Creating Tree Bark with Wool – A New Textural Workshop by Sharon Mansfield

Sharon recently developed the pinnacle of textural workshops here at The Tin Thimble. In her brand new, advanced level, Tree Bark workshop, students will create a piece that is knotty, lumpy, knobby, and loaded with different textural elements. 

Through modified versions of the Japanese technique, shibori, hand stitching is utilized to form and sculpt a rough tree-bark surface that is well felted. This hand stitching prevents the piece from going flat in the dryer, and maintains the textural surface throughout the felting process. 

Sharon encourages students in this workshop to incorporate as many fibers, fabrics and mediums as they can think of. Her example includes cheesecloth, corriedale, cotswald locks, tubular yarn, handpsun yarn, and many, many more. 

Students will also learn how to make their own pre-felts and use them in the workshop to create the fungi shaped pieces, as well as in other areas of the bark.

The first dates for this workshop have already filled up, but we’re happy to announce that this workshop will repeat again on January 26th & 27th. Please click here to find more details about the class and feel free to give us a call at 916-652-2134 if you would like to register. Please note that previous felting experience is required!

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