October 1, 2010

October's Hands-On Houston

This Saturday, October 2, is International Day of Felt, celebrating the world’s oldest textile which dates back to 6300 B.C. Felt is made by compacting animal fibers such as sheep’s wool through wet felting and needle felting. In wet felting the fibers are agitated with hot water and soap. Whereas in needle felting, the fibers are compacted by hand with a barbed needle. This year’s theme, as proposed by Felt United, is a wedge of the color wheel: yellow through green to blue and we are participating by learning to needle felt with artist, Tobiah Mundt.

Visitors will learn very basic needle felting by turning mounds of colorful wool into cute little acorns and fall leaves. Join us to celebrate Fall and felt at October's Hands-On Houston tomorrow, October 2, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Examples of acorns visitors will make.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Tobiah Mundt is a Houston artist who recently had an exhibit, Being, at Lawndale Art Center. She also teaches classes and Sew Crafty Houston in the Heights. You can find more about her and her work on her website. Tobiah will also be offering an exciting October workshop at HCCC, Sculptural Needle Felting 101: Zombie Rabbits. You can find out more about the class on HCCC's website or by clicking here.

Image courtesy of Lawndale Art Center
and Tobiah Mundt's exhibit, Being.

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