Introduction to felting.
This was the course I booked several weeks ago while staying with my brother and I've been really looking forward to it, if a little nervous of meeting loads of new people. So my sister- in- law walked with me down the hill, over button bridge, past the cheese and grain to the round tower. Sounds great doesn't it,like something out of a childrens book.
The course was run by Glady's from Spiral Garden , you should check out her stuff, the most amazing glove puppets.
There was 7 of us and, like me,most of the others had tried a bit of felting before but needed some expert guidance.
We started with the obligatory cup of coffee to break the ice. Then went on to the history and theory of felting before starting with our first piece of felt.
A plain Pre-felt which means it has only been half felted and can be added to another piece before felting is completed like below.
This is my second piece with shapes cut out of the pre-felt ready to be rolled--lots.
After lunch we came back to find these 2 pieces of pre-felt which we had to bond together by laying more red wool on the back. By the time we had finished you couldn't see the join.
We were given a free hand on our final piece so I added lots of different types of fibres and fabric before felted them all in. The idea was to do some embroidery later so that it looked like Alliums in the garden.
When I got home I did a bit of machine embroideries well as hand embroidery and I'm quite pleased with the result --for a novice. Next time I will put more thought into the actual shapes.
Here's everyones finished pieces.
It was amazing the variety we came up with between us.
I loved every minute but lord did I ache the next day with all the rolling of the felt.
Glady's recommended this book and it arrived yesterday.
So do you think this might be a bit ambitious at the moment.
this is amazing although not necessarily to my taste.
and little one has already put in an order for a pair of these. She might have to wait a while.
Next month I'm doing a workshop in machine embroidery with Patch Fabrics in Lowestoft . I'm hoping that eventually I can have a go at I can combining the two.
Have a great weekend everyone.