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Learn the Art of Feltmaking

**ONLINE COURSES**

Fabulous Felted Flowers or Stunning Felted Vessels

**IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS**

Join me for a day of creative learning in 2024

I love teaching workshops; sharing the wonderful transformational properties of wool, supporting learning and seeing beautiful feltwork being created. I hope you can join me this year.

Super Mini Felted Vessels

Friday 3 May 2024  

10.30 am – 4.30 pm  £60

In partnership with and at Taunton Brewhouse

Booking via Taunton Brewhouse website

Explore colour and surface design as you create some super mini vessels using the wet feltmaking technique.  In this workshop you will learn how to build the wool around a flat resist and shape it to make a 3D structure – the magical method also used for projects such as bags, slippers, hats etc.  During the day you should be able to complete 2 or 3 mini vessels that measure approx. 3 ½”/9 cm in diameter.

 A large range of colourful wools and surface decoration fibres will be available, along with the equipment you will need, plus post-workshop notes to remind you of the processes learnt during the day – all included in the price.  Beginners are very welcome.

Felted Talismans

Saturday 29 June 2024

10.00 am – 3.00 pm

Open to email subscribers only. FULL

St Edmunds Community Hall, Glastonbury

Create little gifts of treasure that hold heartfelt intentions.

These Talismans are intended as an offering of comfort, support, love and care.  Being made of wool they are soft, warm to the touch and beautiful to handle.  The intentions set for the making process fill them with positive thoughts and wishes.

Sculptural Felt Vessels

Saturday 20 July 2024  

10.30 am – 4.30 pm  £65

In partnership with and at Glastonbury Abbey

Booking open now – via Glastonbury Abbey website

Create your own unique art vessel whilst exploring how a basic shape can be adjusted to add sculptural elements using the wet feltmaking technique.  Working around a 2D resist you will create a 3D form, using the transformational qualities of wool to sculpt shapes that remain once your vessel is finished.  You will make and take home a finished vessel approximately 6”/15 cm in diameter by the end of the day.

Materials and equipment are provided.  Suitable for all who wish to increase their felting knowledge, including people with previous wet felting experience and beginners.

Felted Forage Baskets

Saturday 19 October 2024

10.00 am – 4.00 pm        £65.00

St Edmunds Community Hall, Glastonbury UK

This popular workshop is perfect for the autumn.

Using gorgeous Shetland wool you will design, build and fully felt  a unique Felted Forage Basket that is both unique and functional.   Once it is dry you will enhance it further by adding a foraged stick or piece of driftwood as a handle. Whilst working with nature and natural British wool you will learn the no seams, resist technique that is the foundation for many 3D wet felted objects such as bags, slippers, hats, vessels etc

Felt is great to stitch into.  So, if you like to use a needle you also have  the option of using yarn and embroidery techniques to add further surface decoration to your basket after the workshop.

Materials and equipment are provided and beginners are very welcome.  

Fabulous Felted Flowers

Friday 15 November 2024

10.30 am – 4.30 pm        £tbc

At and in partnership with Taunton Brewhouse

Booking via Taunton Brewhouse (I will add a link when booking opens)

Learn how to make beautiful statement flowers using the amazing properties of wool and wet felting techniques – no sewing involved!

Choose from a rainbow of wool colours and add surface decoration to make your flowers uniquely gorgeous.  You will have time to make at least two during the day to give as presents or use yourself – as a brooch on your shirt or coat or to decorate your hair, dress, scarf, purse, bag, hat – make a statement, wear a Fabulous Felted Flower and love the comments you will receive!

All materials and equipment are provided, including brooch pins.  Workshop instruction sheets are provided to take home.

Some Highlights from 2023

Felt Art 2D

 Saturday 1 July 2023

 St Edmunds Community Hall, Glastonbury    

During this day I want to inspire you to explore some of the surface design effects that can only be achieved through wet feltmaking.  You will build either one piece of felt art or have the chance to explore technique through making small samples.  I will guide and support you throughout the day.

All equipment and materials will be provided, including items from my extensive ‘stash’ of surface decoration materials and a good palette of colourful wool.  This is a perfect workshop for beginners to get to know feltmaking or for those wishing to increase their knowledge and experience of different surface design techniques.

To give you a taste of the decorative and textural effects you can use  please check out the videos on my YouTube channel.

Felted Rug

 September 2023 

At and in partnership with Somerset Rural Life Museum

At and in partnership with the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury.  Learn to make strong, thick felt from gorgeous undyed British Shetland wool whilst you make a small rug to warm up your toes.  Build up the base layers and use the four natural colours that are available in this beautiful wool to create a surface design.  During one day we have time for you to learn how to create substantial felt and build a rug either 45 x 45 cm or 40 x 50 cm in size.  All materials and equipment are provided.

It is essential you pre-book your place on my workshops, here is how you do it:

If the workshop is being hosted by someone else please contact them directly using the links provided above. 

For all workshops that I run directly myself I recommend emailing me to check availability  j.loader@btinternet.com

Do email me if you have any queries about any of the workshops.

Download my 2024 Information and Booking form here.

The venue is St Edmunds Community Hall, Glastonbury, BA6 8EW and each workshop runs from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (unless shown otherwise).  

Advance booking is essential for these workshops in which you will learn  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. 

Full day workshops are not recommended for those under 14 years old.  14 – 16 year olds must be accompanied by a fully participating adult (ie 2 places booked).

Maximum class size is 8 students.

Please be aware that feltmaking can be quite physical, especially larger projects such as rugs, scarves, forage baskets.

"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 are interested in a talk or workshop do get in touch with your needs.

Feltmaking Kits

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

Customer feedback

"The kit is superb. I am very wary of kits as they are usually disappointing and to be avoided. Yours is generous in its supply of required materials – plus the instructions are detailed and extensive. What a wonderful gift I was given. Thank you Jennie for making it so good."
Tina
Vessel Felting Kit
"Thank you so much for a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational day, with coffee and biscuits to keep us going. It was brilliant. I have just put in an order for some wool and can't wait to get started! I look forward to seeing you at the next workshop."
Gill
Felt Bag workshop student
"It was easier than I thought and I love the felt I made".
Beginners Felting Kit
"I had a fabulous day. The atmosphere was very calm, an ideal environment to be creative in. I also enjoyed looking at the other students ideas and techniques. I can't wait for your next lot of workshops."
Jane
Sculptural Vessel Worskhop student
“I had such fun making my vessels, I now really love felting. I have gone on to make loads more to give to my friends as presents”. "It was easier than I thought and I love the felt I made".
Vessel Felting Kit
I just wanted to thank you very much for your very informative and inspiring talk you gave to our group last night. I know that everyone enjoyed it, thank you very much for coming.
Embroidery Guild Talk