Art textiles

Colour and collage in feltmaking with Jeanette Appleton

Ref: SLW10844


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About this course

Create felted structures for one-off art works, play with blends and colour on paper and in felt, and experiment with composition and form using felt collage techniques, adding different fabrics, appliqué and stitch.

Course Description

Create felted structures for one-off art works. We will experiment with blends and colour on paper and felt, and with composition and form using felt collage techniques, adding different fabrics, appliqué and stitch.

This course aims to help you to develop an awareness of the blends and proportion of colour, both on paper and in the structure of felt.

You will explore the mixing of colour with various art materials and positioning them in paper collages. Experiencing these different proportions of colour and texture will highlight the potential of the dyed wool tops within each stage of the felt making process. We will consider various proportions and sequences in the various methods of layering wool in the structure of felt.

Structural changes can be developed at pre-felt stage by collaging and adding different fabrics. After fully felting, the surface can be altered again by reassembling with appliqué and stitch techniques. New surprises will be created in the transformation of materials and ideas for composition and form.

Your design will develop through this process and in conjunction with other visual references. You will initially make a set of samples and then work towards a series of ideas for a design folder and/or a finished item, depending on what emerges through the process. The tutor will offer encouragement to enable you to discover a personal approach to develop felted structures for one-off art works, interior or fashion.

Various art materials for colour mixing and collage will be used as well as a selection of fabrics and threads with hand felting and stitch.

The tutor will give demonstrations as well as individual tutorials, group discussion and presentation.


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

What students need to bring

  • Merino wool tops, if you already have any. Various colours including black, grey and white (minimum: 200 gms). Select colours, materials, depending on the work you are developing or prefer
  • Small old towel for drying hands and a cloth for mopping water spillage
  • Small selection of coloured open weave fabric
  • Small container (large enough for the hand to lift out water)
  • Small sewing kit (including headed pins)
  • A few sheets of coloured paper or pages from magazines or packaging
  • Camera/phone to record the process of ideas for further work
  • Barrier hand cream if you have sensitive skin (surgical gloves are provided)
  • Reference material: a few images that inspire you and one piece of your textile/art work/photograph this will be used to make connections with your individual working process, not to copy the image.
  • The following are available for use, but bring any you have:
  • A bar of olive oil soap
  • Hand carders
  • Bubble wrap (small bubble only). Minimum approx. 50 x 100 cm for sampling or to the size you wish to work (to lay the fleece on.)
  • Foam tube used by plumbers for lagging pipes (used keep large felt firm when rolling or use
  • Nylon open weave fabric, e.g. plain nylon net curtain. Min. 30x 30 cm (to lay over the fleece when applying water.)
  • Small selection of drawing materials, e.g.coloured pencils and pastels and paper scissors

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Open weave white or black silk fabric and off white muslin. Sewing materials – including headed pins and large eyed needles. A3 folder/book with plastic sleeves (if you wish to develop a design folder)
  • Art materials and white A3 paper, PVA glue Pritstick and masking tape.
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will have merino wool tops: various colours including black, grey and white (minimum: 200 gms) and a small selection of coloured open weave fabric. The charge for this will be no more than £10 (pay directly by cash or cheque)


Jeanette Appleton

What will students gain if they come on one of your courses? We will explore the potential of design ideas at each stage of the felt making process, enjoy the surprises and discoveries in the transformation of materials, and consolidate individual methods and direction for fashion, interiors, installations or art works.


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

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