Detail of felted landscape, "Fall in the Mountains," by Lorraine Cathey

Detail of felted landscape, “Fall in the Mountains,” by Lorraine Cathey

Come bid at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction on this gorgeous felted landscape, “Fall in the Mountains,” donated by Lorraine Cathey.

Lorraine Cathey is one of our featured artists in our upcoming Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction. A fiber artist of 15 years, she is known for creating award-winning, heirloom mohair teddy bears and whimsical, needle-felted bears and gnomes.

Also a watercolor artist, Lorraine’s love of painting led her to create needle-felted landscapes. She was recently juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild with this art and her bears. She has two classes at the Folk School scheduled in 2016, one class focusing on felted bears and the other on felted landscapes. Believing that learning never ends, she conducts her classes with fun and a noncompetitive spirit.

Come bid on Lorraine’s gorgeous felted landscape and other fine-crafted goods at the Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction. This event will be held in the Keith House on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. Free!


Lorraine demonstrates how to felt a teddy bear in the Fiber Arts building.

Check out Lorraine’s upcoming classes at the Folk School:

Felted landscape by Lorraine Cathey

Felted autumn landscape by Lorraine Cathey

Fabulous Felted Landscapes

 January 3-9, 2016

Our mountain region provides endless scenes waiting to be painted – or felted! Beginning with pre-felt as canvas, learn needle-felting techniques using wool roving to design a landscape, with photos for reference. Once the design is needle felted, wet felting finalizes the process. Free-motion stitching can also be done to accentuate certain areas. Expect to complete at least two pieces, with mat board provided to mount them. No experience required. Register today!


Felted winter landscape with red barn, by Lorraine Cathey


Felted bear by Lorraine Cathey

A Mohair Bear Family to Love

February 7-13, 2016

Join us for a week of smiles, making mohair bears in three different sizes to grow your skills (imagine Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear). Fully jointed with glass eyes, these will surely please every bear lover! Learn techniques of sewing and jointing, how to design a pattern, and the history behind the lovable Teddy Bear from 1903. Complete the set and depart with skills to continue bearmaking at home. Nimble fingers for hand-sewing are the only requirement. Register today!

Visit our Auction Page for event information

Visit Lorraine’s website to see more of her incredible work

Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.