Art textiles

Fine felt making – pleated wraps and scarves with Liz Clay

Ref: S3D09388

Suitable for all


About this course

Learn how to add structure and shape to fine felted fabric by using hand pleating and resist stitch techniques to manipulate the felted surface.

Course Description

Create pleated scarves and wraps, a stunning accessory that is both sumptuous and easy to wear with drama and style. Learn how to add structure and shape to fine felted fabric by using hand pleating and resist stitch techniques to manipulate the felted surface.

Explore the rich textural qualities offered by the nuno felt technique, where wool fibres are worked onto fine fabrics, to create a new fabric. This method of feltmaking will be explored through sampling a variety of techniques and processes. Develop your ideas further with unusual fibre blends and fabrics that will enhance texture and shape in the design. You will use these skills to create a unique accessory, choosing from scarves, wraps and collars.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The tutor will prepare and supply fabric materials pack.

What students need to bring

  • You may prefer to bring your own fabrics, fine and sheer weight silk and cotton fabrics (black and colours are useful). Open weave fabrics are also useful eg. muslins. Small pieces are fine for sampling but to make scarf length or larger samples you will need a couple of 1.5 or 2m lengths in any width fabric. Silk chiffon, organza, habotai (lightest possible) muslins are very suitable.
  • Wool: carded batts and/or processed tops in merino and merino/silk blends in a good range of colours. Total approx. 50gms per student (this can be purchased from the tutor)
  • Your personal felt making kit to include:
  • Bubble wrap (2.5metre length x approx. 75 cms width)
  • Tube for rolling - essential approx. 35 cm wide minimum
  • Olive oil soap and bath sponge - essential
  • Spray bottle and container for water
  • Two towels - medium size
  • Scissors x two sharp embroidery and large cutting types
  • Hand carders - not essential
  • Strong tacking threads and needles
  • Small fabric pieces, lace and ribbon oddments

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Some materials used on this course are available from the College Shop but students are welcome to provide their own materials.
  • Fabrics, including muslin, scrim, fine silk chiffon and organza in black and white
  • Notepads and pencils
  • Undyed fine cottons, silks, scrims, plus organza and chiffon (white and black)
  • Available from tutor:
  • On this course most of the materials and additional wool blends will be available from the tutor. This charge should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.

"The whole experience was a treat, a warm welcome at reception, a lovely relaxing lounge and coffee on arrival, amazing food for lunch and a well prepared and presented course by Liz who was very friendly and encouraging. It was lovely to try something new and to meet other people with similar interests."

Hilary, 2018


Liz Clay

Liz Clay is a practitioner and researcher of hand made felt, specifically working within haute couture and innovating felt making techniques. She studied textiles at Bath School of Art and Design. Her PhD investigates the creative potential of British 'waste' wool for fine craft felt making. Author of Nuno Felt, she teaches and exhibits internationally. Work is held in the collections of Givenchy, Balenciaga, the Crafts Council and Bradford College Textile Archive.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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