Experience the magical process of Felt Making.
From 2D to 3D, explore a variety of British wools, fine Merino and silk fibres to explore colour and texture in surface design. We start by perfecting flat felt techniques and then move on to the 3 Dimensional, using resist materials. Pots, oven glove or cases to your own design. Added decoration can include stitch.
Learn to lay the finest layers of merino wool, making pre-felt to use in your design. Plan a composition with focus on colour, texture, line and shape. Wet out and complete the felt. Consider further decorative stitch. Choose a resist shape to make a 3D pot, small case or oven glove. Day 2. Your choice to extend either technique as you wish.
Felted items are eco- friendly, washable, resist flame and a pleasure to handle.
Please bring with you
Inspiration for Design (I will use 'cactus' as a theme)
2 metres bubble wrap, 50 - 75cm wide, small bubbles, no holes
2 - 3 towels, small, medium to large are all useful
Plastic jug/bowl/ice cream tub, sponge or 'J' cloth
Water spray bottle (plants or recycled kitchen)
Olive soap bar or liquid soap for clothes wash (not detergent)
Scissors, sewing kit, tape measure
Any favourite embellishments
Wools, ***Merino 18 - 21 micron, Shetland, Corriedale, Blue faced Leicester,
Finn/Norweigan, Bergshaf. Silk, bamboo, banana fibres
The following items can be purchased from your tutor
All the Wools and Fibres listed above, as used approx. £6 - £12
Resist plastic material for 3D work
Free loan of foam rollers, water dispensers and nets for laying out.
Suitable for all levels
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD
Barbara has explored many aspects of textiles, but now prefers to focus on the qualities of wool and silk for surface design, the gentle art of wool lamination and the serendipity of the process. She is currently IFA coordinator for Beds, Herts, Bucks & Berks and an active member of the Contemporary Quilt group of the Quilters Guild. You can find her at the Felt Makers Tent at Living Crafts in May, and at Open Studios in Kimpton (September) where she lives. Her final City & Guilds student won the Quilt Art Masters award at the Festival of Quilts in August 2018 www.barbaraweeks.com
Barbara welcomes individual queries about the workshop email@example.com