Look here first

The Felting Source is delighted to announce its 8th 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.  

Our host hotel, Hotel Eleganté, has great meeting space, competitive room rates, two restaurants under its roof with many more close by, and, if you fly to COS, complimentary shuttle from the airport to the hotel!

2020 Instructors & Classes

In 2020 we will feature five noted instructors.

Beth Marx and Jenny Hill will both offer 4-day workshops. Robbin Firth, Pat Spark, and Renate Maile-Moskowitz 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 lists. (Note: Any materials fees are due directly to the instructor on the first day of class and are listed with each class description.)

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 2020 Felter's Rendezvous. If you have any questions, please feel free to email workshop organizer Deb Tewell.

Register Here

Instructor # of days Workshop Title Dates
Beth Marx    4 days Nuno-Felted Seamless Collage Four-Way Vest March 7-10
Jenny Hill 4 days Parisian Bolero Jacket March 7-10
Robbin Firth 2 days

Nuno-Felted Spiral Wrap

March 7-8
Robbin Firth 2 days Loose Lock Shawl with Ruffles March 9-10
Pat Spark 2 days Watercolor Felt Technique March 7-8
Pat Spark 2 days

Marvelous Margilan-Working with this Incredible Material 

March 9-10
Renate Maile-Moskowitz 2 days Texture, Texture, Texture!   Class is FULL.  To get on the wait list, contact Deb here. March 7-8
Renate Maile-Moskowitz 2 days   Lit From Within Class is FULL.  March 9-10

Register here

Beth Marx

Beth Marx

Beth is known internationally for designing and creating fashionable and sophisticated nuno felted wearables. Her felting process organically mixes texture, textiles, color and pattern. She has taught extensively and has created the "Easy Peasy Calculation Sheet" to demystify the shrinkage calculations. Her felted wearables have walked the runway, are worn by theme park characters and are sold in high-end boutiques and galleries.  Beth creates her one of a kind wet felted garments and accessories in the studio behind her 1920’s bungalow, that she has affectionately named Studio 907, the same number as her street address in Long Beach, California.

Go To Top

4-Day Class

March 7-10, 2020

Nuno Felted Seamless Collage 4-way Vest

Register here

Cost: $750

Experience Level: Intermediate (Students should be familiar with how to lay out wool roving for wet felting. Also note, that this workshop does require some stamina.)

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: $25 (supplies and materials)

Click here for a list of materials needed for this class

       

In this extensive 4-day workshop with Beth, you will use a resist to create a one of kind seamless nuno felted vest that can be worn inside out and upside down. You will learn how to make a pattern/resist from one of your own existing garments and to easily size it up to account for shrinkage using Beth’s Easy Peasy Shrinkage Calculation sheet. Beth's method for pattern making doesn't involve taking body measurements or using complicated math - you won’t even need to use a calculator!

After you make your sized-up resist/pattern, you will then spend time making nuno pre-felts with an assortment of solid and/or patterned silks.  After that you will work on your sized up resist and use a sandwich technique to layout wool roving between layers of sheer silk fabric and creatively utilize the nuno pre-felts to create an abstract collage. You will also learn to make a variety of closures for your vest like a removable flower pin and permanent cord closures.

Click here to see the Student Materials List for this class

Go To Top

Jenny Hill

Jenny headshop

Jenny Hill is the founder and creative director of J.Hill Felt. Among her honors/acknowledgments are many First Place and Best in Show awards at prestigious Art and Design Shows, including the Sausalito Art Festival, Kimball Park City Art Festival and the Western Design Conference in Jackson, WY. She is a recent author of the book “Artisan Felting – Wearable Art”. She has been published in multiple industry publications such as the “FilzFun Magazine” and the “Worldwide Colours of Felt,” and has been featured in fashion blogs, magazines, newspapers as well as in TV news and radio stations from Fox Network to NPR. She has been in many International fashion and art exhibitions representing and selling her work from San Francisco to Paris.

Her clients include Fortune 500 executives and prestigious fashion collectors as well as artistically minded and fashion forward shoppers at design shows and art fairs. Her designs are known for their one-of-a-kind sophistication and high fashion aesthetic.

Go To Top

4-Day Class

March 7-10, 2020 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)  

Parisian Bolero Jacket

Register here

Cost: $750

Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced; experience working with resists is preferred

Materials Fee: (paid to Instructor): If you would like help buying specialty fabric for your bolero jacket when Jenny does her fabric shopping in London, she can charge you accordingly. Contact The Felting Source for further information.

