Why fiber arts?

I thought it was about time I let you know my answer to that question.

I grew up in a home where my parents, WWII babies, learned from an early age to make the best of what they had on hand. They were each one of eight children which meant that they learned from their parents, who were children during the Great Depression, that you saw the treasure in everything around, and you made it work for your needs. As a result, I grew up with hand-me-downs from my aunts, which I then passed on to my little sister; I also grew up surrounded by creativity. whether that was growing your own veggies, or altering a dress, or taking something apart to make something new. So it is no surprise that I became ‘crafty’, learning to sew, learning to crochet, wishing I could paint like my mom, trying out every creative outlet that was presented.

But nothing lasted long, nothing seemed to be “IT” for me, until I won an online giveaway of a 4 ounce hand painted roving.

Now-while I had tried nearly everything, I knew that I did not want to learn to use a spinning wheel (more about this at a later post), so I wondered just what the blazes I was going to do with this beautiful fiber aside from petting it! I happened upon a ‘teach yourself to needle felt’ kit, figured the cost was minimal, and gave it a try.

IT.

Finally, I found the ‘IT’ that pulled my other loves together and made a whole. Felting. After two months with those 2 needles from the kit, I had covered nearly every horizontal surface in my home with needle felted pretties. And-BONUS-I discovered that the fibers acted very much like watercolors in the way they blended together and finally found my wish to be a painter come true.

But there is more.

Felting came into my life at a very dark and low time, and I discovered the healing power of creativity. I had a way to work through my pain and sorrow, had a therapy that enabled me to stab things into existence, or thwack things to stabilize the felt…I found a light at the end of the tunnel, I found hope in the joy I received when I created. I found my purpose.

I also was blessed to have found a group of individuals who wanted to keep the fiber arts alive and well, a group that would educate and encourage others to find their joy in creating. Potwin Fiber Artisans (www.potwinfiber.org) was born out of the love of fiber, and the desire to help others through that love of fiber to spread joy. I am lucky to have stumbled on my purpose, both individually as an artisan, and collectively through my participation with PFA. A portion of my class fees and sales go to the organization to help it continue to grow as a non-profit organization, to help others find the joy in creating. And I’m glad that PFA is working alongside other non-profits in the area to help keep people warm.

I would invite you to consider joining PFA and me in our efforts to reach out to others, to help others discover the joy in creating with fiber, to educate the state in the beauty and necessity to keep these heritage arts alive and well in the 21st century. Who knows? You may discover “IT”.

Blessings,

Anna

FELT THIS! FELT FLOWERS

FEBRUARY CLASSES:

FELT THIS! FELTED FLOWERS CLASS
This class will be offered on BOTH Saturday, February 7th and Saturday,February 21st due to popular demand!

9am to Noon at the Potwin Presbyterian Church located at 5th and Lane, all supplies included for $25. We will create three flowers via wet felting techniques: a country rose, a calla lily, and a tiger lily.

Minimum class size 4; maximum class size 12

Come join the fun and create some lovely flowers that will bring you beauty year round!

Anna

(You can view the sample flowers at my facebook page!)

FELT THIS! Mini Masterpiece class-Saturday!!

WOW-January is off to a wonderful start-first class of 2015 was on the 10th, and we had a great little group of needle felters stabbing some fun creatures into existence! Then Winter Woolfest in Wamego last Saturday where friends, fun, and fibery fabulousness was had by all. And next Saturday, the 24th, we will be creating mini felt paintings based on landscape pictures! I am so excited to see what everyone creates!

There is still a little room in the class if you have been considering giving wet felting a try. 9am to Noon on Saturday, January 24th, at the Potwin Presbyterian Church, located at 5th and Washburn. All supplies and necessary tools are provided for the $45 class fee, and you can RSVP for the class by replying to this post or by sending me an email: annasplaceofholding@gmail.com

I would love to see this class be full beyond belief! All you will need is a simple picture for inspiration, and a couple of old towels to transport your completed painting home after class. You can do this-and the colors and textures that you will have to select from will amaze you…so come join us!

Anna

Bodega Bay painting

FELT THIS! Classes for January!

Happy Christmas everyone!

As we prepare for this most magical season, I am encouraging you to set aside some time to do something fun for yourself in January! RSVP’s being accepted now for the following classes:

FELT THIS! Create a Creature-$25 ($10 materials fee included)
Using needle felting sculpture techniques, you’ll stab something into existence! All supplies included, and you’ll leave with a creature well under way, if not completed!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
9am-Noon
Potwin Presbyterian Church at 5th and Washburn

FELT THIS! Mini Masterpiece Felt Painting-$45 ($30 materials fee included)
Using wet felting techniques and an inspiration photo you bring with you (simple landscape/skyscape/etc.), you’ll learn how to build up the layers of fibers and colors to create a small felt painting. You’ll have the opportunity to utilize several of my specialty felting tools, and learn tips and tricks of wet felting that I’ve learned over the years.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
9am-Noon
Potwin Presbyterian Church at 5th and Washburn

If you would like to take either or both of these classes, please email your RSVP or comment here so that I can plan for the right number of students. If you would like to pay your class fee ahead of the class, I can contact you to make arrangements (and I do take credit cards).

I wish you all a warm and wonderful Christmas, and hope to see you at class in January. Until then, go felt something!

Anna

FELT & ZIP PIN CLASS

Come join the fun and learn how to create the amazing felt and zipper trimmed pins that are all the rage. Class is tomorrow, Oct. 21st, from 6-8pm at Potwin Presbyterian Church and the cost of $20 covers all supplies needed to create a pin of your own. Additional zipper chain will be available for purchase at $2 per yard so that you can create more of these lovelies on your own! Check these out for some ideas:

Hope to see you tomorrow night!

Anna

NEEDLE FELTING BASICS

…or as I like to call it, How to Stab Something into Existence!

Come join me for this two part class that will have you stabbing with the best of felters. Two hours, two Tuesday evenings, lots of stabbing!
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NEEDLE FELTING BASICS
Tue, October 7, 6pm – 8pm and Tue., October 14, 6pm-8pm
Potwin Presbyterian Church, Topeka, KS, 5th & Washburn

2-2 hour classes-all materials included-$30

Have you ever wanted permission to stab something into existence?? Well, I have the class for you! During the first class, learn the proper technique to maximize your enjoyment of the process of needle felting, and using a frame, create one or more small felted shapes. At the second class, you will learn the best ways to sculpt with needlefelting, with and without an armature.

Needle Felting is a wonderful technique to create jewelry, ornaments, make embellishments to clothing, the list goes on and on. No experience needed, class size limited to 20.
Contact Anna Walker to reserve your spot: annasplaceofholding@gmail.com, aka @FELTit on Twitter, or http://www.annasplaceofholding.com