Monthly Archives: August 2014

The FeltLOOM Owners Conference: A Unique Support Community

Lan Mark Farm, Home of the FeltLOOMThe 4th Annual FeltLOOM Owners Conference will take place Friday, September 12 through Monday, September 15, 2014 at the LanMark Farm and Lodge in Sharpsburg, Kentucky.

This exciting annual event brings a diverse group of FeltLOOM owners from across the country to the birthplace of FeltLOOM, at Lanette Freitag’s and Don Bowles’ LanMark Farm and FeltLOOM headquarters in scenic Sharpsburg, KY. This year, the focus of the Owners Conference will be on the very important topic of Product Development.

FeltLOOM owners include individual fiber artists, small and medium-size fiber mills, fashion and home décor design enterprises, and other creative entrepreneurs and institutions. The Owners Conference is an exceptional opportunity to meet, learn, and share information about the FeltLOOM experience.

Feltloom ConferenceThis year, special attention will be paid to possibilities for product development and marketing. Besides speaker panels and Q&A sessions, all participants will be divided into teams to actually build a new product. The conference and its individual sessions will be attended not only by the FeltLOOM founding and creative team but by artists, designers, and special guests. By popular demand, a pre-conference (Thursday, September 11) and post-conference (Monday-Tuesday, September 15-16) workshops have been scheduled.

The star line-up of speakers and leaders for this 3-day FeltLOOM intensive will include:

Each conference session will be open for discussion, and participants are highly encouraged to come prepared with questions for our panel of experts.

Highlights at the 2014 FeltLOOM Owners Conference will include special morning sessions with fashion designer Jeffrey Monteiro, who has worked as design director at Bill Blass. Jeffrey will share his experience in clothing design and apply his expertise to designing with FeltLOOM. On Friday evening, The Lexington Fashion Collective will collaborate with us on a fashion show of garments from FeltLOOMers. Models will be available to showcase the clothing, and photographers will be on hand to capture great shots. Participants are invited to bring work to display in the show. A style-room setting area will accompany the fashion show, where FeltLOOMers can display home décor designs.

Zabielski1This annual conference is a special opportunity reserved only for FeltLOOM owners. It is just one of the ways that the FeltLOOM community supports its owners and helps them develop business and creative plans with their FeltLOOM. SPACE IS LIMITED, please register early. For further details on costs and to receive a complete copy of the schedule, please contact 855-335-8566 / or register directly via our website. Lodging is available in the area. Camping on the LanMark farm is permitted.

Pre-conference workshop: Thursday, September 11, 6:30PM – Learn dyeing techniques with fiber artist Laverne Zabielski ($25 per person) Post-conference workshop: Monday & Tuesday, September 15-16 – Dr. Etoia Rivera-Strohm, Knitwear & Accessories Design Professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design, will teach you to make a mannequin that fits your body as well as draping techniques, using FeltLOOM fabric designed by Lanette Freitag. Participants go home with a mannequin and draped top. ($300.00 per person; includes all supplies and meals).

Are you new to the FeltLOOM? It is the only fabric making machine of its kind, allowing artists, small businesses, professionals, and educators to explore creativity and product development like never before! Learn more.

Feltloom: Innovation in Needle Felting at the Handweavers Guild Conference

As popularity in felted fabrics, felt fashion and felt home décor soars, the demand grows for tools and equipment that create high-quality felted fabric with ease aIMG_20140717_105435nd efficiency. Founded over 10 years ago, FeltLOOM and its innovative fabric-making machines have been at the vanguard of the field. This year alone, the FeltLOOM crew has traveled throughout the country to meet artists, fiber mill owners, and other creative entrepreneurs in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, in order to answer their questions about the many benefits and opportunities FeltLOOM machines can bring to their businesses.
In July 2014, FeltLOOM had a very successful presentation at the Handweavers Guild of America Convergence Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Our booth was abuzz with activity all week long, as we welcomed visitors to our colorful booth, talked about our shared passion for fiber arts and textiles, and introduced them to the creative and business potential of FeltLOOM equipment.
We filled our booth with plentiful samples of jackets, tops, coats, vests, hats, pillows, wraps, and wall hangings – all featuring interesting surface design techniques, and all created with the help of the FeltLOOM. It was a feast for all the senses, as there were brilliant colors to see, luxurious felted fabrics to touch, soft whirring of FeltLOOM machines to hear, and old and new friends who made for great conversations.
From examining the specifics of working with wool and alpaca, combining wool and existing fabric, or embellishments, we had an all-around good time sharing out story and our expertise with visitors to the FeltLOOM booth at this New England event. We enjoyed hearing other people’s stories of a life in fiber arts. Some visitors had not yet heard of FeltLOOM and were stopped in their tracks by the FeltLOOM Lexi Model we had running in the booth throughout the show. Others traveled to Providence with the intention of getting a hands-on FeltLOOM demo.
Our friends from Fiber Art Now magazine stopped by to visit us too. We enjoyed sharing our news with them, such as the upcoming 4th Annual FeltLOOM Owners Conference (September 12-15, 2014 in Sharpsburg, KY). They got to watch a Lexi demo and try on some of the FeltLOOM-made garments we had on display.
HGA Convergence 2014 was a rewarding experience for our whole crew, as we got to hear lots of positive feedback, and meet current and future FeltLOOM owners.
Did you know that FeltLOOM machines are custom-built for each customer depending on their specifications and needs? Our team is standing by to answer your questions and give you all the information you need about owning and thriving with FeltLOOM machines. Call us at (855) 335-8566 or any time.