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Guild Workshop: Felt Bag in a Day

Date: 31 Jan 2015

Led by Carol Crowdy.

The aim of this workshop is for you to begin the day with a heap of fluff and end the day with a small felt bag. Felt is a very fast way of creating a fabric from fleece, a practice that has been in use since 700BC. You will learn how to wrap fleece around a plastic template (resist) to create a piece of felt with no seams (3D felt). It is a technique used for hats, vessels, gloves, shoes, egg cozies and much more, so very handy to learn. Beginners will choose from a selection of templates. Those more experienced will receive help designing and creating their own template according to the fibre selected. You are encouraged to use British sheep fleeces like Bluefaced Leicester which is hard-wearing and fast-felting. Learn how to use hand-spun / dyed to decorate and get ideas for different types of closures and handles. Depending on the design chosen, you may need to sew on handles/buttons/closures after the felt has dried.
Carol Crowdy has been a felt-maker for over 16 years and has learnt the craft at workshops given by English, German, Russian and Icelandic feltmakers. Her work was displayed at the WSD National Exhibition in Norwich this year, can be seen in the Golden Hare Gallery in Amphill and she also exhibits with the BixSix craft group in Henley.
A list of items to bring will be provided upon booking and equipment will be available to borrow by prior arrangement.
Maximum 12 places Cost: £25 members/ £30 non-members
If you are interested please contact Patricia Mills or the Guild via the Contact Us form

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