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Marvellous Muslin Jacket with Jan Manning: Bookings open 17th June

05/08/2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


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In this workshop we will produce a jacket from a prepared piece of nuno felt – using muslin.  In order to complete the task in one day, participants must be able to produce the piece of nuno felt prior to the workshop (see materials list).

We will make just two cuts in a rectangle to construct the jacket and then felt the seams.  No knowledge of pattern making is necessary.  You will be able to accurately size a jacket and hopefully be inspired to create more masterpieces at home.

Muslin and Me
My felting journey began in 2010 – first producing flat items like scarves, then on to 3 dimensional dresses and coats and now to looking more at form.  There is nothing more beautiful to run through your hands than a fine silk nuno object, but if you want to look more at texture, please consider making your budget go further and buy a roll of muslin.

You can cover all of the fabric with fleece and depending on the direction you lay the fleece, you will get a different effect on the muslin.  Although the merino fleece side of this vest is lovely, I designed it to be worn on the ‘shadow side’.

On the other hand you can cover all the fabric with fleece and use this fleece side on the finished garment.  In the Llama Muslin Vest, the muslin provides a contrast in the fold back armholes.

There are also many possibilities with a finer calico (more like a cheesecloth) using  3 dimensional decoration.

One large piece of nearly felted muslin.  When I say nearly felted – I mean more than prefelt, but not quite finished.  This is because you will be felting the seams so the fabric will shrink a little more.  You can buy any weight muslin, the heavier the fabric the warmer the jacket. Heavy muslin felts really well if you haven’t tried it before.  Cheesecloth weight is a little too flimsy.   The amount of muslin you will need to buy will depend on how you lay out your fleece and of course the required finished size to fit you (see measurements below).

Finished size:  A rectangle –   Long side is your wrist to wrist measurement.  Take the measurement from the top of your spine, down the back of your arm (preferably slightly bent) to your wrist and then double this.  Short side is the measurement of centre back neck to desired jacket length + 30 cm.   You may have to felt two or even three lengths of fabric and join them to get the size you want so allow a full day at home to get this completed before the workshop – it may take longer than you originally estimate.  Best to not leave it till the night before.

Edges of sleeves and bottom hem:   If you like a finished look to your edges, while laying out your decoration finish one long side and both short sides.  If you like a ragged edge, don’t bother.

Assuming you are going to use the fleece side on the outside of your coat, when laying out your fleece on the muslin at home use random placement so that the muslin gets a chance to shine (don’t completely cover with fleece).  To make matching seams easier don’t leave BIG gaps (like the Muslin Llama Poncho) as felting the seams gets a little more tricky.


Fleece which you will use to felt the seams – select one of the fleeces you have used in your decoration – your seams should dissolve into the fabric, not stand out.

Usual felting equipment – soap, bucket, netting etc.

Needle and thread, pins, scissors, tape measure

Notebook, camera etc to keep a record of the method.

Most importantly:  Lunch


9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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