Felt making – progressing skills and ideas with Jeanette Appleton

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: SWE11256

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About this course

Extend your textile practice and personal development. You will explore working methods and approaches within a group project and individually, to highlight personal differences to inspire new ideas.

Course Description

This course aims to extend individual textile practise and personal development of work. Exploring working methods and approaches within a group project and individually, to highlight personal differences to inspire new ideas.

A short presentation will start the course on the first evening. Emphasising a particular theme or focus to the weekend and allowing time for discussion.

The focus theme will be explored through a group art work session. Introducing materials and working methods to heighten your awareness of a process to link with own work. Jeanette will demonstrate or show examples where this work relates to the textile process.

This will also help in the opportunity to express and share your work within an allotted time of 20 minutes per person for group discussion. Guidance and encouragement will be given through these sessions for you to share your concerns and aspirations, working method and future direction.

This new information will be developed within your own practise from afternoon break to the end of the course. Jeanette will offer individual tutorials thoughout this time.

The theme and focus for this course is ‘Passages’. The unique West Dean site will be considered. Various passages and corridors thoughout the house can provide images of architectural shapes and shadows. Within the garden and greenhouses a path or channel reveal colourful contrasts of tints and tones. Ideas around aspects of passages, the process of elapsing and tansition will be explored both with art materials and fibre by collage and resists. Initiating a new approach and awareness of current work and also to consider new ideas for future projects.

You work individually and as a group, with demonstrations, individual tutorials, group discussion and review, and an illustrated presentation by the tutor.


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

  • Bring one or two pieces of your textile work and reference material [drawing/photographs] which you want to discuss and develop.
  • Please bring any of the following which you already have but do not buy anything specifically as the following will also be available to borrow or purchase. Bring more of anything specific that you want to develop further.
  • This list is a suggestion of what MAY be required and will be available.
  • Small old towel. (For drying hands.)
  • Sponge/cloth (For water spillage.)
  • these items marked # will be provided by or borrowed from tutor
  • # 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.)
  • # A bar of olive oil soap (preferably ‘Olvia’ from health stores)
  • # Small container. (Large enough for the hand to lift out water.)
  • # Tube used by plumbers for lagging pipes. [To keep large felt firm when rolling]
  • Sensitive skin? Your hands may need a barrier cream # or surgical gloves.
  • # Masking tape.
  • A few sheets of A3 or A1 white paper. [1 sheet A1 #]
  • A few sheets of A4 or A3 black and grey paper. [# A4 black and grey]
  • # Paper scissors
  • A3 folder/book with plastic sleeves [if you wish to develop a design folder].
  • Small selection of soft pastels including black, grey and white.[ # black, grey, white & a few colours ]
  • Small selection of pencils [#a few lead / colour pencils and graphite sticks]
  • Camera or device to document the process

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Open weave white or black silk fabric and muslin.
  • A3 folder/book with plastic sleeves
  • Art materials and A1 paper
  • Black and grey paper
  • Available from tutor:
  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials, depending on the scale you wish to work up to £15. This charge should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.
  • Merino wool tops: various colours including black, grey & white (Minimum: 200 gms)
  • Small selection of white, black and grey open weave fabric .


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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