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Sculptural Needle Felting

May 26 - 31, 2024

Stephanie Metz  ·  stephaniemetz.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn to shape loose, fluffy fibers into freestanding detailed sculptural forms through needle felting.


  • Basic needle-felted form-building
  • Creating fine details
  • Incorporating mixed media
  • Working with armatures


  • Wool fiber


  • Techniques-based workshop rather than a project-based class
  • Create three-dimensional forms in felt

Artist Bio

Stephanie Metz (United States, b.1976) creates fiber sculptures that embody nuanced, nonbinary, contradictory ideas to offer viewers a means to connect, reconsider, and sit with complex realities. She uses nontraditional techniques in fiber — stitching thick industrial felt and needle felting — to create three-dimensional objects ranging from intimately sized to ceiling-height immersive works that are both seductive and repulsive, muscular and yet elegant. Metz holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon and she lives and works in the California Bay Area. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Awards include grants from the Belle Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and SVCreates. Workshop venues include Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, Kala Art Institute, and the Pacific Northwest Art School.

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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn to use simple tools and methods to efficiently and effectively shape wool fibers into free-standing, solid felt sculpture. The instructor presents direct, clear, knowledgeable information and examples that will significantly improve a student’s needle felting, whether a beginner or advanced needle felter. This is a techniques-based class; move beyond working from a kit or following along with a guided felting project — instead learn the skills to make it your own. Topics include basic form-building, joining component parts, fine detailing, adding color, incorporating mixed media, and working with armatures. Class time will include daily demonstrations, slideshows, and one-on-one instruction with lots of hands-on work time. Please note that needle felting involves repetitive, physical hand and arm exercise. Needle felting isn’t fast and it isn’t easy, but, with patience and knowledge, it is incredibly satisfying.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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