt to new environmental realities.

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4-Day Class

March 2-5, 2019 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)

Barcelona Vest--Surface Design and Composition

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Level of Difficulty: All levels of experience

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee:

 Barcelona Vest by Eva Camacho

During this four-day workshop, students will learn how to create a very elegant and wearable felted vest while applying different textural and printing techniques.

During the first two days, students will learn how to design the surface of the silk with paints and inks by printing, stamping, rubbing, carving stamps, painting, writing and stenciling.

During the remaining two days, students will be able to use all the material they have designed to make a seamless and reversible nuno felted vest.

Students will learn how to nuno felt and how to work with different layers of silk and wool to create an interesting gradation of colors on both surfaces of the vest, maintaining their original design as a focal point.

The workshop will end with a demonstration of different possibilities for creating several closures for the vest.

Click here to see the Student Materials List for this class

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Yekaterina (Katia) Mokeyeva

Felters Rendezvous Instructor Katia Mokeyeva

A fiber artist, international tutor, and educator, who is popular especially in the felting world for her innovative designs, extremely complex surfaces, and extraordinary color hues in her works.

Yekaterina graduated from the Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1995. As an extension of her education, she graduated from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2006, focusing on clothing design and textile. Participating in a short summer study abroad program in London's Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design gave her a new spectrum of inspiration.

Established in 2008 in San Francisco, her art studio Feuer Und Wasser  relocated in 2016 from the busy Bay Area to Vermont's Green Mountains.
Katia has been exhibiting and teaching throughout the US, Australia, the UK, Europe and Canada since 2012. In 2015, she became a finalist in the prestigious NICHE Awards (NICHE Magazine and American Made Show).

Her latest shows include

  • the Wool Ways 2016 show in Amsterdam,
  • the Sea States 2016 exhibition at Timeless Textiles in Newcastle, Australia, and
  • 2017 exhibition at DHG gallery in Prato, Italy.

Katia's works have been represented in many blogs, magazines, and books, including

  • Folt Bolt art blog,
  • DHG blog (Italy),
  • Ver Filtz und Zhuge Naht magazine (Germany),
  • Belle Armoire (USA),
  • Felt (Australia),
  • Filtz Fun (Germany),
  • Felt Matters (UK),
  • Surface Design Journal (International SDA magazine),
  • Textile Art Around the World,
  • Worldwide Colours of Felt.

In 2017, Katia received Tradition in Technique Award from the Surface Design Association. Her awarded works and article are published in the SDA International Exhibition in Print, Future Fabrications, 2017 issue.

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4-Day Class

March 2-5, 2019 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)

Mesmerizing Patterns Applied in Garment Making

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Experience Level: Advanced

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: 

 Mesmerizing Patterns with Katia

In Katia’s latest works, patterns occur in the form of multiple repetitive elements. They grow smaller, larger, change their vertical or horizontal positioning, and they are all connected to each other, and are co-dependent. It’s interesting how we come across these patterns everywhere in nature – in seed pods, blossom clusters, reptile skins, fish scales and much more.

This class introduces a unique and innovative approach to the structure of felt fabric. Participants will construct intricate felted fabric connecting pre-made elements and motifs, explore and understand the use of fibers other than wool, and learn how the inclusion of plant-derived fiber help sculpt gorgeous three- dimensional surfaces. If desired, students will be able to create an elegant medium-sized garment from multiple modules.  Without reaching, bending and standing all day long, we will felt mid-sized nuno-pieces with various surface décor and textures, and assemble the pre-made parts in a one-of-a-kind, individually designed, wearable art piece, using Katia’s couture templates. It’s a process of construction, deconstruction, and use of innovative structural methods applicable to any felt projects, including accessories, garments, interior design pieces, or fine art.

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Flóra Carlile-Kovács 

Emilia Head shot

The award winner of several wearable art shows, Flóra Carlile-Kovács is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle WA. In her work she incorporates two bodies of knowledge, the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use. 
Besides designing, creating and instructing felting, she is leading Felt Tours to Hungary annually. 

