Painting with Wool: Needle-Felting Inspired by Rosemaling (SOLD OUT! Register to join the waiting list)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Painting with Wool: Needle-Felting Inspired by Rosemaling (SOLD OUT! Register to join the waiting list)

Thursday, April 15, 2021 (2-5:00 PM CT) with Laura Berlage

Level of Instruction
Intermediate: Prior felting experience encouraged.
$90.00 Members
$100.00 Non-members

Explore the magic of needle felting in a peaceful, floral rosemaling form and take your colorwork skills to a new level. In this class, Laura will show you how to stretch your felt backing onto an embroidery hoop, how to keep it tight for ease of use, and how to transform the beautiful array of hand-dyed roving from her farm’s sheep into your own interpretation of the design. Enough wool of each color will be supplied, so you can work any of the colors on the pattern as suits your taste. Focus will be given to shape creation, color blending, and three-dimensionality. At the end, Laura will offer suggestions for using or mounting your finished piece. Bring your creative spirit and love of wool! The design is inspired by pieces from the Vesterheim collection in collaboration with Vesterheim Gold Medalist rosemaler Patti Goke. This is an intermediate level project and prior experience needle-felting is recommended. Don't hesitate to contact Josh Torkelson, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (

The listed class time includes one Zoom session on Thursday, April 15, 2021 (2-5:00 pm CT).

A complete kit of supplies shipped to your home and a special treat from Vesterheim (a $40 value) is included in the cost of enrollment.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact when you register for more information.

Supplies: You will need a work surface like a sturdy table, good light, a pair of scissors, and a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

Enrollment Deadline: April 1, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Laura  Berlage
Photo by Bryan French
Laura Berlage

Laura is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, Wisconsin. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual. Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm – especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

See more of Laura's work here.