Chad Alice Hagen
This includes fine merino wool needle-punch batts, fine merino roving, dyes, chemicals, and other equipment. The fee also includes hand cleaner, needles and thread, felting soap, handouts, and the occasional band aid.
Suitable for everyone, but will require some standing at the work table
This three-day workshop is packed full of dyeing and felting. Students will learn a fast and creative way to dye all the roving and needle-punched batts they will be using in the workshop with Dry Powder Dyeing. Then they’ll begin felting the felted fine merino needle-punch batts and stitching them with an ancient Japanese resist stitch called Mokume which will create the marvelous Mokume Bark Scarf. This scarf will then be dyed again, showing the students how to do a resist dyebath. The next day we will lay out and wet felt the full-size famous Airey Fairey Scarf. On the third day the instructor will demonstrate three different scarves and students can choose which to create.
Students need to bring a tape measure, one-gallon plastic bucket, 2-3 old towels, kitchen-type rubber gloves, sharp scissors (cuticle scissors are useful), plastic bags for transportation of wet projects, two kitchen-type sponges without a scrubby surface, and clothes that can get wet OR a waterproof apron (or large garbage bag.)
Chad Alice Hagen…
Chad Alice Hagen has been a felt maker since 1979 and has been exploring and teaching the resist dyeing of hand felted wool since 1990. Richly dyed colors and multi-layered surface markings are the trademarks of her years of intensive explorations, observable on art pieces, hats, scarves, jewelry and, more recently, on stitched and beaded books and brooches.
Her work with hand made felt can be found in major collections and has appeared on the covers of Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot magazines. She is the author of three books, The Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking, Fabulous Felt Hats, and The Fabulous Felt Scarf. She has her BA and MS from the University of Wisconsin and MFA from Cranbrook.
In addition to the workshops she teaches in the United States and Europe, Chad maintains a full-time felt and book studio in Asheville, North Carolina. She maintains a website at www.ChadAliceHagen.com.