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2-Day Class with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

March 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday)

Felted Small Bag Workshop

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Level of expertise: Beginner to Advanced 

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: The materials fees is maximum $30 and purchasable at the Rendezvous Marketplace

  big fanny pack  round fanny-pack

Bags have many details thus they are the most challenging in design and can be complicated in felting. Therefore this is one of the projects you can learn the most about constructional felt making. Bags have to have enough pockets, the right closures, the right size, the right depth, the seamless straps etc. Come and design your own felted small bag and learn:

  • how to make the templates
  • how to enlarge them to the right sizes
  • how to mix different qualities of wool fibers for the best result of a strong and durable felt
  • how to work with resist templates to make several pockets
    how to create depth of a bag
  • how to attach seamless straps and embellishments to your bag
  • how to choose the right type of closure
  • how to full and shape the bag perfectly

By the end of the class you’ll have a unique small bag designed to your personal needs and all the skills you need to create more independently!

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2-Day Class with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

March 3-4, 2019 (Monday and Tuesday)

Felt Your Dream! Pre-felt Workshop with Nomadic Design

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Level of expertise: Beginner to Advanced

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: $48 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class

 Twin Pillows by Flores    pillow design by Flora    rug with deign

As people of nomadic tribes in Kyrgyzstan felted their dreams and wishes in rugs, hoping they'll come true, we'll use the ancient pre-felt inlay technique to make our own pillows holding our dreams. 

In Kyrgyzstan, when a daughter got married, her mother felted her a rug. Using their ancient symbols she felted her best wishes and good luck into the rug that stayed with her daughter for the rest of her life.
In this workshop, you’ll create two complimentary pillow pads with the ancient pre-felt technique, using either the several hundred-year-old symbols or by creating your very own. 

Come and join us for a two day workshop and learn

-       about the traditional symbols of the rugs
-       how to plan a powerful design
-       how to make your own prefelt with color transitions
-       how to turn the soft prefelt into a strong and durable pillow
-       some small tricks of the trade that make the felting process easier,
and get rewarded with two beautiful complimentary pillows you complete by the end of the class!

Click here for Student Materials List for this class.

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Judith Dios

Judith Dios Head Shot  

As a young girl growing up on a farm in rural upstate New York in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the fields, forests and streams were Judith’s endless playground. It was in these beautiful places that she contemplated the Spark of Life and grew to appreciate the natural world that surrounded her.

 As an artist, Judith seeks to recapture that ethereal natural essence and wrap women in beauty, sensuality and mystery She strives to create pieces that, when worn, make each and every woman feel beautiful.

 As much as she loves felting, Judith loves even more, the people it brings into her life. She now resides on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada and shares her unique style and techniques at workshops throughout North America and with students worldwide through her online classes.

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2-Day Class with Judith Dios

March 2-3, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)

3-D Watercolor Nuno Vest

This Class has filled; contact The Felting Source to be put on a wait list.

Experience Level: Open to all levels

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: Maximum $20 (depending on amount of instructors materials you use) paid directly to the instructor on first day of class.

vest 1        vest 2     

Create a one-of-a-kind seamless vest featuring fabulous 3-D surface designs! Using lustrous fibers, fabrics and hand spun silk, you will create, rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe, silk “brocade,” and many other techniques to achieve dramatic and shimmering texture.

Learn how to achieve the best fit, calculate shrinkage, achieve flat seams with no ridges, and use resists, In addition, learn how to strategically place fiber and use fulling techniques for shaping the garment to fit. We will discuss how the pattern can be easily transformed into different types of garments.

After your project is felted, using fabric dye, you will hand-paint color directly onto your vest to enhance the inherent beauty of nuno felt with a spectacular watercolor effect. Be prepared to be amazed as the colors flow and combine to create new colors and subtle transitions. Learn dye formulation, color mixing, heat setting of dyes, plus proper finishing techniques which result in durable and long-lasting felt. 

You will use the much-loved “No Roll Method,“ which replaces laborious traditional hand rolling, leaving more time and energy for creativity! Particular attention will be paid to factors that result in a successful project. At the end of the workshop, you will take home a unique and wearable work of art! Instructional handouts will be provided.

