©2019 by Jaana Mattson

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Tuscan Balcony in antique winder detail.

September 25 - October 3, 2020​​​

There is no better way to channel inspiration than to immerse yourself in a NEW landscape.Come absorb the beauty of Italy with me for a week of needle felting tutorials and “la dolce vita” of shared creative experience. 


This all-inclusive 8-day workshop is just a 2-hour drive north of Rome at the intersection of Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany, adjacent to the picture-book village of Farnese, Italy.  Parts of the country house where we work and live date back to the 17th Century, with the 1400 sq. ft studio in a converted granary.

Needle Felting Retreat in Italy with Jaana Mattson


Using delicate layers of dyed roving, Jaana's needle felted wool textiles are built and anchored one wisp at a time with a notched needle until the image becomes fabric. With these materials, one can manipulate light and color in much the same way as an impressionist painter, with the resulting layers of fiber blended by the viewer’s eye. The organic textures of wool and wood energize each other as the textile is recessed into locally milled or reclaimed timber. 

Needle Felted Wool Landscapes


Jaana offers classes in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, as well as other locations across the country. Register online for upcoming classes.



Interested in seeing Jaana's work in person? She displays and sells at various art shows around the US throughout the year. Check out the event schedule to see where Jaana is confirmed to display her art.



Jaana Mattson lives, works and teaches from her home studio in Minnesota.   In 1999 she completed her MFA with a focus in fibers at UW-Seattle.  After designing and producing art jewelry for 10 years, Jaana returned to her mixed-media roots to explore craft in new and sculptural dimensions through welding, stained glass, encaustic medium and fibers combined with found objects. 

About Jaana Mattson 

Jaana offers some of her creations and supplies to purchase online.  

500 Terry Francois Street, San Francisco, CA 94158