Welcome to the San Diego Class page for Val's Art Studio - Now at the San Diego Made Factory!
This is where you can find information on upcoming classes taught in the San Diego area by needle felting artist, (that's me) Val Hebert. Since accepting a full time job in Fall of 2016, I have scaled back my teaching schedule, but please do not worry - I am committed to helping you learn the fun, forgivable and relaxing craft of needle felting. Simply read the descriptions of each class and decide the one that is right for you. Then follow the directions to either purchase the class directly from this page, or send me an email so we can work out the details together.
Student Classes in my SD MADE Factory Studio Available Now!
With my full time job, I have found it challenging to teach classes at local shops and to juggle my schedule with the shop's schedule. In answer to this dilemma, I am now offering private classes for YOU - alone and up to a total of 4 participants at my small-but-mighty studio in the San Diego Made Factory building, located in Logan Heights area of San Diego. My space is small, but it's warm, welcoming and I make great use of my tiny space! I teach on occasional Saturdays or Sundays. My studio makes for a fun class experience in a very creative environment. Send me an email by clicking here to set up a private class date for you (and a friend or two). I promise lots of fun, learning, and you will leave with an adorable needle felting and a NEW Skill. Hooray!
Student Group Classes Now Available During Second Saturdays!
Each Second Saturday of the month is OPEN STUDIOS at the SD Made Factory! Beginning in August 2019, I will be hosting monthly themed drop-in mini classes lasting just 2 hours. Previous experience NOT required! Occasionally these classes will be larger group classes taking place in a larger open studio, and often they will be smaller scale classes taking place in my studio. Cost is $40.00 (presale) or $45.00 at the door. Signing up ahead of time guarantees your seat! To sign up, select a date from the following menu. All class materials are provided! Classes begin promptly at 3:15 pm and 5:15 pm! Classes last approximately 2 hours, or as fast as you work. Any questions, shoot me an email here. Classes are suitable for youth age 10 and up, must be accompanied by an adult.
August Class: Cute Cactus in a Pot
September class: Adorable Bear Brooch
October Class: Sparkle-fiber Pumpkin
Classes Can Also Be Taught In Your Home Studio!
I am often asked if I will come to YOU to teach, and the answer is "Yes!" If you are located in or close to the San Diego area, I am happy to discuss the option for coming to you to teach a class. Normally, if I come to you, there is a minimum class participation number of 4 people. Also, I am highly allergic to cats. So please take this into consideration before asking me to come teach at your location. Feel free to send me an email here to get the ball rolling.
Most of my classes are suitable for the person who has never needle felted before. Please do not feel intimidated! Needle felting is a very forgivable craft, and I am there to help you every step of the way. You won't want to miss out learning from an experienced teacher, and will enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship in taking a local class from me, Val.
Needle Felting Tools List:
To take a needle felting class, you will need some tools, but please do not worry. A basic selection of necessary tools are included in your class purchase and additional tools are available for purchase from me. Here is a list of the minimum tools you will need:
Needle felting needles, size Fine. I recommend a replacement pack of 5 needles. They do break easily when you are just learning.
A foam style mat to place under your work (for 3-D needle felting classes)
A brush style needle felting mat to place under your work (for FLAT needle felting classes)
A tool that can hold multiple needle felting needles (optional, but preferred)
A pair of small sharp scissors
Cheater style glasses. We work small :o)
Note: needle felting needles are very sharp. You may wish to attend a class with a youngster. I recommend very careful young people, preferably age 10 and above.
Needle felting Classes ARE suitable for the novice needle felter! You will learn the wonderful and relaxing craft of needle felting while you create ONE 3-D needle felted art doll character OR One Hoop art piece in this fun and informative class. Your project will have an amazing amount of personality, I promise you! You will be DELIGHTED with your finished needle felted art piece that you can take right home and display proudly in your home!
*Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above! Students will receive basic tools as part of their class kit. Additional tools will be available for purchase if desired.
You will learn the following techniques in any of my 3-D needle felting classes:
How to work with needle felting tools
Establishing a solid woolen form, learning to create a substructure that will not collapse over time
Sculpt your form into a desired shape
Applying color to your shaped form
Color mixing wool roving
Creating a solid base so your form stands on it's own
Adding small needle felted details
Attaching additional forms or added fabrics to your needle felted form so the two will not separate
Sewing into your needle felted form to give added details
From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional shaped dolls in this manner.
Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $28.00 - 35.00 depending on the additional number of projects you wish to make per kit.
Purchase A Personalized Needle Felted Art Doll Class +/or Hoop Art Class + Optional Make-it-at-home Kit
LOCATION: My creative art studio is in the San Diego Made Factory building, located in Logan Heights area of San Diego.
DATE: Any Saturday or Sunday except Second Saturday monthly. *Note: Class date and/or time can be arranged to the date and time of your choice! Once you purchase the class, I will be in touch with you to verify the day and time of class. Please allow a minimum of 4 to 5 hours to complete this class, plus travel time to arrive at my studio by the start of the class.
COST: $78.00 includes kit to make one needle felted art doll project of several projects, as follows; (Russian doll, OR Fox doll, OR Lamb doll OR Animal in a Box doll, OR a CUTE CACTUS in a cup) OR one Hoop Art project for 1 class participant ...OR... $140.00 for two participants making the same project. Take the class with a friend!
Use this button to purchase the class (3-D Art Doll OR Hoop Art class) for ONE participant (you) for $78.00 ----->
Use this button to purchase the class (3-D Art Doll OR Hoop Art class) for TWO participants for $140.00 ----->
Already familiar with how to needle felt, and just want the Kit for this class? Click HERE and you may purchase the Needle Felted Russian Doll kit and tools to make 1, 2, or 3 dolls at home! Materials and written instructions are included, with optional tools add on :o) (Please note: Fox and Lamb kits are coming soon to my shop!)
Needle Felted (super cute) LAMBIE Class
*Sign up for this class by purchasing the Needle Felted Doll Class using the BUY NOW links ABOVE
$78.00 includes kit to make one sculpted needle felted art figure.
You will learn how to create ONE 3-D needle felted Lamb character in this fun and informative class. Suitable for the novice needle felter! Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above!)
Needle Felted (super cute) Bunny or Bear in a Wee Box Class
DATE: *Sign up for this class by purchasing the Needle Felted Doll Class using the BUY NOW links ABOVE
$78.00 includes kit to make one sculpted needle felted art figure.
You will learn how to create ONE 3-D needle felted Bunny or Bear character in this fun and informative class. This class is suitable for the novice needle felter! Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above!)
Glitter Hoop Art Class
Choose Your Project Glitter Hoop Art Class
DATE: *Sign up for this class by using the BUY NOW links ABOVE
$78.00 includes kit to make one glittered or non-glittered hoop art piece.
In this fun art class, we will create a simple flat pieced fabric collage and then embellish our "canvas" with needle felting and/or embroidery hand stitching, add fabric cut hearts and more, followed by setting our art into a wonderful glittered (glitter is optional!) frame hoop in this super fun class. Kit includes a 5-6" embroidery hoop, fabric scraps to make your project your own, templates for the snowman or feather, any embellishments needed, embroidery floss, glitter and wool roving.
*Please Note: Projects are adaptable to your design eye in this open and fun class.
*Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools for hoop art that includes needle felting. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above!)
Pumpkin Love - Brooch Class
Feel free to send me an email here to inquire about this class. Class fee is $35.00
More time to get SpOOky!! Woot!
Come learn how to create a simple flat pieced fabric and needle felted collage with added embroidery in this super fun class. Kit includes all materials to create a custom brooch, fabric scraps to make your project your own, embroidery floss, and roving. Please note: needle felting is optional in this class! Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools.
Needle Felted Snow Friend on a Stand Class
Feel free to send me an email here to inquire about this class. Class fee is $125.00
Class fee includes kit to make one sculpted needle felted art figure, and one decorated stand. *PLEASE NOTE: This is a 6-8 hour project, which can be done in one day-long class, or two separate classes. Please consider this when booking this class.
You will learn how to create a CHARMING 3-D needle felted snowman character wearing the most adorable needle felted leg warmers in this super fun and action packed class. And you will decorate a glittery and snowy stand on which your snowman can pose. So, make sure you eat a lumberman's breakfast before showing up for class! (Hehe!)
Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. (Please read the **CLASS NOTES** above!)