TEXTURE: Fabric Fusion, Object Inclusion, and Stitching Intrusion

with Lisa Klakulak

Work by Lisa Klakulak

Description: Go beyond! Add surface dimension and textural interest to your felt! Learn to use fusion (also known as nuno or laminate) and dense shapes of partial felt to explore the differential shrinkage inherent in the fusion process (coercing wool fibers through other pre-structured fabrics) to create textural variations. Learn to create high-shrinkage partial felt and to cut shapes from that felt, leaving negative spaces, that when layered with translucent silk and tulle fabric will create windows for entrapping objects. Learn to hide fabric edges on the surface and to create defined, designer edging with strips of partial felt. Finally, add free-motion embroidery to create fine detail and richly-embossed surfaces. A workshop to learn, sample, and combine techniques - a workshop that will enhance and extend your felting repertoire.

Lisa Klakulak's creativity was nurtured at a young age by her mother's arts, good public-school art programs, and classes at the local art association. With these foundational experiences as well as self-directed exploration in fabric dyeing, sewing, and off-loom bead weaving, Klakulak began her BFA studies in 1993 at the University of Colorado, graduating from Colorado State with a BFA in Fiber Arts in 1997. International travels over the millennium intensified Klakulak's textile focus, motivating her move to the southeast to study at Penland School of Craft and to accept an Artist-in-Residence position at The Appalachian Center for Craft (ACC), in Smithville, TN. At ACC from 2002-2005, Klakulak extensively explored the medium of felt, educated children in middle Tennessee public schools through ACC's Outreach Programs, began instructing adult workshops and acquired a K-12 Visual Arts certification. Now residing in Asheville, NC, Klakulak creates wearable textiles, accessories and non-functional sculpture as well as instructs workshops worldwide. She focuses her instruction on understanding the material and process in order to apply good technique and craftsmanship in implementing the elements of art and the principles of design.

# of Participants: 7 - 10

Experience Level: Intermediate and Advanced. Experience with wet felting and thin layouts is highly recommended.

Required Supplies:

  • Camera
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Small, sharp scissor or snips
  • Small rotary cutter (18 mm blade) and small self-healing mat
  • Measuring tape (cm)
  • 1 pair knee-high nylons
  • 2 pieces bubble wrap, each 24" x 48" (1 cm diameter bubbles, no pool covering!)
  • Water bowl (approx. 6" in diameter and 6" deep)
  • Large bath towel
  • PVC pipe or a cut foam pool noodle (24" long and 1-1/2" to 2" in diameter)
  • 5-10 objects for inclusion in fabric encasements (no larger than 3 cm in any direction and made from materials that won't break down when wet, soapy, or agitated)
  • 3-5 thin and transparent to semi-transparent fabrics or thin fabrics with an open structure (each piece no larger than 15" x 15")
  • Optional
    • Pocket scale meauring to 0.01 g accuracy
    • Sewing machine with feed dogs that lower and a darning/free-motion embroidery foot along with a few extra needles (70/10 Microtex recommended), sewing thread (50 wt recommended) and extra bobbins
    • Pair of hand carders

Additional Supply Fee: $32 paid to instructor for 70 g Merino top in a variety of colors, Moroccan olive oil soap, wire brush, agitation mat, and fabrics for studies.

Student Scolarships: There are two student scholarships available for this workshop. Scholarship applications are due two weeks in advance of the workshop. Only deserving requests will be awarded; application does not insure acceptance. Please note, there is a 9-hr volunteer commitment in exchange for the scholarship (3 hrs per day of the workshop).

Registration and Payment: Scroll down for online registration and payment.

Questions? Please email or call 678-235-4328.


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September 02, 2017 -
September 04, 2017

Times: 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

3420 W. Hospital Ave.
Suite 103
Chamblee, GA 30341