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Make a bouquet of felted flowers for fall

Mary Pickels
| Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Colorful, fancy felt woolen flowers made by workshop artist Nan Loncharich.
Nan Loncharich
Colorful, fancy felt woolen flowers made by workshop artist Nan Loncharich.

Artist Nan Loncharich will hold a workshop on making fancy, felted wool flowers 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 23 at the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.

Those attending will discuss processing and felting woven wool clothing for use and learn tips for finding inexpensive materials at thrift stores.

Students will use basic hand-sewing of simple shapes (no patterns needed) to learn how to construct realistic flowers from recycled wool clothing like skirts and jackets.

They also will learn how to turn flowers into pins to wear on clothing, hats and bags or for display.

Loncharich will supply a kit to help students complete two or three fall-themed flowers with accents and leaves.

"Nan 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," gallery director Lauren Churilla says in a release.

"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). She is at work in her studio daily, making flower pins to supply to 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," Churilla says.

View her work at fancywoolflowers.com.

Tuition and materials fee for the workshop, designed for beginners, is $25.

Her book also will be for sale.

To reserve a spot, contact Churilla at 724-805-2188.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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