Bowls full of fun felting in harmony

Yes, we did have fun, felting in Harmony, PA!


Last Saturday, I traveled up to Harmony, PA to teach how to make a Felted Treasure Nest at Sandy Ferrainola’s charming shop: Creative Harmony Arts & Books. Sandy has curated a selection of books and magazines to encourage your creativity, whether written or visual.


Juliane Gorman teaching felting at Harmony Creative Arts and Books
Photo by Sandy Ferrainola, proprietor of Creative Harmony Arts & Books.


Due to the Easter and Passover holidays, our class size was small. In fact, we only had two students. But, that was fine. Smaller class sizes mean that there’s more time for me to personally help each student.


Surprisingly, I had met both students before. One of the students, Jen, has two FeltHappiness hats. She wanted to try her hand at feltmaking. You can see her wearing her Bluebird of Happiness Hat in the photograph below. Whereas, I met Nan in 2016, through my Felted Pear Class. As she wanted to further explore feltmaking, she returned to Creative Harmony Arts & Books.


Instead of a spiky nest, Jen decided that she wanted more of a rounded bowl shape. This is similar to the felted Earth Day vessel that I’m scheduled to teach at The PGH Knit and Crochet Festival, on April 8th. Here, she is laying out wool fiber for her felted vessel.


Merino wool fibers being laid out by Jen in Felting in Harmony, PA


After lots of energetic fulling, here’s her completed vessel.


Completed felted vessel at Felting in Harmony, PA


Likewise, here’s the completed Treasure Nest that Nan made. She made the twiggy-effect by cutting the edge of the bowl.


Nan's spiky, pastel colored Felted Treasure Nest made in Harmony


All in all, we had fun felting in Harmony, PA. As always I learn from my students. I learned of other surprising uses for bubble wrap. Did you know that occupational therapists help young clients improve hand strength by making a game of how many bubbles a child can pop?? (Jen shared this cool tidbit. She’s a retired OT).

I’m so glad that both students found the time to visit Creative Harmony Arts & Books to learn more about feltmaking and express their creativity.

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Other treasures in Harmony

Afterward, I took a few minutes to zip over to the famous Harmonist Cemetery which is around the block from Creative Arts & Books. Yes, it is as cool as it looks online!

This is what you see when you are walking towards it. Note: there is only one headstone in the enclosure because this was the tradition of the Harmonists’.

Approaching the Harmonist Cemetery in Harmony, PA


In this photograph the gates are open. They weigh more than a ton, but can easily be rotated open.


Open Gates at the Harmonist Cemetary in Harmony, PA.



Furthermore, writer and artist, Sandy Ferrainola teaches a class which uses a tour of the Cemetery as an unusual writing prompt – See Cemetery Tour & Obituary Writing Lab.