Welcome to the San Diego Class page for Val's Art Studio!

This is where you can find information on upcoming classes taught in the San Diego area by needle felting artist, (that's me) Val Hebert. Since accepting a full time job in Fall of 2016, I have scaled back my teaching schedule, but please do not worry - I am committed to helping you learn the fun, forgivable and relaxing craft of needle felting. Simply read the descriptions of each class and decide the one that is right for you. Then follow the directions to either purchase the class directly from this page, or send me an email so we can work out the details together. 


Student Classes in my Studio Available Now!

With my new job, I have found it challenging to teach classes at local shops and to juggle my schedule with the shop's schedule. In answer to this dilemma, I am now offering private classes for YOU - alone and up to 4 participants at my lovely studio in Banker's Hill area of San Diego, located close to Balboa Park. My space is small, but it's warm and welcoming. I teach on occasional Saturdays or Sundays. During warmer months, we have a huge shaded courtyard we can use for larger groups. Indoors or out, it makes for a fun class experience in a very creative environment. Send me an email by clicking here to set up a class date for you (and a friend or two). I promise lots of fun and learning!


Classes Can Be Taught In Your Home Studio!

I am often asked if I will come to YOU to teach, and the answer is "Yes!" If you are located in or close to the San Diego area, I am happy to discuss the option for coming to you to teach a class. Normally, if I come to you, there is a minimum class participation number of 4 people. Also, I am highly allergic to cats. So please take this into consideration before asking me to come teach at your location. Feel free to send me an email here to get the ball rolling. 

Most of my classes are suitable for the person who has never needle felted before. Please do not feel intimidated! Needle felting is a very forgivable craft, and I am there to help you every step of the way. You won't want to miss out learning from an experienced teacher, and will enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship in taking a local class from me, Val.

 
 

 

Needle Felting Tools List:

To take a needle felting class, you will need some tools, but please do not worry. The tools are available for purchase from me if you are signed up for the class. Many classes come with a tool kit of the basic supplies you will need. Here is a list of the minimum tools you will need:

  • Needle felting needles, size Fine. I recommend a replacement pack of 5 needles. They do break easily when you are just learning. 

  • A foam style mat to place under your work (for 3-D needle felting classes)

  • A brush style needle felting mat to place under your work (for FLAT needle felting classes)

  • A tool that can hold multiple needle felting needles (optional, but preferred)

  • A pair of small sharp scissors

  • Cheater style glasses. We work small :o)

Note: needle felting needles are very sharp. You may wish to attend a class with a youngster. I recommend very careful young people, preferably age 10 and above.


 

Purchase A Needle Felted Art Doll Class +/or Hoop Art Class + Optional Make-it-at-home Kit

DATE:  At my beautiful Art Studio!  *Note: Class date and/or time can be arranged to the date and time of your choice! Once you purchase the class, I will be in touch with you to verify the day and time of class. Please allow a minimum of 4 to 5 hours to complete this class, plus travel time to arrive at my studio by the start of the class.

LOCATION: My beautiful art studio is located in Banker's Hill area of San Diego, near Balboa Park.

COST: $68.00 includes kit to make one of several art projects, as follows; one Russian doll OR one Fox doll, OR one Lamb doll OR one Animal in a Box doll OR one Hoop Art project for 1 class participant ...OR... $120.00 for two participants making the same project. Take the class with a friend!

 

Use this button to purchase the class (3-D Art Doll OR Hoop Art class) for ONE participant (you) for $68.00 ----->

 

Use this button to purchase the class (3-D Art Doll OR Hoop Art class) for TWO participants for $120.00 ----->

 

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Needle felting Classes ARE suitable for the novice needle felter! You will learn the wonderful and relaxing craft of needle felting while you create ONE 3-D needle felted art doll character OR One Hoop art piece in this fun and informative class. Your doll will have an amazing amount of personality, I promise you! You will be DELIGHTED with your finished Hoop art piece that you can take right home and hang up on the wall!

*Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above! Students will receive basic tools as part of their class kit. Additional tools will be available for purchase if desired.

