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Introduction to Feltmaking  

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  • TutorPenny Dixon
  • Price-
  • Age-
  • LevelBeginners

Sat 7 Jul, 10am - 4pm | £36 (£32) |1 Day Course | Beginner Level | Ages 18+ 

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.

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 and shoulders. The course may not be suitable for people with disabilities but you may 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.

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, fabrics and wool. 

You will be taught the basic skills in the feltmaking process, gaining a knowledge of wool and its properties and the historical context of feltmaking.

You will have the opportunity to apply your new skills to produce decorative pieces for a wall hanging or mat. 
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

Incorporate threads, fibres and fabric into the felt to create decorative surfaces

The course is delivered through a mix of demonstrations and practical exercises. You will leave with some felt samples and some more developed decorative pieces.

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?
Penny Dixon

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