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Wearable Wool Fall Flowers with Nan Loncharich

CLASS DESCRIPTION  This class will start with a discussion of processing and felting woven wool clothing for use.  Students will gain tips for finding inexpensive materials at thrift stores.  Using basic hand-sewing of simple shapes (no patterns needed), students will learn to make realistic flowers from recycled wool clothing such as skirts and jackets.  Students will learn how to turn flowers into pins for wearing on clothing, hats, and bags, or for display.  From a kit supplied by Nan, students complete 2-3 flowers, with accents and leaves, during the class. 

INSTRUCTOR  A lifelong crafts enthusiast, Nan Loncharich is happiest with a needle in her hand. She watched her grandmothers make braided and punch-hooked rugs, and learned how to embroider, knit, crochet, and sew clothing from her mother. She stitched needlepoint as she commuted to work, toted quilts on airplanes, and now has settled in with rug hooking and wool flower making. Nan has written for Rug Hooking Magazine and is the author of Making Flowers from Wool (Stackpole Books). Nan is at work in her studio daily, making flower pins to supply Pittsburgh-area museums and specialty shops. She also regularly appears at area fiber and craft festivals, and teaches her techniques at a local community college in a hands-on, energetic style.