Monday, February 25, 2013

Summer Art Camp 2013

Monica's Summer Art Camp 2013

Session 1.     June 24 - 27
Three Billy Goats Gruff

* visiting farm animals
* gardening
* billy goat gruff puppet show
* making goat masks and Waldorf crafts
Recommended for ages 4 to 7

Session 2.    July  8 - 11

Japanese Fairytales

* Japanese doll making
* paper lanterns
* origami crafts
*Japanese tea garden party
Recommended ages 8 to 11

Session 3     July 15 - 18

Garden Fairy, Gnomes and Elves

*make a woodland fairy house
*create a fairy skirt or gnome hat
*clay crafts
*garden tea party
Recommended ages 7 to 10

Session 4     July 22 - 25

Rumpelstiltskin a German folktale 

*dye wool
*golden craft making and needle felting
*simple knitting
*Rumpelstiltskin play
Recommended ages 7 to 10

Session 5    July 29 - August 1

Under the Sea

*water color painting
*mermaid or pirate doll making
*make a pirates map
*treasure hunt
Recommended ages 7 to 10

Session 6     August 5 - 9

Land Down Under

*wet felting
*paint a  wooden alligator or rain stick
*outback hunt
*animal stories of Australia
*jewelry making 
Recommended  ages 4 to 7

$225.  per session
Registration  form:
in the  classes section or call 707 236 2829.
A deposit of $75. is due April 10, 2013 and is non refundable 
Balance due June 10, 2013

This is our 4th year of art camp.  We look forward to seeing 
you for a fun filled camp.

Monica, Liz and Lily

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mothers Group Wednesday mornings with Monica Ashley

Looking for a place to gather and make crafts inspired by nature?
Join me on Wednesday mornings, 9am to 11am in downtown Sebastopol.

*October 3
Woodland animal
~  Felt an animal for your nature table.

*October 10  
Pine cone Gnome Doll
~ Yes the Gnomes you can only purchase at Winter Faire!  I'll teach you how to make these adorable little ones.

*October 17
Wet felted vessel
- Perfect for a special crystal or small gift.

*October 24
Felted Sweater toy
~ Recycled sweater toy animal or ornament.

*November 7
Wool Angel
~  Made from merino and cashmere

I will share a story and craft. All materials are included, as well as tea and snack.
Classes held at Glass Fusion Studio (next to Screamin Mimi's)
$25~$35 per class. For a complete class schedule:  
or call 236 2829.

Thursday, August 30, 2012




Yellow the bracken

Golden the sheaves
Rosy the apples
Crimson the leaves
Mist on the hillside
Clouds gray and white
Autumn, good morning!
Summer, good night!

by Florence Hoatson

I would like to extend an invitation to you,  

This autumn I am going to hold a Mother's group in Sebastopol. It will be an opportunity for you to create a seasonal craft, and learn new seasonal stories to share with your family.  I believe that creating a nature table, brings rhythm into a child's life.  Children so enjoy the connection with nature and look forward to the changing seasons. In addition, I  will offer play silks for sale and kits  that you may create with your families.

Tuesday Morning Schedule
September 11  9-11
  Corn Husk Dolls (corn husks-mohair)

September 18  9-11  Michaelmas Dragon  (needle felted)

September 25  9-11  Candle decorating for fall  (bees wax)
October 2  9-11   Pumpkins or Gourds  (needle felted)

We will meet Tuesday mornings 9a.m.-11a.m.   I will be sharing a craft and story each week.

The group will meet at Glass Fusion Studio (next to Screaming Mimi's).   I will be  serving tea and snack. 

The fee per week includes all materials $25-$35 sliding scale. 

