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Needle Felted Eastern Bluebird


Karen Engelbretson


Date & Time: January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Class Fee: $55
Class fee includes cost of material for this class, if provided.

Skill Level: No experience necessary

Needle felt a beautiful Eastern Bluebird! Students will learn techniques for needle felting a three-dimensional, lifelike bird from corriedale wool roving, and to felt fine detail using merino prefelt and merino roving.  Participants will learn needle felting basics and techniques to needle felt details and realism in wool. Unique finishing details will render a hanging bird ornament. Participants will complete one bird in class and leave with enough supplies to make a second one on their own.

Felting wool means to agitate the fibers so that they bond together into a non-woven fabric or a three-dimensional form. Felting is often accomplished using water, soap and a hand rubbing process (wet felting).  Needle felting (dry felting) involves the use of a sharp, barbed needle and stabbing the wool to connect fibers to build density and form.  Students of Karen’s previous needle felting classes will progress in their use of materials to create accurate expressions of specific forms. Everyone, including beginners, will enjoy creating an ornament to celebrate the upcoming spring.

A supply kit, cost payable to the instructor, will include core wool, merino prefelt, roving and finishing supplies to make two birds, plus needle felting needles, foam block, beading needle, thread, accessory materials, instruction book, and resources list.

Students to bring:

  • Small sharp scissors
  • Optional: needle felting pad and felting needles, if already own

Our Location: Marine Elementary School, 550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

NOTE: Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for materials with students’ busy schedules — not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.

Class Minimums:
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

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