Ever wondered how to create felt?
In this introductory workshop you will learn about the ancient art of felt making, practised by the nomadic people of Central Asia for thousands of years and now being adopted by textiles artist across the globe.
You will learn about the process of bonding wool fibres together using the wet felting method; from laying out the loose fibres to working them together with just soap, water a little elbow grease, to form a new and unique fabric. You can use your completed felted work to stitch into, frame, embellish other textiles with and much more.
During the workshop you will learn…
- about different wool types
- tips on pulling out the fibres from the wool tops,
- how to layout the wool fibres to create an even felt,
- how to embellish the surface by incorporating other fibres and yarns
- the wet felting process
Initailly we'll make a sample piece to learn the technique and then you can make an abstract, decorative textured flat pieces or try creating a picture in wool. For inspiration bring along images, sketches and photos to help you on your creative journey.
Instruction notes are provided to take home on where to buy wool tops and recapping the process, so you can continue practising your new skills.
Our Learn to Felt workshop is suitable for beginners and people of all ages are welcome. Under 16 are entitled to a discounted ticket of £25, and must be accompanied by a full ticket paying adult.
This is a half day workshop available on Saturday 13th January | Thursday 21st March | Saturday 18th May, starting at 10am - 2/2:30pm at Silversoles Studio.
Beginners + All levels Welcome.
Learn to Felt - An Introduction
Do I need to be able to felt to attend this workshop?
No previous felting experience is required. All abilities are welcomed as this workshop is especially suited for beginners.
What is provided in the workshop?
All materials and equipment are provided. Illustrated handouts notes are offered to enable you to continue to practice what you learn during the workshop. We suggest you bring along a camera / camera phone to help your record the your work during the workshop.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have a stash of yarns, fabric or other material, and which of us that love textiles doesn’t, do bring along any bits you'd like to incorporate into your work.
Should I wear specific types of clothing?
Wear old clothes and comfortable footwear. If you have a plastic laminated apron do bring it along to protect your clothing. We do have a selection of fabric aprons for your use.
How long is the workshop?
This is a half day workshop: 10am - 2/ 2:30pm.
Participants are asked to arrive at 9:45am for a 10am start.
Do you cater for dietary restrictions?
Light refreshments are provided during all our workshops. We offer a selection of light refreshments that include traditional, herbal & fruit teas, coffee (de/caffeinated), squash and water to drink alongside sweet snacks (e.g. biscuits, flapjack, cake or seasonal fruit).
If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance, and we will make adjustments to cater for your need.