This workshop was interesting as the students choose three different methods of creating their 3d sculpted creations.
Two chose to work with a green base and built up the fascial features from firmly rolled wool batts for each part of the face . This was done in white base blue faced leicester wool batts – these for a dense and firm base to needle detail into
These details were worked into slowly forming a face place in its features
eventually when all the features were created the colour wash of blended greens in wool was placed on and needled firmly
The second method was to wet felt a sheet of blended green wools over a firm face mask – a form
This allowed the features to be firmly felted first and then for the ‘mask’ to be removed and replaced with wool as stuffing. The felted details were then needled into to stabilise and then fine details added like lips or eyelids or eyes
The third method was to create the shape from behind the wool in dry form and then to create an outline through the design already laid on the front.
Each method had its own merits and everyone learned all three methods by doing or observing. Some beautiful creatures have emerged from the wool. Well done to all who took part and have brought to their homes this wonderful iconic harbinger of Spring.
We have been very busy during these last few months but as promised here are a little series of morning workshops.
Planned to fit in with the train schedule from Glasgow and from Oban to arrive on time to start at 10 and finish on time to catch the 12.50 train to Glasgow or Oban…perfect for visitors and local people.
All our workshops are suitable for those new to textile skills as well as the more advanced students
The workshops will have a limited number of students .
All materials are included as are teas and coffees Workshops can be booked singly or in a block of 4.
Cost for each workshop is £30
Week 1 August 10th will look at STILL LIFE IN WOOL- no not a sheep in the studio but looking at form and shape and using multi coloured backgrounds.
We will create a small picture or series of samples of shapes and objects in 2d . It will incorporate the skills of
carding and blending
using colour to create defined shapes
using different fibre types
Week 2 August 17th will look at making FELTED JEWELLERY
We will create some of the following necklaces, brooches ,earrings and hair accessories .It will incorporate the skills of
Making the perfect ball beads using a range of techniques
how to make cords wired and unwired
how to wet felt and needle felt detail into jewellery
Colour and cutback techniques
using mille fleur techniques with wool
Finishings for jewellery
Week 3 August 31st we will be creating Nuno felted wristlets
Using the technique of Nuno felting( which incorporates silk and fine wool together to make a unique and fabulous fabric ) we will create a pair of individual wristlets . It will incorporate the skills of
selecting fine fibres and leaning a little about the ‘handle ‘ of different fibres
Blending silks and wools together
Selecting suitable fabrics to felt
combining fabrics and felts using wet felting techniques
learning about wool shrinkage and how to gauge it shaping on a form ( your wrists )
Finishings and closures
Week 4 September 7th Needle Embellishing with wool fibres
Using hand needle felting tools and embellishing machines , combining fabrics and fibres with ease without needle and thread. It will incorporate the skills of
recycling of fabrics and spun wools
connecting fabrics and fibres without thread
creating a new unique fabric
fixing holes and worn areas using wool and needling as ‘glue’
handfelted textiles inspired by nature, made in Argyll, Scotland