Click HERE for a list of materials needed for this class

Maximum Number of Students: 12

 Audrey bolero        Audrey CU bolero

Create a chic nuno felt bolero jacket inspired by 1950’s fashion icon Audrey Hepburn in her days strolling the romantic Paris streets. Using textured fabric, you will nuno felt a gorgeous jacket and fit it beautifully to your body.

Customize the length, size, weight and fit of your bolero jacket. Learn how to work with decorative materials from sequined silk to cotton lace fabric. In this course, we will create a resist pattern based off your felt shrink factor and body measurements that you can continue using and modifying for future projects. When creating your bolero, you will learn the best ways to felt your wool and nuno materials together. Create the right weight, texture and durability in your piece. Learn how to finish your pieces with custom made felt belts, fasteners to buttons. Other options to explore in this class are pockets, expressive collars, shoulders, lapels, hems and sleeves. There are endless designs to explore in this class and I look forward to guiding you through your design and creation process. 

Click here for Student Materials List  (please add "table risers" to this list!)             

Go To Top

Robbin Firth

Robbin headshot

Robbin Firth is an acclaimed fiber artist and educator. She is known regionally, nationally, and internationally for her original collection of fine felt, dyed wearables, and decorative fiber art. Robbin's felt art has appeared in numerous publications in the US and abroad. She regularly teaches workshops in felting and dyeing at Textile Center and her studio. Robbin and her husband Harry, a wood artist, are the wife-and-husband team of HeartFelt Silks. HeartFelt Silks Studio, a retail shop, a gallery, and teaching space, is located in Bayport, Minnesota. Robbin and Harry are the inventors of the unique hand-crafted Patented Palm Washboard felt making tools.    

Go To Top

2-Day Class with Robbin Firth

March 7-8 (Saturday and Sunday)

Nuno Felted Spiral Wrap

Register here

Cost: $375.

Experience Level of expertise: Intermediate; some previous felting experience is necessary

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee(paid to Instructor): None

Click HERE to see the list of materials needed for this class

   wrap CU

To make an elegant wrap, you start with elegant fibers -- Margilan silk fabric, habotai silk, loose silk fibers, and merino wool. Working with these luxurious fibers you will create a one-of-a-kind, beautifully textured nuno felted spiral wrap that is a one size fits all. On the first day, receive detailed instructions and a demonstration on working with a pattern template. Utilize the Palm Washboard felting tools to achieve a beautiful silk and merino prefelt base. This technique eliminates the strenuous rolling of traditional felting techniques. Incorporate your own design elements and color choices. The second day of class will focus on completing your wrap and making fine finishing touches. Palm washboards will be provided for use during the class.

Click here for Student Materials List  (please add "table risers" to this list!)   

Go To Top

2-Day Class with Robbin Firth

March 9-10, 2020 (Monday and Tuesday)

Loose Lock Shawl with Ruffles

Register here

Cost: $375.

Experience Level: Intermediate; some previous felting experience is necessary

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: (paid to Instructor):  $165 for washed and bundled wool locks and 19.5 merino. After students are registered and confirmed for this workshop, they should contact Robbin directly ([email protected]) for color preference of natural-colored locks. Selection is limited to what she has available. Dyed may be available, but for an additional cost.

Click HERE to see the materials list for this class

Lock Shawl-Kristen   close up of lock shawl   

Surround yourself with sumptuous fibers as you create a one-of-a-kind, luxuriously soft shawl with ruffles. Use merino wool and Wensleydale or Teeswater sheep wool locks as you learn expert resists techniques and how to layer the locks for a free-flowing, elegant look. With the Palm Washboard felting technique demonstrated in class, you will be able to felt with ease as this technique eliminates the strenuous rolling of traditional felting techniques. The first day of class will consist of a detailed introduction to working with locks and time to work on your shawl. The second day of class will focus on completing your shawl and creating fine finishing touches.

Click here for Student Materials List for this class (please add "table risers" to this list!)   

Go To Top

Pat Spark

  

Patricia Spark is the author of The Watercolor Felt Workbook-A Guide To Making Pictorial Felt, Making Faces, Using Wet and Dry Felting Methods, Fundamentals of Feltmaking, and Scandinavian Style Feltmaking. She has taught internationally in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Lakitelek, Hungary; Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; Petajavesi, Finland; and in Korrö, Sweden. In addition, she has taught at several regional and national fiber conferences throughout North America.  Pat was the editor of the felt publication, the North American Felter’s Network and for many years, she was on the boards of various textile organizations such as Handweavers Guild of America, Association of Northwest Weaver's Guilds, Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO) and the Corvallis Handweavers and Spinners Guild.  Now Pat is happily creating her art and exhibiting as part of Gallery Calapooia in Albany, OR. 

Go To Top

2-Day Class with Pat Spark

March 7-8, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday)

Watercolor Felt Technique

Register Here

Cost: $375

Experience Level: This workshop is open to all levels.  It is helpful, but not necessary, to have had some textile and art-making experience

Number of Students: 15

Materials Fee (paid to Instructor): $50, includes pre-felt bases, hand-dyed merino top, all materials for the samplers, use of all equipment needed for creating and wet felting the samplers, felting needles, 9 x 12 dense foam pad

Click HERE to see the materials list for this class

pink flower       white flower     

Pat has developed many methods to help even non-drawers make realistic images in feltmaking.  By doing a series of samplers, students are led through these methods and will then be able to complete the designs with confidence.  This technique can be likened to using wool to paint the felt like we use watercolors to work on paper. With this method of inlaid design, the design elements are added after the background is partially made, using a felting needle.  After the designs are applied, the felt is then finished by the wet method so that the fabric is strong and the surface is secure.

Pat will have copies of her book Watercolor Felt Workbook for sale ($31.00)

Click here for Student Materials List

Go To Top

2-Day Class with Pat Spark

March 9-10, 2020 (Monday and Tuesday)

Marvelous Margilan--Working with this Incredible Material 

Register Here

Cost: $375

Experience Level: Level: Advanced beginner—someone with felting experience that includes making thin prefelts

Number of Students: 15

Materials Fee (paid to Instructor): Class Fee (paid to Instructor): $10 (handouts, use of equipment)

Click HERE to see the list of materials needed for this class

        close up red coat

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.

For several years, feltmakers around the globe have been working with some wonderful silk fabrics from Uzbekistan. This amazingly shiny and lovely fabric is primarily produced in the town of Margilan and this town name has become for many people, the name for this group of fabrics. It comes in different densities ranging from open and net-like – to dense, resembling habotai or paj, the silk we often use in our laminated felt textiles. In this class, we will be working with the open, net-like silk fabrics but I will have my samples of the techniques done with other densities of the cloth as well.

Because there are a few different qualities of Margilan silk, I realized that it was necessary to figure out what the different densities would actually do in feltmaking. In this workshop, I will share my experiments with you as you sample methods for using the silks of Margilan. We will explore openwork mosaic, and collage with inclusions. On the 2nd day of the workshop, you will create a scarf using the method you choose from the samples. We will use the processes I have developed to help me keep felting as my body has aged over the last 40 plus years of feltmaking. (These include various layout techniques, using a sander and using the “No-Roll Dryer Felting Technique”.) 

Click here for Student Materials List (please add "table risers" to this list!)   

Go To Top

Renate Maile-Moskowitz

  

Renate Maile-Moskowitz’ background, in short, is multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, versatile, and crosses many boundaries. She was born, raised, and trained in Germany in just about every textile tradition available at the time, including the nearly extinct techniques of feltmaking, silk and sericulture production, plant dyeing, lacemaking, and papermaking.  These traditions became a research and teaching pursuit of hers at a very young age and when a Fulbright Scholarship in dance brought her to the USA in 1979. Once here, many new avenues opened for her to apply her textile experiences and interests.

Renate has now combined her love of fabrics and textiles with her equal passions for folklore, teaching, research, theater, storytelling and dance. Schools, theaters, museums, curators, conservators, costume shops, artists, and lay people have called on her assistance to compose their ideas for presentations on stage, in the classroom, or for display. These efforts involve hands-on participation.  Basic fibers, such as silk, cotton, wool, flax, milkweed, leather, and other fibers are manipulated without the need of elaborate tools or supplies into many  (not only classroom friendly)  fiber projects while investigating the multi-cultural approaches to the form, an exciting exploration germane to many curriculum areas and an ideal artistic venue. She comes to us with feltmaking in mind and you will be pleasantly surprised at her breadth and depth of knowledge.

Go To Top

2-Day Class with Renate Maile-Moskowitz

March 7-8, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday)  

Texture, Texture, Texture!

Register Here

This class if full.  To get on the waiting list, contact Deb at this link.  Thanks so much.

