Felted strawberry

Felted strawberry

Felting is fun for everyone! It’s so easy and rewarding. Kids and adults alike enjoyed making felted designs last Saturday at Ashland Parks and Recreation’s Fall Guide fair at The Grove.

AAC artist Jo Ann Manzone and AAC Education Director Kara Q Lewis happily shared the joy of needle felting with everyone who stopped by. All the children who felted created little treasures, including a crown, a Santa’s hat, and a smiling caterpillar. Kara hadn’t felted before and was an immediate fan. “We can’t wait to share the fun with more people during September’s First Friday Art Walk!”

Jo Ann has created felted squares from 75 pounds of donated wool. She is also eco-dying the wool in fabulous colors, including lavender (dyed with plum tree leaves), pink (dyed with beets), brown, and green. Everyone who stops by the AAC Classroom on First Friday will get to make a felted square with designs based around a fall theme. Jo Ann and other AAC artists will then take the felted squares and make them into a quilt which will be raffled to benefit art classes for at-risk youth. “We look forward to felting with the community!”

If you have experience with felting and are interested in volunteering to help with creating the felted squares before First Friday or to help with the First Friday event, please email Jo Ann at dreamweavingdesigns@hotmail.com or Kara at karaQlewis@gmail.com. They look forward to hearing from you!

See you in the Classroom on First Friday, September 6, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm