Felt is one of the earliest fabrics to be made, occurring throughout the world, and used extensively for everything from hats to tents. It is simple and therapeutic to make, using easily obtainable equipment and materials, and offers the possibility of fantastic results. I have been making, and teaching felt making for many years now, and have developed this range of courses to cover basic feltmaking techniques, to produce a finished item during the day, and to encourage further experimentation. ( and of course have lots of fun! ) You will be given notes on what we have covered, to remind you when you decide to have another go! I will be running these regular courses at my workshop, for up to 4 people, but I can also run any of them for up to 12 people at other venues.
A one day course covering basic flat felt techniques: Designing and making images and patterns, Pre-felts, Layering and you all you need to get started as a felt maker! I run this course once a month; it is a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn the basics, or just a really good day out! You will be shown how to design your own pattern or picture from an image or source of your own choice, ( Don't worry if you haven't got any ideas, there's plenty of I've got lots of books to inspire you) for either a wall hanging, cushion, scarf, or piece of fabric to be later made into something such as a bag or book cover. How to translate your image into felt, select colours, and use pre-felts and layering to form pockets and flaps. At the end of the day you will come away with a finished piece of felt , and the confidence to carry on and make lots more.
This is a lovely course is suitable for beginners, and is a good introduction to both wet and dry methods of felt making. In the morning you will be learning the techniques you will need to make petals and leaf shapes, and different types of balls and rolls, which can be combined to make corsages, earrings, necklaces or hair ornaments. After lunch, you will have the chance to design and make your own piece using the techniques you have learnt. Don't worry that you have never tried this before, you will be given plenty of help, and inspiration .
This is a really fun course for beginners to create your own unique creature. We will be exploring ways of making soft toys, both by using both wet and dry methods of felt making. You will be shown ways of making birds and animals ,and of ways of sculpting them using needle felting.
These courses are suitable for felt makers with some experience. You will be able to use the techniques you have learned to embellish and decorate your work.
BAGS You will be shown how different styles of bags are made. How to add handles, flaps or a pocket, and to design the pattern , then helped to make a bag to your own design.
HATS On this course, you will be shown how to make a basic hat template, which you can then personalize by adding flowers, tassels, bobbles or any other decoration you can think of!
SLIPPERS You will learn how to make yourself a pair of slippers to your own design. Using a basic template, you will learn how to adapt it and decorate it to suite your own ideas.
VESSELS AND BOWLS On this course we explore different methods of making shapes for containers. From flattish bowls, to tall bottles and round vases. I shall explain the differences, and you will be able to make one to take home.
Methods of felting onto silks, cotton, and wool fabrics. This differs from the other classes, in so far as we shall be experimenting with a variety of materials to discover ways in which they can be used, but not trying to produce a finished piece. You will come away with a selection of samples and notes which you will able to use to design and produce work on your own. This is a wonderful way of making felts which can be both very lightweight and strong, or it can be useful for creating texture. It is suitable for making garments, accessories and soft furnishings. It can also be a very useful way of adding or joining fabrics.