Wet Felted Geode Workshop

Learn everything you need to know to begin wet felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will get to choose your favorite colors from a beautiful assortment of wool fiber and layer pieces to create a felted ball, which will then be cut open at the end of the workshop to reveal your unique geode! We’ll also be adding a resist in the center of our geodes that will allow the finished piece to be hollow, creating an even more realistic geode! Wet felting is a process that requires only soap, water, wool, and your hands to create felt; so unlike needle felting, there are no needles involved. No experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you’ll leave the workshop with a beautiful geode to display in your home. Coffee and tea will be served as well.

 

Date:  Thursday, November 14

Time:  5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Potted Aloe Plant

Learn everything you need to know to begin needle felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to make your own needle felted aloe plant from start to finish. We’ll even pot it in some wool “soil” in a little terra cotta pot! No felting (or gardening) experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too! Your choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea is included.

 

Date:  Saturday, November 9

Time:  9:00am-noon

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Wet Felting Workshop – Nuno Felted Neck Warmer

Learn everything you need to know to begin nuno felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to transform colorful bits of wool fluff along with other fibers such as cotton, silk, and ramie into a beautiful, wearable neck warmer! Nuno is Japanese for “cloth,” and nuno felting is a process that allows one to bond different pieces of fiber and sheer fabric together through the process of wet felting (where soap, water, wool, and the friction and pressure of your hands are used to create felt). No experience is necessary, and all materials are included. Coffee and tea will be served as well.

 

Date:  Saturday, November 2

Time:  9:00am – noon

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Intermediate Needle Felting Workshop – Eastern Bluebird Portrait

Join us for a day of needle felting as you learn how to make a beautiful eastern bluebird portrait in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this intermediate level workshop, you will learn about color blending, layering, and creating facial details, as you sculpt a three-dimensional needle felted eastern bluebird portrait from start to finish.

It is recommended that you have a basic understanding of needle felting techniques and tools, as well as several completed needle felting projects under your belt before taking this workshop. All materials are included, and you will get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too. A light lunch is included with your choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea.

 

Date:  Saturday, October 12

Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

OPENING RECEPTION for Cider + Clay: A Celebration of the Handcrafted Mug

Join us on Saturday, October 5th from 2-4pm for the opening reception of Cider + Clay: A Celebration of the Handcrafted Mug! This exhibit features handmade ceramic mugs crafted by potters around the United States. We will be providing local apple cider and fresh cider donuts, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase mugs from the show to fill with cider and enjoy during the opening.

Plus, a live violin performance by Sterling Brownell!

This event is free and open to the public.

And if you’re around earlier in the day and looking for a fun fall activity, check out our other event: Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Pumpkins!

Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Pumpkins!

Learn everything you need to know to begin needle felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to make your own needle felted pumpkins from start to finish. No experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too! Your choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea is included. Ages 12 – adult are welcome!

 

Date:  Saturday, October 5

Time:  9:00am – 11:00am

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Goldenrod Wool Painting

Learn everything you need to know to begin needle felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to needle felt this goldenrod design on a two dimensional surface, creating your very own “wool painting.” No experience is necessary! All materials are included, and you get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too! Freshly brewed coffee and tea are provided.

 

Date:  Thursday, September 26

Time:  5:00pm – 7:00pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Wet Felted Geode Workshop at the Beekman 1802 Harvest Festival!

Grey Fox Felting will be a part of the New York Makers Village at the 10th Annual Beekman 1802 Harvest Festival, and we’re so excited to host this special workshop at the event!

In this beginner felting workshop, each participant will learn how to layer colorful wool fiber to create a felted ball, which will then be cut open at the end of the workshop to reveal a unique geode!  We’ll be using the process of wet felting, which requires only soap, water, wool, and your hands to create felt. Unlike needle felting, there are no needles involved in this process, making it a wonderful activity for children as well as adults! All materials are included, and you’ll leave the workshop with a beautiful geode to display in your home.

Ages 7 – 100+

Date: Sunday, September 15

Time: 11am-noon

Location: Beekman 1802 Harvest Festival, Sharon Springs, NY – in the New York Makers village

Cost: $12 per person, or $20 for 2 people (discount will be refunded following purchase of tickets)

Beginner Needle Felting Workshop – Make a Potted Aloe Plant!

Learn everything you need to know to begin needle felting in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn how to make your own needle felted aloe plant from start to finish. We’ll even pot it in some wool “soil” in a little terra cotta pot! No felting (or gardening) experience is necessary. All materials are included, and you get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too! Your choice of freshly brewed coffee or tea is included.

 

Date:  Saturday, August 24

Time:  9:00am-noon

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Advanced Needle Felting Workshop – Make a Moon Bear

Join us for a weekend of needle felting as you learn how to make a beautiful moon bear in a relaxed and supportive environment. In this advanced level workshop, you will learn how to make your own free standing needle felted moon bear from start to finish. Time permitting, you will have the option of adorning your bear with a needle felted botanical motif.

It is recommended that you have a good understanding of needle felting techniques and tools, as well as several completed three dimensional projects under your belt before taking this workshop. All materials are included, and you will get to take your set of felting needles and foam pad home too. Lunch on both days is included, as well as freshly brewed coffee and tea. (Please contact me if you have any dietary restrictions.)

About our needle felting subject for the weekend:

The Moon Bear is also known as an Asiatic black bear or a white-chested bear, and is known for the beautiful white crescent shape on its chest, resembling a waning moon.

Date:  Saturday + Sunday, August 10 – 11

Time:  Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location:  Grey Fox Mercantile – 70 Genesee Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

Marc-Anthony Polizzi – Studies

Grey Fox Mercantile announces its newest upcoming exhibition: Studies by Marc-Anthony Polizzi. The exhibition will be on display from May 3 – June 1, 2019. The show will feature a collection of new sculptures. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 11 from 2pm – 4pm with live music and light refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.

Polizzi’s work has been shown in cities across the United States, including Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, and Kansas City. He has also appeared in numerous publications from New Glass Review (Corning Museum of Glass) to Staging Spaces, Scenic Interiors (Gestalten Publishing). His current body of work further developed while in residency at Sculpture Space, a time that allowed him to establish new techniques and experiment with paint, texture, and form.

We’re Opening a Store!!!

After running Grey Fox Felting for four years, I’ve decided to expand my business into Grey Fox Mercantile, a collaboration between my husband and me, and our first brick and mortar storefront! We’ve located a perfect location in our hometown of New Hartford, NY, we’ve signed the lease, and we’ve started working on the 700 square feet that will become our retail and workshop space.

a peek at our future retail and workshop space!

In this space, we plan to offer our full in-house line of felting kits and original felted animal sculptures, the beautiful selection of felting wool in virtually every color imaginable that you’ve come to know through our online presence, as well as a curated selection of handmade goods by artisans we love. We will host free craft nights for the community, and we will offer workshops and fiber arts-based birthday/special occasion parties for guests of all ages. We’re working really hard to transform this space to make it a truly unique place to learn about fiber arts and find beautiful artisan goods.

We’re planning to open this spring, and we can’t wait to welcome you! If you’d like to follow along on our progress, you can find us on Instagram @greyfoxmercantile and @greyfoxfelting