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Kristy teaches at home and abroad, as well through an interactive online platform where students work in their own homes and studios. Registration for home workshops (materials provided) is available below.

October 2019- A month of events in Portland… Workshops, exhibitions, and two open studios. All details can be found here.

September 2019- Atelier Fiberfusing, Amsterdam, Netherlands

September 2019- Slovenia. Sept. 24-27 in the Soca Valley. Email for information on this four day course.

Oct. 14 Class

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Oct. 14 Class


River Rock inspired vessels of handmade felt

  • October 14th, Monday

  • 9am to 4pm (see full schedule lower on the page)

Join me in Portland for a fun day of felting rock vessels!

Vessels have long been a felter’s favorite; for the wonder and possibilities of working with a single resist, and the potential to create multiple forms from the same pattern.

Students will learn the basics of felting with a resist to create a hollow form. Additionally (and the really fun part), we will play with a multitude of enhancements to the surface to create texture, color, and pattern. We will also focus on finishing techniques that give the best results for surface appearance and shape… This usually involves torching and starching!

These small rock vessels hold a lot of technique and potential for future adaptation and exploration with felt. Don’t let their small size fool you into thinking they are for beginners only… All experience levels welcome!

Each student will create two vessels.
Materials: All materials (wool, etc.) will be provided.

Supplies: Please bring two towels… One bath size, and one hand towel.

Additional Supplies: Materials will be available for students to purchase and take home to continue working in these techniques.

Cost: $80. Link to cancellation policy.

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I learned so many things, and found Kristy to be an awesome tutor - clear instructions and demonstrations, well organized, and heaps of fun!!
— Svenja, Fibre Arts Australia workshop 2019
This was a wonderful class!! I loved the sculptural technique!!  A big THANK YOU to Kristy!!
— Marlene

ABOUT THE STUDIO: I have recently relocated the Opulent Fibers studio to a small commercial building in Gladstone, OR. The studio has two floors with ample workspace for wet and dry work, a covered outdoor workspace for overflow, and small yard for sipping tea in the sun. It is designed as a working felting studio with all of the amenities and a flood of natural light from the south side.

NEIGHBORHOOD: I am located on a main street in the small town of Gladstone, just 15 mins south of Portland, OR. There is an Indian restaurant, a gourmet pizza shop, coffee shop, and convenience store all within a few blocks walk. A bigger highlight, however, is the Clackamas river that borders the town. Walking paths and picnic spots are plentiful and will surely be a destination for lunch breaks.

LODGING: There is a Holiday Inn Express about a mile down the road that has received decent reviews from students. I’ve also seen several airbnb listings in the neighborhood that will be easy to walk from to class. The studio address is 135 W Arlington St., Gladstone, OR 97027 for your searches.

TRAVEL: Students will fly into PDX International Airport. Hwy 205 is a major artery running just along the east side of the city which takes you from the airport to within just a few blocks of my studio. It is easy to rent a car from the airport or hire transportation through a taxi service or Lyft (or Uber). The drive is 25 minutes with light to medium traffic. Plan for more time during commute hours.

SCHEDULE: Workshop hours are 9am to 4pm. Please arrive on time but not too early.

  • Arrival: Those arriving before 8:45 will be asked to find a coffee shop until the studio is open. Please arrive at the studio between 8:45 and 9:00am

  • Lunch: 1:00-2:00 pm. Bring your own lunch or grab something from a neighborhood eatery. We will picnic at the park if the weather is suitable.

I was going to send you an email today anyhow since I didn’t really tell you goodbye—too much running around that last afternoon to realize it really was your last afternoon. You got rave reviews on the evaluations with not a negative comment among them. If you want to use the best one as a testimonial on your teaching site it reads:  “One of a kind teacher who meticulously described her process and shared generously.” Many of them hurriedly filled out evals and just gave you a 5.
— Deb, organizer for Felter’s Rendezvous, 2019