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Needle Felted Fibre Art “WORKSHOP” @ the 2017 Kootenay Fibre Arts Festival

Amazing Gnomes is excited to offer a special event mini-workshop on Needle Felting wool into little cute critters @ the Kootenay Fibre Arts Festival at the Wynndel Hall on April 22nd 2017.

Pre-registration is required – space is limited. You can bring your own supplies (kits will also be available).

Join Artist Leah Wilson who will be teaching  her “wool fibre sculpturing process” with special tips on how to hold the needles, how to work the wool fibre, what needles to use, and the sculpture techniques used to achieve the soft & gentle, Cute Little Bunny 2017.

little bunny workshop promop2Introducing through demonstration and guiding hands instruction, the secrets behind wool fibre needle felting are revealed through learning how create this new “Cute Little Bunny”.

Other workshop topics and “kit” demonstrations available are the “Mushroom” & “Soft Playland” for beginners to advanced. Once created thee “land” play home to a variety of soft & little cute woodland critters, like the  “Little OWL”(featured last year).

Each kit offers a useful technique to practice – with printed notes (with diagrams) on how to hold the needles & basic sculptural & character building techniques. Along with a few needles and a sponge as a safe place to work wherever you go.

visit www.kootenayfirefest.com for more information about the whole event.

To pre-register for this AMAZING mini-workshop at the festival: IN PERSON: visit Fly In The Fibre @139 – 1oth Avenue Creston, or call Carmen Ditzler (of Bad Duck Caramel) @ 250-866-5688 or email ditzmall@ gmail.com

(*or click on this link): https://www.kootenayfibrefest.com/mini-workshops

“The Kootenay Fibre ARTS Festival on April 22nd, has me all excited about sharing all my little tricks & special tidbits on needle felting cute little critters. Giving my love for fibre a new “zing” and that just makes it more fun!”

This year  at the Kootenay Fibre Arts Festival I will be down in the basement of the Wynndel Hall in… the community of Wynndel just around the corner going towards the lake from Creston BC.  Once done the mini-workshop THERE IS still time to explore the hall itself – for it will be brimming with wool & fibre related vendors of all sorts, demonstrations galore – AND MORE hands on experiences to be had.

Supplies required for the mini-workshop (prep’d kits are available): white or natural clean roving, regular wool fibre for felting – for the eyes: a little bit of black or dark brown, for the body: bunny colors in little bits like tans or browns, some soft pink for inside the ears, a bit darker pink for the noe… or any other colors for dressing your cute “little bunny”.



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Amazing Gnomes in a Howlin’ Dan Music Video.

Ballad of Bad Owl: Completely improvised, it was one of those magic moments – we were visiting friends in Kimberley B.C., our friend Candace also felts the cutest little owls and we were having fun playing with them while Howlin’ Dan was playing music on his guitar and singing his heart out – then suddenly he started making up a song on the spot about the “Bad Owl” thankfully I had my iPhone and just started recording a video while moving the owls around to enact the words in the song… loving improvised music – and loving Howlin’ Dan and his gift with music, it was a thrill to capture this moment in time. Its really raw, funny, and fun, some content may be questionable for kids – but what the heck – it is all about being fun. Having never enacted the felted figures before like this – it was a thrill to do. The song is catchy as all that Howlin’ Dan does, his ability to improvise is amazing. A big thank you to friends who support my compulsive love for felted cuteness, and to Dan who is so supportive with his creativity. I have asked him if we can do this again someday – and the answer was yes!  Please check out his web site: https://ihowl.wordpress.com/