ONLINE WORKSHOP: Fiber Charms for Jewelry and More with Jodi Colella


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Fridays, December: 4th, 11th and 18th
10 am – noon

This is an online workshop on Zoom.

Make fiber jewelry using embroidery, weaving, wrapping, wiring and beading. We’ll repurpose clothing fabrics, novelty fibers, wire and found objects and transform them into enchanting charms.

This will be an immersion of experimentation with technique and material. You will create a series of textile embellished bobbles, a custom chain out of wire and then assemble it all into a necklace, amulet pin and any more combinations that you design. Favorite clothing, special tokens, threads from our secret stash… these are the ingredients of agency that will capture the meaning within your personal talisman.

EXTRAS: In addition to the 6 hours of instruction, there are 4 instructional videos for each week of teaching that the students have access to through the end of the year PLUS a private community on Facebook to share questions and projects and Jodi is available for added assistance.

All levels welcome.





Materials to gather within your home:

Assortment of laces, fabric scraps, ribbons, beads, bobbles, threads


Cutting board that you don’t mind making holes into

Glass head common pins for pin looms

Small box and duct tape for box looms (approx. 5×7 to 6×8 in)

Cardboard from and old box
Bamboo skewer

Crochet hooks for small stitching

Favorites from their stash of threads, yarns, beads, fabrics etc

Needles for sewing and embroidery


Sewing supplies like thimble, tape measure, pins etc.

Old buttons

Old costume jewelry

Colorful threads for wrapping

A length of yarn


Narrow decorative ribbon to use as chain

Closure finding for necklace

Acrylic medium or glue

Recycled glass jar

Bamboo skewer or stick




Sketchpad and pencil

Wire cutters and needlenose plyers

Found objects like bottle caps, old keys, rusty nails, doll furniture, patches, costume jewelry and whatever else you find on nature walks or at the bottom of your junk drawers!


Awl, Dremel drill or hammer and nail to perforate a hole

Popsicle stick or two

Toilet Paper cardboard tube

Strong small bull dog clip (office supply)


Items to prepurchase:

Seed beads (any size 9-11)

Plastic rings for curtains, assorted sizes

Beading needle

Weaving needle (long with blunt tip) or Tapestry needle (with blunt tip)

Small amount of white glue or acrylic medium

Simple jewelry clasps, jump rings and findings

Copper jewelry wire, 22 gauge round, medium spool approx.. 150 feet or more

Assortment of laces, fabric scraps, ribbons, beads, bobbles, threads

Inexpensive jewelry tools (optional)


Instructor Bio

Jodi Colella uses needlework to infuse renewed power to craft practices. Both her sculptures and interactive installations push the boundaries of traditional techniques to create works that imply an inner vitality and self-awareness of what it means to be human.

Jodi exhibits and teaches internationally; is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery; and is a recipient of a 2019 Mass. Cultural Council Fellowship Award for Sculpture. She received a BA from Boston University and studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She exhibits extensively both locally and abroad including The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.; The Textile Center, Minneapolis; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton; World of Threads, Toronto; and Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen China.

Jodi is the founder of the fiber study group FiberLab and has taught throughout the U.S. and internationally with upcoming workshops in Greece and Australia.

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