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tips & tricks

current works, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

‘Tis the season for some learning! 🙂 I recently participated in Nanaimo’s first Swap-o-rama-rama, and met so many new people all looking to learn some new tips and tricks about how to upcycle their shunken and worn out old sweaters. My completed project was felt fascinators for the hair, all put together with a bunch of needle felting, but once those needles came out it was apparent that most people wanted to ditch the project and make something of their very own. one woman made a big patch to pin on her coat shaped like an eye. It was awesome to see what people created.
With this in mind and realizing I have a whole load of information about felt making bumping around in my head, as well as a giant vial full of brand new felting needles (Thanks Moxie!) that it would be a shame to not open this fun up on a more regular basis.
You see, the problem I have had in the past with planning these sorts of workshops is the idea factory I run in my brain…it never stops…I treat the learning process in the same way I treat the creating process, instinctively, intuitively, naturally…
these will be open classes.
to participate, you will need to sign up with me for any of the dates times I have open (see below) and I’ll send you a list of basic materials you need to bring.  (as well as a minimum fee* of $15 which includes supplies and guidance on your project. )

don’t have an idea for what you want to make? have something specific in mind that you want help with? I provide assistance with all things wool felt and together we discuss the merits as well as design the project together if need be. 🙂
I offer one-on-one fully custom classes for the felt/fiber lover who is interested in delving deep with me and exploring the many facets of wool & felt.**

Assist me on a large project or we design something of our very own, and you will take your project home.

Based on discussions through email or on the phone we will decide what our goals are, gather resources and plan for a whole big explosive time together felting our hearts out. (Small deposit and pre-registration required)
Good music, yummy snacks to keep us fueled and a big imagination are mandatory, please bring yours and I’ll bring mine. 🙂
Plan a ladies afternoon, a small birthday gathering, a special treat for yourself or just a blissful time to learn a new art.
Email me at:
tanisalexis@yahoo.ca for more information

felting tips&tricks workshops /sunday afternoons: bring a snack, your current project or an idea. email: tanisalexis@yahoo.ca to pre-register.***

Sunday, March 9th
Sunday, April 20th (Easter Weekend!) Cancelled.
Sunday May 18th
Sunday, June 22nd

additional dates available for custom classes. please email me for more information.

* $15 minimum fee is in consideration of those with a limited income. If you can afford to pay more, it is encouraged as this only serves for me to provide more classes, with better supplies and materials for you to benefit from. 🙂 Thank you for supporting artistry and learning.

**wool felt is the earliest fabric known to man, and predates spun and woven fabric. wool felt is created by the friction of fibres rubbing up against one another in order to bind closely and tangle to make a sturdy, warm and versatile fabric. two main types of felt making are dry felting (needle) and wet felting, a combination of these techniques along with a variety of materials and supplies the possibilities of felt making and design are endless!

*** located in beautiful Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada. Guest rooms available for out of town guests with preregistration, phone confirmation and deposit. Too far away to visit? See some of my online tutorials available here.

happy felting everyone! and much love.


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100!, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

we hit 100 sales on etsy.com this past week and it’s been a swell ride so far.

Many great big thanks to all of our amazing friends and supporters of our work thruout these past few years.. it’s been quite a unique experience for us.
Happy July everyone!!!


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Feltique is out May 19th

Feltique the book will be out in less than 2 weeks! check it out:

This was something I participated in about a year and a half ago, & it makes me seriously appreciate the HARD work and perseverence needed in publishing any kind of book. Particularily Do it Yourself books, considering all the small facts you need to make clear.

I am so happy to announce that Feltique, the complete guide to feltmaking in all it’s forms, will be out May 19th. The book will be available everywhere, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/Feltique-Techniques-Projects-Felting-Comme…

there will be daily write-ups of all the contributors on Craftzine.com
throughout the week starting May 18th by one of the books co-authors Brookelynn Morris.

Be sure to check it out, and I will post more here when the action hits!

Best wishes! I hope this finds each and every one of you happy and enjoying Springtime! XO
p.s. tell all your friends! 🙂 spread the felty word!

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got craft? – may 3rd


Sunday May 3rd 2009 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Royal Canadian Legion
@ 2205 Commercial Drive (at E. 6th Ave.), Vancouver, BC

See more info by clicking the above logo.

I am super excited to be part of Got Craft this year and to be amongst some of the happiest and friendliest sellers there are in Vancouver. It should be a real hoot, so join us wont you??

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tree cozy project. granville street, vancouver

I recieved this message in my inbox from Erin last week:

“Granville Street is currently undergoing a redesign. If you’ve wandered
through the area recently you’ll notice that the trees that lined
Granville Street between Drake and Cordova Streets are now shoulder-high

The planting of new trees is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2009.
In the meantime, it’s January, and those stumps look pretty miserable.
What say we decorate them?”

so I took advantage of our fleeting sunshine last weekend to install some love of my own.

I chose a strange little corner in front of the very cute and ecclectic Templeton Diner.

Several folks are meeting on Saturday the 24th from 1-4 to install cozies
and encourage passer-bys to make a cozy on the spot. Meeting spot is at
Robson and Granville.
If you can’t make it be sure to check treecozy.blogspot.com to see all the other installations.

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