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2-Day Class with Judith Dios

March 4-5, 2019 (Monday and Tuesday)    FULL

Explorations in 3-D Watercolor Nuno

This Class has filled; contact The Felting Source to be put on a wait list

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Experience Level: Open to all levels

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: Maximum $20 (depending on amount of instructors materials you use) paid directly to the instructor on first day of class.

Immerse yourself in 2 days of play with fiber and color! Design a stunning hand-painted nuno felted work of art with fabulous texture. Make a scarf, unique journal book cover, hatband, or several pieces of fiber art jewelry. Learn 3-D surface effects and paint your piece as if it were a watercolor!

Using lustrous fibers, fabrics and hand spun silk, you will create, rosettes, blossoms, abstract ruffles, “corkscrew” fringe, silk “brocade,” and many other effects to achieve dramatic and shimmering texture. Make a unique journal or book cover, hatband, scarf or several pieces of fiber art jewellery, such as a cuff or neck piece.

After your project is felted, using fabric dye, you will hand-paint color directly onto your piece to enhance the inherent beauty of nuno felt with a spectacular watercolor effect. Be prepared to be amazed as the colors flow and combine to create new colors and subtle transitions. Learn dye formulation, color mixing, heat setting of dyes, plus proper finishing techniques which result in durable and long-lasting felt. At the end of the workshop you will take home a finished piece, or possibly, two!

You will use the much-loved “No Roll Method,“ which replaces laborious traditional hand rolling, leaving more time and energy for creativity! Particular attention will be paid to factors that result in a successful project. This class is beginner friendly and instructional handouts are included. Depending on the project(s) chosen, it may be possible to make more than one during the workshop.

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Kristy Kun

Kristy Kun at The Felter's Rendezvous  

Kristy forged her artistic mettle apprenticing as a woodworker and upholsterer during her early twenties. Dedicating thirteen years to building mortise and tenon constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, her respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep. 

Her work advances the sculptural capabilities of hand-made wool felt,  drawing on woodworking to create complex joinery and sculptural forms in fiber. Hand-constructed frames and distinctive mountings meld her revelations into the fusion of structures she creates today.

Kristy says, “I am deeply moved by the transformative qualities of wool and plant fibers, which, when plied correctly, parallel environmental transformations; Birth, fruition, decay. Formations of water, earth and sky, emerge as if breathing and alive. My hands translate this energy and these textures from nature into new form using ancient methods and timeless imagery.”

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2-Day Class with Kristy Kun

March 2-3, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)

Sculptural Flowers and Refined Petals

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Experience Level: Open to all levels

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: Maximum $30 paid directly to the instructor on first day of class. 

  • Additional materials will be available for purchase for use outside of class at the Rendezvous Marketplace

detail flower             

An exploration of techniques for sculptural flowers with refined petal forms and delicate tendrils. Students will test using layered materials for detail and added strength on delicate forms. One to two small flowers will be completed in this workshop depending on the individual student.
The basic steps for creating this type of work are:
• Preparation of materials
• Dry assembly: Needle felting
• Wetting/bonding, wet felting
• Sizing and setting shapes

Additional topics of discussion:

  • Complex materials
  • Mounting and framing wall hung 2-D and sculptural artworks
  • Applying the techniques in wearable works and sculptural objects

Click here for Student Materials List for Flower Sculpture class

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2-Day Class with Kristy Kun

March 4-5, 2019 (Monday and Tuesday)    FULL

Texture Techniques with Needled Wool

This Class has filled; contact The Felting Source to be put on a wait list

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This Class has filled; contact The Felting Source to be put on a wait list

Experience Level: Open to all levels

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: Maximum $40 paid directly to the instructor on first day of class.

  • Additional materials will be available for purchase for use outside of class at the Rendezvous Marketplace.

In this workshop, rich textures in wool felt are achieved by constructing layouts of thick of needled wool and wet felting them into a densely felted textile.
Students will create sample-sized works, learning techniques for ribs, vertical joints, and petals. Each student's unique design will emerge from the way materials are shaped, cut, and formed.

