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Felted and stitched Wall Hanging workshop with Karen Lane at Sweet Nothings, SW France

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Price: £650

Run by: Natalie
at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat

Le Bourg, Saint Vallier
Saint Vallier
Saint Vallier

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About the Course

This workshop will combine several techniques including wet felting, needle felting, the use of pre felts, couching, hand embroidery and/or free machine embroidery to make a beautiful, unique wall hanging. It is suitable for any ability from absolute beginner to the more experienced felt maker as well as being a great introduction to free machine embroidery for those who haven’t yet tried it.

Using photographs or sketches as our source of inspiration we will begin by designing our layout and colour scheme. There will be lots of examples to look at as we explore the different techniques we might use to create our pictures. The main body of our work will be wet felted, using loose fibres to “paint” our pictures. We will also explore the use of our own hand made pre felts, needle felting, hand and machine stitching to add areas of detail. Students can work to any size they wish, working on a large scale and concentrating on the one project, or working to a smaller scale and having the choice of an add-on felting project or simply enjoying more “free” time!

About the Teacher, Karen Lane in her own words.
My name is Karen Lane and I am a Feltmaker and Textile Artist based in the market town of Horncastle in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. I discovered Feltmaking back in 2013 when I attended a short class which introduced me to basic wet felting……what a revelation that was! I’ve always sewn and sketched and been generally creative and found it incredible that I hadn’t ever seen felting done before. Needless to say it wasn’t long before I was completely hooked! Since then I have attended workshops and learnt from some wonderful international feltmakers including Annemie Keonen, Marjolein Dallinga and Dagma Binder.

I now divide my time between creating new work in my home studio and being out and about, delivering workshops in Feltmaking and Creative Textiles, sharing my passion and motivating others to realise their creative potential.

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What's included in the price?

The studio At Sweet Nothings has good natural light, and plenty of working space. You will be provided with some of the more generic requirements for your felting, but will also be provided with a short list of requirements upon booking, designed to be kept at a minimum, but allowing you the freedom to bring things with you that you wish to create with.

We provide all guests flying to Bordeaux or Bergerac airports free transfers to and from the airports. Wherever possible and if travelling by rail, we will also pick up from the train stations at Angouleme or Bordeaux.

All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms with toilet sink and showers. We also provide UK plug adapters for your convenience!

You will receive three meals a day plus afternoon tea and cakes, all made from local and organic produce wherever possible. Do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements before you arrive.

During the week, and as part of your creative inspiration, we will take you on two outings of local interest - for example, a market; a local vinyard; then of course there is always the medieval splendour of Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emilion to enjoy!

The price of 700 Euros is based on one person sharing a twin room. Should you want a single occupancy room, the cost is 850 Euros.

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 21st July 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups

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