Cost: $375

Experience Level: Some felting experience needed

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Class Fee (paid to Instructor): None

         close up Renate texture            

Color and texture are the mainstays of wet felting. Both make for interesting and engaging works of art. In 2017 Renate was commissioned by the American National Textile Museum to create a large felted banner for the Museum’s Learning Center’s permanent display. Her goal was to draw the public’s attention to the versatility of felt. Her piece, showing the evolution of felting processes from the most rudimentary at the top to nuno felting at the bottom, is the impetus behind this workshop.

Under her direction, we will focus on texture, texture, texture! By concentrating on small works, you will be introduced to the widest variety of felting textures possible. Renate has spent countless hours perfecting textures and the methods for teaching them. You will learn how using resists, thinking like a fiber, and combining these things with an assortment of “tools” can change your felting into appealing textured pieces that can be incorporated into anything from wearables, to wall hangings, to sculptural felted art. Many of the small works can be further made into pillow covers or accent pieces for other felted projects.

THE MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS CLASS IS NOT YET AVAILABLE; IT WILL BE EMAILED TO THOSE WHO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP

Click here for Student Materials List  (please add "table risers" to this list!)   

Register Here

Go to Top of page

2-Day Class with Renate Maile-Moskowitz 

March 9-10, 2020 (Monday and Tuesday)    

Lit From Within

Register Here

Cost: $375

Experience Level: Some felting experience needed

Maximum Number of Students: 12

Class Fee (paid to Instructor): None

Create a warm, soft light and bring a little focal gem to your life. In a darkened room, Renate’s sculptural felt that is lit from within, will remind you of a glowing moon. The next morning, it will become a delicate wool sculpture. The radiating light is calming and delightful.

You will learn the basics of creating a multi-dimensional resist so the final project flows in surprising ways. You will learn how to create “tunnels” and to felt around armatures to create planned shapes that can be used as hanging lights, desktop lamps, or floor lamps. (We will, however, not be doing woodworking.) You will be led through the creative process of adding surface design to the “shell” to give life to the light.

  

Experience Level: Open to all levels

Number of Students: 12

Materials Fee: 

THE MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS CLASS IS NOT YET AVAILABLE; IT WILL BE EMAILED TO THOSE WHO REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP

    Click here for Student Materials List for Texture class (please add "table risers" to this list!)   

    Go To Top

    Workshop Schedule

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

    Friday March 6

    Arrive late afternoon for reception with hors d'oeuvres.  Dinner on your own.

    Saturday March 7

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

    Sunday March 8

    4-day class continues
    First set of 2-day classes concludes
    Evening Presentation by Deborah Robson, co-author of The Field Guide to Fleece and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

    Monday March 9

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

    Tuesday March 10

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

    Wednesday March 11

    Breakfast and depart

    Register here

    Contact Us

    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!

    Rendezvous 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.

    Evening Presentation

    Evening Presentation by Deborah Robson, co-author of The Field Guide to Fleece and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook.

    She calls it “a love affair with wool” and many of us can understand that love. Those of us attending the Felters Rendezvous have translated that wool love into love for felt-making. In her research for her books, Deb researched why wool felts and will talk about some of the misconceptions about that process. Her conclusion was that no one is 100% sure what the mechanism is, but she will share some theories and elaborate on the leading, and highly probable, explanation for why wool felts for us. She will also have some samples of various types of wool for us to feel as we learn that not all wools are created equal!

    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.

    Transportation

    Our host hotel is Hotel Elegante.   It has a direct, complimentary airport-to-hotel shuttle service will take you directly to the hotel if you fly into Colorado Springs.

    If you fly into Denver (DIA), the shuttle service is Groome Transportation You'll want to make a reservation directly with them at this link.  That shuttle will drop you directly at the Hotel Elegante.  The advertised one-way-trip cost (as of 8/8/2019) is $50.

    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 2474759. Triple occupancy is $109/night per room and quad occupancy is $119 per room--just ask! Premiere level rooms available for $45.00 more for single/double occupancy. Guests staying in these rooms have access to a complimentary breakfast and cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres each day.

    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, 2020. 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, 2020. 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, 2020 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, 2020 to Felter's Rendezvous, The Felting Source, 1024-D Wind Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526.
    • For cancellations received before February 1, 2020, 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, 2020, 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.

    Register Here

    Sign up here and get a a terrific .pdf on how to make a nuno scarf.

    Thinking like an engineer
    Thinking like an engineer
    Felting is like engineering to me. I was an English major, never an engineer and not once took a course even remotely related to engineering. So I...