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

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Be inspired by the Masters: Matisse cutouts, Braque birds, Bauhaus weavers to create your very own felt painting masterpiece.

This online version of my pre-felt workshop needs a minimum of TWO to run and for a kit to be posted; please bear this in mind when booking. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours but may be a little shorter or longer dependent on the complexity of the imagery you create to a maximum of 3 hours. It's a great workshop to do with children.

If you're a school or community group looking for a larger group please do get in touch to work something out.

Once you have purchased your workshop please choose what colour of pre-felt you'd like for your background - natural, black, blue or plaster and email me to let me know.

I'll pack this together with a selection of pre-felt pieces in a variety of colours and sizes, an A4 sheet of tracing paper, fine net, chunk of olive oil soap and a sheet of bubble wrap (if you haven’t got a large enough piece waiting for recycling) and post the kit off to you.

To make your felt collage you'll use sharp scissors to cut and place different colours of pre-felt atop an A4* size pre-felt background (or two A5*). Once your design is complete you'll use wet felt making techniques to bring your cut pre-felt together into the finished piece without the need for glue or a single stitch! Once it is dry, if you'd like, you can embellish it with stitch or beads.

Exactly what is pre-felt? It's partially processed felt, somewhere between the loose fluffy wool fibres and fully fused felt fabric. It differs from craft felt in that it needs to be further worked to create a finished product. Pre-felt’s "part cooked" state, it's propensity to be cut into clean crisp shapes coupled with its tendency to better keep its shape during processing make pre-felt perfect to use to create collage style imagery.

Similar to regular wet felting, developing the pre-felt into felt is made up of a series of repetitive actions. Many people find these relaxing and some a stress buster. But, the final stages of wet felting can be quite vigorous and is very hands on. 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.

* NB during the wet felting process your work will shrink. Pre-felt tends to shrink less than handmade wet felting.By how much varies considerably for lots of reasons including the structure of the pre-felt and the technique of the maker. I find a general rule of thumb is between 5-10%. These figures rise to 10-30% for completely hand made wet felted work.

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Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

We'll send you a kit with:

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

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 the internet/Zoom to join the live workshop
- access to a water supply/sink
- creative spirit!

* I can provide these items for you at an extra charge of £10 per kit please contact me if you'd like to do so.


Heather Fiona Martin at Purr & Wag It, Tabletop Workshops

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

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


3 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Samantha - - #35447

Thanks again for a lovely session this morning - we all really enjoyed it.

We used our supplies to make another picture this evening!

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Carol P - - #34794

The lesson was great and Heather was a patient and inspirational tutor. Highly recommended- thank you Heather

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Aimin Liu - - #33472

I have enjoyed the felting online course very much and am pleased with my first pebble. The instructions in the video show a great depth of knowledge, they are very detailed; so it's easy to follow & get a good result.

This course has expanded my creative practice & inspired me to explore felting further in other creative formats. I can definitely recommend to all and especially people who want to try different materials & learn new techniques.

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Lin S - - #32615

It was a well planned and organised session. The materials were delivered in plenty time. Heather was very helpful and involved us all.

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Victoria - - #32461

Heather sent all the materials needed in plenty of time and clearly labelled. She had the online tutorial set up really well, so that we could watch her hands working as well as see her face as she talked us through. We got several pebbles made during the workshop, with lots of material left over to try more at home. She was patient and inclusive and I thoroughly enjoyed learning from her. Thank you.

Response from Purr & Wag It, Tabletop Workshops:

Thank you Victoria!

Inclusivity is a big reason for me keeping my workshops, whether in person or live on line, small.

Looking forward to the opportunity of working with you again.

Best wishes

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Caryl Wright - - #32456

I really enjoyed the course. It was well timed and we each made 3 felted pebbles. I feel inspired to make more!

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Lin Stephenson - - #32450

This was a well presented course. Timing was just right, presentation clear and Heather was very informative. Would definitely recommend

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Tamsin Wimhurst - - #32318

Great couple of hours happily making pebbles. Heather taught us beautifully - nicely paced class and materials arrived ordered and in plenty of time. Would definitely recommend it.

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Ursula - - #32300

I very much enjoyed learning to make felt pebbles with Heather. She was a great teacher and the pace of the class was really good. I was really pleased with the techniques I learnt and the pebbles I made . I thought Heather explained everything really well and she was very helpful . I would definitely recommend this workshop. Thankyou Heather.

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Jane - - #32237

Thank you Heather
The pdf is great, very clear
I very much enjoyed the sessions and will definitely make further projects
Teaching was excellent
Thank you

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