Posts Tagged ‘color’


Felting Color Class Tips

January 15, 2014

colored felt classFelted color study by Norie Clark. Jan 4 2014.

I’ve thought a lot about color in my 13 years of felting and looked a what makes a colored piece look fresh, intriguing and full of energy and life. Felting has a particular element -you can keep endlessly piling color upon color and it doesn’t get muddy like paint. If you put the wool down thinly the colors of wool will mix into each other . If you lay the wool heavily you can paint colors out.

Here are my 5 rules of color.

1.Pick out the colors you like then extend the values -that is add in much lighter and darker values.

2.Lay out your piece and extend the values further-darken your darks and lighten your lights.

3. Add black and white.

4. Add the primaries, pure tones of red , yellow and blue. The eye is attracted to these unmixed shades. Red will move the eye around your piece, blue make everything more beautiful.

5.Bring the colors up very brightly, almost to the point of garishness. You are going to lose a least 20 to 30 percent of your color in the felting process.

Ok there is my 13 years of color observation.

So I know I said no more 1 day felting classes but I decided to do a few.

The next felting class will be Nuno felting { felting into Fabric } Sat April  5. In addition I will have a Texture in Felting class Sat Oct 4.

I will be teaching a 2 day felting class at The Mendocino Art Center Sat And Sunday June 7 and 8 that is part of a townwide feltbombing installation all summer. More about this soon !

If you would like to take a felting class with me drop me a line at



New Felting Classes For 2014

December 18, 2013

tiedye silkSome handyed silk  to be used for felting

Sat Jan 4  ; Color and Pattern in Feltmaking  10 to 5  100.00

Feltmaking allows us to draw and paint with wool in a flexible and forgiving way. We will layer color, create scrims and hazes , make prefelts and dry prefelts, work with making marks and also a little color theory.  projects can include place mats, scarves , small rugs or wall hangings. A good class if you like to felt but have trouble with the art part. Beginner to Intermediate.

Seamless Felt Coat by Claudia Hoffberg 60x24inSat April 5 Nuno Felting Into Silk    10 to 5  100.00

We will make thin shining felt and silk fabric that can be used for wraps , scarves and clothing. We will discus how to get the wool and silk to meld, how to create texture and ruffles and how to create  grids, circles and sheets of felt. Beginner to Intermediate

All classes must be prepaid. To enroll email me at


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

register for classes by e-mailing