Felted abstract collage using pre-felt with Purr & Wag It, Tabletop Workshops



The kit and video version of my pre-felt in-person or live online workshop and it's great for all ages including children. Inspired by the Masters: Miro, Matisse's cutouts, Braque's birds or the Bauhaus weavers create your very own felt collage masterpiece. Or use clever word play and the graphic quality of text to create some slogan art. Since the 60's a group of artists have used text at the centre of their work: Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Christopher Wool, Bruce Nauman to name a few. Of course you could go "off-piste" and use your own imagery. You'll use pre-felt - a partially processed form of felt to create your designs. Perfect for collage style imagery because of its propensity to be cut into clean crisp shapes. Wet felt making techniques are then used to bring the layers together into your finished work of art. Once dry, if you fancy, embellish your work with stitch or beads. The final stages of wet felting can be quite vigorous. If you have arthritis or a similar condition in your hands you may find parts of the process more challenging. This does not mean you will not be able to undertake this workshop, just that it may take you a little longer to fully felt your work. Shrinkage is part of the wet felting process. For pre-felt this is between 5-10% for rising to 10-30% for wet felted work starting with wool tops. If you're a larger group please contact me for special sessions. This form of felt making works well for birthday parties and school or community events. Working with younger/SEN children or vulnerable adults? Please use appropriate scissors eg., round tipped school style. During the purchase process you'll be asked to choose what colour of pre-felt you'd like for your background - natural, black, blue or plaster. Please note the complexity of your design will direct how long this project takes - 2 hours is a guide. If you're looking for something a little different, click 'message the maker' to discuss a bespoke package/the perfect date for you.

What's included in the price?

- A4 background (NB there is currently a choice of three background colours: natural, blue or plaster please contact me to tell me which) - a selection of pre-felt pieces in various colours and sizes ; - 1 x A4 tracing paper and 1 x A6 freezer paper; - net; - chunk of olive oil soap; - bubble wrap (if you haven’t got a large enough piece waiting for recycling); and - link to the How to section of my website together with a password.

What you will need

All to be found around your home: - your pre-felt kit sent in advance - any designs you have worked up from the pre-workshop notes - embroidery/textile scissors or nail scissors* - cardboard tube from tinfoil/cling film or rolling pin - if you have one a plant spray bottle - a couple of tea towels or similar - access to a water supply/sink - creative spirit! * Please ensure children use age-appropriate scissors. Round tipped "School" scissors will cut the pre-felt.


2½ hours (flexible times to suit)


Heather Fiona Martin is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is an experienced felt maker who for over a decade has worked in educational and community settings. In addition to her community work she runs Purr & Wag It, fine art felted portraits. Heather holds an enhanced DBS certificate for children and vulnerable adults.

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Wheelchair users
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Spooky
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Stag dos
  • Father's Day
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Romantic
  • Hen dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Easter
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • UK Holiday
  • Tutor can travel
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