Fabulous Felting: Create 2D and 3D Felted Artwork

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Course Notes

This week-long course is run by Claire Priestley, founder of Teesdale Felt. She is an experienced felter and was recently featured in the Australian 'Felt' Magazine. She is a member of Artists Network North East and the International Feltmakers Organisation.

During the week you will experiment with various techniques and have the opportunity to personalise your work according to taste and experience. You will be asked to bring along a photograph or image of a favourite landscape or seascape that you would like to replicate in felt. The workshops within the course are provided as full day projects or as two shorter combined projects. All materials and equipment are provided. At the start of the week you will receive a an equipment pack containing bamboo mat, tulle, foam roller, textured felting roller, olive oil soap, carders, resist mat, felting needles and felting mat. All can be reused for felting with once you return home.

The course will include the following projects;

Day 1 -Create a wet felted landscape or seascape 50 x 50cm

In order to personalise your picture, you will be asked to provide a favourite image of a landscape or seascape to work from. Pictures always work well if they contain interesting colours or a focal point for example a lighthouse, headland, barn or other feature. First you will create a base before using soft merino wool and a wide range of effect fibres to develop your picture. Once it is laid out it will then be wet felted using traditional felting techniques. After wet felting, your picture will be a robust fabric which can be handled and embellished with needle felting techniques and embroidery. You will learn how different fibres react when they are wet felted and the effects. By the end of the day you will have a finished picture that can be taken home and admired.

Day 2- Illuminated bowls and a needle felted sheep or Tomte Gnome

During the morning using a resist method you will create a felt bowl. Felt looks wonderful when it is illuminated and if created fine enough, the light shines through revealing the effect fibres. Your bowl will be lit with string led micro bulbs. This bowl will be created as a flat object and once the resist is removed, with a little manipulation it springs to life and forms a tactile 3D shape. In the afternoon you will make a needle felted sheep or Tomte Gnome ornament. This activity will demonstrate needle felting. A barbed needle joins the woollen fibres together and much like creating a snowball felting in layers enables a solid shape to form. Tomte gnomes are lovely to make and involve various processes. Their hats are made by wet felting a resist and are illuminated with tiny LED bulbs. The body is needle felted and curly locks are added to represent hair.

Day 3 Shibori Felt

It is great fun creating shibori felt and involves a new technique. First you will create a piece of wet felt in two layers. Then items such as felt balls, buttons and baking beads are tied into the felt before it is felted some more. Once dry areas are cut open to reveal the colours and objects beneath. Finally, beads are sewn onto the fabric and crystals added for decoration. If preferred the edges can be cut and twisted to again reveal the layers of colour.

Day 4 Wet felted Lampshade

Create a beautiful felted lampshade. For this workshop you will have an opportunity to work with a wide selection of materials including soft merino wool, mulberry silk, sari silk and yarn. Choosing a theme for example grasslands, mountains, seascape or a contemporary pattern you will design your shade then lay out the fibres ready to turn into felt. Once dry you will embellish and add detail to your felt using needle felting techniques. The finished fabric is added to a shade and lit from within with a LED bulb. Similar to the illuminated bowls, the light will shine through revealing the fibres used in construction.

Day 5 Floral Still Life

Using a flower arrangement as inspiration you will create a beautiful wet felted still life. You will be shown how to create the flowers and we will use pre-felt to construct the vessel they are displayed in. By now you will be familiar with the wet felting process and will have time to embellish your picture using needle felting and embroidery.

A reminder of what you need to bring;

A landscape/ seascape photograph or image to use as inspiration

A couple of hand towels to roll the felt in.

An apron to protect your clothes from woollen fibres if you would like to wear one.

Latex gloves if you have sensitive skin (we use olive oil soap to create the felt)

If you wish you may like to bring a hand-held fulling tool. These are available online and would be a useful piece of additional equipment. Here are a couple of examples but there are others available on sites such as Etsy. https://www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk/wingham-circular-fulling-block.html https://www.moymackay.com/products/p/mool-wet-felting-tool. I do have some you can borrow and scrunched up bubble wrap can be used as an alternative.

Two dog brushes can be used as carders. I have several pairs for you to use, but if you would like to bring your own set, I use the following brand

'Groom Professional' Curved Firm Slicker Brush for Dogs (Available from Amazon) Please buy two of the large size.

Website link www.teesdalefelt.co.uk

*All items created will be taken home by the students along with a pack of basic felting equipment including bamboo mat, tulle, foam roller, textured felting roller, olive oil soap, resist mat, felting needles and felting mat.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM