On this course you will be introduced to hand rolled wet felting and needle felting techniques using vivid and richly dyed wool fibres. You will learn how to make felt balls on the first morning. In the afternoon you will explore how you can add detailed and colour to a felt ball with the felting needle. You will also be given advice about how to build up a set of beads and make them in graduated sizes for a balanced necklace. Further demonstrations will introduce you to using a mould to wrap the wool around to make a bowl and dish. On the following day when the felt is dry, the moulds can be cut out and learn how to use needle felt build up texture and pattern on the bowl. Also you may wish to explore embroidery and stitching into the three-dimensional felt with decorative stiches and contrasting thread.
You will be encouraged to work at your own pace with individual discussion and instruction to develop your skills and ideas. You can make a collection of beads or larger balls that you can embellish with a felting needle and embroider with thread. You might chose to develop the beads, making a variety of shapes and sizes to use for necklaces, earrings and brooches. The same skills used to make a felt bead, can be scaled up to make larger balls for tassels and decorative baubles.
Alternatively you might chose to focus your work on wool bowls and dishes developing the design and form with wet and needle felting techniques.
The course will be about making collections, creating graded beads and jewellery, or dishes and bowls. Over the weekend you will be able to indulge in colour and pattern, explore blooms of colour achieved in hand rolled felt techniques, and create raised and intricate pattern with a felting needle and embroidery, to make never seen before jewellery and bowls or baubles.
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.
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.
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)
Victoria is a tutor with 30 years experience teaching millinery, feltmaking and Fine Art. She trained at Goldsmiths College, London College of Fashion and RCA. She has designed hats for Jean Muir. She was a pioneer of feltmaking in the 1980's,and has exhibited her work from Philadelphia to Kirgizstan, has work in the V&A fashion collection and written two books.