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Creating Felt Fabric Collage

Fabric Collage refers to the creation of a new cloth from a collection of different types of textiles. I have been playing with my stash of handmade felt, fabric and scraps to make unique textiles that can transform into a vest, pants, wrap or a scarf. I begin by pulling out different types of […]

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Spring Foraging

Mushroom season is just beginning in the higher elevations and I love to forage for the elusive Morel Mushroom. My husband Russ and I have learned to hunt above 3,000 feet as Russ has never met a poison oak plant that hasn’t found a way to his body.  I am transformed when I enter the […]

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Working Hands, A Journey of Creativity

  When I was a little girl, I would watch my mother and grandmother’s work with their hands.  On Sunday’s they would make “a pot of gravy,” our name for marinara sauce.  Meatballs and pasta would accompany the sauce.  Sometimes I helped make the meatballs, my hands squishing all the ingredients together .   I can […]

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Felting Workshop

I recently taught a 3 day workshop with Marilou Moschetti, in Aptos, California.  The workshop; Dye, Felt, Sew; focused on creating yardage that would be custom fit to each students individual silhouette for a vest or a jacket.  The patterns used were Diane Ericson’s Fault lines Vest and the Plaza Jacket. The first day students […]

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Exciting New “Nuno” Felt Workshop

This is an exciting opportunity to spend 3 days creating nuno felt and visiting beautiful Ashland, Oregon Design Custom Tailored “Nuno” Felt Yardage May 7, 8, 9th, 2014 Ashland, Oregon             Instructors: Jo Ann Manzone & Marilou Moschetti To Register:  contact Jo Ann Manzone at dreamweavingdesigns@hotmail or Call: 541. 951. […]

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The Walkabout Vest

Walkabout Vest by Jo Ann Manzone

I have worked on making many versions of Polly Stirling and Diane Ericson’s walkabout vest pattern. If you haven’t used this pattern it is a must purchase. Included are pattern pieces for felting and for sewing. The first vest pictured was made from the felting pattern and the entire vest was felted. The second vest […]

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One With Nature-Eco Color

Nuno felted scarf with eco color by JoAnn Manzone

While at Polly Stirling’s felting retreat this past June, I was introduced to eco printing and dying. I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie, concocting magical potions with my friends. Making eco color is easy and fun. The results are unique and beautiful but more important, the practice is sustainable and good […]

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Open Studio Sessions

What could be more fun than collaberating with other felters on a new project or getting some help with that felting project you never quite finished.  This month at Ashland Art Center you can come to my studio each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm and for a $20 fee you can get and give advice […]

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Fun with Nuno Felt Collars

Joann Manzone

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I want to make a piece of felt but am not in the mood to make a garment or even a scarf.  I want to make something lovely and small and make it in one day.  Nuno felted collars are  easy creative projects.  You don’t need a large […]

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