Meet our Fiber Art Mentor, Laurie Steffler

on Salt Spring Island

Design and Create Your Own Gorgeous Garment, Working with Felted Light and Layers With Renowned Artist, Laurie Steffler

Laurie is a fibre artist, felt fashion designer and instructor creating Nuno felted artwear in merino wool and silk.  Her soulful and

whimsical designs emerge from the womb of creativity that is nurtured by experiencing the peace, beauty, and joy of living in nature on Salt Spring Island. Her felt fashion has been selling at major shows across Canada.  Her felt costumes have been showcased on runways and used in productions.

She loves to explore rich depths of colour through fibre colour layering and the multi-layering of dye baths. She started as an oil and watercolour painter having graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1982.  

Laurie has been a felt-making instructor for 30 years.  Her students

are grateful for her wealth of textile and felting knowledge. She is

able to teach beginners and help advanced students to grow within

the same class. She demonstrates innovative surface design felting

techniques, and shows many tricks to make the felting process easier and faster to do. Laurie enjoys supporting her students’ unique creativity.

Her love of textile art and passion for fibre art began in 1986 when she learned to felt after joining the "first women's journey for peace to the U.S.S.R.” She made twenty-one quilts to give to Russian families from the peace squares gifted by quilters from across Canada.


June 20 - 27, 2023