Online – Needle Felted Reindeer

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online – Needle Felted Reindeer

Thursday, December 9 (2:00-5:00pm CT) with Laura Berlage

Level of Instruction
This is an intermediate level project and prior experience needle-felting is recommended.
$90.00 Members
$100.00 Non-members

Known as reindeer in Europe and Caribou in North America, this delightful member of the deer family is critical to the nomadic herding lifestyle of the Saami people and is also charmingly associated with Kris Kringle and his sleigh full of goodies. In this class, you'll learn how to make your very own needle-felted reindeer that fits in the palm of your hand, complete with antlers and a little bell on a red ribbon! This reindeer is laying down (no legs), and would be perfect for your holiday decor, nestled on some fake snow. Or you could also add it to your tree! Laura will take you step-by-step through the whole process, from winding the ball that starts the shape through forming the antlers and decorative elements. This class is designed for students who have some previous needle felting experience (especially if you have studied with Laura before) to build on your skills and try new techniques.

The listed class time includes one live Zoom session on Thursday, December 9 (2:00-5:00pm CT).

Supplies: A complete kit of materials (a $45 value!) including a foam work pad, wool from the instructor's sheep, wrapped wire for antlers, eye beads, needles, and accessories along a special treat from Vesterheim shipped to your home is included in the cost of registration. Students will need to provide 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.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: November 24, 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.