Exploratory Wet Felting; Small Introductory Project
Sunday January 14 (9:00am – 5:00pm) *this class is full*
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 one-day course lets each participant explore this fascinating medium at their own pace. We will discuss the different properties and characteristics of various animal fibres at the beginning of the day and you will then have the chance to either choose a specific project or work in a more unstructured way and let the fibres take the lead.
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 the 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.
This course is suitable for beginner and experienced felters, though larger and more complex projects would be best suited to the two-day format. The felting process is physical, where each step takes time and a certain amount of excursion to get to the next stage.
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+
$160.00 + HST
Material cost ranges from $20-$50, depending on what fibres are used