Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Snowy Day in the Mountains

It was only our second winter storm of the season and gratefully received in these mountains so prone to drought.  And perhaps another cold storm is on its way.  How we need the precipitation before the dry winds of spring come upon us.  I love the feeling that comes when the heavy clouds lay low, when there is a muted silence outside, and everything in our place slows down. So here is a picture of winter and some playful pictures of some little owls.  Hope you enjoy the scene.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

images for ETSY

In the last few days some of my former students helped me out by getting together to 'model' some of the fiber arts I've been making to put on my new ETSY site.  They are so incredibly grown up and so beautiful.  We had great fun, gathering together at the grounds of Sharlott Hall Museum, even though the sun was obscured by high clouds and changed the light conditions.  The museum has beautiful old stone walls, log cabins and a lovely gazebo. So check out these images and then click on my ETSY site to see more.  It is interesting to put together my fiber arts skills and photography skills and see something new emerge.  It is very satisfying.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Felted Tapestry Class at Yavapai College

This past weekend I taught a felted tapestry class at Yavapai College, 12 people came.  It was very successful, I thought the quality of work created was very high.  I love the time away from time such a class develops for a group when we get down to the imaginative work of  creating art.  It felt very healing, then time develops within the hours to share our stories, to see each others genius, to witness how each person has their own sense of touch.  Here are some photos from the class.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Felted Slippers

Another new class that I have begun to teach is 'felted slippers'.  This involves tracing a pattern around our feet, cutting the pattern out of vinyl, then laying four layers of merino fleece around the pattern.  Then the felting begins in earnest.  Here is a picture of the four pairs of slippers made that day.   I learned a lot that day, finer details of how to teach this class.  It is so true that when one teaches something, the teacher learns as much as the students. 

Nuno Felting Class

These pictures are from the first nuno felting class I taught recently.  Nuno is a Japanese word that means cloth. Nuno felting then, is felting wool into a cloth base, often silk.  We felted merino fleece into a light weight silk cloth.  The results are a puckered drape to the cloth that yields a more complex fabric.  And it was so much fun!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Winter into Spring Classes

Here is a description of the classes I'm offering in the next months.
Classes February, March and April 2011
Offered by Sharon McFeely

Late winter and spring Classes now available.  I hope you will find something of interest.  There are more new classes along with old favorites. If the dates do not work for you, think about bringing together a few friends and we will create dates for your group, at my studio or your house or...  When you do this, you attend free.  Call me for specifics.  These classes are for adults and youth 13 and older. And there is one class (last one) offered twice – once for adults and once for younger children! Check it out!

Felted Beads.  Thursday February 24; 9 am – 12:30 OR Sunday April 11, 1-4:30

*New* Several people have asked that I offer this class.  You will learn three techniques for felting beads, and make around 30 beads that day.  They will be ready to string, I’ll show you how I string them with glass and wood beads.  You could also use these beads to embellish a hat, shawl, to make a pin, to put on a purse, along with many other creative uses.  All materials and supplies provided.  3 ½  hour class.  $35.00 Class size 3-6

Beginning felted Tapestry Class.  Saturday February 26; 9am till 3:00 (half hour lunch)
This is one of my trademark classes.  I have offered this class many times.  I love teaching it; everyone makes a beautiful felted tapestry.  5 ½   hour class.  $65.00  Class size 3-5

Nuno Felted Scarf Class.  I’ll offer this class twice as many people are interested.  Friday, March 4th from 9  - 2 pm  OR  Saturday, March 26  9 - 2 pm (half hour lunch)  This is so much fun!  A new felting technique of felting wool onto a sheer fabric (we’ll use silk).  As the wool felts, it shrinks and creates interesting puckers in the silk, creating a beautiful draped scarf.  All materials and supplies provided.  4 ½ hour class.  $70.00  Class size 3-4

Waldorf Healing Arts Class. (REVISED) Thursday evenings,  6:30 –8:30 pm; March 24, 31, April 7, 14.  Some of you may know me through my work as a Waldorf Teacher.  The Waldorf curriculum is an enriched healing arts program based on a fine understanding of human development. The processes used are also very healing and nourishing for adults.  During this 4-session course we will work with the moral  water color painting exercises, form drawing, speech exercises, copper ball and copper rod exercises.  All materials and supplies provided.  Come and experience a deep inhale and exhale through the arts.  Class size 3-5 $80.00

*NEW * Felted Flowers Pins, Hair Ties  and Crazy Sticks. OFFERED TWICE! For Adults : Sunday, April 17 , 1-4 pm  For Children (ages 7-12) Saturday, April 30,  9 –12 noon.  Each participant will go home with beautiful flower pins, hair ties and something we call crazy sticks! Class size 3-6  $35.00 

To Register:
1. Give me a call or email, and let me know which class (es) you would like to attend.  Phone: 928-776-8014; email:

2. Then send me a $25.00 deposit to Sharon McFeely at 515 Oak St Prescott, AZ 86303. . 

With your deposit your enrollment is firm, if you need to cancel,  please give a 1 week notice in order to receive a refund.  If minimum enrollment for a class is not reached, I will contact you and refund your deposit.

Sharon McFeely

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps gradually, without noticing it, you will live along some distant day into the answer. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet