Course Start Dates
Thursday 5th October 2017
Thursday 19th October 2017
Saturday 4th November 2017
Experimental Feltmaking day course covering basic flat felt techniques: Designing and making images and patterns, pre-felts, Layering and all you need to get started as a felt maker! You will be shown how to design your own pattern or picture from an image or source of your own choice (don't worry if you haven't got any ideas, I've got lots of books and samples to inspire you) for either a wall hanging, cushion, scarf, or piece of fabric to be later made into something such as a bag or book cover. How to translate your image into felt, select colours, and use pre-felts and layering to form pockets and flaps. At the end of the day you will come away with a finished piece of felt to be made into a book cover,bag,or cushion , and the confidence to carry on and make lots more.
Students of this course may also like to progress to learn more advanced Nuno felting techniques (see pictures) and create beautiful fabrics suitable for scarves and garments. Please get in touch for more details.
I run this course for up to 4 people in my purpose built studio at my home situated on a hillside in the beautiful Forest of Dean. The access is quite steep, and not suitable for wheelchairs unfortunately.
What's included in the price?
Materials and home baked snacks and lunch including soup or salads made from our home grown organic vegetables (in season).
For larger items such as Nuno Shawls or cushions, a charge of £5 will be made.
Please click through to my website on the button above for the next available date.
We thoroughly enjoyed our felt making day at Chris's delightful cottage in such a pretty valley. The instructions to find the cottage were spot on and the welcome was very warm. We knew we were in for a fabulous , happy and creative day.
Chris calmly, and with great patience showed us the techniques. Her workshop was full of beautiful examples of her work to inspire us.
The lunch was simply delicious- and tea and flapjack were consumed at regular intervals.
Chris's expertise and gentle help enabled each of us to successfully achieve our ambitious ideas. -
What a treat of a day out!
Stephanie Murray, Hilary Martin, Alice Martin , Juliet Willey -
I would very much like to thank you for my introductory session to the world of felting. As a complete novice to all things art and craft, I was supported and inspired to produce a piece of work that can be made into a tissue box cover at a later date. Your years of experience and love of the medium created a relaxed and happy atmosphere in which to focus on a new skill. The setting of your home and workshop are charming and well worth the hour's drive from the Bath and Bristol area-in fact I would say that the journey itself set my creative juices flowing; passing as I did the most spectacular views of the Severn estuary both crossing the original bridge via the M48 and on the A48 from Chepstow to Blakeney. Lunch was really tasty and left us punters asking "Are there any more men like your husband who can knock up a soup with home grown veg and bake flapjack who aren't already spoken for in the near vicinity!"
Altogether a totally fulfilling experience and I can't wait to make a return visit for my second Saturday chez toi.
I was just emailing to say what a lovely time I had on Saturday! It's always nerve wracking going somewhere new, but you made me feel comfortable and confident and I will take away the knowledge you taught me and have a go at home myself. I would highly recommend to anybody that they should come on your courses, I loved the small group and you had plenty of time to help everybody. It was a pleasure to spend the day at your home and I will definitely look at arranging a small group to come and spend the day with you in the future. Last but not least, the food you provided was amazing so please thank your husband for getting it all together for us.
Had a really good day at the experimental felting workshop Saturday.
The surroundings are so relaxing you can't help but become absorbed in the creative process.
The studio is well stocked with colourful wool, good books and her own works of art that you can't fail to
Become inspired. Chris is also very patient and accepting of individuals own ideas. All this and it's
Topped off with a lovely home cooked lunch... I would very much like to return again. Thanks. Karen
Chris is a very experienced and talented teacher who makes the day fun and enjoyable. She has a natural warmth and passion for textiles which comes across in her teaching, encouraging and showing the various applications of wool to create stunning results. I would recommend booking one of her courses and creating something beautiful and unique.
I've just returned from one of Chris' feltmaking courses - what a wonderful day! Stepping into Chris' studio is like entering an Aladdin's Cave of colour. Thanks to her inspirational approach to teaching, I've not only learnt new skills but have also created a beautiful wall hanging. Thank you once again for helping me find my creative streak!
I am delighted to have discovered the amazing painterly qualities that felt making can achieve, the course was a revelation. The day spent learning the techniques was very enjoyable, and I was happy to have made two pieces by the end of the day. Chris has a beautiful range of colours to work with, she is an inspirational tutor, knowledgeable and friendly, and I can wholeheartedly recommend the experience.
Thanks for a great course. I'm glad Cynthia told me about it. Your studio was good to work in with all the lovely wool in wonderful colours to inspire us and we all managed to make something to take home. Thanks also for letting me use my raw wool clip.
The attached photograph shows what I made with the result. As it looked rather medieval I made it into a bag which was used in a history enactment for Raglan History Society.
Without a creative bone in my body, I made a great piece which I'm going to make into a tote bag. Chris talked us through the basic steps and guided us with a light touch so that most of the day was spent actually felting. After a trial piece (which I am really pleased with) we made something we could use. Others on the course made a cushion cover and a beautiful scarf. It was a very relaxing, fun day. Highly recommended.