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 Weeks is an International teacher of stitched Textiles, living in Kimpton, Hertfordshire.
From fibre to fabric, she is fascinated by each stage of creating colour and structure in Textiles, 3D forms and wearable art.
Barbara is inspired by the coastlines of Australia and the UK, and by natural organic forms.
Barbara exhibits with the Contemporary Quilt group of the Quilters Guild and she is a regional coordinator for The International Felt Makers, organising workshops and events to promote the magical properties of wool and felt.
You can find her at the Felt Makers
tent at Living Crafts in May and Open Studios in Kimpton in September.