Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wet Felting Workshop
Above is a piece of hand made felt made by a student in my recent workshop. We make the felt on day one, and embellish it on day two.
The wet felting process starts with wool roving, layering and arranging it. Then one agitates it with hot soapy water and a little elbow grease.
And then drying overnight. The next day begins the embellishment or cutting up of the piece of original hand made felt.
It's a very cool, and satisfying process! I'm teaching another 2 day workshop in wet felting in beautiful Idllywild, CA on July 1 and 2. Join me! You can see photos of my previous workshops here. And get info on the Idyllwild workshop here and register or ask questions by calling Idyllwild Summer Arts 951-659-2171, ext. 2365.
Wet Felting ~Jane LaFazio
Course # AAMF ØØ
Make felt the Tibetan way and embellish the California way! Using colorful merino wool fibers, a modernized ancient technique, some creative designing and a lot of elbow grease, you will create a beautiful, feels-so-soft felt square in class. It may not be large enough to build a yurt, but it will make a lovely wall hanging or become part of another fiber piece. Your felt will dry overnight and the next day you will create a fabulous art piece, small journal cover, pillow top or box by embellishing your own original handmade felt with hand embroidery and/or beading. During the first day, felting requires agitating the wool fibers so you will be standing for about an hour, rolling the felt with your forearms. It’s not hard! It just takes some time.
Materials: old towel, embroidery threads, scissors, wool yarn, beads for embellishment
Lab fee: $40 (Includes 6 oz. merino wool roving and an equipment kit to create an 18"x18" piece of felt) Enrollment limited to 16 students.