“…..you do know there’s one place left on Sunday’s workshop, don’t you……” Well it would have been rude not to take it wouldn’t it….so having established that I didn’t need to take any equipement other than myself, I ventured forth to learn how to “wet felt”.
Broadly speaking, felting is a textile process of matting and compressing fibres together to make a dense fabric. It’s a technique that’s been used for millennia and of course it is commercially and economically manufactured now. So hand made felt is considered an art form which can be both practical or decorative. And the nice thing about it, is that it’s not difficult so ideal for a beginners workshop.
(And yes there is a dry felting technique, it’s called needle felting and in my opinion is a lot harder)
Everything at Wiseheart studio starts with home made cake and today was no different, Annie kept us well fuelled throughout the day. Kate had everything prepared for us to make our first piece of felt and talked us through the process, within the hour we’d made two beautiful flowers.
Kate showed us how to layer the fibres, add highlights of colour and sparkle, and how much water and soap is needed.
Having encouraged the fibres to ‘stick’ together we then had to agitate them to compress and shrink them into a dense strong fabric by rolling the fibre mat up in a sushi roll mat, (I’m not sure sushi rolls were available when felt was first made but never mind)
I’ll embellish my ‘Derbyshire dale’ with some embroidery once it’s dry.
I had enough time to play with a few more colours and made a small piece of fabric that I can use later, probably to make a book cover.
It was a brilliant workshop and just to add the icing to the cake we were given a goodie bag full of fibre to encourage us to do more felting at home.