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October Workshop (15th / 16th) : Felt Slipper weekend

Weekend workshop on October 15th / 16th 2016
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A weekend to indulge in the pleasure of felt making and to create a cosy pair of slippers for the cold Winter ahead.

I have made slippers for 20 years and learned much on that journey. I am delighted to offer a workshop in this skill to pass on my knowledge . It is physical and taking the process over two days allows you to enjoy the design process as well  as the making .

You don’t need to have previous felt making skills to create a wonderful pair of slippers.
You will learn how to size a resist for shrinkage
What sheep breeds are better than others for hard wearing
What type of soles are suitable and  scaling up and down sizes
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Workshop is from 10am to 4pm each day although we envisage people working later in Saturday.
We have some accommodation available and there are local facilities  also.
Cost for this workshop is £140 with materials and nutritious light lunch included

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Textile Thursdays Workshops August 10th, 17th, 31st and September 7th- Mornings 10am-1pm

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

  • wet felting
  • needle felting
  • carding and blending
  • using colour to create defined shapes
  • using different fibre types

Week 2 August 17th will look at making FELTED JEWELLERY

The colour and texture is lovely

 

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

  • layering
  • cutback
  • fabric redesigning
  • 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’