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Bead Embroidery and Needle Felting Immersion

Course Overview

This course provides an opportunity for in-depth exploration of two interesting techniques, bead embroidery and needle felting. With time, space, and abundant materials, each participant will create their own unique works of art. The goal is to review and then move beyond the basics of materials and processes. Working with color and texture in a composition can add a wonderful depth and dimension to a bead-embroidered landscape on a needle-felted wool. The extended format allows for each student to have ample time for one-on-one discussions with the instructor. The group will ttake time to talk about some principles of composition, ways to transfer patterns, and how to frame fiber art. Each student should bring a few landscape images (photo, drawing, magazine image) as inspiration for their work. Using a 4” x 6” or 5” x 7” format students will needle felt the background for the piece (materials provided). Then, with some simple bead embroidery stitches, they will “paint” the foreground to complete the creation.

Jo will provide all the needle felting supplies as well as needles and thread for beading. Come join us for a fun and relaxed creative experience and learn how these traditional needle arts can be used for your creations. Jo Wood’s approach to 'painting with beads' is a unique combination of tradition and innovation. Preview Jo’s bead embroidery style on her website by visiting


Thu, Apr 30th, 2020  –  Sun, May 3rd, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $415.00
Includes materials fee of $35.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • three inspirational landscape to use for your design (photo, pics from magazines, etc.) Note: Please bring printed images because working directly from your cell phone is very difficult
  • Beads: Bring 8 or more colors of seed beads in size 8 to 15. A variety of sizes and surface finishes adds  interest and dimension to beadwork (opaque, matte, transparent, silver-lined, etc.). Choose a variety of beads that work with your image.
  • Bead Mat
  • Glasses if you wear them

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring any supplies you have and are comfortable working with and samples of your beadwork to show the class.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.