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Workshop Tour Update!
Hey pals!  I'd like to share a little update with you about my workshop tour!  I'm having so much fun hopping from town to town and teaching my needle felting technique.  I'm getting to hang out with the coolest people, spending a couple of hours crafting with them.  I mean, how neat is that?

Each of the stops are places we've never been, so every couple of days is a quick introduction to a new city.  Last week, we visited Nashville & Knoxville, Tennessee and Asheville, NC.

In Nashville, our workshop was at Hey, Rooster General Store, owned by the sweetest gal, Courtney Webb.  She's got some really amazing food, home and bath/body products, as well as some great art and prints from very talented artists in her shop.  Give her a visit if you're in the area!



In Knoxville, The Hive served as our classroom.  This space hosts "community gatherings, private parties, photo shoots and houses creative entrepreneurs." It's a beautiful space in a cool town.  These classes were a delight! Also, we used Airbnb to rent a huge downstairs area in a local couple's home.  It was beautiful and very charming.  Our hosts even stocked our fridge with snacks and breakfast foods!




Asheville's workshop was at The Drygoods Shop, owned by Leigh Anne Hilbert. It's a shared studio space, classroom and storefront.  It's a very lovely place with lovely people! My class was so fun, and the ladies I met and taught here were amazing. Asheville the town is fun and quirky and serves up some really good food.  We had the yummiest coffee, doughnuts, Indian street food , local beer and cider.  There were so many other places recommended to us, but we just didn't have enough time to visit them all!

On our way from Knoxville to Asheville we went through the Smoky Mountains and spent the day in the National Park. It was ridiculously beautiful.  Every bend in the road evoked some sort of gasp or sigh.  We drove the Blue Ridge Parkway and came back a couple days later for more hiking. Turns out, I love mountains and apparently need to visit all the mountains everrrrrr. 





I visited the class space for my Raleigh workshop today, and I'm really excited to share it with you next week, along with updates on upcoming Charleston and Savannah workshops!  Talk soon, friends!
Art Class Visit and Mini Workshop
On Thursday, I visited my friend Jessica's middle school art class and gave them a quick lesson on needle felting.  I had a great time, and the students loved it as well.  My friend said they were talking about it and showing other teachers what they made during our mini-workshop. I showed them how to create little monsters and critters, and I was so impressed with their creativity!  They picked up the technique quickly, and only a couple needed a bandage for their poked fingers.

Getting back in a classroom setting with younger students felt great.  Mostly I teach adults now, but a year ago I was still working as a zoo educator teaching Pre-K to elementary kiddos. I was worried that I might be nervous, and I was for the first few minutes.  But that quickly subsided and teaching in a classroom felt great, just like it used to feel.

I'm totally game to visit more classrooms and give a lesson or two.  If you're a teacher (or you know one) in Southern Missouri or Northern Arkansas, get in touch if you'd like to set something up.

 

I'm Heading Your Way Chicago!
Hey all!  In about a month, Good Natured Art will be in Chicago for a Renegade Craft Fair on September 19+20, AND I'll be teaching a couple workshops on September 22 at The Niche Lab.

So I have just under four weeks to make as much felted art as possible for Renegade, which means I probably shouldn't be blogging, but hey, procrastination is fun too, right? Seriously though, I'm honored to have been chosen as a vendor for Renegade, plus the husband and I will be sneaking in a few vacation days into the mix while we're there.  We're staying in an apartment that I found via Airbnb that is super close to the craft fair location in Wicker Park.  We'd love any restaurant recommendations if you have any!

I'll be teaching another owl figurine workshop and an all NEW wool painting workshop.  These are so fun for me, and I get tons of great feedback from students.  Here's a few shots from a previous owl workshop this year:






They are affordable classes, you'll get to keep the supplies, and space is limited, so sign up soon!

On a related note,  I will soon be able to travel around more to teach even more workshops, so leave a comment below if you know of a space or shop to host one near you.  Let's all learn how to felt!!