Vrouw Wolle ~ Viltacademie

Solid Form Felting Techniques: Jewelry Components&Clasps

Monday June1, Thuesday June 2 and Wednesday June 3, 2020
by Lisa Klakulak

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Develop solid felt forms of spheres, discs, barrels, cones, hoops and cords.

Learn graceful connection techniques for wet felting these basic forms together to make more complex arrangements for claps, hinges and undulating cords applicable for adornment wearable closures and/or sculptural elements.

Learn the appropriate tension and crosshatched preparation of dry fibers and the securing and attaching of components with needle felting in preparation for wet felting.

This technical sequence provides ample air space for shrinkage resulting in smooth well-integrated surfaces that won't pill.

Each form has a methodical approach that allows for repetition and/or strategic modifying to alter the size or form for ones intended design.

Additionally, explore the integration of partially felted shapes in the dry preparation to create more geometric forms by providing specific areas of greater felt density and techniques for connecting components and clasps to 2-dimensional planes of felt.

Lisa Klakulak’s creativity was nurtured at a young age by her mother’s arts, good public-school art programs in the suburbs of Detroit, and classes at the local art association. With these foundational experiences as well as self-directed exploration in fabric dyeing, sewing, and off-loom bead weaving, Klakulak began her BFA studies in 1993 at the University of Colorado. During her college years, she exhibited sculptural beaded jewelry at local art cooperatives and independently pursued the study of natural dyes, graduating in 1997 from Colorado State with a BFA in Fiber Arts.

Klakulak relocated to Taos, NM in 1997 to work as the chief natural dyer for a fiber supplier and began selling her work at Fine Art and Craft Shows. International travels over the millenium intensified Klakulak’s textile focus, motivating her move to the southeast to study at Penland School of Craft and to accept an Artist-in-Residence position at The Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, TN. While at ACC from 2002-2005, Klakulak extensively explored the medium of felt, educated children in middle Tennessee public schools through ACC’s Outreach Programs, began instructing adult workshops and acquired a K-12 Visual Arts certification.

Asheville, NC became the base of operations from 2005-2018 for Klakulak’s business STRONGFELT that encompassed the making of body adornment, accessories and sculpture as well as K-12 artist residencies and the instruction of workshops worldwide. A noteworthy cycle developed of traveling to teach, being inspired by travel, making new work, inspiring others and being invited to travel again to teach, repeat. In 2017, however, Klakulak realized that this cyclical repetition had lost its forwarding motion, leading her to a decision to pursue a 2 year Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design beginning in the fall of 2018.


  • 10am - 17pm (studio is open from 9.30am)
  • Price: €395
  • Included: homemade lunch, drinks, biscuits and sweets, excl. materials
  • Location: Studio Vrouwwolle, Kapelstraat 81 (behind the Citroëngarage), B-2910 Essen
  • the list of materials will be sent after final registration
  • Experience : All levels

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Solid Form Felting Techniques: Jewelry Components&Clasps
participants preliminary class studies
Lisa Klakulak's work, Untitled, wearable closure
Lisa Klakulak's work
Lisa Klakulak's work