Dubois DeRoche Unique Hand-Felted Clothing

I'm looking forward to a fun-filled year. I have just started setting my schedule, I hope you will be able to join me!

2015 Classes

Saturday April 4th, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM Fabulous Felted Jewelry at Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine. Learn to make brilliant jewelry from merino wool. This fast paced class takes you from beads and baubles to bracelets, necklaces, and beyond. The versatility of felt is as unlimited as your imagination when it comes to wearable art. From sophisticated to silly, you'll adore your new adornments! Go to www.halcyonyarn.com for registration information. Or call 1-800-341-0282 or 1-207-442-7909. Link to website class details: https://halcyonyarn.com/felting/FFJ0415C/fabulous-felted-jewelry

• Thursday May 14- Sunday May 17th, "Felt with a Flourish" Seamless felted wool and silk top at Haystack Mt. School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine. Class Level: All Levels, but some felting experience a plus. Class Size:12 Materials fee: $25, wool is additional. Merino wool roving (approximately 8 oz. per student) will be available to purchase from the instructor; students may also bring merino wool from their own stash. Workshop Description:
Spend the weekend creating a one-of-a-kind seamless reversible top. Students will learn how to create a custom pattern, accounting for the substantial shrinkage involved in felting, learn tips and tricks to create a unique, well-fitted nuno felt top. Nuno felting combines the technique of wet felting merino wool with the ready-made structure of silk fabric to make a lightweight and flexible textile. This is a fun and fast technique with many design possibilities. Nuno felt is very easy to cut and sew, and if sewing is your thing, you can always make yardage. But with cutting comes waste. The seamless techniques makes the most efficient use of your materials, leaving you with little or no waste.
Marianne will help you understand key design considerations when making resists and templates for felted tops, you will also explore ideas for embellishing the garment. This can be your launching point for many creations to come! The class is best for those with some felting experience, but students with all levels of familiarity with feltmaking are welcome. For more information, or to register for a workshop please email info@mainecrafts.org Or call Maine Crafts Association 207-564-0041. Link to description: http://mainecrafts.org/2014/10/14/felt-with-a-flourish-seamless-felted-wool-and-silk-top/

• Date not yet set- Noodling with Nuno at Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine. In this one-day class you will make a warm, and ethereal scarf by felting wool fibers onto a lightweight silk fabric. How often do you get the chance to be both warm and ethereal! Go to www.halcyonyarn.com for registration information. Or call 1-800-341-0282 or 1-207-442-7909

• Date not yet set- Going to the Dogs at Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine. Come learn the craft of needlefelting.  In this class we’ll focus on making dog sculptures.  We’ll explore making fanciful dogs and realistic ones.  You can even bring a picture of your favorite dog as inspiration.  You’ll learn the basic techniques of needlefelting and come away with two sculptures! Go to www.halcyonyarn.com for registration information. Or call 1-800-341-0282 or 1-207-442-7909

• Date not yet set- Going to the Dogs Portsmouth, NH.

Other Classes that I teach that may not be currently scheduled.

Needlefelted Fruits and Pastries.
They look yummy, but no calories! Come learn the craft of needlefelting. In this class we'll focus on making needlefelted sculptures that look like cookies, tarts, and other appetizing desserts. You will learn the basics of needlefelting and wool blending and come away with some pretty treats that won't add to your waistline! 2-3 hours.

Introduction to Needlefelting.
We will work with a few techniques in needlefelting, making two small projects and if there is time, one sculptural needlefelting project of the student's choosing.

• Going to the Dogs.
Needlefelting is a dry felting process where you use special serrated needles to sculpt wool into fantastic forms. In this class we will specifically focus on making dogs.

Noodling with Nuno.
In this one-day class you will learn to make felted scarves using silk fabric and merino wool roving.

Playing with Paj!
This is a nuno scarf class with a difference. We'll be exploring lightweight china silk as a base fabric. In a one day class, students will make a scarf. In the two day class, students will dye their fabric and play with some other types of materials that they might use as base fabrics for nuno felt, and on the second day, make a scarf.

Have you tried felting into silk gauze and enjoyed the results? Are you ready to experiment with some different fabrics, but aren't sure what will work? Then this is the class for you! In this class you will make a scarf or a panel (that could be a wall hanging or incorporated into a garment) using silk paj as a base fabric. We'll discuss fabrics that work well for nuno felting, including china silk, habotai, organza, scrim, and tissue wool, as well as dyeing base fabrics in preparation for felting. On the first day of this two-day class, you will dye silk paj and wool roving in a crockpot for samples and for your final project, and you will make felted test pieces using these other fabrics. On day two, you will use your dyed silk and wool to felt a scarf. Come and advance your felting skills, experiment with crockpot dyeing, and explore new materials and techniques!

Felting on the Edge.
Have you explored the basics of wet felting and want to learn more techniques?  Felting on the Edge will focus on nuno felting (applying wool roving to natural fabrics such as cotton and silk).  Learn about design techniques such as placement of prefelts, incorporation of fabrics, wool as glue, and ways to finish edges.  You will leave with your samples of these techniques and more. This is a two-day class.

Its a Wrap!
This is a two day nuno felting class where students get to explore nuno felting on a large scale. The will create a one of a kind shawl or wrap using lightweight silk gauze and merino wool.

Make a felted wine tote.
In this class you will make the felt for two totes for wine bottles, one for yourself, and the other as a great hostess gift perhaps. Some basic sewing skills are needed to finish these totes.

Other Classes under development- look for them soon!

Felting a Gauntlet
Learn how to make uniques , beautifuul and toasty hand warmers.

A Lap Wrap
Silk laps are tricky and fiddley, but they add a wonderful texture to your felting repertoire. Make a lovely wrap using silk laps.

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Marianne Senechal DuBois
Bath, Maine USA