Felted collages using pre-felt MATERIALS ONLY kit by Purr & Wag It, Tabletop Workshops
Be inspired by the Masters: Miro, Matisse cutouts, Braque birds, Bauhaus weavers to create your very own felt collage masterpiece. Or go "off-piste" and use your own or other artists' imagery. This is the MATERIALS ONLY kit version of my pre-felt in-person or live online workshop and it's great for children. You'll need to already know the wet felting technique to make the best use of this kit. If you don't please purchase the online on-demand version of the kit which includes access to a step by step video. Once you've purchased your kit message me to let me know what colours of pre-felts you'd like. I'll pack them up and post them off to you. And if you are purchasing more than 1 kit to the same address please contact me first as postage is likely to be less. If you're a school or community group do get in touch as my pricing is different. 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! If you would like once it is dry you can then embellish it with stitch or beads. 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. 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 background colours: natural, black, 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).
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!
2 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.
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