Make traditional authentic Swedish Christmas gnomes, called Tomtes, meant to bring good luck and protection during the dark evenings approaching yule. We'll create them while learning how to needle felt, holding them together with no stitch work and traditional wool doll making technique, pre-made felt yardage, needle felt technique and authentic Gotland Locks, which is a heritage Swedish breed of sheep. Students in this class will make a pair of gnomes - 1 large and 1 small.
Tami Fuller is a second-generation fiber artist, and works as an educator and exhibiting fine fiber artist out of her studio in East Aurora. Her work integrates the traditional foundations of hand-constructed processes with modern technique. Her teaching presents the fiber arts in new, modern contexts that are still strongly rooted in traditional practices, and she teaches across both New York State and nationwide. She offers both private and group instruction. Her work has been published and has received awards from NY Sheep and Wool and the Carnegie Art Center, and is held in private collections in the US, Canada and Australia. She is an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and 2021 Roycroft Emerging Artist.