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Felt Techniques: Sampling Day

Felt Techniques: Sampling Day

129 Hazelhurst Road
Kings Heath
West Midlands
B14 6AG

Course Length: 1 day

Price: £75

5 star rating, 12 reviewers.

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Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


The Felt Techniques - Sampling Days gives you the opportunity to spend a day learning how to achieve one or more specific felting techniques. The Sampling Day will be tailored to meet your level of felting experience, ability and interests. Each Sampling Day is organised by discussing which processes you would like to explore with the tutor.

Felting Making techniques to sample include:
* Cobweb
* Edging - Scalloped, Tasselled
* Flaps, Pockets and Fins
* Felt Balls
* Cutaways and Grids
* Nuno Felting
* Cracked Mud
* Trapunto & Inlays
* Microwave dying felt
* Needle Felting: Embellishment detail and 3d work
* Shibori Felting - Spikes, Ripples, Pleasts, Pebbles, Coral Wave, Nuno resits

This list is not exhaustive! If there is a technique you are interested in & it's not listed here, or you have any questions about the felting techniques offered, please contact me and I will be happy to help.

This is a great way to expand your range and knowledge of different felting processes with an experienced professional felt maker and textiles artist. Useful for a those undertaking the International Feltmakers Associations' Certificate in Feltmaking, (IFA CiF), for Professional Development or the pleasure of learning new felt making techniques.

During a days workshop (depending on your previous experience) usually between 1-3 techniques can be tried.
The cost of a sampling day ranges from £160 for 1-2-1- tuition to £75 + per person for groups for 4
The workshop usually start at 10am and runs until 4:00pm.
Please get in touch for more information or to book a workshop.

Your tutor will be Emma Jackson, a felt maker with over fifteen years experience teaching, designing & making felt for her award winning textiles company, Silversoles. The workshops take place in her home studio in South Birmingham for small groups of up to four. (Please note: the studio is situated at the bottom of a garden with one step up to access the building.) The Felt Sampling Day workshops can also be arranged for larger groups at your own venue, for example the Sampling Days have been been delivered with schools, colleges, guilds and textiles groups.

Not What Your Looking For? Are you looking to make a finished item rather than sampling? Do you want a workshop focused on making one specific finished item, such as a bag, scarf or book jacket? If this is more your thing, please contact me and we can discuss your ideas - I would be delighted to work with you.

What's included in the price?

All materials and light refreshments are provided as part of the courses alongside handout notes to help you continue to enjoy making your chosen felt projects in the future.

For Studio workshop...
*All materials and handout notes are provided for the Studio workshops.
*A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and biscuits are provided throughout the day.
*Participants are asked to bring along a packed lunch.
*A home made lunch can be provided on request, £5 per person, please contact to arrange.
( A Materials Pack can be purchased for larger groups. by arrangement at external workshops)

Want to review this course?

A most enjoyable, fast moving and well structured course. The information given both verbally and in note form was excellent. The samples with their explanatory labels were very useful and provided plenty of inspiration. I had undertaken felting courses before but seem to have forgotten how physical the activity is! However with 3 partially completed samples I'm now trying to complete the set.
Emma, you gave all the participants an equal share of attention and guidance which is so important. Thank you once again - I'm about to consider cutting along the lines of the resist to reveal the underlying design and I'm holding my breath!


A thoroughly enjoyable day with new and different techniques to try out. It was inspiring to see so many different samples and the lampshade was really beautiful.

It's a long time since I did any felt making, mainly due to the amount of elbow grease needed! but the technique with the pipe and rolling is slightly easier than how I had done it previously.

Lovely to meet you too, many thanks, Sue.


Excellent course. Lots of ideas and inspiration. I can now 'see' how the shibori designs I see on the internet are formed.


What an excellent day.Information provided was very good and clear.
Buying your materials pack made it possible to keep the momentum up not needing to stop to find ingredients from what I had brought with me.
The four samples I have made all worked well and I am particularly pleased with the 'Cracked Mud samples that I have made which was of leaves. The least successful sample was the 'Nuno Shibiri which has only partially worked -I suspect I was a bit heavy handed initially!!!!

I am sending photographs of the finished samples to your email address for your information.
Thank you5


The teaching was clear and concise. Samples beautifully labelled and easy to understand.
Tutor friendly and approachable. All in all, an excellent day and I learned tips as to where I was going wrong! Look forward to using the techniques in future.


The first time I had done a bit of Felting was back in the Summer and I must admit I loved doing it. It was only the straight forward kind. It was great to have other ideas and end up with samples of what is possible with the different procedures that we did . I thoroughly enjoyed myself and with Emma's help made it very rewarding, and at the end of the workshop came away very pleased with myself. Thank you.


This was my third course with Emma which I thoroughly enjoyed. The techniques we learned were well taught, and we had all the help we requested with our questions helpfully answered. We were encouraged to work at a good pace but not so that it was was fun. I felt I had both learned and achieved lots: I had done a good day's work and was in need of a restful evening! Thank you Emma for a lovely day.


I loved the Felt Manipulation day workshop with Emma. We did four different techniques using prefelt and fabric, sparked lots of ideas. Emma is a very generous and motivated tutor, encouraging the what if? to get the creative thought process moving. Yes I slept well that night but couldn't wait to finish off the samples next day.


I really enjoyed the workshop last Thursday. It was the first felt making workshopI had been on with Emma.The day was well organised with all the materials we needed available and detailed instructions . Emma taught us what to do step by step and was very willing to answer our questions and give help when required. A very relaxed fun day !


This was my second felt sampling day with Emma. The workshops have been excellent, with clear instructions and advice. Well organised and paced. Emma is a very patient and friendly teacher. Her workshops are fun and very productive.


Emma explained the procedures well and we were able to try out 4 different procedures. A very enjoyable day!


An excellent day. Well prepared, with materials and notes all to hand. There was a good balance of demonstration and clear instructions, which enabled us to make 4 samples during the day. Emma's willingness to share her knowledge and help us along the way, in a relaxed atmosphere, was refreshing.
Brilliant - well worth travelling from Devon!


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