CLASS DESCRIPTION This class will start with a discussion of processing and felting woven wool clothing for use. Students will gain tips for finding inexpensive materials at thrift stores. Using basic hand-sewing of simple shapes (no patterns needed), students will learn to make realistic flowers from recycled wool clothing such as skirts and jackets. Students will learn how to turn flowers into pins for wearing on clothing, hats, and bags, or for display. From a kit supplied by Nan, students complete 2-3 flowers, with accents and leaves, during the class.
INSTRUCTOR A lifelong crafts enthusiast, Nan Loncharich is happiest with a needle in her hand. She watched her grandmothers make braided and punch-hooked rugs, and learned how to embroider, knit, crochet, and sew clothing from her mother. She stitched needlepoint as she commuted to work, toted quilts on airplanes, and now has settled in with rug hooking and wool flower making. Nan has written for Rug Hooking Magazine and is the author of Making Flowers from Wool(Stackpole Books). Nan is at work in her studio daily, making flower pins to supply Pittsburgh-area museums and specialty shops. She also regularly appears at area fiber and craft festivals, and teaches her techniques at a local community college in a hands-on, energetic style. To view the Nan’s work, visit her website, or Facebook page, Fancy Wool Flowers.
SKILL LEVEL Beginner
BRING WITH YOU TO CLASS Bring the following with you to class:
- sewing needle
- neutral thread
- sharp scissors
- wire cutter (if available)
TUITION $40 (due at time of registration) + MATERIAL FEE $8 (payable to instructor) + EVENTBRITE FEE $4.28 (due at time of registration)
MATERIALS COST(S) A materials kit ($8) will be purchased from the instructor. A kit includes:
- hand-dyed wool fabric strip
- wire, glue
- floral tape
- assorted wool scraps for leaves and buds
Her book, Making Flowers from Wool, may also be purchased from the instructor for $14.95.
CLASS MINIMUM 4 students.
REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY Our instructors require a minimum number of students to teach. In order to minimize cancellations that inconvenience our instructors and other students, class cancellations must be made at least 72 hours prior to the start of class. Students who comply with this requirement will receive a full refund. Students who do not comply will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.