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Fiber Art

Felting a Shirt or a Vest

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Course Overview

In this course, students will work with guest instructor Mette Østman from Denmark and felt a shirt or a vest with the nuno felting technique, using a combination of fine merino wool and a woven textile such as silk or cotton gauze. Making very thin and delicate felt for wearables demands a large area of material since the shrinkage is big. In this class we will calculate for a shirt made to fit yourself. We will use a template that will be covered with the felting material. Then the felting is basically making the loose fibers blend into the fabric and shrink into the right dimensions. 

Materials Fee

  • A materials fee of $80-120, depending on project choices, will be due at the conclusion of class.

Required Tools 

  • Towels of any size. Preferably old ones since they can be torn in smaller pieces if necessary. 
  • An apron 


  • If you have any felting tools, such as a palm washboard or felting mouse that you have experienced being useful, please bring that.
  • Feel free to bring if you have textile for the base, felting wool or inspirational fibres for decoration.
  • A worn pillow case, a piece of bed sheet, or tea towels can be useful, too.

Session Information

This course is part of the 2024 Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday on Friday, February 16, a day-long conference that features speakers, demonstrations, and community gatherings for anyone interested in fiber! Full schedule online January 2024.


Sat, Feb 17th, 2024  –  Mon, Feb 19th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $345.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mette Østman
Mette Østman
Odense, Denmark

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Felting a Shirt or a Vest