Fissures I - Cracked Mud Vessels

Fissures - Cracked Mud: Vessels & Cushions workshop


Influenced by the colours and landscape during a recent trip to Iceland, I have been experimenting with the cracked mud and craters resist techniques to make felt with fissures in their surfaces.

I have designed this workshop day to combine this inspiration and explore how to use the 'cracked mud' technique in 3d surfaces or a flat panel incorporating your design that can then be made into a wall piece or cushion.

I will supply images from Iceland for your colour platte and design inspiration, and encourage you to bring along your own images of geographical fissures from the land of 'Fire & Ice' or elsewhere in the world, to work with too.

During the workshop you will;
- Be working with Corriedale batts and slivers
- learn how to design and create a template for your own cracked mud design
- Understand how to layout wool batts /slivers
- Learn how to make a resist pattern for a bowl

This is a great opportunity to learn several new techniques during a one day workshop and apply them to creating a finished object.

Bring a water proof apron and wear comfortable shoes and 'old' clothes you don't mind getting damp.

Your tutor will be Emma Jackson, a felt maker with over twenty years experience teaching, designing & making felt for her award winning textiles company, Silversoles. The workshop will take place in her home studio in South Birmingham with a small group of no more than five. Please note: the studio is situated at the bottom of a garden with one step up to access the building.

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?

All materials and light refreshments are included.

A generous supply of tea, coffee & biscuits are available throughout the day and you are advised to being along a packed lunch.


Emma Jackson at Emma Jackson (Silversoles - Felted Textiles)

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129 Hazelhurst Road
Kings Heath
West Midlands
B14 6AG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


5½ hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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Edith Fotheringham - - #28502

This was such a good workshop! Step by step notes and hands on support from Emma in a lovely friendly group. I'm inspired!

Louisa Bain - - #28434

I have been to several of Emma's workshops before and would highly recommend them. She is a talented artist who also has the ability and patience to pass on her knowledge. Her workshops are fun, informative and enjoyable. The classroom is fully equipped with adequate space, light and heating. The atmosphere is welcoming with a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and delicious biscuits!
More importantly though, I have been on three courses now and, each time, have come away with a piece of work that I feel proud of and would use. I would definitely recommend Emma's courses to anyone whether beginner or more confident felt maker.

Rosemary Radford - - #28399

Emma is excellent at teaching the process for felting and is very patient. Emma explained the different stages of the felting and was very willing to help the students. Full of inspiration and ideas how to improve your work. A lovely atmosphere in the studio - everyone willing to share their work and ideas.

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