Have you been dreaming of making a blanket from wool sweaters but don't know where to begin?
Maybe you're afraid of ruining the sweaters,
or you're hesitant that your blanket won't turn out to be full of the loveliness you imagine?
I know all those feelings!
January 12 through February 23 I'll walk a group of blanket-makers step-by-step through the process of making a “sweater blanket” from upcycled wool sweaters. The class includes video and written instructions so you can choose your favorite learning style.
In addition to teaching the mechanics of basic blanket-making, I'll also help you think through and plan the design stage of your unique blanket using the sweater colors and textures you have available. The course is designed as a work-along class, and is structured to enable you to actually finish your blanket. Since you have complete freedom to decide on the size of blanket you make, you can influence how much time you will need to spend on the project. (The smaller the blanket, the less time required.)
Also! You're completely welcome to simply self-pace the class and not aim to finish in 6 weeks. Either choice is fine!
This Felted Wool Blanket Masterclass will be presented in 3 sections of 2 weeks each, providing time to work on each portion of the project before moving on. We will have a private Facebook page for our virtual meeting place for asking questions, getting input from me, sharing what we're doing, encouraging each other and designing together. This is where the fun happens!
“I was surprised at the wonderfulness of the group--so much fun!
I have never checked Facebook so often, waiting to see who made what
or what was next.” — Linda, class participant
January 12: Section 1 opens.
During these 2 weeks, expect to spend 5-8 hours on homework after your sweaters are collected, depending on blanket size.
January 26: Section 2 opens.
During these 2 weeks, expect to spend 6-12 hours on homework, depending on blanket size and complexity.
February 9: Section 3 opens.
During these 2 weeks, expect to spend 4-6 hours on homework.
Febrary 23: Class ends (but material continues to be available to you indefinitely!)
Ahhh: Work at your own pace!
With more class material in Sections 1 and 2, there's enough content for you to choose your own pace through the first 4 weeks.
With less material in Section 3, I've tried to provide time to catch up, wrap up, and actually complete a blanket by the end of class.
If time is a concern, seriously consider starting with a smaller blanket.
Whatever you choose and however you work, I'll be there to cheer you on!
What past class participants say:
"I was glad to learn how to handle the wool. It's vastly different from cotton.
It wiggles and moves all over the place! Seeing the techniques
you used was really helpful." —Patti
"I was totally surprised at how wonderful my blanket turned out, a testament
to your organized way of instruction!" —Linda B.
"I love that you covered making the binding. I've done some blanket-making on my own
and have never tried this method. I also loved the challenge of doing some math!" —Stephanie
"The most valuable part of the class was how you broke it down
into manageable parts. I also loved that we could get feedback from
you and others in the group. I really felt like we were there to support each other." —Sara
"The videos were so helpful! I'm a visual learner, so watching some of them a couple of times was great!" —Simone
"The best part of the class for me was the details. I sewed with and felted sweaters
before taking the class, but I learned a lot and I now do some things differently.
I remember thinking, 'Ah, genius...' several times." —Linda C.
Joan blends her knowledge and practice from 9 years in blanket-making and 20 years in occupational therapy to coach you to make your own felted wool sweater blanket. She'll walk you through each step comprehensively (occupational therapists are task-breakdown experts!). She'll also guide you on your path to express yourself in your work, beautifully.
Joan has made over 130 keepsake art blankets from repurposed sweaters and has been blogging their stories since 2009 at greensheepstudio.com. Nearly half of her work is custom designs, for which she works closely with clients to create meaningful personalized gifts. Many of her blankets are Legacy Blankets, designed to commemorate the life and love of a family member who has passed on.
Joan sells her blankets online and at occasional art shows in the Chicago area.