In the bag

MIFFLINTOWN – Eight area women now have wool felting in the bag after taking a class Saturday at Village Acres Farm and Food Shed, in Mifflintown.

Participants learned how to make a felted bag during the workshop, which was sponsored by the Juniata Cultural Arts Committee. Supplies were provided at a minimal fee, including wool from instructor Leslie Howard’s sheep.

“I’m so excited that there’s finally a craft class in this area,” said Donna Amspacher, of Lewistown. “I would love it if Mifflin County would do more things like this.”

Most of the women were unfamiliar with this particular type of project, but were enthusiastic.

“I’ve never done it before, so it’s all new to me,” said Pauline David, of Lewistown, “I like crafts.”

The arts committee offers a variety of projects most months of the year and aims to make the classes accessible to as many people as possible.

“Our ‘how-to’ classes are affordable so anyone can come,” said committee member and “how-to” coordinator Tessa Gross.

An upcycling class is scheduled for Oct. 9. Upcycling refers to taking an old object and making it into a new one. The fee for the class is $7 and participants are asked to bring an old T-shirt to be made into a scarf, necklace, flower or design.

At 1 p.m. on Oct. 27, the committee will hold an art critique and, at 10 a.m. on Nov. 16, a filigree jewelry making class will be held.

For more information on the classes or to register, contact Gross at (814) 689-9687 or

The Juniata Cultural Arts Committee can be found online at or on Facebook.