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Ruth Walker, Feltmaker

Colorful, Highly-textured, Hand-felted Accessories of Hand-dyed Wool, Permanently Moth-proofed

In the immortal words of "Singin' in the Rain" screen star, Lina Lamont,

"If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as if our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'."



Ruth E. Wiedenhoeft Walker  
Ruth Walker, feltMaker  
573-815-0485  

rwalker@feltmaker. om  




Workshops and Demonstrations
Yes, here I am at the end of a successful felting or dyeing teaching session. For even greater accuracy you could imagine that I have graying hair in a bun and am wearing, among other things, Birkenstock sandals and a full frontal apron in the pattern of a blue pinstriped suit with a pink shirt. The smile is completely accurate, of course, and is a reflection of the smiles of the workshop participants.

  • Current & Upcoming:
    • 2 Two-Day workshops at the YMCA of the Rockies in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado at the Felter's Rendevous 2017. 5 instructors, 9 classes, including "Three-Pocket Bag with Handles in Two Days" and "Two Hats in Two Days". Register here!
      • YMCA of the Rockies Center is nestled against Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.
      • 2014 Workshops

        2013 Workshops

        2012 Workshops

        2011 Workshops

        2010 Workshops

      • Roll a Ball, Felt a Hat, April 22nd, 2009, hosted by the Zumbro River Fiber Arts Guild, Oronoco, Minnesota. Contact Carolyn Barsness (or 507-269-7074) for details.

      • Felt a Design-Award-Winning Pouch. Estes Park Wool Market, Thursday, June 11th, 2009.

      • 5 intensive days: June 29-July 3, 2009, at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. See last year's description.

        2008 Workshop Sessions:


      • In the "Land of Enchantment" in the Fall:"Hats & Purses on the Ball", 1st & 2nd of October 2008 (pick one or two days of satisfyingly intense felting) just prior to the Taos Wool Festival, at the Espaņola Valley Fiber Arts Center between Santa Fe and Taos in New Mexico. Contact Espaņola Valley Fiber Arts Center 325 Paseo de Oņate Espaņola, NM 87532 (505)747-3577 info@evfac.org for information, as it is just barely listed on their calendar. CANCELLED due to family death.

      • Roll That Ball, Felt That Hat & Felt That Purse! Intense 2-day wet felting workshops on November 1st & 2nd with the Silverado Handweavers Guild of Napa, California. Here is an exciting opportunity to learn wet felting techniques as part of a hard working and fun-filled weekend making your very own fashion statement with a stunning hat and/or a handsome purse with practical pockets. Contact: Barbara Stafford or call 707 224 3229

        Some past workshops:

      • Roll a Ball, Felt a Purse! Intensive 1-day wet felting workshop with 2-d and 3-d resists at the Midwest Felting Symposium, 23 2008, in Madison, Wisconsin. 10 students made purses or hats, and it was great! All left happy with what they'd made.

      • Five Days O' Felting: Intense 5-day introductory wet felting workshop at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, 7-11 July 2008, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

      • Five Intense Afternoons of Felting with the fibers class of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 2-6 June 2008. Contact Professor Laura Strand for details.

      • "Hats & Purses on the Ball", 17 & 18 June 2008 (one or two days satisfyingly intense felting) just after the Estes Park Wool Market, at The Studios of Bristol along the "Silver Highway" above Creede, Colorado. Contact Teri Inman.

      • Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association Conference: Beyond Basics, July 12-17, 2005. I'll be holding workshops on hat, purse, and various introductory felting techniques as three separate sessions of three-dimensional felting from July 15-17. Bring your elbow grease!

      • Three Days of 3-D, 11-13 May 2005 at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Sixteen to 20 Fiber Arts students will learn the ramifications of fiber choice and orientation in three-dimensional felting. Contact: Dr. Laura Strand.

      • "Five Days O' Felt" at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, May 14-18 2004. Balls, pincushions, hats, purses, laminated/nuno and fine felt scarves for 19. Contact Dr. Laura Strand.

      • Midwest Weavers "Fiber Fantasia" Conference, "Get on the Ball: Felt a Hat!" Saturday Maxi-session workshop, 28 June 2003. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. I must in all fairness report the results tallied from the evaluation forms from the class participants. The workshop was uniformly rated 'excellent' in the following categories: 'This class met or exceeded my expectations,' 'This instructor was knowledgeable about the subject,' 'The instructor was well-prepared,' and 'I would recommend this class to a friend.' (And there weren't any other categories, actually.) Written comments included "I got it done!", "Super", "Instructor made this class fun as well as educational", and "I had a great time." (I must say, so did I!)

        Workshop and Demonstration topics in felting and dyeing currently include:
        • 'Get on the Ball: Felt a Hat!'
        • 'Get on the Ball: Felt a Purse with Pockets'
        • 'Fine, Hand-rolled Felt Scarf or Table Runner'
        • 'Flat Felt Pocket on a Self-tie Cord'
        • 'Make Your Own Great Ball O' Felt'
        • 'Felt Your Own Pincushion'
        • 'The Magic and Mystery of Indigo Dyeing'
        • Goldilocks and the Numerous Indigo Solutions: Eight Fibers, Five Variables and the Lye-Thiox Stock, or "Studies in Indigo: Cellulosic & Protein Fibers"
        • 'Wash-fast Acid &/or Sabraset Dyes for Protein Fibers'

        Terms are very generally as follows: $450 per 6-8 hr workshop. $80 per 1-2 hr demonstration. (Elementary school rate significantly lower.) $100 deposit. Materials and travel expenses extra. Please contact me for further details.














    Ruth Walker, Feltmaker
    Colorful, highly-textured hand-felted wool accessories for head, hands, hearth, and home; permanently mothproofed.

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    Schedule: Future, Present & Past  |  Inquire within  |  Suza Designs With Ruth Walker, Feltmaker  |  Establishments of Availability  |  "Brim with a Twist" Examples  |  Purse with Two & One-Half Pockets  |  Ever-Insulating Teapot Domes  |  From the Asteroid Belt: Planet Pincushions  |  Good Golly: Great Balls O' Felt!  |  What to do If: Care Index  |  Workshops & Demonstrations  |  Useful & Possibly Even Educational Links  |  Felting a Life  |  Your Comments, if You're Not Too Shy  |  Contact Information



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