Saturday, June 18, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Marlene Gruetter

Marlene Gruetter is a traditional feltmaker/artist and enjoys promoting one of the oldest forms of textile making to other fiber enthusiasts.  Marlene is from southeastern Ohio and is the owner of Marlene’s Felting Madness. 

Marlene has developed Shambolic felt™, a style/technique of feltmaking which incorporates fabrics and other embellishments in an intrinsic and fluid manner.  She loves texture and color and enjoys watching how the felting process itself creates unusual arrangements of texture and color.  The style of shambolic will often leave raw, rolling and uneven edges throughout the work giving it a unique natural look. 

On day one of the workshop, participants will learn both traditional and contemporary wet feltmaking techniques which will be used to provide depth and interest to their work.  On day two, students will learn how to lay out their project to create a beautiful shambolic work with dazzling arrangements of colors and textures and raw, rolling and uneven edges throughout.    

This class is for all levels of fiber artists.  

#110 Shambolic Felt - Wednesday & Thursday ALL DAY (Two Day Workshop)
Contact the Michigan Fiber Festival office to register for this class.

Here are two examples of Shambolic Felt from Marlene's  Half Dressed Collection.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Heidi Bukoski

We are pleased to welcome the return of workshop instructor, Heidi Bukoski.  Here are some examples of the projects you will make if you take one of her classes.  Make sure to register soon...workshops are filling up fast.

 Michigan Fiber Festival Workshop Registration forms can be found on our main website.

Heidi will be teaching the following classes:

#123 Glorious Gossamer Scarf  Wed AM
#132 Tropical Splendor  Wed PM -- CLASS FILLED as of June 8, 2011
#203 Felted Vest  Thursday, ALL DAY
#323 Wire Woven Bracelet  Fri AM
#332 Wire Woven Bracelet 2  Fri PM

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Sue Kawamoto

Sue Kawamoto has been teaching at the Michigan Fiber Festival since 2005. She has also taught at the Knitting Guild of American convention in California as well as at knitting shops in Southeastern Michigan. Her designs have appeared in Knit N Style and in the on line magazine
Sue will be teaching the following workshops at the 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival
#106 Double Knitting
#209 Colorful Knitting Three Ways
#307 Let's do the twist

She has recently started her own blog and you can see photos and more details regarding her classes at