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Fiber Arts Department

Nancy Algrim

Nancy Algrim

Nancy Algrim

Nancy Algrim

Nancy Algrim

Nancy Algrim

Nancy Algrim

Instructor: Nancy Algrim
July 13–15, 2019 (Saturday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Lightweight and bold, these hand wet felted beaded beads will get attention. During the process of making this necklace set, you will learn how to make smooth and various sized felted beads then how to consistently decorate them with seed beads. I will discuss and demonstrate how to decorate felted beads with yarn or fabric. The finished beads will be strung on silk cords. The making of silk cords from repurposed silk fabric will be demonstrated but finished silk cords will be provided for the class project. I will provide my hand lampworked glass beads for your project and discuss what types of beads you can use then demonstrate how to make the bead holes the right size for your future projects. To complete the necklace, you will make a pair of earrings to coordinate. You will have time to complete this project in class. This class will give your hands a workout and is good for any level of felt makers.


I have always had a fascination with textiles. When I discovered the Fiber Arts Program at the University of Oregon, I knew it was for me. My BFA show was of large hand felted sculptures, this progressed to weaving and wearable art. I have been the owner of the Black Iris since 1981. Black Iris is my studio, gallery and boutique which features natural fiber clothing with an emphasis on my wearable art accessories. My accessories complement the solid color pallet of the clothing and give my customers a way to project their inner selves visually. In 1996 I added glass to my fiber and metal skills so I could make jewelry with unique beads for my boutique/gallery. In today’s global world, I find it is important to create accessories with a mixture of media, this makes the accessory more interesting to the wearer as well as the viewer. When possible, I use re-purposed and sustainable materials. I find it inspiring to teach others, to help them learn the skills to express themselves using multiple media. I get great pleasure from helping people discover how to turn fiber and glass into lasting and beautiful wearable art.

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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