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Leigh Radford this Weekend!

Leigh Radford
Leigh Radford

It was well over a year ago that I stood in the Lantern Moon booth at Yarn Market talking with Leigh Radford about visiting Loop. I had taken a fantastic class with her on needle felting and was wanting more. Leigh is patient and calm, fun and inspiring, and my head was filled with new possibilities.

Leigh was working on Alterknits Felt at the time and shared some of her ideas of what it would cover. I like that the book explores different methods of felting – with roving, with knitting, with recycled sweaters and fabric. Leigh takes felting beyond the basic tote bag that was the introduction to felting for so many of us.

Shibori Scarf From Alterknits Felt

Shibori Scarf From Alterknits Felt

The Shibori Scarf, which is in the shop now, is a great example of what felting can be. It’s soft and drapey, but with this fabulous texture. Leigh will show us how to add this effect to our knitting in her Shibori Workshop.

Basic Needle Felted Pullover from Alterknits Felt

Basic Needle Felted Pullover from Alterknits Felt

Leigh embellished this beautiful, yet basic, sweater with colorful needle felted roving. It brings the sweater to life and reinvigorates something that’s already in your wardrobe.

Felted Balls from Alterknits Felt
Felted Balls from Alterknits Felt

The felted balls pictured here and throughout the book captivate everyone who sees them. We have a garland of felted balls in the shop along with the pincushions and buttons pictured below. We’ll learn how to make our own in The Felted Ornaments and Jewelry Class. The felted ornaments will be great gifts for the hosts of the holiday parties you’ll go to this season.

Felted Pincushions from Alterknits Felt
Felted Pincushions from Alterknits Felt

These pincushions will make great gifts for all your crafty friends. And each one unique!

Felted Buttons from Alterknits Felt
Felted Buttons from Alterknits Felt

And these felted buttons are a fun way to add interest to your knits – even as embellishment on pieces that don’t need buttons!

There’s still a few spaces left in Leigh’s classes. There’s no knitting required for the Felted Ornaments and Jewelry class, so this is a great one to take with your non-knitting, but crafty friends. I hope you’ll join us!

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