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Structural and Textural Methods for Fiber Artists II, 6 weeks  Jan 8  2024

This 6-week course is for participants with some felting experience. The exploration of techniques will progress from simple to more complex; however, from the beginning, you will need to know how to create a flat piece of lovely felt by hand using the wet felting method.


In the first lesson, we will briefly refresh some layout techniques covered in Structural and Textural Methods I but focus on the most useful and favorite ones. We will dedicate the following five weeks to taking them further and exploring the best and fun ways to apply them. We will apply newly learned techniques to create a medium-sized fashion piece of simple shape, a shawl or wrap, or if you wish, just a gorgeous felted textile piece during the last week of the course.


It is not a kit workshop but a very informative and enriching class created to bring your expertise in feltmaking to a more advanced level. You will obtain the knowledge necessary for the creative approach in felted garment making or fine art, the freedom of an expert, and a library of samples for your future projects. 


Every week, the participants will receive a new online package of learning material: an introduction, the whys and how-tos, step-by-step instructions with excellent quality photographs, and video tutorials. You can post your work in progress in the virtual class discussion room and communicate with other students. I will answer your questions in the chat weekly as soon as possible (not in real-time mode).


NEW! Once a week, I will be running a two-hour-long Zoom video session. We will discuss the time convenient to most of the class participants and schedule our Zoom sessions at the beginning of the course. The video chats will be recorded and available to those unable to attend in time.


The course will require 4-6 hours of studio work and two hours of live Zoom sessions (optional) per week; the amount of information would fit into a 6-day in-class workshop. You will receive all the class materials and tutorials in PDF format, ready to upload to your computer. The videos are not to be downloaded but will remain accessible for one year. Your access to the course lessons and chat on the Ruzuku platform will remain open as long as I continue teaching and can pay for their services. I've used this platform for teaching my courses since 2016 and do not plan to quit.


How the online classes work (FAQ):



'Silk Scrap Bag' kit for this workshop is available here


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Katia at



                                    List of supplies and materials  

                  (Structural and Textural Methods for Fiber Artists)


Supplies and tools:


• Table ( an average kitchen table, or foldable table, or desk)

• Bubble wrap enough to cover your felting table, plus two additional pieces about 30'' X 30.''
( or 80 cm X 80 cm)

• Watering device (ball brauser), a squirt bottle of a choice

• Container for water/soap solution (small bucket)

• Natural liquid soap (clear, biodegradable, and eco-friendly dish soap is the best); your favorite soap bar as well, but we will mainly use water/soap solution

• Pool noodle about 2' long or wooden dowel

• Elastic ties for rolling (stockings or pantyhose)

• Window screen material (soft fiberglass mosquito screen material is ideal; a synthetic fabric shower curtain is okay); about 1 m X 1 m (2' X 2' or a little bigger)

• Two old bath towels

• Any favorite felting tools (Palm Wash Board, ceramic felting stone, etc.)

• Good sharp scissors

• Small bamboo sushi rolling mat, optional;

• Soft plastic shelf lining with a bumpy surface (Ikea or other) comes in rolls, optional;

• Small hand carder or metallic dog/cat brush

• Cheap grocery plastic bag

• Duct tape

• Measuring tape

• Permanent marker

• Pen and notebook

• Large and sharp needle with a medium or large eye;


• Electrical sander with a rectangular platform - OPTIONAL;

I'm using Makita brand, size 1/2 sheet.


• Merino wool tops (or roving), 18 - 20 micron
400 g (10 oz) of the primary color of your chosen palette;
100g (3-4 oz) each of black and white colors;
200 g (8 oz) total of three or more additional colors of your choice;

The amounts are approximate.


• Plant fiber: this fiber is made from plants, processed into roving, and dyed.
Ramie(fiber made from nettles), bamboo, viscose, Tencel, or others, in colors suitable for your palette and contrasting with the primary wool color. It's easier to control the layout's thickness and quality if you can clearly see the fibers on the surface.

• Silk fabric, dyed; 2 -3 momme, approximately 5 meters total (five and a half yards) if the width is about 1 yard; a few smaller pieces instead of one big piece is ok and even preferable;
I prefer and enjoy working with Uzbekistan's rarified silk gauze (Margilan). This silk is incredibly soft, shiny, lightweight, great for nuno-felting, and easily manipulated into gorgeous surface effects. You can substitute this fabric with other loose-weave and very thin silk gauze, but some results will differ slightly.


 • Cotton gauze fabric, about one yard.

• Some small pieces (from 3'' to 10'' in length and width) of colorful loose-weave fabrics like silk chiffon, silk gauze, cotton gauze, thin Sari silk, etc.

• Thin yarns or average thread (machine knitting, crocheting, stitching) for the hand-top-stitched accents (optional).


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Katia at

Structural and Textural Methods for Fiber Artists II, 6 weeks Jan 8 2024

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