April Abstract Nature Patterns: Butterfly Wing Study Needle Felting Workshop with Dani Ives

by Hillfolk

Sunday, April 21st 2024.
1:30-4:00 PM
Explore the beautiful and meditative art of needle felting and create a macro butterfly wing study with local artist, Dani Ives (@begoodnatured.) We’ll explore the art of Painting with Wool and learn two-dimensional, flat needle felting techniques for making versatile wool images.

This workshop is inspired by the larger study of a leopard lacewing butterfly wing (seen in the photos.) I love how when patterns found in nature are magnified, they tend to take on a life of their own and can often appear abstract. That's what makes a macro butterfly wing study so fun--the close-up perspective turns a familiar subject into a blend of color, form, and texture that is open to interpretation.

All experience levels are welcome in this workshop. This class and craft is beginner friendly! Needle felting enthusiasts will also enjoy learning new perspectives and refining techniques.

What you can expect in this workshop:
  • A comprehensive introduction to foundational needle felting skills to get you started. You'll learn about supplies and tools, how to transfer a design to fabric, and the steps needed to start and complete a needle felted wool painting. 
  • An exploration of color and fiber blending techniques. Bring along a photo of your favorite butterfly, or use provided references to create your wing study.
  • In-depth demonstrations on crafting textures and skillfully rendering just the right details to infuse depth and character into your artwork.
  • A tailored supply kit that includes a felting foam pad, felting needles, wool felt background fabric, an array of wool fibers in your chosen colors, and an optional 5 or 6-inch embroidery hoop.

You can work at your own pace, and Dani will provide individual assistance as desired. You'll leave with your new felting skills, a finished wool painting, and the felting supplies kit you used in class. Join us and transform wool fibers into your own interpretation of a butterfly wing, turning the ordinary into a handcrafted abstraction that is uniquely yours.

Students receive an 18% discount on all store items day of class.

Please don’t forget to provide your email and phone number when signing up! 

Contact Olivia Clanton, studio manager directly for questions olivia@hillfolk.com

CLASS POLICIES: For cancellations, or to switch a date, we require 72 hours notice before the start of your class in order to receive a refund or store credit. Please note that we cannot offer a refund OR store credit if you are within the 72 hour time frame. If you need to cancel a class or switch a date and the 72 hour deadline has not passed, please email us at info@hillfolk.com to do so and we are happy to help.