An introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with an opportunity to experiment with a range of fibres, fabric and wool to create functional and decorative pieces.
What will you learn on this course?
This course is an introduction to traditional and contemporary felt making with an opportunity to experiment with a range of fibres, fabric and wool. You will be taught the skills to create tactile surfaces for stitch and dye, plus more advanced techniques including resists and nuno felting to develop functional and decorative pieces.
On this course you will learn how to:
- Understand the properties of wool and appreciate how and why it felts
- Create 2D felt using traditional wet rolling technique
- Layout wool and calculate shrinkage for wet rolling felt
- Identify and work with a range of animal, plant and man-made fibres
- Use colour, create pattern and ‘paint’ with the wool
- Create and use pre-felt
- Incorporate threads, fibres and fabric into the felt to create decorative surfaces
- Make and use resists to create seamless felt
The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. Students will be provided with handouts for each technique and will build a personal portfolio of samples to refer to for future felting projects.
The course content is guided by the ability and prior experience of the students attending. Students wishing to re-enroll are welcomed and assisted to develop their skills further and work on individual projects with guided support from the tutor.
Previously students have made wall hangings, bags, cushions, bowls, hats, jewellery, flowers and scarves.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous experience of felt making as full instruction and guidance is given. Those with some experience will be able to improve their skills, technique and develop new designs.
This course involves working at low tables, includes long periods of standing and good dexterity is needed in your hands. The course may be suitable for people with disabilities, please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs. A carer or support worker may assist but must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support.
Do you need to bring anything?
Please wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron.
All materials and equipment are provided.
Are there any additional costs?
There are no additional costs.
Who teaches this course?
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