Make a day of it! Magic an amorphous mass of loose fibres into a small 2D felt image and then make a seam-free 3D vessel.
Where a workshop is full or fixed dates don't suit - gather together a group of 2-4 and get in touch for a flexible date and time just for you. If you are a school or community group please contact me as workshops and inset days are priced separately.
Taking place at Heather's home in Camberwell on one day* (five and a half hours workshop plus an hour break). As ever you will be fuelled by plenty of home made cake, teas and/or coffee. If it's a special occasion do let me know and I'll bake a special cake!
In the morning you will be guided through how to make a small flat piece of felt, blend colours, create a simple pictorial or abstract image and chose and prepare your fibres for your 3D vessel. lf there’s time we’ll also go over how to make beads.
In the afternoon you will be guided through how to use a resist** to make a small seam free 3D vessel.
By the end of the day you should have completed a 2D and 3D wet felted work as well as understand the first principals of wet felting.
Wet felt making is a simple process (once you know how) made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find it relaxing and some a stress buster. But, elements of felt making are quite vigorous and very hands on. If you have arthritis in your hands you may find parts of the process challenging. That being said it’s not stopped anybody before and Heather is very happy to help you with vigorous parts of the process.
* We'll take an hour's break half way through for a light lunch when you can either pop to one of Camberwell's local cafes or if you prefer bring a pack up.
**A "resist" is a piece of cloth or other material that stops the wool fibres from one set of layers felting to those below.
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How to get here: The workshops run from Heather's home which is on an unmade road a little under ten minutes walk from Denmark Hill station with trains running into Victoria Station, Kings Cross (Thames Link line) and London Overground. Or East Dulwich station running into London Bridge is ten minutes walk (up hill) away too. A 176, 185 and 40 bus all pass within metres of the house. Free parking can be found on Grove Park and on Camberwell Grove after 6.30pm during the week and all day at the weekend.
Allergies to cats or indeed wool? Please note Heather has three cats (they’ll be elsewhere in the house during the workshops). Antihistamines are available but her workshops may not be for you.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Please bring your creativity and an open mind. Absolutely everything else is included.
If possible please arrive no more than 10 minutes early to settle in with refreshments for a prompt workshop start.
A comprehensive How-To PDF will be emailed to you at the end of the course but I can give you paper and a pencil if you like making notes on the day.
Please note this workshop needs 2 participants to run.
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6½ hours (11:00am to 5:30pm)
Thank you so much for the workshop it was very useful and fascinating, and a process that I definitely want to use this year.
Thank you for those book recommendations as well!
Went on this course yesterday to make a wet felted picture. Heather is a great teacher and takes you through step by step explaining the reasons behind things. Loads of colours to choose from and just the right amount of time to come away with a finished product. I feel I have learned a lot and could improve on what I made next time so I would like to go back. It is a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours and we even had tea and bakes to help us along the way. The flapjacks were lovely :-)
My daughter and I enjoyed our afternoon learning how to make felt pictures. Heather explained everything very clearly and had lots of colours available and we could make more by carding. This was helpful to get the shading to work on our pictures. I was very pleased with the picture I made of my cat, it came out much better than I expected - as I'm not very artistic.
Had a fantastic afternoon learning how to make a 2D felt picture last Saturday. The atmosphere was relaxed and the teaching supportive and informative. I was really surprised and pleased with the work I was able to achieve in the 3 hours and am looking to go back to perfect my skills and learn more about the process. I came away feeling really energised and excited about learning a new skill and Heather had time for us all and we all came away with a great piece of art. I am really keen to do more now and will be looking to take this up as another art form...
I would highly recommend....
A very good introduction to 2D wet felting with a finished personal felt creation to take away at the end of the afternoon. The venue was handy for Denmark Hill train station and Heather provided a cuppa and delicious cake. The small group size of 4 allowed for individual help when required and Heather kept an eye on the time and gently moved us through the different stages so we all completed our pieces. No matter what subject, there was a rainbow of coloured wool to choose from or to blend to produce the right shade. We learned extra on how effects could be achieved from observation of other students‘ pieces. Heather answered all my questions promptly before and after the workshop. For those few hours of the workshop I was totally absorbed in the process and the whole experience was a pleasure.
This was a very ‘hands on’ on course . Well presented with good preparation. Clear instructions with all the equipment needed. Small group made it easy to ask questions and get a quick response. The catering was good and made to feel welcome. Spent a very enjoyable afternoon and learnt a lot.
After the course I received an informative PDF, instructions and list of suppliers. Have no hesitation in recommending this course.
This is my second workshop with Heather, returning as I enjoyed the first one so much. I got to try out a slightly different technique, still with the all the lovely support and advice that Heather gives, as well as yummy cake! I am so pleased with the finished product, and plan to return soon to do the 3D felting workshop.
I absolutely love going to Heather to learn skills in felting and sampling the delicious cakes . This last course was on making the picture and I was astonished at how it all came together. Heathers instructions and guidance throughout is excellent pointing out ways to enhance your work whilst letting you retain your creative vision. The relaxed atmosphere and good company make this a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Oh and did I mention cake?
