Feltmaking

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

When treated with temperature, water and friction, natural wool fibres react to form a felted fabric. The oldest fabric construction method known to man, felted wool has been used for objects ranging from clothing to housing.

Using a colourful range of wool ‘tops’, you will learn how to work wool fibres to form a felted fabric. You will also experiment with the construction of 3-D shapes, and how to use needle-felting to further embellish your work.

The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required

 

COURSE PROGRAMME:

Session 1:  Introduction to the basic technique of felting; production of samples

 

Session 2: Experimenting with 3-D forms; adding textures and other materials

 

Session 3: Using needle-felting (both hand and machine) to further embellish your work

 

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT INCLUDED: Range of coloured wool ‘tops’; additional fibres and materials; all necessary equipment required for the felting process

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES: May present some issues for those with allergies to wool or soap; Aprons provided - can get wet!