Owl Rider Course
A five week course in Faerie making & needle felting
January 24th - February 28th 2020
In this five week class we will be exploring the world of owls and faeries. You will learn how to make a wire armature for a larger animal, needle felting techniques for building form and creating a sense of movement, and techniques for wet felting feathers. We'll be hand sewing faeries from natural fibres, learning how to dye locks for hair with a variety of natural dyes, embroider faces, and create clothing using salvaged antique fabrics and wool felt.
Materials are not included in the cost of the course. A full resource list for materials will be emailed to you upon registration. Where available resources are listed for Canada, the US, and the UK. Kits will also be available for purchase.
This is an intermediate level class - for those with some needle felting experience. If you are looking for a beginner class I recommend the Robin Rider Course, or my toadstool tutorial as an introduction to needle felting.
New lessons will be available every Friday, with about 5-8 hours of student time recommended each week. You can work through the modules at your own pace as you have permanent access to the online classroom. I am available throughout the five weeks to answer any questions. We will meet weekly in an online webinar to discuss progress and share work.
Week 1 - Crafting a Faerie
Creating and wrapping a wire armature
How to shape a face
Hand stitching a body
Embroidering a face
Week 2 - Creating clothing, hair, and wings
Playing with different fibers and patterns to dress your faerie.
Sewing on hair (we’ll talk about how to hand-dye mohair locks using natural plant dyes)
Creating realistic wings
Week 3 - Felting foundations
Creating a wire armature for your owl
Building up the form & sculpting your owl with wool batt
Week 4 - Felting details
Needle felting your owl’s face
Creating a felted stone and moss for your owl to perch on.
Week 5 - Finishing your piece
Needle felting reins and a head piece
Seating your faerie rider
5 weeks of modules comprising of video tutorials for each lesson.
Weekly Live video Q&As with me to see where everyone is at and discuss the process and any challenges.
In-course support with me for the duration of the course – you can ask questions whenever you need!
Access to Owl Rider Facebook group This is a wonderful way of connecting with other students during the course, sharing photos of work, and getting/giving feedback.
Access to private alumni Facebook group Join the Lavender & Lark Faerie makers Circle to connect with other alumni, share work and see what others are creating.
Lifetime access to the course content and all future updates.
**Please be aware that the faeries I will be teaching you to make are my aesthetic and one that I have spent years developing. So, you may not use this doll pattern to sell from commercially. Doll making is a wonderful art form and this workshop is all about building skills and learning techniques that are versatile and can be applied in all sorts of ways in your own doll making journey!
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