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This workshop is designed to introduce students to 3D needle felting using wire armatures. Focus will be on creating a Woylie, a Western Australian native animal. Peta will introduce students to the basic tools and techniques to set them on their needle felting journey. Throughout the workshop, students will learn a range of techniques including wrapping, shaping, felting and sculpting wool around a wire armature. Peta will bring along a range of samples of her 3D needle felted work to…Find out more »
This month's Demo is Tubes – Making and attaching with Sue Eslick Felt tubes (or hollow cords) can be used in various ways – to make jewellery, or to add wild and crazy attachments to hats, bags or cushions. They can be left hollow, or can be filled. Join us at the February Toss and Tell to learn how to make felt tubes and how to attach them onto a felt project. We will explore the wonderful ways they can…Find out more »
FeltWEST beginner’s classes aim to teach the basics of the wet felting technique with merino wool, and how these can be adapted to make differing forms. At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants will: Understand the qualities of ‘good felt’Understand the difference between a pre-felt, and fully felted pieceUnderstand how and why wool felts, and factors affecting different shrinkage ratesUnderstand that wool from different sheep breeds can be felted and will produce felt of differing qualitiesBe able to pull…Find out more »
In this two-day class we will create a unique fantasy hat or tea cosy with complex design elements. Individual pattern templates will be drawn using each participant’s head/ tea pot measurements, and shrinkage factors will be discussed to create a resist. We will felt around the resist to make a hollow form as the basis for our hat or cosy. The application of additional design elements such as nuno, cords, spikes, flaps and pockets will be explored. Techniques will be learned to full, shrink, stretch, steam and…Find out more »
This month's Demo is Shrinkage Rates with Soosie Jobson As felters we all know that wool shrinks as it is fulled, being able to harness this aspect can lead to all sorts of amazing techniques like shaping and texture. Soosie will explain how to calculate shrinkage with a simple formula which will allow you to make not only accurately sized scarves, wraps or garments but also had texture and pattern. Bring your gear and lets learn together. What to bring:…Find out more »
Join Jean and Sue to learn how to felt around a resist. A ‘resist’ is simply a physical barrier that keeps layers of wool apart and stops them felting to each other, and is the main way (though not the only way) to create a three-dimensional shape in felt. In this session you will learn how to felt around a resist and how to full and block felt to make a robust three-dimensional object. Tips and techniques will be shared…Find out more »