Monica Ashley, fiber artist of 10 years and Sonoma County mother, uses wisps of wool to weave creativity, connection with nature, and calming focus into endearing works of art. From fuzzy hand puppets to calorie free chocolates – her sweet designs awaken a sense of play. Monica’s other designs include lunch bags, slippers and more practical items made lovely as well. Monica revels in passing along the delight of designing with wool, and offers classes (complete with supplies) highlighting seasonal creations such as a “box of chocolates” for Valentine’s Day.
What is “felting”?
Felting wool entails the age-old crafts of shrinking wool fibers to create clothing, embellish cloth, or fashion soft sculptures. This fast, fun, and easy crafting technique is in vogue again with today’s “make and do” mothers and artisans who enjoy working with natural mediums. Felting can be achieved both through “wet” felting (agitating wool with water and soap) or through “dry or needle” felting (using a sharp, barbed needle to sculpt wool roving). Monica’s creations often include elements of both – her cupcakes are designed using wet felted sweaters and dry needle felted roving.
Learn a New Craft Plus
Monica attests a range of people become engrossed in felting. She’s offered classes in several states and counties to people of a variety of ages and professional backgrounds. Some of her students include: local Waldorf school children, crafting circles, Waldorf parenting groups, community members referred through local yarn shops, and even staff members of a local law firm. In every case, Monica describes her students as often silent – lost in a reverie of creation as their handmade projects quickly take on life.
Felting can also have a relaxing quality. The focused, repetitive motions allow wool workers to forget life’s distractions. The soft, natural fibers can also ground felters. The immediateness of the results is uplifting, and final creations make for wonderful gifts. Imagine warm slippers in winter or a bunny tucked into a spring basket! Happiness is inspired in all involved.
Finding her felting classes in high demand, Monica offers women’s night out opportunities and private engagements such as employee appreciation activities. Monica Ashley facilitates engaging workshops for all occasions – contact her for information on joining a class or forming your own group event!
Monica Ashley Designs Phone to Reserve Your Space at (707) 236-2829:
Box of Chocolates Children Workshop (1/23 Saturday 10:00-12:00)
Everlasting chocolates. Learn to needle felt and turn wool roving into small delicate truffles and candy. Comes with a heart shape box to display your special treats. Includes needle and wool. $25
Sweet Treats & Recycled Sweaters (1/25 Monday 9:00-12:00)
Hand sew adorable cupcakes or cakes made from vintage sweaters.
Perfect for Valentines Day! Includes all materials and wool. $25
Animal Puppets (1/28 Thursday 9:00-12:00)
Learn to felt animals and sew a puppet from recycled sweaters. $30
Peter Rabbit (2/27 Saturday 10:00-2:00)
Includes materials. Intermediate level. $48
Cast Away Yarn Shop (Featuring Teacher Monica Ashley):
Combine sewing with recycled sweaters & needle felting!
Box of Chocolates (Tuesday Feb 2nd, 6:00-8:00)
Supplies included, beginners welcome! $25
Kitty Puppets (Saturday Feb 27th, 2:00-5:00)
Supplies included, beginners welcome! $35