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Needle Felting & Bead Embroidery: Painting with Beads & Fiber

Course Overview

Combine bead embroidery and needle felting to create a unique landscape “painting”. Learn the basics of both needle felting and bead embroidery in this two day workshop. Participants will bring a landscape image (photo, magazine image, postcard etc.) to inspire their beaded piece. First, we will create a simple needle felted wool background fabric. Then, we will learn some basic bead embroidery stitches to add the foreground to your piece. Bead artist Jo Wood will introduce students to her favorite techniques for “painting” with beads. Her goal is to demystify the basic materials and processes. While working with bead colors and textures, students will also learn some simple principals of composition, transferring patterns, and how to add depth & dimension to their work. Needle felting supplies will be provided for a 3” x 4” foundation for beadwork. Jo will also provide the needles and thread for beading.


Sat, May 19th, 2018  –  Sun, May 20th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 2 days; October Session: 2½ days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $225.00
Includes materials fee of $35.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

An inspirational landscape to use for your design (photo, pics from magazines, etc.)
Beads- seed beads in size 10 to 15. Bring 8 or more colors. Choose a variety of surface finishes (opaque, matte, transparent, silver-lined, etc.) that work with your image.
Bead Blanket
Glasses if you wear them

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.