Mmmmm, if you're like me, you can't help but enjoy tactile experiences when it comes to crafting...
The feeling of wet, soppy wool in your hands..
The warmth of a thick strand of roving...
Fuzzy wool yarn slipping through your fingers and leaving your hands smelling earthy and lovely...
For all of you self proclaimed wool lovers, I am so happy to bring you a unique Spring giveaway this week!
Please welcome Nicole, a lovely crafter from Western Australia with brilliant creativity, talent, and ideas!
Nicole is offering an online Magic Fairy Wool class where her "students" will view a private blog full of crafting instructions to create beautiful wool fairies, snails, gnomes, and many other adorable creatures. No wet felting or needlefelting technique is required. Best of all, the (very budget friendly) registration fee includes 20 grams of plant dyed wool!!
I had a few questions for Nicole about her crafting background and inspirations. As a hands-on learner myself, I also wanted to get her input on how an online class would work for someone like me (and many others!)
When and how did you begin your journey with fiber arts?
I got started in fibre arts from a very young age. My mum used to sew and knit for us, and instead of playing with my dolls I used to sew and knit clothes for them. When I was 17 I started to design and knit sweaters for a shop - I actually knitted all day at school and earned enough money to go on holidays to Paris and the Canary islands! After I had my first child a friend of mine sent me two books from Germany: one on felting and the other one on 'Magic Fairy Wool'. Back then I couldn't get any supplies for my new hobby, and that's how my mum started plant-dyeing the wool. I used to make a lot of toys when the boys were still little and in recent years I have moved more into making scarves and decorative pieces.
What is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration would be Mother Nature... I love plant-dyed wool and do a bit of it myself on some of my felt-work. Nature is inspiring in every way: colour, shape, structure... it's all out there!
What advice can you give to crafters who may not be used to online classes?
My advice to crafters who are not used to online classes is:'don't be shy and give it a go!' Honestly, it's so much fun! You get to meet like-minded people from around the world, share pictures of your creations and have chats online... And you can take your time... make the projects in your own time... at night while the children sleep... continue three weeks later...
The online classroom will be open for a couple of months ;)
For more detailed information on the class, please visit this link. Her blog is beautiful inspiration, too!
Now, for the giveaway details!!!
Nicole is graciously giving away a free spot in her online course, which you can work your way through at your own pace. The winner can purchase the plant dyed wool through her website or Etsy store.
Two ways to enter the giveaway....
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite natural fiber to craft with and why! I am so looking forward to reading your responses!
2. If you're a follower of Bending Birches, let me know in the comment section for an additional entry!
The giveaway will close May 15th at midnight.
Best of luck!