Thursday, April 5, 2018

Demystifying Felt with Heidi Bukoski

Tonight we got great instruction and history on the three different kinds of felting. We also were able to try all 3 kinds.

These are samples of Heidi's work.  The hats are wet felting, the birds are needle felting and the fabric type pieces are nuno felting.

We first tried needle felting which is done with a barbed, very sharp needle.  We used a plastic cookie cutter to give our piece a shape. Heidi uses a medium grade, short staple wool for best results.

Next we tried wet felting. We placed a thin layer of wool in one direction and another layer in the opposite direction and then placed the piece in a plastic bag.  We added a little water mixed with detergent and began rubbing.

Nuno felting is similar to wet felting except that the wool is placed on a piece of silk gauze and then worked into the silk with water and detergent. Very time consuming.

These are our finished samples above.  Very interesting.

Trying on Heidi's beautiful items.  Butterfly wings.

Several guests tonight.   

I belong to the Surface Design Association (  One of the perks for me is getting one of the three swatch collections of actual textile work done by SDA members.  I have Collection C right now that I'm going to bring to the meeting on Wednesday and spread them out for everyone to look at, touch and talk about.  There are 90 12" x 12" pieces in all conceivable fabric techniques--- even some where the back is completely different than the front.   

 Show and Tell

Suzanne brought this wonderful needle felted elephant to show us. The elephant was part of a challenge from the website listed below.

Priscilla got an honorable mention in the MLH show for the piece above.

The following pictures are what she played with all winter. Using the Gelli printing plate she printed lots of pieces of paper and fabric.  

Wendy tried a new technique called Cartonnage. Basically it is a technique of gluing fabric or paper to cardboard.  Always best to know a few tricks though.

She bought a kit from Claudia at:

Great site with free tutorials to try.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MLH Biennial Fiber Show Winners in our Guild

Some how we missed not telling all of you about Jane Blacquiere's major prizes at the MLH Biennial Fiber Show.  She won the Best of Show as well as the 1st Prize in Fiber Art for her "Ascension" piece.  A gorgeous piece that the juror, JoAnne Bachelder, loved --- it made her happy.

Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould had pieces in the show, too, that received Honorable Mentions.  Thanks, Jonetta, for the great pictures.

The above two pieces are Priscilla's.  
The one below she got an Honorable Mention for.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Demystifying Felt" with Heidi Bukoski

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program meeting is on Wed., April 4, featuring Heidi Bukoski on “Demystifying Felt” at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Guests are asked to pay $10 toward the speaker’s fee. (If the Holland Public Schools are closed due to bad weather that day, the meeting will be cancelled and rescheduled for the following Wednesday.)

“Demystifying Felt” will be a hands-on exploration of the three primary techniques used in making felt: traditional wet felting, needle felting and nuno felting.  It will include a bit of history and, hopefully, make everyone want to go home and try more!

Heidi has been experimenting with a variety of felting techniques for at least 10 years and now sells and teaches her felted work throughout the Midwest.

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild invites anyone interested in the textile fiber arts to their monthly program meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at the Holland Area Arts Council.  For more information, visit the guild’s blog at or contact at or 616-878-1526.

Sandra Hansen's enthusiasm for Paper Making was amazing


Sandra brought much of her basic paper making equipment with her to show us just how she makes her large papers. She uses Ornamental Grasses, wets them and beats them with her Holland beater.  This makes a very slimy substance that she adds dye to.

Sandra the showed us how she put the dyed pulp in her Mold and Deckle frame.  Most of the her tools she has made herself.

Above is a picture of the set up in her home.

She is an avid traveler, and she loves to enter her paper in shows in China. 

Sandra also has an exhibit right now in the Great Legs Winery in Holland.  She also has some of her journals for sale there.

Above are close ups of her papers. The top 3 which is all one, fit across a table.



This is our 39th year of the Guild, so we celebrated with a cake.

Three people also finished their brown bag challenge.

Jeanne made a pincushion with her 5 items.

Jane made this wonderful art piece out of toilet paper rolls, ribbon, a bone and a couple other things.

Alice made a great doll figure.

Show and Tell

Alice also had a fun time dyeing these cloths with rusty objects, tea and vinegar. Fun designs.

Alexa is busy making pendants and copper tubes to use in her jewelery making.

Jennifer is hand sewing some of her smaller pieces together to make houses and other art pieces.