Create and embellish one (and possibly two) beautiful hats with felt artist Dawn Edwards, just in time for cold weather! Dawn loves making hats, and likes to think of them as wearable works of art. During this 2-day workshop, there will be ample time for experimentation and inspiration using wet-felting techniques; that is, using just your hands, imagination, and a little soap and water. You will see her beautiful examples, choose from among many hat styles, and design your creation(s) using both open and closed resists (some using multiple resists), with focus on techniques, patterns, and concepts. Hats will be created using Merino wool tops, with the option of incorporating lightweight silk fabrics for nuno-felting. You will love the artistic possibilities, with functionality as an added bonus. For those weavers who are making apparel with their handwovens, why not make a matching hat? Dawn will also advise and assist with hat embellishments…such as transforming Merino wool into beautiful felt flowers. The possibilities are endless.
Dawn Edwards is a felt artist and tutor based in Plainwell, Michigan who expresses her love of color, texture, and beauty in everyday life through felt. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions including Fiber Art Now’s “Fiber Transformed” and the 2021 “Reconnect” from the International Feltmakers Association; books including Ellen Bakker’s book Worldwide Colours of Felt, and magazines including Felt, Felt Matters, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, and Felt Fashion. Dawn is also a member of the Signature Artists’ Cooperative in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the co-coordinator of FeltUnited which unites felt makers from around the world, and she teaches extensively within the US and internationally. See her gallery at her website: Feltsoright.com.