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5-9-2014 12-12-39 PM

A Passion for Fashion!

olga2Meet Alpaca Direct customer Olga Babenko. A graduate from Kharkov institute of technology (Ukraine), she worked in the fashion industry in New York for 10 years and now  runs her own fashion business in Philadelphia.  She recently sent us a few pictures of the items she creates and they are amazing!
Olga describes the art she creates with fiber:
“When creating the clothing, I prefer, and as much as possible, tend to use all natural materials such as: cotton, linen, rayon, silk, wool, etc.  I incorporate knitted and crocheted elements with vintage fabric, lace, and buttons which aren’t commonly found.”
I enjoy both sewing handmade clothing as well as creating designs with handmade felt, depending on the season and my inspiration.
The styles I create are often dictated by my mood and I tend to make clothing ranging from the Victorian era to urban and many other styles.
I use Alpaca Direct wool roving and other fibers for hand felted coats and scarves; yarns for needle felted accessories.
If the gray days of fall are dragging you down, why not wear the most colorful clothes in your wardrobe?olga10
“I prefer vibrant colors and floral motifs in clothing I create; it may be because I grew up in the far North of Russia, where there was a lot of snow and very few flowers.”
Thanks Olga… for sharing your passion for fashion with us!

Needle Felted Teddy Bear

No knitting allowed! Maybe knitting is not your cup of tea- but you are fascinated by fiber arts anyway? Needle felting is sculpting with wool. Come and learn this technique- once you start, you won’t want to stop!

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Instructor: Diane Balbi

Includes all materials needed to complete. Learn a new skill and a fun craft.