Learn the Art of Feltmaking
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In person Workshops 2021
Sumptuous Neck Cowl/Head Warmer
Sunday 25 July 2021 10 am – 4 pm £60
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Learn to make a reversible neck cowl from luxury wool and silk. This versatile accessory will also be sized to fit your head so that you can wear it as a head warmer. Light and small enough to pop into your pocket this project is both practical and beautiful. You will learn to make a template to fit your head size, lay out a strong but fine wool base, use silk fibres and textiles to add surface design, felt evenly and shrink your project to just the right size.
Refresh, Relax, Explore
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 August 2021
10 am – 4 pm each day £110
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This weekend is designed to be a summer retreat for you to spend time refreshing and recharging whilst exploring surface design possibilities through making a series of small, fine felt art works that can be viewed individually or collectively. Day 1 will focus on building your project and felting it to produce your felted images. During Day 2 you will finish felting and then start adding additional elements using basic embroidery stitches. The weekend will be relaxed and you will be encouraged to work intuitively and enjoy the process with less focus on the outcome. Your finished pieces will act like a sketchbook for future reference when you undertaking other felted projects, as well as being lovely art pieces in their own right.
Felted Forage Baskets
Sunday 26 September 2021 10 am – 4 pm £tbc
I have team up with the Somerset Rural Life Museum to bring you this workshop to be held at their wonderful museum in Glastonbury:
Using gorgeous Shetland wool you will build this 3D felt project around a resist to make a unique and functional basket. A foraged stick/driftwood will reinforce the handle and yarn is used to bind this and add surface decoration. Whilst working with nature and natural British wool you will learn the no seams, resist technique that is the foundation for many 3D felted objects such as bags, slippers, hats, vessels etc.
Bookings are not yet open but I will let you know as soon as they are. For this workshop you will need to book directly with South West Heritage/Somerset Rural Life Museum.
Sunday 17 October 2021 10 am – 4 pm £60
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Learn to make a light, durable felted hat with a turn up that is both practical and beautiful. You will learn to make a template to fit your head size, lay out a strong but fine wool base, use silk fibres to add surface design, felt evenly and shrink your project to just the right size to give you a snug fit on your head.
How to book a place on my workshops:
All workshops will be run with any required Covid-19 Secure arrangements in place. I want to keep you all safe and will follow Government guidelines.
Advance booking is essential for these workshops in which you will learn new techniques, make beautiful felted items and have time just for you in which to explore your creativity and work with colour and texture. Workshop prices include key materials and equipment – this includes a large range of wool and interesting fibres. For workshops which teach specific techniques I provide post-workshop notes for you to take home to remind you of the processes you learn.
You will need to bring your own lunch, two towels and a plastic bag or bowl to take your creations home. If you need to provide anything else I will let you know.
The venue is St Edmunds Community Hall, Glastonbury, BA6 8EW (unless shown otherwise) and each workshop runs from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Full day workshops are not recommended for those under 14 years old. Maximum class size is 8 students or less if required to make the sessions Covid-19 Secure.
"Have wool, will travel"
I have been teaching feltmaking since 2007 and really enjoy sharing techniques, hints and tips with my students. I organise and deliver feltmaking workshops in my local area (Glastonbury, UK), but if you would like one elsewhere I am happy to travel. I work with many different groups and organisations and can adapt to new venues and students. Some of the groups I have felted with include: children, school groups from Year 4 – 11, embroidery guilds, art groups, youth organisations, WI’s, adult summer schools, colleges, environmental groups, historical events and public fun days. I offer a variety of techniques from beginner to advanced. I also give talks and demonstrations.
If you can’t make a workshop then my feltmaking kits will let you learn at home.
I have designed my feltmaking kits to enable everyone to try feltmaking . They have all been carefully devised and tested to ensure that people new to feltmaking can understand what to do, know how to use the materials and finish with some lovely felted items.
My kits contain everything you need to get you felting: laminated instructions, plenty of gorgeous wool, natural soap flakes, bubblewrap and other essential items.
Felted Vessels with British Wool
Make 2 vessels from this kit which champions lovely British Shetland wool in it’s natural colours.
Feltmaking Kit for Two
A kit to share, or use twice. These kits are available in a choice of colourful Merino or natural British wool. They provide everything you need for two people to begin feltmaking together.
Fabulous Felted Flowers
Make 3 beautiful unique flower corsages using my hand dyed British wool.
Felt Tutorials PDF Downloads
If you already have felting supplies, but want to try a new technique, some of my kit instructions are available as PDF downloads:
Wonderful Wavy Scarves, Fabulous Felted Flowers, Felt Vessels