Wet Felted Satchel Workshop

1-day Course

Thursday August 15 (9:30am – 5:00pm)

Instructor: Zoë Lianga

In this course we will work through the steps to create a felted satchel. You will learn how to work with a “resist” or “form” to create a 3-dimensional pouch and you will learn how to make a felted seam that joins the front and back of this pouch. Furthermore, you will have creative freedom to design the felt fabric itself that makes up your satchel (front, back and fold-over flap).

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. 

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. Let’s keep this beautiful age-old tradition going.

I like to keep my class sizes small, at 5 students, allowing for intimate, hands-on instruction. 

This class is suitable beginner or experienced felters, and anyone with the attention span and eagerness to plan and focus on one project for a full day. Aside from that, you will be using fine motor skills for an extended period of time, and physically pushing, rubbing, and manipulating your project for an afternoon. Each step takes time and a certain amount of excursion to get to the next stage. If you are keen to take part but physically can not perform these tasks, get in touch and we can come up with a plan that suits your needs.

$35 material fee

A fresh, homemade lunch and a morning snack/coffee included. All dietary needs accommodated.

CALL TO REGISTER – (613) 464-2105

EMAIL TO REGISTER  admin@thecordwoodstudio.com