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Gualala Arts Workshop
A Romp through the Realm of Needlefelting
Instructor: Ayala Talpai

Saturday & Sunday
February 23 & 24, 2008
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Needlefelting dragon
Register by:   February 14, 2008
Tuition:   $135 members; $145 non-members
Materials fee:   $15
Class size:   minimum 8; maximum 15

Using our trusty felting needle and the delightfully approachable medium of WOOL, we will create three dimensional figures including Pocket Dragons, Voluptuous Babes, and Hand Puppets.

The Pocket Dragon - with wings of course - will have a wire armature and what could be more special than a dragon that you can pose? The Voluptuous Babe is an 18" wool goddess on a yarn armature and all those parts of her that we'd like to adjust, we can easily adjust with our felting needle (too bad it's not this easy for humans). She is a ready candidate for embroidery, beadwork, tattoos, and pseudoclothing. The Hand Puppet will employ traditional wet felting to create the body of the puppet and then with our versatile felting needle we shall create the head and hands -- a charming / annoying / scary / comforting companion, whichever you choose to manifest!

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You'll learn both the Pinch method and Build-Up techniques of facial construction, plus assorted oddities and needlefelting techniques that will serve you well in the myriad endeavors this workshop will inspire!! Needle felting is easy and fun!

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.