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Fiber Arts Department

Flora Carlile-Kovacs

Flora Carlile-Kovacs

Flora Carlile-Kovacs

Instructor: Flóra Carlile-Kovács
July 31–August 3, 2020 (Friday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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In Kyrgyzstan, when a daughter got married, her mother and her relatives felted her a rug. Using their ancient symbols they felted her best wishes and good luck into the rug that stayed with her for the rest of her life.

In this workshop, you’ll create a felted rug (approximately 3’ x 5’) with the instructor’s pre-felt technique, using either the several hundred-year-old symbols or creating your very own. 

Come and join us for a four-day workshop and learn
• about the traditional symbols and techniques of the felted nomad rugs
• about various kinds of wool that felts best rugs
• how to plan a powerful design
• how to make your own prefelt with color transitions
• how to construct and felt a large rug
• how to shape and control nice edges on a large rug
• how to turn the soft prefelt into a strong and durable felt
• some small tricks of the trade that make the felting process easier
and get rewarded with a beautiful felted rug you complete by the end of the class!
Creating a wet felted rug requires good physical condition (leaning over the table, rolling the wet rug).


The award winner of several wearable art shows, FLÓRA CARLILE-KOVÁCS is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle, WA. In her work she incorporates two bodies of knowledge, the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.

Visit Flóra Carlile-Kovács' website

Current MAC Members: $432
Non-members: $480 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $70 to $85. Each student needs to contact the instructor no later than June 30, 2020 to discuss their project. The Instructor will place a bulk group order of special wool batts for the class. Materials fee is paid directly to the instructor at that time.

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