Upcoming Workshops & Retreats

     October 21, 2023
Fall Retreat

9 am to 4 pm
Little Pine Island Camp
6889 Pine Island Drive NE                                                          Comstock Pk, MI 


November 4, 2023


Felted Cell Phone Crossbody Purse    Kathy Forzley, Instructor       10 am to 4 pm

FOP Metro Lodge #97
1753 Alpine Ave NW,
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Learn how to make a small 3-D cell phone bag using a flat resist, wool roving and wet felting techniques. Students will have the opportunity to design their own unique bag using a basic template and their choice of wool roving color, yarn embellishments, flap styles and closures. The bags will be finished by adding hardware and a paracord crossbody strap. Decorative buttons can be added after the bag is dry. The option to create a felted cord strap will also be discussed. This workshop is open to ALL levels and is beginner-friendly for anyone new to wet felting.

About the instructor: Kathy Forzley is a contemporary fiber artist whose work includes wet felting, hand & machine embroidery and other fiber arts. Kathy’s work includes wearable art, accessories, 3-D sculptural work and wall art. She finds working with fiber and cloth provides a meditative tactile experience and countless possibilities for creative expression. She also enjoys teaching and interacting with students while offering hands-on workshops.

March 9, 2024 


Polymer Clay Beads – Barbara Wright, Instructor                                  10 am to 4 pm

FOP Metro Lodge #97                                                                                   1753 Alpine Ave NW                                                                                    Grand Rapids MI 49503

Make your own unique buttons, pins or decorative items from polymer clay. Blend colors, stack, roll, stamp, free form and shape your items. Easy, fun and fast. Stamps, texture forms, foil, liquid polymer and other items needed will be provided. Bring your ideas and polymer clay and a few other small items to make your wonderful polymer clay pieces. Student will need to provide additional supplies. Supply list provided upon registration.

 About the Instructor:

Barb Wright works in multiple mediums such as copper, fabric, paper, leather, and paints and her current jewelry work combines copper, beads, polymer clay, leather, and fabric. Barb currently teaches a variety of sewing classes, garment-making workshops, and introductory serger classes at Lakeshore Sewing Center. She also has a successful business selling her work at local craft shows.

     April 27, 2024

Spring Retreat

9 am to 4 pm                                                                                CRC Conference Grounds, Sunshine Room                          12253 Lakeshore Dr                                                                    Grand Haven, MI