Please call Monica to register at 707 236-2829   Or visit the website for the current list of felting and sewing classes Monica has scheduled, through the end of the year. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Monica's Fall Workshop Schedule

Oct. 11    Free Demo   Bodega Coop   Bodega, CA
Oct. 21    Needle Felting Animal    Cast Away Yarn
                                    Santa Rosa, CA  5:30-7:30 $35.
Oct. 25    Free Demo  Bodega Coop   Bodega, CA

Nov. 2    Felted Nativity Workshop   Santa Rosa, CA
6:45-8:45  $35.-$45.  kits available 
Nov. 9    Felted Nativity Workshop                  "            "        "     "         "
Nov. 16  Felted Nativity Workshop                 "            "        "     "         "
Nov. 30  Felted Nativity Workshop                "            "        "     "         "

Nov. 11  Animal        Cast Away Yarn
                                 Santa Rosa,  CA  5:30-7:30  $35.

Dec.  7 & Dec. 10     Waldorf  Doll Workshop   
                                  Santa Rosa, CA  $85 or $98 long hair
 All materials included
 12/7 6pm-9pm and 12/10 12pm-3pm
 Deposit required to reserve your space.
Call Monica with inquiries  or    

Tuesday, May 3, 2011




Thursday, April 14, 2011

May 7 Free Felting Demonstration for Mothers Day at the Artisans Coop in Bodega

Monica Ashley Invites Families to Add Wool Felting to Seasonal Celebrations

By Sono-Ma     Holly     April 12, 2011

Is there anything that says Spring more perfectly than a soft brown bunny hiding in the tender green cabbage leaves?

Monica Ashley, local crafting instructor, invites your children to learn to make their own Spring creation during the “Children’s Easter Bunny Workshop with Basket and Eggs“ this Saturday at Cast Away Yarn Shop. The class is offered on Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. The cost is just $30, which includes supplies.
This fun needle felting classes is designed for children 8 to 12. Learn how to make a fun Easter Bunny with little eggs, just in time for Easter!” says teacher, Monica.

Location: 111 4th Street, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

More Information: 707-546-YARN (9276)

Monica offers needle felting classes for more advanced students as well. This popular Peter Rabbit is just one example of the wonderful, whimsical details you can achieve with wisps of wool under Monica’s wing.

Monica plans a free felting workshop on Mother’s Day weekend, and invites families to come out and visit her at the Bodega Artisan’s Coop on Saturday May 7, 2011. (The co-op is located at 17135-A Bodega Highway, Bodega, California 94922. Call for more information at: 707-876-9830.)

Travel out the scenic Bodega Highway and find a tiny gem in the valley that lies on the edge of the Sonoma Coast: the quaint hamlet of Bodega. Forever famous for serving as Alfred Hitchcock’s the Birds’ film set, Bodega is home to a handful of charming antique stores. Bodega also has its very own Artisan’s Cooperative where a hand painted sandwhich board calls out “Meet Today’s Artist”.

Venture into a clapboard cottage and awe over the unique works of more than 40 local artisans, including our beloved Monica Ashley.
Stay for a bit to do some felting with Monica, and you’ll go home with a lovely Mother’s Day Flower:

Monica invites you discover the amazing locally produced wool roving and yarns offered at the cooperative, while she guides you in learning how to create with wool.

Monica hopes you’ll linger on to hear about her summer camps for children or to shop from the fabulous collection of goods offered at the Artisan Coop. From stunning wool caps to Monica’s hand made dolls crafted from wool , there is much to discover and just in time for Mother’s Day!

See you there!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April Workshops and Spring Camp


April 18-21   Childrens Art Camp
Monica's studio
$145. per session or $45. drop in welcome   children ages 7-10 welcome
I will be hosting a craft camp during Spring break.  Each day the children will bake, make crafts and sew or felt.  We will create a natural bird house and egg decorating will be on Thursday.  

Monica's Workshops at Cast Away Yarn Shop in Santa Rosa   call 546-yarn to register

April 16  Saturday
Easter bunny and basket with eggs
Children's felting workshop
$30. includes materials

May 5  Thursday
Needle and wet felted mural
Adult  felting workshop
$35. includes materials

May 21  Saturday
Needle felting
Animal sculpting needle felting
$35. includes materials

June 27- August 4