Saturday, January 5, 2013

Melissa Arnold and Embellishment Machines.

We are thrilled to have Melissa Arnold returning to The Tin Thimble Classroom to teach "The Embellishment Machine Unplugged" in February.  Here in the shop I must admit we've all been a bit skeptical of embellishment or felting machines - go ahead, you can call us felting purists.  ;)  Melissa assures us that our skepticism isn't completely warranted - that an embellishment machine can allow you to felt onto fabrics that you wouldn't usually even CONSIDER felting with.  You can felt onto recycled sweaters, silk charmeuse and a plethora of heavier fabrics that would take HOURS to hand felt onto.  Once you've used the embellishment machine to do the hard work, Melissa will teach you how to apply wet and nuno felting techniques to the fabric to give it that finished, hand felted look.  Below are just a few examples of what Melissa has been doing with her machine.  

The Embellishment Machine Unplugged with Melissa Arnold OR How to Create Couture Art Wear and/or One of a Kind Textiles Using the Embellishment Machine- Saturday, February 9 - Sunday, February 10 10:30-5:00

Through a series of samples we will uncover the myriad of possibilities this little machine has to offer. Come prepared to play, experiment, and to be very pleasantly surprised! Day one will introduce you to the many possibilities thru sampling and Day two will be used to design and create a finished scarf or a piece of fabric to be used as part of a garment. A materials list will be available upon registration.

Melissa Arnold has been creating textiles for the last 30 years. She has been collaborating with Fashion Designer Catherine Bacon professionally for the last 10 years. She is a master dyer, felter and surface designer. You can see her work at

Instructor: Melissa Arnold
Class Fee: $250

Melissa wants each student to have their own embellishment/felting machine (and they need to be a specialized machine, not a sewing machine with a felting attachment).  Please give us a call at 916-652-2134 if you would like to register or have any questions.

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