The basic steps for creating this type of work are:
• Preparation of materials
• Dry assembly: Needle felting
• Wetting/bonding, wet felting
• Finishing and setting the shape

 Additional topics of discussion:

  • Complex materials
  • Mounting wall hung 2-D and sculptural artworks
  • Using the techniques in wearable works and sculptural objects

Click here for Student Materials List for Texture class

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Workshop Schedule

NOTE:  All classes run 9am to 5pm with a lunch break

Friday March 2

Arrive late afternoon for reception before dinner on our own

Saturday March 3

4-day class begins
First set of 2-day classes begin
Evening - Show & Tell

Sunday March 4

4-day class continues
First set of 2-day classes concludes
Evening - Free Time to explore the area

Monday March 5

4-day class continues
Second set of 2-day classes begin
Evening - Fashion Show!

Tuesday March 6

4-day class concludes
Second set of 2-day classes concludes
Students may depart or stay over to depart Wednesday after breakfast

Wednesday March 7

Breakfast and depart

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Show & Tell

Do you have a newly discovered technique you’d like to share, a favorite felted object you want to show off, or something you are especially proud of having made? If so, bring it along for our Saturday night Show & Tell. It might remind you of playgroup, but with a felter’s twist!

Fiber Marketplace

A few of our favorite vendors will join us for the Fiber Marketplace on Sunday evening through Tuesday noon. You’ll have the opportunity to buy embellishments for your workshop projects or fiber and other necessities that you can’t always find when you need just the perfect touch for a project. Vendors may not be attending the entire time; we will post a schedule in the Marketplace.

Fashion Show

Bring your favorite felted creation to model for other participants in a fun, upbeat fashion show on Monday night.

Location

Colorado Springs is nestled in the foothills at the base of Pikes Peak. Spring is the perfect time of year for refreshing our spirits, enjoying the natural beauty of Colorado, and making fabulous felt. There will be ample time to enjoy “Springtime in the Rockies” and check out downtown Colorado Springs.

Our host hotel is Hotel Elegante and a direct airport-to-hotel shuttle service will take you directly to the hotel if you fly into Colorado Springs or Denver. 

Lodging & Meals

Lodging arrangements will be on your own directly through Hotel Elegante. If you prefer double occupancy and don't have a roommate in mind, contact The Felting Source for a list of others looking for a roommate. You can get our special discounted room rate of $99 ($49.50 per person double or $99/single) by contacting the Hotel at 800-981-4012 and telling them you are with the Felters Rendezvous, group number 2115417. Triple occupancy is $109/night per room and quad occupancy is $119 per room--just ask!

Meals will be on your own and there are several options inside the hotel. We are also a short drive to downtown Colorado Springs. 


Registration, Fees, & Cancellation Policies

Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. We offer early bird rates before January 31, 2019. Register early; class sizes are limited. The Felting Source accepts checks, credit cards, and PayPal transfers to [email protected].

At least 30% of the total registration fee is due as a deposit with your online registration. Use code 30DEPOSIT when registering. REGISTER HERE. We cannot guarantee registration without receipt of online registration and the deposit, unless you call Deb Tewell, conference organizer and speak with her directly. NOTE: We will not accept a voice mail messages to hold a class space or to cancel participation. Please send an email or make a phone call.

The balance of all fees is due before February 10, 2019. If we have not received the balance due by this date, your reservation may be transferred to someone on the wait-list and your deposit will not be refunded. Please mark your calendars!

Registrations made after February 10, 2019 must include payment in full. Because we must send deposits to our suppliers well in advance of the workshop, we cannot offer refunds beyond those described below. We appreciate your understanding!

Cancellation refunds are made according to the following schedule:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing (email to [email protected]) or received by mail before February 1, 2019 to Felter's Rendezvous, The Felting Source, 1024-D Wind Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
  • For cancellations received before February 1, 2019, the balance, less a 25% deposit, will be refunded if we are able to fill your space from our wait-list or you are able to find a replacement.
  • For cancellations received after February 1, 2019, no refund is possible unless we can fill your space from our wait-list.

NOTE: In the case of inclement weather, workshops will be held as long as instructors are able to make it to the event venue.

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