Exploratory Wet Felting; Larger Project & Deeper Dive

2-day Course

Saturday January 27 & Sunday January 28 (9:00am – 5:00pm both days) *this course is full*

Saturday February 24 & Sunday February 25 (9:00am – 5:00pm both days) *this course is full*

Saturday May 4 & Sunday May 5 (9:00am – 5:00pm both days) *two spots left*

Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26 (9:00am – 5:00pm both days)

Instructor: Zoë Lianga

Felt is considered the world’s oldest cloth textile. The process of forming a mat of irregularly interlocked animal fibres predates woven fabric. Felting techniques have remained relatively unchanged since its origins, before the 6th century B.C. For centuries and continually today, felt has played an integral role in the makeup of shelters, clothing, rugs, saddles, hats and in decorative and ceremonial pieces.

The process of wet felting is simple in its setup, materials and resources required. However, the understanding and nuance of the felting practice is not so simple. It takes time to learn and understand the laying out of fibres, feel the tactile clues the fabric is giving you, see the changes in texture and density of fibres as you work through the process, and learn how to incorporate decorative elements into the design of this textile. 

When loose, single fibres get pressed and matted together through physical agitation, a fabric mat is formed. It is a seemingly magical process, where the scales of each individual fibre bump and lock together. It is a satisfying process and really does make one realize the endless possibilities within this craft, limited only by your imagination.

This two-day course lets you explore this fascinating medium at your own pace. You can work structure into the two-days or get inspired as you go in a more organic and unstructured way. You can expect to start the course with one of the following approaches. 
– Planning and discussing design elements and the layout of your piece(s). You are also very welcome to send me photos in advance or have a conversation with me prior to the course if there is a specific project or design element you would like to undertake.
– Choosing a collection of fibres that you feel drawn to and letting them take the lead. We will take time at the beginning of the first day to discuss different animal fibres, their properties, the felt outcomes and different decorative techniques and materials that can be used. 

With either approach, you will be able to explore a variety of natural fibres and other materials, have the time to really practice, feel and see the process; make design and decorative decisions as you go and come away with a truly unique and imagined piece in your hands. This course is suitable for beginner and experienced felters. The two-day format suits larger, or more intricate projects. This intricacy could be in their shape, decorative features, or both. It could also include cutting pattern pieces from your first-day’s felt and spending the second day sewing a project. 

Please note: wet felting is physical, where each step takes time and a certain amount of excursion to get to the next stage. You will be on your feet for the better part of each day.

I like to keep my class sizes small, at 5 students. This allows for intimate, hands-on instruction. Having different project options amongst participants also lets you gain insight into the process involved in working through different projects.

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. I don’t think I will ever tire of talking about felting. 

This class is suitable for ages 12+

$320.00 + HST
Material cost ranges from $40-$100, depending on what fibres are used

Lunch and a morning snack/coffee included each day. All dietary needs accommodated.

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