In conjunction with her studio practice, Stephanie also periodically teaches workshops and short classes in needle felting. Private and small group classes can be arranged in the San Francisco Bay Area or out of her studio in downtown San Jose; email stephaniegmetz(at)gmail.com for details.
New: Small Group Workshops at Stephanie's Studio:
Beginners Workshop: 3 dates offered - Saturday, March 14,
Saturday, May 2, or Saturday, July 18, each 10 am - 4 pm
This one-day workshop conducted in the artist’s studio is a thorough introduction to the tools, processes, and possibilities of needle-felting: creating three-dimensional forms out of wool fiber. Class includes hands-on practice, discussion, demonstrations, and slides—surrounded by examples from Stephanie’s body of work. Participants will complete a small project to get familiar with the concepts central to this unusual art form, and leave with the skills and knowledge to begin translating their ideas into felt.
Workshop fee of $100 includes $25 of materials covering all supplies required to complete a small project: 5 felting needles, 12 oz of wool roving, and a foam-rubber work surface. Additional tools will be available for use and purchase in class. Register and pay online here.
Continuing/Advanced Workshop: Saturday, March 28, 10 am – 4 pm
This class is for students already versed in the basics of three-dimensional needle felting. Advanced topics introduced in the Beginners class will be built upon, including use of armatures and incorporating other hard and soft materials into wool sculpture. Surrounded by examples from Stephanie’s body of work, students may bring projects in progress or simply come pick up new tricks and techniques that will advance their felting skills—and connect with others working in this unique medium.
Workshop fee of $75 does not include any materials. This class is intended for artists with an understanding of the basics of needle felting, so participants are expected to bring their own materials and tools, although additional supplies and tools will be available for purchase during class. Register and pay online here.
Creating Form with Felt
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
July 26 - 31, 2015
You may know that felt is a non-woven textile made of wool, but have you considered its sculptural possibilities? You can learn to manipulate wool into three-dimensional, free-standing, solid felt sculpture using simple tools and techniques. No crocheting or knitting required: instructor Stephanie Metz uses felting needles to coax loose fibers into sophisticated shapes. This week-long workshop is a thorough introduction to the tools, processes, and possibilities of needle-felting. Class includes hands-on practice, discussion, demonstrations, and slides. This class will teach you an innovative use of a humble and inexpensive material that is bound to energize your art-making. Note: feltmaking involves repetitive and vigorous hand and arm movement.
Open to all skill levels
Cabrillo College SummerArts
4-day workshop, June 20/21 and 27/28, 10am - 4pm. Details to come.