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Joyce Brown - Embellishment and Finishing on Felt Workshop 

Do you have pieces of felt that are crying out to be turned into a beautiful object? Joyce has always loved to explore all the possibilities of adding embellishments. Considering the principles of colour and design, she first adds all the decorative details to make a piece more creative and interesting. Then she turns it into a vase, bracelet, purse, bag etc.


Textile embellishment refers to adding colour, pattern, texture, or design with other materials such as thread, beads, ribbon, buttons and more.

Joyce has a 5 minute introductory video here.

This workshop is only open to felt :: feutre canada members. 

In this workshop we will cover dozens of different styles of embellishment from hand embroidery to free motion embroidery on a machine to making your own beaded trim. Then looking at a variety of ways to insert zippers, make buttonholes and sew on buttons. 


Students can work on several small samples or personalize one larger piece with a variety of techniques which can be turned into one or all the finished products.


The class is four Modules of pdf's and over 50 videos with instructor support throughout. This includes communication via the Google Classroom for four weeks and two one-hour Zooms – one at the beginning and one at the end of week 4. Patterns and accompanying videos are included to finish all the projects.  A detailed schedule can be found here.

The classroom will be available for six months from the start of the class.


Students will need felted pieces to work on or can purchase felt.

You will need an email address to join the Google Classroom – some emails are not compatible so you would need to create a Gmail account.

Check the supply list to collect the materials.

Any vintage of sewing machine works if you can do free motion or darning. Joyce has video demonstrations on both a simple machine and a fancier one.

About the instructor

Joyce was raised in southern Alberta, studied clothing and textiles, mathematics, and physical education and received her B Ed. She taught throughout the province of Alberta learning the arts and crafts of those areas, adding Ukrainian easter eggs, Cree beading, moccasin making and moose hair tufting to her repertoire.

Travelling the world has played a major role in her life where once again immersing herself in the local art was a priority.

Handwork was a small craft that fit into a backpack and always gave her something to do.

Returning to Southern Alberta to raise her family, fibre continued to play an important role in her life.  Attending Norwegian camp every summer reinforced her heritage and their handwork and art.

Creating, teaching, and learning will always be part of who she is.

Copyright Joyce Brown – please do not distribute or copy without permission.

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