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Felt art - felt-making workshop - with Debra Esterhuizen, Kendal, Cumbria


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The one day workshop is in Debra's studio in Cumbria which is a delight for the senses. It is in a large colourful shop selling felting provisions and ethnic fair trade goods.

You will learn how to create stunning pieces of textural felt art, abstract and landscapes/floral using a wonderful selection of merino wool (over 120 colours), silks of all kinds and colours, and different breeds of wool as well as other fibres.

Debra is a calm and experienced teacher who loves sharing her skills. You will leave feeling calmer but delighted with where you can go with your own creativity. Debra uses meditative music to help people find their creative focus. Debra is informative and also extremely generous with her materials and skills and will introduce you to every imaginable way of incorporating different textures and processes into your art work.

You will come away with at least two pieces of work, where you will experiment and understand how fibres go together in the process of felt making.

Every one is always amazed at the standard they achieve in such a short space of time in an atmosphere of fun and abundant creativity. Debra has taught over 2000 students many of whom are now successfully exhibiting their art.

You can be a complete beginner to art or an established artist in other mediums, all are accommodated in this class. If you have special needs please contact Debra as she has many years of experience in working with disabilities and her studio is serviced by a disabled lift and toilet facilities.

Parking in carparks - the brewery arts centre 50 m away or Abbot hall car parks 300m please bring change.

There is also an online class (for complete beginners only) which is an immediate access one, learning at your own pace where you download the course to keep for ever. The online course is found on the workshop page on Debra's website, where you follow the link on Debra's website).
There are 5 easy videos demonstrating different methods to achieve felt art. You will learn a little about colour theory and look at all the different fibres one can use in wet felting art and also a simple class on needle felting detail.
All material sources are given as well as references for the best felting books and suppliers.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are £10 extra for wool and silk paid on the day.

Teas and coffees are provided.

Please bring your own lunch or there are wonderful cafes nearby, we break for 45 mins for lunch.

Please bring an apron as you may get a little wet, an old towel and pair of scissors, everything else you need is provided.


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5 hours 10am - 3pm


Online course
- - #21549

Debra’s enthusiasm is contagious; I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop!
Seeing all the lovely completed works and array of yarns and threads in the studio is exciting and informative.
Debra is encouraging and helpful, generously giving lots of ideas and materials in order to produce work to be proud of.
Well worth a visit, this perfect venue has a wonderful cafe and handy car park(have £3.30 with you) 😀

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- - #14919

What a great class, had so much fun and learnt loads, Debra is so inspirational and very good at explaining things both in detail and with her hands on demonstrations.
The studio is lovely I loved being able to see her creations and to touch and feel all the different types of materials you can use in this wonderful craft.
I came away so inspired and wanting to try out more as soon as I could.
I created two large pieces both of which I am extremely pleased with, and one I will use in another project.
I look forward to coming back and learning even more.
Anyone hesitant about booking or travelling a distance to this workshop - just do it. You won’t regret it.

Online course
- - #14828

I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. I learnt so much about wool and felting as well as how colours work. Debra was so generous in the amount of different types of materials we used. We each made 2 large pieces of work, encouraging our individual creativity and interests, rather than trying to recreate a previous work. Debra demonstrated and guided us to explore and experiment. I can't wait to attend another session.

Online course
- - #12593

I have now attended 2 workshops with Debra. I am an enthusiastic but inexperienced felter. The confidence and knowledge gained from Debra is wonderful. Debra is a very generous teacher.
There are so many resources to use in her workshop and the space created by all the wonderful felt art on the walls and boxes and boxes of wool, silks and ribbons is really inspirational.
Thank you Debra for another really good day yesterday. I'm thrilled with the pieces I made and look forward to joining you again soon.

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- - #12589

A wonderful day of creativity, learning and fun. Being given a huge selection of wools, silks and ribbons alongside huge amounts of enthusiasm and support from Debra ensured that even I produced 2pieces of work that I am pleased to show to family and friends! The Hub is a fabulous learning environment thank you Debra!

Online course
- - #7997

I would like to say many thanks for classes! I learnt a lot from Debra. I love the way she teach and how much time she dedicate for every single student to show them what need to be done or direct them in right way. I appreciate her dedication and will to share with students a lot of fascinating knowledge! I'm delighted with my pixie shoes and lot of inspirations that now I have in my head! For sure I'll recomend this classes to others.

Once again thank you Debra!

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