About the Course
This course teaches a variety of felting traditions and techniques with emphasis on embellishing surface decoration. Felting techniques include inlaying, drawing with wool, mosaicing and applique. Using both hand and machine stitching, felt surfaces can be enriched with a wide range of embroidery stiches. Dye processes are introduced to enhance colour and patterning using both natural and synthetic dye stuffs. Make experimental samples to build up a vocabulary of techniques and progress quickly to creating uniquely textured and coloured items of clothing, furnishings and accessories, as well as sculptural and pictorial pieces. Suitable for all levels.
By the end of the course you will be able to
have a knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary felt practices
use with confidence a variety of felt making techniques
use a variety of hand and machine embroidery stitches,
use the embellishing machine, and the hand needle felting tools.,,
use the hand and drum carders for combing and blending wool.
use a variety of dyes, and have an understanding of mordants used in natural dyeing.
make and develop your own work,
Class format and activities
Students will learn from practical demonstrations by the tutor and tutor/ student led discussions, tutor/peer support and sharing of ideas. A variety of resources are available in class, including textile samples, books, periodicals and computers.
Beginners will be taught a variety of techniques in small groups, to build up their skills base, in order to progress quickly on to personal themes and projects.
More experienced students will be able to work on individual projects. New techniques and materials will be introduced,as well as.refresher demonstrations of techniques, as and when appropriate.
Students will be encouraged to keep sketchbooks, visit museums,and galleries, and be up to date with current exhibitions.
In order to ensure that students make the best possible progress on the course, you will have regular constructive feedback from your tutor, to support you in your individual learning.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
An open attitude to learning, an interest in making and developing new skills.
What you need to know before you enrol
This course takes place in the textile studio which is on the second floor of the Nancy Seear building. Disabled access is by stair lift.
Some felt making processes can be physical, exerting pressure on wrists.
What you will need for your class
Sketch book, beach mat, rubber gloves and bath towel.
What you can do next
Textiles Advanced workshop, Textile Foundation, specialist stitch classes and other part time courses at Morley.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.