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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

NEW Workshop Dates for May & June…

I'm not sure when Spring officially starts, but the sun has actually been out today (and so are the first of my daffodils) and it did seem almost warm and very spring-like… It's as good a day as any to be looking ahead to the next series of workshops coming up in May & June. 






























I've got a mixed programme of dates planned, starting with a workshop for beginners, then more felt jewellery, soft pots & bags and two dates for making felt slippers. Here are the details :

"INTRODUCTION TO FELT MAKING" : Saturday 7th. May.
2 places are now available due to cancellations
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.

"FELT JEWELLERY" : Saturday 14th. May. This workshop is now fully booked.
Creating felt flower brooches, beads & bangles using a variety of simple felting techniques, with lots of ideas for decoration using needle felting, beads & embroidery.

"DESIGN & FELT A BAG" : Saturday 21st. May. 
2 places are now available due to cancellations.
First design & create a shape for your bag, then felt a unique seamless bag in one piece, with ideas for handles, fastenings & toggles.   

"SOFT POTS & BOWLS" : Saturday 28th. May. This workshop is now fully booked.
Felting 3-D shapes using a flat 'resist' and 3-D moulds, creating vessels & bowls, with ideas for incorporating handles and decoration. 

"FELT SLIPPERS" Saturday 4th. June & Saturday 11th. June.
The workshop on the 11th June is fully booked, there's one place left on the 4th June.
Making a pair of wonderful felt slippers, with instructions on sizing, making and decorating the slippers, and tips on attaching leather soles.

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 previously taken part in my Beginners Workshop before you move onto the more advanced classes.

All the workshops run from 10.30am - 4.00pm and will be held as before in the West Wight Landscape Partnership conservatory at Maderia House, Avenue Road, Freshwater, PO40 9UU. All materials and equipment will be supplied and included in the cost of the day. This will be £25 for all the workshops, except "Felt Slippers" which will be £28 to allow for the extra fibres needed to complete the project.  Numbers will be limited to 8 people. You will just need to bring a packed lunch (tea & coffee is available) plus an apron, extra towel and rubber gloves (if needed).

Again, I'm really grateful to Pete Fellows, Manager of WWLP, for his continuing support in letting me use the conservatory at Maderia House for the workshops. 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 any of the workshops please get in touch and don't forget to check out more workshop photos on Flickr, plus the Students' Gallery. Also, you can scroll through previous postings on the blog to find out more about specific feltmaking workshops held recently in Freshwater... 

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