You will learn the following techniques in the 3-D needle felting class:

  • How to work with needle felting tools

  • Establishing a solid woolen form, learning to create a substructure that will not collapse over time

  • Sculpt your form into a desired shape

  • Applying color to your shaped form

  • Color mixing wool roving

  • Creating a solid base so your form stands on it's own

  • Adding small needle felted details

  • Attaching additional forms or added fabrics to your needle felted form so the two will not separate

  • Sewing into your needle felted form to give added details

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional shaped dolls in this manner.

Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $28.00 - 35.00 depending on the additional number of dolls you wish to make per kit. 


Already familiar with how to needle felt, and just want the Kit for this class? Click HERE and you may purchase the Needle Felted Russian Doll kit and tools to make 1, 2, or 3 dolls at home! Materials and written instructions are included, with optional tools add on :o) (Please note: Fox and Lamb kits are coming soon to my shop!)


 

Needle Felted (super cute) LAMBIE Class

DATE:  *Sign up for this class by purchasing the Needle Felted Doll Class using the BUY NOW links ABOVE

$68.00 includes kit to make one sculpted needle felted art figure.

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You will learn how to create ONE 3-D needle felted Lamb character in this fun and informative class. Suitable for the novice needle felter! Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above!)

You will learn the following techniques in this class:

  • How to work with needle felting tools

  • Establishing a solid woolen form, learning to create a substructure that will not collapse over time

  • Sculpt your form into a desired shape

  • Applying color to your shaped form

  • Color mixing wool roving

  • Attaching a second form to your first form so the two will not separate

  • Learning the working difference between attaching fiber and boucle yarn to your shaped form

  • Creating a solid base so your form stands on it's own

  • Adding small needle felted details

  • Sewing into your needle felted form to give added details

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional shaped animals in this manner.

Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $30.00 per kit. 


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Needle Felted (super cute) Bunny or Bear in a Wee Box Class

DATE:  *Sign up for this class by purchasing the Needle Felted Doll Class using the BUY NOW links ABOVE

$68.00 includes kit to make one sculpted needle felted art figure.

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You will learn how to create ONE 3-D needle felted Bunny or Bear character in this fun and informative class. This class is suitable for the novice needle felter! Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above!)

You will learn the following techniques in this class:

  • How to work with needle felting tools

  • Establishing a solid woolen form, learning to create a substructure that will not collapse over time

  • Sculpt your form into a desired shape

  • Applying color to your shaped form

  • Color mixing wool roving

  • Attaching a second form to your first form so the two will not separate

  • Creating a solid base so your form stands on it's own

  • Adding small needle felted details

  • Sewing into your needle felted form to give added details

  • Crafting a small box from wool felt

  • Embroidery techniques

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional shaped animals in this manner.

 

Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $30.00 per kit. 

 

Glitter Hoop Art Class

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Choose Your Project Glitter Hoop Art Class

DATE:  *Sign up for this class by using the BUY NOW links ABOVE

$68.00 includes kit to make one glittered or non-glittered hoop art piece.

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In this fun art class, we will create a simple flat pieced fabric collage and then embellish our "canvas" with needle felting and/or embroidery hand stitching, add fabric cut hearts and more, followed by setting our art into a wonderful glittered (glitter is optional!) frame hoop in this super fun class. Kit includes a 5-6" embroidery hoop, fabric scraps to make your project your own, templates for the snowman or feather, any embellishments needed, embroidery floss, glitter and wool roving. 

*Please Note: Projects are adaptable to your design eye in this open and fun class.

*Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools for hoop art that includes needle felting. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above!) 

Here is what you will learn in this class:

  • How to work with needle felting tools (for projects involving needle felting - snowman/feather)

  • How to create a simple canvas from scrap wool and cotton fabrics - no sewing machine required

  • Sketching basics, and turning your sketch into a work of fabric art

  • Applying color with wool roving so the colors "sing" (for projects involving needle felting - snowman/feather)

  • Simple embroidery techniques

  • How to embroider letters and words (optional)

  • Securing your art into a wooden hoop

  • "Glitterizing" the hoop (optional)

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home to create additional framed hoop art in this manner.

Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $20.00 per kit. 


 

*NEW!*  Busy Bee & Donut Car - A *2 Part* Class!

DATE:  Class date has passed *Please email me at ValsArt (at) me.com if you are interested in a private class to make this project. Sign up with a friend, there's a discount for 2 or more taking the class at once!

PRICING: Take only ONE class for $68.00 or BOTH for $99.00! *includes kit to make One or Two sculpted needle felted art figures, depending on your sign up choice. Please email me at ValsArt (at) me.com to inquire about this class.

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You will learn how to create TWO 3-D needle felted characters in this fun and informative 2 part class. First we will create the adorable buzzing bee with his cute wings. In the follow up class we will learn how to create that cute Donut Car. (Can I make it Full size???! It's soooo cute!)  This class is suitable for the novice needle felter, but if you fell overwhelmed by so much needle felting, we can certainly get you started and you can finish up at home.  Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. (Please read the **Needle Felting Tools List** above)

You will learn the following techniques in this class:

  • How to work with needle felting tools

  • Establishing a solid woolen form, learning to create a substructure that will not collapse over time

  • Sculpt your form into a desired shape

  • Applying color to your shaped form

  • Color mixing wool roving

  • Attaching a second form to your first form so the two will not separate

  • Creating a solid base so your form stands on it's own

  • Adding small needle felted details

  • Sewing into your needle felted form to give added details

  • Simple embroidery stitches

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional shaped animals in this manner.

Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $35.00 per kit. 


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Pumpkin Love - Brooch Class

More time to get SpOOky!! Woot!  

Come learn how to create a simple flat pieced fabric and needle felted collage with added embroidery in this super fun class. Kit includes all materials to create a custom brooch, fabric scraps to make your project your own, embroidery floss, and roving. Please note: needle felting is optional in this class! Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools. 

  • How to work with needle felting tools

  • How to create a simple shape from scrap wool and cotton fabrics - no sewing machine required

  • Sketching basics, and turning your sketch into a work of fabric art

  • Applying color together so the colors "sing"

  • Applying color with wool roving

  • Simple embroidery techniques

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional shaped animals in this manner

You will learn techniques in this class so you can create art brooches for everyone on your holiday gift giving list. Support and create -> H a N d m a D e <- this holiday season! :o)


 

Needle Felted Snow Friend on a Stand Class

Class fee includes kit to make one sculpted needle felted art figure, and one decorated stand. *PLEASE NOTE: This is a 6-8 hour project, which can be done in one day-long class, or two separate classes. Please consider this when booking this class.

You will learn how to create a CHARMING  3-D needle felted snowman character wearing the most adorable needle felted leg warmers in this super fun and action packed class. And you will decorate a glittery and snowy stand on which your snowman can pose. So, make sure you eat a lumberman's breakfast before showing up for class! (Hehe!) 
Student will need to supply their own needle felting tools.  (Please read the **CLASS NOTES** above!)

You will learn the following techniques in this class:

Part 1:

  • How to work with needle felting tools

  • Establishing a solid woolen form, learning to create a substructure that will not collapse over time

  • Sculpt your form into a desired shape

  • Color mixing wool roving

  • Attaching a second form to your first form so the two will not separate

  • Sewing into your needle felted form to give added details

  • Attaching elements onto your needle felted form so they stay put over time

Part 2:

  • Covering a box with decorative papers, fabrics, and trims

  • Glitterizing (is that even a word??!)

  • Attaching add-on elements to your stand so they stay put

  • From these techniques learned in class, you will be able to work independently at home creating additional art platforms and shaped animals in this manner.

Additional kits may be purchased on the day of the class for $40.00 per kit. 


**Please note:  For classes without a "Buy Now" button, please contact Val to schedule the class and workout any misc details by emailing Val here. If you have specific questions, please shoot Val an email by clicking here . She will get back to you right away, promise!