Shepherd’s Cross Offers Nuno Felting Class

Shepherd’s Cross is very excited to host a Nuno Felting class presented by Patricia Lee Russell. The class will be held January 30, 31, and February 1 from 8:30a – 3:30p. Patricia finds the environment at Shepherd’s Cross a wonderful place for a weekend art retreat. She says that it is like a refuge from the road, where a person can forget about everything and just be in the moment, enjoying the presence of the sheep in the peaceful rolling meadows. Shepherd’s Cross is located in Claremore OK. This working sheep farm has been operating for over 28 years. The farm is open for visitors to tour, featuring an onsite mini wool mill, farm museum and Bible Garden. The farm is headquarters for an International Mission Organization, Heart of the Shepherd.

Patricia has been surrounded by art and has worked with fiber, in one form or another, for several decades. She has been a hair designer since 1980, and studied at The London Sassoon Academy, as well as many other international locations.

Patricia’s love for art was inspired by her grandfather, whose art form was wood. Her grandfather carved a lot of freedom into her soul. She began her college career as a photo journalist major in New Orleans, at Delgado where she quickly learned architecture and design.

Her journey into Nuno felting began with a class in silk painting taught by Irma Braun Hampton and Carter Smith. This was followed by a weekend class in wet felting at Shepherd’s Cross, where she learned about the wonderful world of wool, it’s use throughout history, and it’s eco-friendly and sustainable characteristics. Finding a love for fiber, and for cutting hair, led Patricia to take a sheep shearing class at Shepherd’s Cross. This taught her an appreciation for the artistry of a sheep shearer, and wool processors.

She has studied antique bead knotting, silversmithing by Brian Clarke, Mixed media by Cynthia Saak, BJ White, and Annalisa Campbell, spinning with Linda Temple and Martha McQuaid, Nuno felting with Becky Steinkamp as well as classes with international fiber artists: “Charity” Sharit Meer, Marjolein Dallinga,Leiko, Nancy Ballesteros and Eva Camacho .

Class Topics Include

Learn about Nuno Felting

Learn the layout of wool roving, color & design theory

Supplies used in felting

How wool becomes felt

Fabric, shrinkage rates

Implements used in Nuno felting.

Learn all about how sheep are sustainable and eco-friendly, and how they have been used throughout history

Walk away with a scarf around your neck that is one of a kind and very lovely; made of merino wool and silk. Finished product will measure approximately 22” by 80”.

Class fee is $329 plus $49 materials fee ($378 total), class has a minimum of 3 participants and maximum of 12 participants. Please call, email or come by for registration.