Althea Bilodeau

I express my love of fashion through traditional felt making and distinctive surface design. Each one-of-a-kind item is created from the finest quality wool, silk and exotic natural fibers. I begin by hand-dyeing my raw materials, then create unique non-woven fabric using my own variation of an ancient wet felting technique. From classic outerwear to dramatic scarves, shawls and bags, each piece is carefully designed and handcrafted in my Vermont studio.

I am a third-generation fiber artist, raised on a self-sufficient farm in Upstate New York. My mother, Gloria Scannell, is a well-known spinner and weaver. Surrounded by fresh fleeces from my mother’s champion fiber sheep and boiling dye pots filled with black walnut shells and onion skins, I was drawn to color and fabric from a young age.

I studied textiles, garment construction, and costume design at State University of New York at Albany and have furthered my education through additional studies with national and international feltmaking instructors. I am Co-President of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild.