Felted beads, baubles and bowls with Victoria Brown

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: SWE11681

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About this course

Using traditional nomadic feltmaking techniques, explore how to use colour and pattern to make a unique hand rolled wool felt fabric from vivid richly dyed wool to display on a wall, floor or in a doorway.

Course Description

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 detail 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 you will 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 choose 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. You will be able to indulge in colour and pattern and explore blooms of colour achieved in hand rolled felt techniques, raised and intricate pattern with a felting needle and embroidery, to make individual jewellery, 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.

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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including:
  • Wool tops for felting, felting needles, wool and thread for embellishment

What students need to bring

  • Any threads, including knitting and tapestry wool you would like to use
  • Sharp embroidery scissors and a basic sewing kit
  • Any jewellery findings you wish to use
  • Waterproof apron and a clean hand towel to dry your hands
  • Design and colour inspiration in the form of sketches collected images and colour swatches

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Jewellery findings
  • Sewing threads
  • Available from tutor:
  • A selection of jewellery findings
  • Vintage rayon and silver threads
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Victoria Brown

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.


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

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