Felt Making with Liz Spear




This past weekend, I did a nuno-felt making workshop with my old pal Liz Spear.  Yes, I am crazy, but we all knew that.  You are thinking- what’s an art quilter doing in a felting class?  Well, I’ll tell you.  When you are a fiber artist, like moi, you love most things that have to do with fiber, and end up dabbling in most of them.  Plus Liz is a hoot and a treasure, so 2 days in a room with her was bound to be fun.  And it was, but….

UL- chiffon, wool, silk, angelina fibers, M- silk, wool, angelina fibers, R- crinkled metallic silk, wool, chiffon

Wow, I had no idea how much rolling and rinsing and squishing we had to do, and by the end, I was dog tired!  I have new found respect for any felt artist.  

wool side
wool sidehand dyed cheesecloth & organzahand dyed cheesecloth & organza

 What will I make with these- no idea yet, but I suspect there will be some quilting involved.  Eventually, I want to go 3-D with these in some fashion.  Stay tuned for more felty madness.

Last week I also went to the BMAC show with my sister.  My sister was great- such a huge help and fun to be with.  The show was not.  Not what I had hoped anyway.  So that tells me to stay put and find my buyers from the comfort of home, instead of wasting time, money and energy hoping the right buyers for my work will be at show x or show y.  I have huge respect for artists who do a lot of shows, (such hard work!) but I am finding that is not my best path.  


ARTQUILTSrivers: Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. Cary, NC 919-469-4069

ARTQUILTSwater: Page-Walker Arts & History Cntr. 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 919-460-4963


Rock Your Quilting Retreat

April 26, 27, & 28

Benson, NC 

More about this soon!

May 25: Fused Applique and Paint Class, Thimble Pleasures, Chapel Hill


I wanted to tell you how much I really enjoyed the two + days with you.  I have taken at least 2 free motion quilting classes before taking your workshop and purchased an expensive stitch regulator foot for my sewing machine but never felt confident enough to do free motion quilting on a quilt. I was always afraid I would ruin the quilt.  After your workshop, I can free motion quilt with confidence without the stitch regulator foot!  I truely value your coaching style of teaching.  Your encouragement and constant nudges when discomfort/anxiety diverted focus from the task of learning free motion quilting technique were extremely valuable. ~ Nora Rhode

About Roxane

Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat.  She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world.  Roxane enjoys traveling, knitting and most of all working with students who want to create their own fiber art, and not simply make other people’s patterns.  Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.

If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me.  We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email:  roxane@roxanelessa.com

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2 thoughts on “Felt Making with Liz Spear

  1. THAT looks like fun! I’ve done some nuno felting and found it to be very aerobic! Nice testimonial from your student too.

    1. Yes indeed, it is and it kicked my butt! thanks! I saw your beautiful work in MQU mag! Also, your last blog post about thread tension-you are a brave woman!

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