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Learning how to make felt in an evening

Laying outIn preparation for my new introduction to felt making workshop, my two friends from work volunteered to learn how to make felt.

Here they are laying down the fibres for a test piece. We worked to a set size with a given amount of wool. This shows you how to gauge the amount of wool required.

Wetting the fibresNow the fibres are covered with netting and wetted thoroughly. Unperfumed soap is rubbed over the netting till a lather develops.

Checking the fibres

The netting is peeled back carefully and we check to see if there are any dry spots.

Rolling the feltThe wool fibres are sandwiched between two pieces of bubblewrap then rolled round a foam roller. Pipe insulation works fine.

Then we roll, and roll, and roll..  100 times in each direction, then flip over and repeat on the other side.The final rollThe felt will now start to feel more solid, so time to increase the amount of pressure when rolling.

Almost finishedNearly done, after a brisk rub, the felt is rolled in a bamboo mat, then rinsed thoroughly to remove all the soap.The finished picture

And here are the finished pieces. I was very impressed with result.

We all agreed it was a thoroughly relaxing and entertaining evening that everyone could enjoy.

You can find out if you like to make felt by coming to my workshop in Heswall on 14th September at 6:30 (see my earlier post for details).

To book a place please email

email@ThingwallFelt.co.uk

 

Festival Time

Beautiful Days Festival in Escot Park, Devon starts in two weeks so it was time to think about the Sunday theme.

This year it is “stars” and I found a pattern for a star-shaped beret in Chad Alice Hogan’s book Fabulous Felt Hats.

The prefelt hearts were cut freehand to give a more jumbled look. I used Corridale for the outer layer to help the hat hold it’s shape  well. On the inside I used Merino to make it more comfortable to wear.

Here is the result:

Top view
Top view
Front view
Front view

Would you like to learn how to make felt?

Feltmaking Class

Follow this link to see details of my new introduction to feltmaking class.

The process of wet felting is easy to learn and a good way to unwind after a busy day.

Whilst you don’t need to be good at design to produce beautiful felt, there are many ways to create patterns and designs which will intrigue you.

Please book your place whilst as numbers are limited.

 

Sketching in Sorrento

On a recent trip to Sorrento I did a few charcoal sketches of the view from  our balcony.

I find that sketching in monochrome helps me to concentrate of the composition rather than the colour.

When I create a felt picture using these images, it is easier to take into account the emotional and visual impact of alternate colour schemes.

Bay of Naples
Bay of Naples
View from hotel balcony, Sorrento
View from hotel balcony, Sorrento
Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento
Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento
Typical Italian pine tree
Typical Italian pine tree

balcony_webAnd here is a wall hanging inspired by the colours and textures of Sorrento. It is made from Merino wool, wool roving,  Indian cotton lawn fabric, silk fabric, Indian printed polyester fabric. For contrast, I defined the hill by needle felting pieces of cut wool prefelt made from Blue faced Leicester wool.

Useful information

As there was a lot of interest in joining me to make felt together, I am currently searching for a suitable venue and will be offering an introduction to feltmaking class later in the year.

Several people were interested in the Friday Felters group that meets every third Friday in Frodsham Community centre, Fluin Lane. The group welcomes new members, please contact Beryl if you would like to join in, email beryl_woodcroft@hotmail.co.uk

To find out more about the International Feltmakers Association visit www.feltmakers.com

To purchase wool and more online try the following suppliers

www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk

www.worldofwool.co.uk

www.threshingbarn.com

Wirral Open Studios 2016

This weekend saw my very first Open Studio weekend. It was great to meet some fellow felters from Wirral. There was a really positive response to my work and I was able pass on my enthusiasm for felting on to my visitors.

As there seemed to be a good level of interest in me offering feltmaking classes, I will be investigating possible venues soon.

Here are some pics from the weekend:

Information about feltmaking
Felt everywhere!
Getting ready to demonstrate
Getting ready to demonstrate
Open Studio2
Felt pictures and more

Laser Cut Felt

Laser cut mosaic felt technique
Three Onions

Recently I attended Shore Cottage Studio for a two day class in laser cutting. I took along some felt I had made from two layers of Merino wool and a design based on the cross section of an onion. The pen drawing was scanned and converted to a CAD outline telling the laser where to cut. The end result was three sliced onions created from separate pieces of felt which I then interchanged in the same manner as traditional mosaic felt.

It was a beautiful location as you can tell from my pics below and my tutor Kris was extremely helpful. See further details of the courses at http://www.shorecottagestudio.com/

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