Archive for July, 2013


Fall and Winter Felting Classes at Deep Color Studio

July 23, 2013

blue feltSat Aug 24  ” Blue Felt ”  10 to 5  100.oo

In this class we will look at ” Blue ” in many ways,how to use blue as a primary , a focus point, a mood , a theme and how to dye you felt blue. We will have an indigo pot for you to try if you like.

Sat Sept 14  Felt Things To Wear  10 to 5  100.00

It’s wonderful to be able to make felt wraps , scarves, vests and tops to wear. We will work with nuno felting into silk, felting on a grid, how to figure shrinkage and fit and we will make something fancy to wear. Some felting experience required.

IMG_0883nSat Oct 12  Color And Drawing in Felt  10 to 5   100.00

The full rich color of felt makes it a terrific medium for drawing and felting.We will work with a number of ways to draft wool to allow you to really draw. We will discuss the 10 rules of color, how to create brilliant contrast and – there will be a little drawing lesson.

Sun Oct 13  The Great Fundamentals of Felting  10 to 5  100.00

There are so many different ways to make felt, rolling, throwing, wacking,kneading, washine washingand needle felting. And there are so many different kinds of felt to make, thick, gauzy, dense, pliable,sculptural, yardage.This class is a survey class and a great intro to felting or to polish your skills.


Sat Nov 9  Felted Things To Use  ; Bags, Cozies, Hats  10 to 5  100.00

It’s best to cover everything you own with a felt bag. This class will focus on making bags with zippers and other closures such as velcro or snaps. We will also cover various methods for making bags and hats , how to fold, swirl and use a resist. Some felting experience necessary.

Sat Dec 14  Experimental Felting 3-d Shibori  10 to 5  100.00

We will create a number of beautiful and organic textures with felt by smocking, bubble tying,slitting,bubble tieing and inverting and spike ties. We will make vessels and sculpture.

IMG_1124vessel by Liz Serrano

all other work by C. Hoffberg

Sign up for 3 classes and get 30.00 off

Deep Color Studio  450 Colusa Ave Kensington, Ca {near Berkeley } Ca 94707

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Very Very Big Felting – Yarnbombing/Feltbombing The Mendocino Art Center

July 8, 2013

IMG_1210This is a very big piece of felt-the total height of this is 25 ft. It is part of a commissioned installation that I put up at The Mendocino Art Center July 3 2013. The piece was made in 3 panels and was sewn onto the tree in stages . Each panel was 67 inches wide and about 5 ft tall. I wanted the colors to be very clear and bold and gain in confidence as the piece rose.

IMG_0883I didn’t know exactly how to get the felt up 25 ft. I had a 20 ft ladder that was sort of broken. I really didn’t want to fall off that ladder. I thought about it all night and decided I should tie the ladder to the tree. I wondered if The Mendocino Art Center had some rope and then I wondered if I had some rope and then I realized I probably had some cam straps in my car from my kayaking days. That actually worked really well although i still had to stand on the very top rung where it says ” Do not stand here ” I put one arm around the tree and sewed the felt up with one hand.

IMG_0878I wanted to make something that couldn’t be overlooked , something really confident. I think handmade felt is  the only material that would have worked for this . It’s like a painting wrapped around a tree.