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Nemo instead of Nuno felting!

My class at New England Felting Supply was postponed due to Nor’easter Nemo, but not to worry … the snow date is February 23rd, 2013. The original class filled quickly, so a second class has been added on March 9th, 2013.

You can sign up HERE.

Posted 4 years, 4 months ago at 11:23 pm.

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website changes and ribbon felt workshop at new england felting supply in easthampton, ma this weekend

I’m making some changes to the website so don’t be surprised if things look different … it’s still the now & ZEN blog, but the main website will be merging with it.  add web designer to my job description … along with marketing manager, sales manager, production department, accounting department and president.


Come join us at NEFS for a ribbon felt workshop Saturday, May 22 from 9-4:30pm

you can register  here or call (413) 527-1188

Posted 7 years, 1 month ago at 3:41 am.

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look what first time silk painters did in my new class


Just goes to show … we are all artists if we can just step out of the way.

My new class is running Tuesday nights at Holyoke Creative Arts Center this fall. We will be exploring all things fiber, including nuno felting, hand painted silk scarves and custom dyed yarns.  I’m also teaching at WEBS in Northampton, Holyoke Community College and New England Felting Supply. My classes have been filling quickly, so I’ve added other venues.  Get your spot now!

Posted 7 years, 11 months ago at 11:09 am.

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Hand-painted silk yardage anyone?

Love, love, love creating this luscious yardage! When the weather is nice, I’m outside dyeing and felting. So inspiring being out in nature with all the great colors and textures. Can’t help but take my inspiration from it. Many are like Monets on silk! I’ve been offering my silks by the yard at New England Felting Supply and to my students when I teach. This stuff is so wonderful to felt on. I use it for my base in some of my scarves. I’m going to sew up some silk ponchos or wraps with it, too!


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Posted 7 years, 11 months ago at 4:10 pm.

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people just can’t get enough of this felting stuff!!



These workshops are soooo FUN!  And it seems that people just can’t get enough of them. Every time we offer a nuno ribbon felt scarf workshop at New England Felting Supply it fills right up and we end up with a waiting list. So what do we do? We schedule another class of course!


it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 and voila the finished product!


Well, there is a lot of rolling, massaging and adjusting in between there. About 4 hours worth. These scarves do take a lot of elbow grease and determination to bring to completion. An average scarf can take anywhere between 6-8 hours. Quite labor intensive, but it’s a labor of love and look at what you get!

Posted 8 years, 1 month ago at 1:29 pm.

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I think the may 2nd ribbon felt workshop is full, but you can get on the waiting list!


More fiber please! uhmm, I’ll take some organza ribbon and a touch of that glittery stuff over there … and the multi color ladder yarn is a must have.  Then mix in a few strands of hand spun natural silk … lets see, oh ya, I love that one with the sequence in it!

The possibilities are endless. We are actually creating fabric here folks! How cool is that!

sign up here :


Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 3:46 pm.

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The Felting workshop was great!

What a great time.  Being around all the colors, textures and creativity.  And meeting so many new fiber lovers.  Really feeds the soul.  There was so much interest in the class, another one was booked for April 4th and that is full already!

So, the next workshop will be May 2nd.  Get your spot now!

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Posted 8 years, 4 months ago at 1:53 am.

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now & ZEN in 3 display windows on Cottage Street!

For the past month my work has adorned three display windows on the main drag in Easthampton, MA.

Nashawannuck Gallery

40 cottage street, easthampton, ma

a great place to visit … lots of really talented artisans

New England Felting Supply

84 cottage street, easthampton, ma

where my workshop is being held. All things felted can be had here. Stop in and pay them a visit. My class is full, but you can sign up for the next one!

The AwenTree

102 cottage street, easthampton, ma

the metaphysical shop in town offering magical gifts and workshops from drumming to reiki. Stop in and say hi and keep our community vibrant!

Pretty cool, huh?

Posted 8 years, 4 months ago at 7:12 pm.

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Ribbon Felt Scarf Workshop

I’m teaching a Ribbon Felt Scarf workshop at New England Felting Supply in Easthampton,MA on February 14, 2009. It will be a really fun Valentines Day!

Sign up on line at New England Felting Supply.

Check it out!

A workshop with fiber artist Nancy Dorian at New England Felting Supply

Join us for a workshop inspired by Christine White’s Ribbon Tunic project from her book: Uniquely Felt. Using Nuno felting techniques, be prepared to be elated as you transform the layers of silk, wool roving, ribbon and novelty yarns into gorgeous flowing fabric. Bring a selection of yarns to work with and choose from an abundance of roving and hand-dyed silks to make your own wearable art.

February Sat., Feb 14, 9am-5pm:  Ribbon Felt Scarves with Nancy Dorian $69 + Materials (TBA) Beginner Friendly

Posted 8 years, 5 months ago at 3:53 pm.


Nuno Scarf Workshop with Jean Gauger of Sugar Plum Originals

Spent all day Saturday at a great workshop learning some of the possibilities of nuno felting. Amazing! Jean is a natural and I feel so fortunate to have crossed paths. The workshop was held at New England Felting supply in Easthampton, so we had all that luscious merino wool and beautiful hand dyed silks to choose from. Owner Chris White is a renowned felter and author and a wealth of information. Now I’ve been bitten by the nuno bug and have all sorts of ideas brewing. Can’t wait to stop documenting and start playing! I love the way the felt gives way to the windows of shear silk. My first nuno scarf is at left. I used my hand painted silk for a canvas and then “painted” with merino wool. Reminds me of stained glass only softer.

Posted 9 years, 1 month ago at 4:07 pm.


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