Next in EAC’s popular online workshop series is Needle Felted Landscapes with Paula Farrar. The class will take place via Zoom, 1-3 pm on Saturday, March 20, and will include a thorough introduction to the techniques of needle felting; participants will create a landcape image and/or a sunflower. Geared for students ages 12 and up, instruction will be “basic enough for the beginner who has never held a felting needle,” notes Paula, but also appropriate for someone who has done some needle felting.

Please note! Deadline to mail-order materials kits is Friday, March 12. Otherwise, to arrange for a kit locally, deadline is Thursday, March 18.

Find full details about the deluxe materials kits below!

Color blending, use of the felting needle, pre-felt prep and design placement, shading and finishing will be covered. Finished felt pieces will be sized to fit a 5×7″ frame; other methods of display will be discussed.
Kits with all materials needed will be available either by local pickup, or for the first time with our workshop series—by direct mail (more on that below!).
The kits include: an assortment of colored wool roving, ‘pre-felt’ (backing wool) for two projects, high-quality foam for a felting base, two felting needles and assorted mohair and mohair boucle embellishments. Also included are color photographs to inspire participants’ work; students may follow along as Paula demonstrates using the images provided, or go ‘freestyle’ with their own design if they choose. Participants are also welcome to join in for the Zoom class using their own materials.

Kits with all materials needed for two projects will be available for local pickup or by U.S. mail!

Registration and Materials Kits
Participants must register with Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org by March 18, to receive the Zoom invitation for class. Materials kits are available locally for $25 (sliding fee scale available by request) or for $31.50, including U.S. shipping, by mail at  https://doneroving.com/product/landscape-needlefelting-kit-complete/. Local kit pickups will be offered in Baring on March 18 and in Eastport and Robbinston on both March 18 and 19.
Those curious to preview the technique can find a demo video clip below!

Paula is shown feeding donkeys in Oatman, AZ She described the moment, part of her “2015 vacation of a lifetime-—Maine to San Diego in 8 weeks! When you come down into historic Oatman from the mountains, these guys are everywhere, stopping traffic and begging treats. They are wild; left behind by miners of early times. We had to stop and feed these wild burros: the RV fridge had carrots and they cleaned up! We seem to find farm critters whatever we go!”

Born in Baileyville and returning home after years of moving around, Paula’s love of family and farming led to her successful 30+-year business, Done Roving Yarns. Besides being the CEO of shovels, brooms and mops, she spends most of her hours as owner, dyer of yarn and shepherdess of her flock. Her love of all things fibery—spinning, knitting, felting, quilting, etc.—and her years of teaching in public middle schools have built Paula’s great skill in leading her students in their creative pursuits.

Paula Farrar

Funding for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted—either in the coffee can provided at materials pickup or via the EAC’s website. Participants near and far are encouraged to send photos of their projects to Alison via the email address above.

The basic needle felting technique is shown in this brief video clip.