Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT
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The Goddess of Glass 
4400 Osseo Road
Minneapolis, MN 55412

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Connie Beckers 
The Goddess of Glass 

Wet Felting/Dryer Balls T6/22 

CLASS FEE: $25 / $21 STUDIO MEMBERS + $5 supply fee paid to instructor at class. 

Wet felting wool is a centuries old craft used to make everything from tents to clothing. In this class, Margarette will teach you how to use wool roving to create some spheres for dryer balls, cat toys, etc.

Wet felting is a technique that transforms wool roving into felt without having to use sharp needles (dry felting) or knit it (boiled wool). This is a beginners, anyone can do it - we’re creating a ball and with enough work, it can’t be lumpy unless you choose for it to be.

This will be a tactile process involving liquid hand soap to lubricate, water to dilute, and manual agitation. I’ll talk about what it is that allows wool to felted and understand what has happened to the wool sweaters that have accidentally gone through the dryer. As I talk, I’ll felt, and discuss how it should feel at various stages of felting, works well for me, and let you begin to feel your way through the felting process. I have done this with classes of high school students and children (in much smaller groups). As long as you have some patience, you’ll be great!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Born and raised on the Iron Range, I am the oldest of four children, and escaped after graduating high school. I earned my Bachelor of Science from Bemidji State University in education with licenses in art and German. After teaching for 6 years, budget cuts and changing priorities meant my art and German teaching licenses weren’t going to provide the career I thought it would.

I am now a full-time working, nearly empty-nesting mother of twins who might be around for a few more years while they attend the University of Minnesota. While I have become part of the business world, I still have the heart of a teacher looking to express itself.

Teaching individuals and small groups is much more enjoyable than attempting to control classes of 30 who cycle through your day. Having given up the inattentive students, grades, and parents, I continue to find new mediums, techniques and crafts that I enjoy having the chance to share.