Scottish Feltmakers Summer School

Date: Tuesday, August 5th – Friday, 8th August, 2014

Venue: Braeport Centre, Dunblane, FK15 0EE  Stirlingshire

Duration: Tuesday – Friday (10.00am – 5.00pm, with breaks for Coffee in morning, Lunch (Bring your own) at 12.30, and Tea at 4.00pm)

Accommodation if required: Self-catering, single en suite B&B available nearby at Stirling University, £50.50 per night to be booked separately by individuals. Early booking is recommended due to demand. Other accommodation is available on request from Ann Ross.

Locality: Plenty of historical, environmental, and recreational opportunities to cater for a wide range of interests and age groups. Ideal, if you would like to make this a family holiday while you are pursuing your interests; they are doing likewise – so, everyone is happy!

Aim of the Summer School

  • To provide an opportunity to learn and develop skills through extended practice under the guidance of experienced tutors.
  • To give each aspect of the workshops offered, ample time to absorb the knowledge and understanding of what is involved – thus avoiding the stress to complete projects.
  • To enable individuals to extend their skills by undertaking more complex projects than they would normally.
  • To provide an opportunity to share experiences with others, and thus expand your own.
  • To develop self confidence and awareness of the potential of ideas and techniques for future development
  • To enjoy the excitement of discovering new ideas and working methods, in a spirit of adventure in an area of outstanding Beauty.

‘Colours of Scotland’ – Tutor: Ann Ross – Two 2-Day workshops offered, though it would be possible for individuals to extend this experience to 4 days if they wish.

‘Colours of Scotland’ A: Tuesday 5th August – Wednesday 6th August

‘Colours of Scotland’ B: Thursday 7th August – Friday 8th August

Maximum no. of participants: 10 per 2-day workshop

No previous experience necessary

Exploring the magic of Natural Dyes with plants and lichen, that can reveal subtle variations in Colour – Tones and Tints. Following in the footsteps of Scotland’s historic dyeing traditions experience the enjoyment of discovering and gaining insight and understanding of Plants and their properties for colouring wool, yarn and fabric construction through colour combinations.

Outline of Programme

  • Investigation, identification and preparation of Plants, Mosses and Lichen through mordanting
  • Experience the excitement of achieving unexpected dyed results, experimenting with tried and tested methods, gained over 20 years of research by Ann
  • Exploring the locality for plant material suitable for dyeing
  • Observing Colour and Landscape
  • Finding out where to discover effective dye-stuffs in your environment, and how to grow your own ‘ingredients’

‘Fabulous Fashion Felts’ – Tutor: Ewa Kuniczak – One 4-Day workshop

Maximum no. of participants: 10

Although previous experience in felting can be an advantage, it is not essential as guidance will be given throughout each stage of the processes involved.

Exploring new ideas, materials, and techniques for creating innovative Garments and Accessories through felting methods not only to completion but giving consideration for future developments.

Outline of Programme:

Day One: Exploring a wide range of ideas with Colour, Texture, Pattern, Shape and Form, using with paper, paint, collage, cutting, folding, etc. At the end of the day each student should end up with a range of possibilities to develop into garments, etc.

Day Two: Pattern making and Preparation for individual projects, Considering pockets, flaps, collars and sleeves, with opportunities for sampling techniques.

Day Three: Continuation of work in progress, i.e. preparing layers and fabrics, etc, considering fastenings, commencing felting, cutting open, creating additional features.

Day Four: Completion of projects, Finishing and Fitting. If time permits, completing a Fashion Accessory from your ideas on day 1.

After Tea: Review of work undertaken, and discussion on future developments.

Costs of workshops and Bookings

Initially preference will be given to Scottish Felters, but after Feb 1st bookings will be made available to non-members via personal contact, Facebook, Websites, and Advertisements in ‘Felt Matters’

Non-refundable Deposit of £70 to be paid when booking your place.

Cancellations: No later than 2 days before commencement of Course. In the event of a cancellation, full refund will be given ONLY if a replacement student can be found in time.

2-Day Colours of Scotland= £140, includes cost of basic materials

4-Day  Fabulous Fashion Felts = £280, includes cost of basic materials

All basic equipment will be provided for each workshop, and additional materials will be available to purchase if desired, at minimum cost.

Refreshments, biscuits and cakes are included in the price, but students are to provide their own lunches.

Payments by cash or cheque (made payable to ‘Feltmakers Region 13’) and bookings to:

Ann Ross, Bridgford, Firpark Terrace, Cambusbarron, Stirling, FK7 9NB

Total settlement must be received by Ann Ross by Monday, 14th July

Further details of the workshops (e.g. additional optional student requirements will be sent to you with confirmation of your booked place)


Ann Ross Telephone: 01786 479516  Email:

Ewa Kuniczak Telephone: 01259 730779  Email:





Ann Ross

Trained in Textiles, Regional Co-ordinator for International Feltmakers Association (Region 13 – Scottish Felters)

“I am influenced by the physicality of my surroundings – the Patterns and Moods of the unfolding mountains; the ever-changing colour palette of the Seasons, and the researching of Scottish plant dyes to reproduce our amazing landscape.”

Ewa Kuniczak, B.Ed(Hons)Art, Dip. Creative Textiles, F.S.D-C


Freelance International Textile Artist and Tutor, Author, Co-founder of International Feltmakers Association, Owner of business, ‘Felt Head to Toe’.


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“Although I have been felting for over 35 years, in recent years I have become increasingly involved in creating ‘Art Wearables’ for Fashion Shows, which has prompted me to concentrate on developing garments for day wear as well. As a result, I have been running several workshops in creating stylish garments, and in so doing have enjoyed the challenge of ensuring that the design ideas presented by my students, are resolved successfully into an item of their choice – giving them the skills and confidence to progress further. This in turn has enriched my own work, because for me these two activities go hand in hand.”



Scottish Felters Summer School 2014 Booking Form




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Colours of Scotland A (5th/6th August)

Colours of Scotland B (7th/8th August)

Fabulous Fashion Felts (5th/8th August)


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(Balance of payment to be settled by 14th July, 2014)

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