McCarl Gallery Plans Flower Workshop Sept. 23

by Public Relations | Aug 14, 2017

Aug. 14, 2017

Fancy felted wool flowers by Nan Loncharich

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College will offer a workshop by Nan Loncharich on how to make fancy felted wool flowers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Gallery in the Fred M. Rogers Center on campus.

The class will start with a discussion of processing and felting woven wool clothing for use.  Participants will learn tips for finding inexpensive materials at thrift stores. Using basic hand-sewing of simple shapes (no patterns needed), students will learn to make realistic flowers from recycled wool clothing such as skirts and jackets. Students will also learn how to turn flowers into pins to wear on clothing, hats and bags or for display. From a kit supplied by Loncharich, students will complete two or three fall-themed flowers with accents and leaves during the class.

“Nan is happiest with a needle in her hand,” commented Lauren Churilla, director of the Gallery. “She watched her grandmothers make braided and punch-hooked rugs and learned how to embroider, knit, crochet and sew clothing from her mother.”

“She stitched needlepoint as she commuted to work, toted quilts on airplanes and now has settled in with rug hooking and wool flower making,” Churilla continued. “Nan has written for Rug Hooking Magazine and is the author of Making Flowers from Wool (Stackpole Books). She is at work in her studio daily, making flower pins to supply to Pittsburgh-area museums and specialty shops. She also regularly appears at area fiber and craft festivals and teaches her techniques at a local community college in a hands-on, energetic style.”

To view Loncharich’s work, visit her website,, or Facebook page, Fancy Wool Flowers.

The workshop is designed for beginners. Tuition and material fee is $25. Her book may be purchased from the instructor. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling Churilla at the McCarl Gallery, 724-805-2188.


Photo: Fancy felted wool flowers by Nan Loncharich


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