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« on: May 21, 2007 12:18:23 PM »

I taught six half-hour wet-felting workshops this past weekend at Maker Faire in the SF bay area - Maker Faire was a really cool phenomenon and it cracked me up that I was doing it in a building next to robot wars.  From my table i could see a guy who had made upright bass guitars from old motorcycle bodies.

It was the first time I taught felting and i think it went really well.  I just basically taught everyone how to make beads.  People loved it.  it's a really easy craft for people to learn because it's hard to get intimidated when there are no tools at all!
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2007 01:57:55 PM »

Yea! for you.  Sounds like a wonderful adventure.  The juxtaposition of old time wet felting side by side - so to speak Smiley - of space age robots is awesome - such a mind twister.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007 09:21:15 AM »

Hey there Rachel- That is really awesome that you got to be part of the Maker Faire. So much fun!! Some day I will get my shaggy self down to the U.S. to take part in all the fun going on..the maker faire especially.
Congrats on the 6 (!!!) workshops you did. Hurrah for spreading the felty word. I am sure everyone had fun because you made it fun.  Smiley

Any chance you have some pics?
so I may live vicariously through you as the 'faire go-er'?  Wink lol.
cheers!
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007 04:28:33 PM »

Hey there Rachel, I think I took one of your classes at the Maker Faire! Were you in the "craft corner"?
It was great to learn how other folks are doing the wet felting since I normally do needle. I am also stoked because I will be teaching needle felting next month at my church of craft group over at Rock Paper Scissors in Oakland. You should stop by if you can! Its the third sunday of the month from 1-5.
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2007 11:53:16 AM »

wow, hey lotusbloo!  can i see a picture of you to test my holey memory?

There are pictures!  My friend http://flickr.com/photos/chaiguy/sets/72157600249511566/ took photos all over maker faire that you can see on his flickr account; i bet you can pick out the shots of me and my silly hair.  I'll be uploading them to my blog one day too.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007 01:17:24 PM »

I've been having trouble with my uploads (hence not posting my donut xmas tree ornaments in completed projects) but I was the tall black girl at the end of the table in the black hoodie. I asked if you ever made felt balls by tying the wool up in a stocking and then putting it in the washing machine.
Oooo, I'll have to check out the link to see the pictures!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2007 04:35:08 PM »

this one?

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2007 08:11:19 AM »

Yup. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2007 07:39:57 PM »

hooray!  i have to say you were one of like six black people i saw the whole time, what's up with that? 

i have been meaning to go to RPS forever.  when is your workshop?
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007 07:18:24 PM »

Don't know. I guess overall we're not a modern-day crafting people. Bad play on words, but I guess that makes me a black sheep of thegroup. (hahaha! where do I come up with them!)
RPS is great. They are very laid back and friendly in there. Church of Craft meets there the 3rd Sunday of every month from 1-5. My needle felting will be going on from 1-2. After that folks will probably just work on whatever craft they've brought with them.
I finally went to another place I've been wanting to go to and turns out they also sell some needlefelting supplies - Lacis over in Berkeley on Adeline. The store/museum as a whole has a real grandma kinda feel, but the stuff in there is really cool and I can't think of anywhere else where you can get supplies to felt, make hats, do needlepoint, crochet, knit, sew, bead, make lace, (the list goes on) all under one roof. You gotta love a place where you can buy one of those tube shaped needle cases carved from wood with a little elephant on top! You should check them out, too.
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