Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Fiber Artist Tonya Vance Demonstrates Felted Easter Egg Ornaments at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015  
Contact Information:  Gwen Heffner
Information Specialist
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Phone: 859 - 985-5448 Ext. 230

On Saturday, Feb. 28, Tonya Vance, of Lexington, will demonstrate her wool felted Easter egg ornaments from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Vance received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Murray State University, and her work has evolved from two dimensional printing and drawing to three dimensional fiber art. After taking a Lexington Fiber Guild workshop on felting, she then studied felting from Irish artist Nickola Brown.

After experimenting and using different types of wool, Vance settled on using wool from merino sheep, purchasing the wool in bulk.

“Merino wool felts better because it is a finer, shorter-length fiber,” she said. “It tends to felt smoother and more easily than other types of wool.”

Vance loves brilliant color and dyes both wool and silk fibers before using the wet-felting process to create her works. Wet-felting is where loose wool is laid down in layers and agitated using warm water and soap. This process locks the wool fibers together to become felted. The wet-felted wool can then be formed into numerous shapes and left to dry.


Felted Easter egg ornaments by Tonya Vance


As a last step in forming her Easter egg ornaments, Vance puts a thin cobweb layer of silk fibers over the felted wool as a contrasting color and layer.

“I keep experimenting all the time, and my inspirations come from nature, biology and my family, depending on the piece,” she said. “I approach the creation of my vessels in a vey organic and spontaneous way.”

Works by Vance are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel and information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Put a Lid on It: Containers by Kentucky Artisans,” through Feb. 28, 2015; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Murals by Frank W. Long” through April 18, 2015. For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website at  or visit us on Facebook at

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.