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craftcation: teach all the things!

This year was my first Craftcation experience. I had it on my wish list for a few years now, and finally made it happen. I knew I wanted to do more than just go and take it all in though. So my friend Rebecca of Oodlebadoodle put in a good word for me and viola, I got on the schedule to teach five classes! I taught all the felt things – felt flowers, felt succulents, felt airplants, and felt flair! Here are some photos from all the workshops.

Felt flair. For the opening/welcome dinner, we all gathered at the Ventura Fairgrounds for an evening of food, friendship – and felt! I hosted a felt flair table. I heard there was also button and magnet making, a pom pom earrings station, and book signings, too. Everyone got to pick their own design. There were rainbows, pet portraits, pennants, name tags, avocados….

Himmeli, pom-tass, and felt air plants – oh my! I taught this class twice in one day (with a lunch break in between). It’s basically four crafts in one workshop, so these are some rock star crafters! We reviewed basic himmeli (that geometric ornament) structure, pompon and tassel making, and how to attach all the pieces together. Plus, since I love felt, we created felt air plants. Some of my students made cute little pots for their plant, too – out of felt, of course.

Felt flower wall hangings. Next up was my felt flower wall hangings class. This was a little hard to teach in a shorter time frame, but everyone learned all my basic flower construction secrets and they knew how to finish their projects at home if they didn’t finish in class. I love all the colorful blooms and all the words/phrases they chose to finish their pieces. This was my biggest class yet with 40 people crafting at one time.

Felt succulent terrariums. My last crafty session was a casual drop-in session poolside. How fun to craft outdoors! I taught one way to make succulents, and extra ways if people asked. Some of my felt flower students came to this session, too, so they were able to share even more felt tips. Spread the crafty love! With just some felt, fabric markers, scissors, and hot glue, everyone came up with unique succulent creations.

I was exhausted after the first workshop, but the energy of Craftcation, and my love for sharing all the crafty magic got me through the conference. It was amazing! Plus, it was nice to have Rebecca as a roommate so we could talk about how crazy exhausted (or maybe just crazy) we were after teaching and taking as many classes as we could each day. 🙂

Thank you to Nicole of Dear Handmade Life for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to share my love for felt crafting with this beautiful community!

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