In the summer of 2015, I started teaching Felt+Craft workshops on the campus of The Waldorf School of Orange County. The workshops are for adults and children ages 9+. This was my second week of workshop, entitled “Dreamy, Shimmery Mermaid Kingdom”. Scroll down to our creative journey – Jzin
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- Monday, June 29, 2015. We wrapped swings for mermaid. We started our mermaid with faces and sewn sequin tails.
- Tuesday, June 30, 2015. We finished our mermaid with faces and sequin tails. We painted our mermaid kingdom diorama boxes and our cardboard furniture. We started making our pirates
- Wednesday, July 1, 2015. We finished our pirates and made a stingray.
- Thursday, July 2, 2015. We embellished our seashell beds, carriages, made fireplace. We wrapped our beach playmat.
- Friday, July 3, 2015. We made fishes with open mouths. We finished up our works and performed puppet shows.
Monday, June 29, 2015. Felting Mermaids with Faces and Sewn Sequin Tails.
I started our workshop with a solid wrapping exercise. I told the students how “needle-felting” is a misnomer and should be called wrap-felting instead. I made sure everyone knew how much wool batting and wool tops to use to make wrapping easy and greatly minimize, or not need any poking with needles. To demonstrate that skill, we made swings for the mermaid. Here was my mermaid boy on a swing with flowers.
June 30, 2015, Tuesday
Hanicka’s first needle-felted mermaid with sequin tail. She made Ariel!
Alyssa made wooden bed for grandma by breaking twigs and hot gluing them onto cardboard bed.
Mermaids, sea-witch, cave, swings, prince, grandma and stick bed, flowers … Oh what a dizzying array of creative output today!
Scroll down after this announcement to see for our works on the subsequent days…
Summer 2015 Felt + Crafts workshops
We still have spaces available for summer workshops. You can register by clicking on the link below.
Mermaid Kingdoms, Fairy Tale playscapes, Toadstool Cottage Night Light, finger puppet Gnomes and more! Come join Jzin Teng of Castle of Costa Mesa and learn how to felt, make small dolls and playscapes this summer. Pick one, or more, of the following 4 themed weeks! These 5 day long workshops (9am-12:30pm Monday-Friday) are for Adults and Children ages 7+. To register online:
- Download these 2 pages and e-mail them to me Jzinius@yahoo.com with a check of $250.00 per week: Page 1 Page 2.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
We made dolls with legs and faces, such as princes, pirates, fishermen, et cetera. Alyssa made an announcer/narrator/woodsman for her Little Red Riding Hood story using faux fur as hair.
Rapt and joyful atmosphere as the student made their needle-felted princes. I reminded the students they do not need to poke if they use thin enough layers and wrap correctly.
Anicka with her mermaid from the Indian Ocean and a fisherman from the South of France.
Alyssa’s independent project: we laid wool down to make her woodland playscape blanket. This photo was taken before wet-felting.
Princes, mermaids and more. Arranging our finished works for display…
Fruitful day! We made human figure dolls with faces and legs (princes/fishermen), painted our diorama boxes and corrugated cardboard fantasy furniture and laid wool to wet-felt playscapes.
Logan just dropped in mid-way today and made his first doll – Peter Pan. Wow!
Kaili’s work today.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
My 10 year old crafter retreated to a silent corner to focus on sewing curtains to her mermaid’s canopy bed. She did not want any pointers. She was enthusiastically guided by the vision that is clear to none but her own heart.
Alyssa’s beautiful work! This is Grandma’s cottage, intimate interior view. The only ocean element she used was the spirally seashell – here disguised as a bouquet of woodland flowers on Grandma’s table.
Friday July 3, 2015 Student Puppet shows
This has been an exhilarating and productive week! Today was the last day of our week-long workshop. In the morning, everyone busily working on finishing touches for our group exhibition. Elena’s sea witch brewing up a powerful transformative concoction in her deep-sea cavern. Elena wanted me to wait until the tea light candle glows green before I take the photo.
We used color changing tea light candles for our scenes. You can buy them by 2 dozens at Amazon.com.
Elena’s Dreamy, Shimmery Mermaid Kingdom diorama theater with velvet curtains, cast of mermaid, fisherman, sea witch, sea otter family, stingray, mermaid bed and more!
Anicka with needle-felted mermaid, fisherman, boat, diorama, fish, pearl carriage and stingray. Her fish had retractable, protruding tongue for occasions of naughty moods.
She conjured up a tale of a mermaid enslaved in a chamber by a greedy witch.
Anicka’s mermaid-driven, pearl-encrusted corrugated cardboard, sea-carriage was powered by a flying stingray!
Our prolific crafter Alyssa with her cast of Little Red Riding Hood Fairy Tale in Grandma’s cottage! Simply amazing what these students made this week! Wow!
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