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The Art of Felfs


  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC Canada (map)
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With Cat Bordhi

$250 [Includes $25 lab fee] class limit 18. Feb 6, 7, 2019 (Wed, Thu 10am-4pm).

An old European tradition inspired Cat to develop “Felfs,” a word she invented to describe these felted elfin shoes which keep feet cozy and enchant knitters and recipients alike.

Felfs are so simple that they would be a great first project for a child, yet they have the creative potential to keep an advanced knitter engaged. Cat’s students have made small Felfs as baby gifts, single Felfs as art objects, and custom-fitted Felfs for themselves and their loved ones: there is no foot they will not fit, no matter how tiny or how huge.

Knitted flat in garter stitch using configurations from utterly simple to slightly complex, Felfs can be made with any yarn that will felt: wool, alpaca, llama, or mohair. 

Students will explore all 15 Felfs from Cat’s book The Art of Felfs, and explore additional possibilities. Students may bring photos of shoes they particularly love (any flat shoes, moccasins, or boots) to see if they could be made as Felfs (most can be).

Students should be able to confidently cast on and bind off, knit two stitches together, pick up and restore a dropped stitch, and work a mattress stitch seam.

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About Cat Bordhi

Cat Bordhi is known for her inventive, playful, and fresh contributions to hand-knitting technique and design. She began sharing her pioneering sock architectures and techniques in a series of books and videos in 2001. Cat introduced Moebius knitting with the 70 mesmerizing designs in her two Treasuries of Magical Knitting. Her other books include Versatildes: A New Landscape for Knitters and The Art of Felfs—Felted Footwear for Families (which has raised over $72,000 to support cancer research). She also wrote an award-winning novel, Treasure Forest. Currently she is working on three books, one on fingerless mitts, another on MoMo Cowls (a leap forward in Moebius design), and the third on portable pockets.

Earlier Event: January 31
Creative Studio
Later Event: February 8
Works on Canvas