Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Felt Making for 2011

I'm really pleased to be able to post this information for workshops planned for the New Year. There has been great demand for more beginners classes, as well as workshops for those who wish to move onto more advanced projects, so here are the details:

"Introduction to Felt Making"
Dates : Sat.15th Jan & Sat. 22nd Jan. These workshops are fully booked.
The content in these two workshops is the same, so you would only need to come to one of the workshops to learn the basic skills.
Simple felt making techniques will be explained, with everyone making one or more pieces of flat felt, experimenting with blending colours & textures. Plenty of ideas & examples of interesting end projects will be on display. Check out previous workshop photos on flickr.

"Soft Pots & Bowls"
Date : Sat. 29th January. This workshop is fully booked.
Felting 3-D shapes using a flat 'resist' and 3-D moulds, creating vessels & bowls, with ideas for incorporating handles and decorating with textures, threads & beads. 

"Design & Felt a Bag"
NEW DATE : Sat. 5th February. An extra date has been added as this workshop has been very popular, places are still available.

Date : Sat. 12th February. ONE place has now become available.
Design and create a shape for your bag, then felt a unique seamless bag in one piece - with ideas for making straps, fastenings & toggles.   

"Felt Jewellery"
Date : Sat. 19th February. This workshop is fully booked.
Creating felt flower brooches, beads & bobbles, buttons & bangles using a variety of simple felting techniques - with lots of ideas for decoration and making jewellery.

With these workshops it will be assumed that you know the basic felting techniques, so to save time on the day, I advise that you will have taken part in my Beginners Workshop before you move onto these stages.

All the workshops now run from 10.30am - 4.00pm and will be held in the WWLP building at Avenue Road, Freshwater. Materials and equipment will be supplied and included in the cost of the day, which will be £25. Numbers will be limited to 8 people.

You will just need to bring a packed lunch (tea & coffee will be available), plus an apron and rubber gloves (if you have sensitive skin). Felt making does involve getting your hands wet & soapy, so an extra towel would also be handy.

I'm really grateful to Pete Fellows, Manager of the West Wight Landscape Partnership, for his continuing support in letting me use the conservatory at Maderia House. This allows me to offer the workshops at such reasonable rates. It's a lovely light space, with lots of room. We have the use of the kitchen and free parking, at the rear of the building, on the day.

If you are interested in taking part in the workshops then please get in touch… 

Making felt is one of the best ways to keep warm if this very cold winter continues…! 

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