Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Bouquets

Spring is beginning here in the Pacific Northwest, and although it is still sprinkled with winter we have had a few sunny days in the past week, which is encouraging.

On one of those sunny days, as I was cutting felt for some projects, I felt compelled to just drop everything and get outside. I took some cuttings from the plants that are starting to show their spring colors, arranging the floral bouquets in glass mason jars, which I then decorated with felt ribbons and flowers.

This might have not been on my "to do" list (which I have a hard time breaking away from), but the spontaneous break turned out to be a necessary breath of fresh air, and I returned to my work inspired.

I hope these spring days open your eyes to all the young life around you.

~ Kata Golda

Portland — 4/9/2011
Easter Egg Basket & Chick
(10 am – 1:30 pm)
:: Learn how to make an Easter basket and a wee egg-shaped chick from felt with artist and author Kata Golda at Modern Domestic. Register for class.

Stuffed Bunny Companion
(2:30 pm – 6 pm)
:: Learn
how to make a plush bunny toy from felt with artist and author Kata Golda at Modern Domestic. Register for class.
SHOP: and Etsy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kata Golda Sewing Workshops :: Spring 2011

[ABOVE] Stuffed Girl Bunny, hand stitched by Kata Golda — one of many stuffed companion designs.

It's hard to believe it's already March — but to be one step closer to spring brings a sunny cheer to even the rainiest gray days in the Pacific Northwest. Join me in welcoming spring at one of three felt sewing workshops I'm offering these next 2 months in Seattle and Portland — all just in time for Easter, should you find yourself in need of the perfect handmade gift for the holiday.


March 16, 2011 (6 pm–9:30 pm)
Felt Sewing Workshop: Stuffed Bunny Companion
Marigold & Mint // 1531 Melrose Avenue // Seattle, WA 98122

Learn how to make a felt stuffed bunny toy with Kata Golda at Marigold & Mint in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Class is limited to 6 students, and no experience is necessary. Cost ($100) includes materials & tools, such as wool felt that's hand-dyed especially for Kata Golda's custom color palette. Call (206) 682-3111 to register.

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Marigold and Mint is an organic farm, a retail shop and a studio. We grow two acres of flowers and edibles, as well as harvest responsibly from our orchard, woodland and berry patches. The farm is situated along the Snoqualmie River, about 30 miles east of Seattle. The shop is located in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. We sell and deliver to florists, individuals and businesses, and, in the studio, make things such as marigold garlands, notepads, and driftwood sailboats.

Founded in 2008 by owner Katherine Anderson, Marigold and Mint reflects her lifetime love of flowers and landscapes. Trained as a landscape architect, she brings her affection for both clean and clear design and intricate patterns to Marigold and Mint.


April 9, 2011 (10 am–1:30 pm)
Felt Sewing Workshop: Easter Egg Basket & Chick
Modern Domestic // 1408 NE Alberta St // Portland, OR 97211

Make a soft Easter basket with a wee egg-shaped chick with Kata Golda, artist and author of Kata Golda's Hand Stitched Felt. Just in time for a little spring celebrating, this hand-made treasure will be a part of your holiday for years to come. Gain confidence with your hand-work, and relax and play with the softest and most wonderful wool felt. Felt is forgiving, doesn’t fray, and so perfectly natural! The sweet basket even has room to hold a few extra treats! Cost is $60 and does not include supplies. SUPPLY LIST | REGISTER ONLINE

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April 9, 2011 (2:30 pm–6 pm)
Felt Sewing Workshop: Stuffed Bunny Companion
Modern Domestic // 1408 NE Alberta St // Portland, OR 97211

Discover the joys of hand-stitched felt and make a sweet stuffed bunny companion for someone in your life. In this one-session class with guest teacher Kata Golda, author of Kata Golda's Hand Stitched Felt, you will make a stuffed boy or girl bunny that can top an Easter basket or be given in celebration of Spring. Kata will get you working with wool felt, cotton thread, and stuffing; your raw edges won’t fray with this impressive fast project. Cost is $60 and does not include supplies. SUPPLY LIST | REGISTER ONLINE

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United by a love of fabric, sewing, and learning, Michelle Healy, Gina Cadenasso, and Lupine Swanson are the proud owners of Modern Domestic — a sewing studio and retail space offering two fully equipped classrooms, a comfortable seating area and a growing community of creative makers.

Modern Domestic offers classes in sewing for all skill levels, whether you’ve never touched a machine before or you’re continuing your mastery of the craft. Located just blocks from Bolt, Close Knit, and Collage, we are in the heart of Northeast Portland’s thriving DIY community.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

~ Kata Golda

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