A great afternoon learning new 2D felting techniques. Heather was a great host and tutor explaining each stage in the process at a good pace and it was interesting to see how they all evolved. The small size of the group ensured personal advice as needed in a great atmosphere. The cakes were yummy too I will be making some this weekend. I would highly recommend this course.
Heather made us very welcome with her range of teas and lovely homemade cakes before we got stuck in to selecting from her beautiful rainbow of coloured wools and starting our felt making. All four of us were complete novices but under Heather’s excellent guidance all achieved pleasing results. I would definitely recommend Heather’s courses.
A really enjoyable course with a great teacher - Heather is very knowledgeable and gives each student individual help and support in creating a great finished product. She has a huge range of wool colours to work with, and also provides delicious tea and cake to keep you fuelled throughout the afternoon! I had a great time chatting with the other participants and am very pleased with my finished piece. Thanks Heather!
Recently spent a very pleasant afternoon with three other women, learning to wet-felt with Heather. What a lovely way to spend the day - learning, nattering, practising, nattering, eating, practising, nattering... so therapeutic... just how women have bonded for centuries. Heather is so welcoming, fun, caring and knowledgeable - it was a pleasure to be in the company of someone who clearly loves what they do, as much as teaching it to others. I've always wanted to take up this art form, but it's not until you get up close and personal with it, that you appreciate exactly how much time, effort and skill goes into each and every piece. Thank you Heather for everything that you taught me. My friends and family are well impressed with my finished product. Would highly recommend your courses to everyone. Inspirational.
This workshop was a really good introduction to 2D felt making and Heather is an excellent teacher who has a lot of experience which she is happy to share with others who are just beginning on their felt making journey. Working with wool is lovely and Heather has a rainbow collection of coloured wool tops to choose from. With Heather's guidance I was amazed at the way we were able to produce such good felting pieces to take home. I love Heather's animal pictures using felt and I'd like to have a go at this next time but feel I'll need to put in some practice before that. Lots of delicious cake, flapjacks and a variety of teas were provided and all in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon spent with great company.
We had such an amazing day with Heather creating our 2D pieces. She explained the technique really clearly and gave us support, advice and the confidence to develop the basic method and try out our own designs.
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with Heather learning how to make a 2-D felt picture. She is incredibly patient and made me feel very welcome in her home. The small group size meant we got a lot of individual attention and help. The course was well organised and the wools were beautiful to work with. I produced a piece that I am planning to frame and hang in my house.
An excellent session on felt making. Heather is very well organised and had everything that was required at hand. She was very patient, calm and friendly. I managed to complete a piece of work that I am most happy with. I have also learnt a lot about the art of felt making. The delicious cakes were also a bonus!
I highly recommend Heathers course as an introduction to felt making!
I really enjoyed the felt workshops, and produced two lovely pieces of work with Heather's fantastic help. She is a great teacher, explaining not only the whole felting process but the history behind it too. She very patiently took us through what to do, and kept a careful eye on us all as we progressed with our work. In the second week I did a portrait of my dog, which at first seemed a but over ambitious, but Heather really helped me produce something which is good enough to give as a Christmas present. Heather is very generous with the high quality materials and there is a fabulous array of colours to choose from. It was really fun, interesting and therapeutic!
I came back a second time because I enjoyed this course so much. My second piece I chose to do in 2D and now have something I’m going to frame. Heather is really good at inspring you and understanding what it is you want to create and helping you get there. The atmosphere was again really relaxing and fun and in a lovely house. I now have a more in depth understanding of the process and am really proud of the progress I’ve made.
A really enjoyable and instructive 2 day course. Heather is very clear and understandable, not only with instructions but also With the reasons why.
Over the 2 evenings I managed to produce a 2d and 3D piece to a reasonable standard. Heather also provides a great range of merino wools in glorious colours for each project. As well as all other materials necessary. A productive, sociable, therapeutic experience.
the course has been amazing... very interesting and very well explained. At the end, we managed to make a felt vessel. The tutor has a lot of experience and can answer any question about felt.
I recommend the course to everyone who wants to have the bases to start felting.
We loved this course. Heather is a great teacher - informative, friendly and relaxed. And a great baker to boot (tea and cake was happily consumed during felt making). All (beautiful) materials were provided and the two workshops took place in a small group of four and an atmosphere that felt like an evening spent with friends. We learned several techniques over the two workshops and left feeling inspired and ready to tackle a larger projects we had in mind when first joining the course. Highly recommended and we would definitely join another course with Heather.
A really fantastic workshop! Incredibly insightful and taught in a way that made it relaxing and enjoyable. I took so much away from the experience, not only my lovely felted pieces but also the skills and knowledge to continue making at home. There was an abundance of beautifully coloured felts to work with and no short supply of tea and biscuits either.
I couldn't have enjoyed myself more and left feeling very inspired.
I loved this course - working with felt is amazing, the colours are beautiful and the end results were much better than I expected. I am not particularly artistic but I produced something I really liked. Heather was very clear and patient and the atmosphere was relaxed and very calming. The location was also great. I now know exactly what to do if I wanted to do felting on my own.
A really interesting and enjoyable course over two evenings. Heather made everything very clear and easy, provided great materials and ensured we all made something we were pleased with. I had never felted anything before but would now like to do more and feel quite confident about starting on my own. I'd also like to do another course with Heather. Highly recommended.