Posts Tagged ‘nuno felting’


Shining Silk And Handmade Felt , Making Nuno Scarves , Wraps and Vests

March 24, 2016

IMG_0652I’m teaching a felting class at the Mendocino Art Center this April 15 to 17 . I am the fiber artist in residency there this year , it is my favorite place in the world and it has a very fine felting studio.

We will be making white nuno felt and shibori dyeing it, nuno felt my handyed silk, make a 2 pice nuno vest and explore making yardage.

I am very rarely teaching open felt classes any more so this is a rare chance to do lots of nuno felting together Opera Wrap 3 by Claudia Hoffberg 60x24in

Here is a link to the Art Center


Felting The Entire Town of Mendocino and Summer Felting Classes

April 13, 2014

IMG_1248I’ve been meaning to felt the entire town of Mendocino for some time. I gave it a try last summer and wrapped felt around The Moose Cafe { the cafe is sadly gone forever } , Alegria Oceanveiw Inn and The Mendocino Art Center. Then I ran out of steam , or rather time and felt. The Mendocino Art Center was very interested in the idea of wrapping up the whole town so with their encouragement I will be going back this summer and feltbombing 20 businesses in an art installation called ” The Mendocino Crayon Box ” The plan is to wrap the pillars of all the businesses going down Main Street with handmade felt that I make and then dye into saturated colors. Thus turning the town into a crayon box !

It will be up from June 13 to Aug 16.

And you can participate !

IMG_1810Pillars in Mendocino looking naked. Waiting to be covered in felt .

I will be teaching a summer felting class in Mendocino called ” Great Big Felt ” on June 6, 7 and 8 which will be about making very large pieces of felt to be included in this unusual and experimental installation { As far as I know no one has done this before with felt] The class will cover felting big, felting on a grid, how to use color brilliantly and a little dyeing. It is at The Mendocino Art Center and there is more here on their website

Another way you can participate is to send me knitted crocheted or felted flowers to be tied on lattices around town I would need this by June 1. You can contact me about this at

Donate !

And yet another way is to contribute seed money ! I am funding this all myself and I am learning all about the modern ways of self funding. The Mendocino Art Center has set up a page where you can make a tax deductible donation of 25, 60. 120 or 500. That wonderful page is here.

Summer Felting  Classes at Deep Color Studio

If you would like to take a felting class at Deep Color Studio this summer I will be teaching a one day class Sat July 5 on ”  Painting with Felt , Fabric and Wool ” . The class will be 10 to 5 and is 100. We will be covering how to embed fabric into a felt piece, how to make marks with wool, prefelts and how to make a felt wrap. The class must be prepaid to enroll. Contact me at

Hope to see you this summer !




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


Felting into Silk , Mendocino

October 9, 2013

CH-CarolCarol Field felting at The Mendocino Art Center Sept 20 2013.

A few weeks ago I loaded up my entire felting studio into my 20 year old Isuzu trooper and drove it up to The Mendocino Art Center to teach a Wool, Felt And Silk class. It was a lot of packing, thin plastic , ridged plastic, buckets, rollers, rainbow wool and silk, sponges… ” Whose silly idea was this ?” I kept muttering. And of course it was mine.

Mendocino Ca is sublimely beautiful , a weirdly New Englandy looking town on the bluffs of The Pacific ocean right where the  Big River flows into the sea.  The Good Life Cafe has great kale salad The felting studio was very nice although it has no felting equipment hence all the hauling. I had a class of 5 people, 2 of them over 80 , which provided new challenges.  There seems to be an unending interest in felting into silk fabric and making wraps , scarves and clothes. Felting is an amazing transformation of bits of colored dry wool into shimmering fabrics . It was funny , I would get into my teaching mind and forget I was in Mendocino. Then I would walk outside and see the uplifting sky and glowing green trees and the white oceany light and I would marvel.

Here are some more pictures of felting.

You can come and felt into fabric yourself this Sunday Oct 13 right here in my studio if you in the Bay Area.

CH5CH-Carol4CH-Cloud4All these lovely pictures were taken by the Textile Artist in Residence at The Mendocino Art Center  Mickey McCormac.

the next felting classes at DeepColor Studio are

Sunday Oct 13 Fundamentals Of Nuno felting

Sat Nov 9 Felted Things To Wear

Sat Dec 14 Experimental Felting 3-d Shibori


It’s Fall – You Should Felt

August 29, 2013


Fall in the Bay Area has a calming golden light, balmy weather and fresh sweet apples. It makes you want to make felt doesn’t it?

We had the ” Blue Felt ” class this weekend and I taught 3 things ;

1. If you are struggling with the color and imagery in your felt start adding blue, preferably a deep pure blue. Blue is the most restful and settling color, as you add more blue the piece will become more beautiful.

2. If all else fails you can save any felting disaster  by dyeing it in an indigo pot, everything looks good dyed indigo blue.

3. When you dip felt into indigo pot – first presoak it plain warm water. On your first dip go for 10 seconds , then 30 seconds to 1 minute for the next dips. Wait half an hour to an hour between dips. Let the piece dry completely. Wait at least a week before you wash out the indigo. The longer you wait the better  . Wash using lots of hot water and soap and finish with a bit of vinegar in the water.

I learned something new this weekend too. I went to Dharma to buy new Theoria Dioxide to reduce the indigo pot. The thiox we had been using was very old , maybe 10 years old and yellow. Well – this new fresh thiox was amazing , it reduced the pot searing yellow and the indigo really bit . This will be much better – who knew ?


So now is a good time to sign up for fall felting classes – on Sat Sept14 we will be doing “Felt Things to Wear ” which will cover yardage , wraps and simple vests with nuno felting. You will get something fine to wear for sure.

In Oct you can felt for one day or a whole weekend Sat Oct 12 is  “Color and Felting in Felt ” ” and Sunday is ” The Great Fundamentals of Felting “. I have had a request for needle felting in that class. You can sign up for 3 classes and save 30.00 bucks . Or 100 a piece. Classes need to be paid in advance and are non transferable. There is a 2 week cancellation policy.

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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