Everyone can learn the fiber arts handwork techniques involved in making Little Puppet Studio marionettes. Working with associated tools spanning the last two centuries, natural fabrics and fibers such as wool, mohair, alpaca, cotton, and silk take on new form, through your hands.
~ Birthday Parties ~
~ Workshops ~
~ Lessons ~
We specialize in Birthday Parties and Family-Style fiber arts workshops. We have programs especially for Festivals and for the Schoolroom. We offer lessons and longer series for individuals and groups that want to study a skill in depth.
Romancing an era gone by, Little Puppet Studio handwork brings time-honored traditions into the modern realm. Every person can find an outlet to bring his creative vision to life.
Wet Felting is a superb way to create beautiful gifts, and anyone can do it! You will be able to create wonderful hand felted projects on your own after just one workshop. Wet felting is the ideal mixed generations workshop, even the youngest children can work side-by-side with the bigger folk. Wet Felting is especially well suited for birthday parties, school rooms, and “Children’s Area” festival workshops. A felting workshop is individualized to the needs of the group at hand, a typical session takes crafters from felted beads to felting around a form ~ crafting a life sized felted egg, felted soap bars, or a felted purse or marble bag. Once you’ve got the techniques the creative possibilities are endless!
Needle Felting, Roving Treasures
Needle felting lends itself to sculpture of a more refined nature than wet felting. Needle felting, using sharp barbed needles to compact the wool, is best suited to older children and adults. Using carded batts and roving, each student will sculpt figures of interest. This workshop is particularly fun to design around a theme, see our flock of Audubon birds. Students go home with a felting needle and the skills to continue forward on their own.
Painting with Wool
Painting with wool is far more forgiving than working on paper, so this is the perfect venue in which to express your artistry! Since wool colors can be removed or adjusted freely, this art best suits older children and adults, and even the novice artist can create beautiful works of art. Painting with wool can be used to make hangings for your walls, or can be used to add detail to a felted project. Drawing from a palette of richly dyed carded wool and other fibers, felted paintings range from pictorial to abstract, limited only by your imagination. The palette of rainbow colors is infinite!
Wild Stuff Weaving
From the tiniest branch to the largest tree, places to weaves are everywhere! Using the finest pointed tips of branches, or sticks to build your loom, we’ll work with natural fibers to create woven works. Or, for a wild adventure, grab your scissors, a saw, and a pair of work gloves! We’ll leave the comfort of your living room and head out for a hike. We’ll gather our weft from the wilds and leave your creation to weather with the seasons, and eventually find its way back into mother earth. Mother Earth provides the loom ~ and almost any flexible material can be used for the weaving! We’ll add in yarn, rovings, and fabric from natural cottons, silk, and wool.
Spinning Yarn, Knitting, Crochet
Spinning is the archetypal fiber art, conjuring images of princesses spinning straw to gold. Though we haven’t yet successfully achieved turning anything into gold, you will leave your spinning lessons ready to develop your new skills at home.
Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, you can learn to create beautiful knitted works. With the abundant supply of luxurious yarns available, you can make endless individualized pieces of wearable art or toys to love. Adult students learn the basic knitting techniques of knit, purl, cast on, bind off, sewing a seam, knitting stripes, and reading a basic pattern, making scarves and hats, or slippers. Younger students learn the basic knit stitch and make a knitted cat, a bunny, ball, or a pair of slippers.
Crocheting is an instant gratification art! The fabric seems to grow quickly in your hands, and little bits of exotic yarns go a long way. Crocheting lends itself well to the creation of three-dimensional garments and sculptures, such as handbags and stuffed animals. Crocheting is a terrific way to put your first rustic homespun yarn to use.
The Waldorf doll, with simple features and natural materials, encourages imaginative play. Using cotton fabric, wool stuffing, and mohair, dollmakers learn the fundamentals of Waldorf doll construction. It is a tradition amongst those that appreciate the Waldorf doll to handmake one for a beloved child. Because of the unusual design of the head and shoulder section, the doll bodies are particularly safe and sturdy for younger children. Several of our styles are suitable for newborns. Crafters aged 10 and up leave each workshop with a finished doll, a pattern, a resource list, and the skills to make many more. It is said that everyone’s first doll will look “just like himself”!
Quilting, Handstitching, Embroidery
Quilting workshops such as Potholders or Pillow Fronts teach the fundamental skills to attempt a larger quilt on your own. Participants make wonderful pieces suitable for gifts or for use around the house. In a Doll Quilts and Nine Patch series, quilters aged 9 and up learn to hand-piece a little doll blanket using the same techniques and fabric prints Laura Ingalls did in The Little House in the Big Woods. Quilters seeking a greater challenge over a longer stretch of time can complete a twin or full sized sampler quilt top, and begin the final quilting of the layers by the last class. These full sized bed quilts become heirlooms for any lucky recipient. Students leave workshops and lessons with the skills to complete their work of art and make many more.