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Learn to felt - an introduction to felt making

Duration: Half day (10am-2pm)

Price: £40

Book with: Emma Jackson
at Emma Jackson (Silversoles - Felted Textiles)

129 Hazelhurst Road
Kings Heath
West Midlands
B14 6AG

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Ever wondered how to create felt?
In this introductory workshop you will learn about the ancient art of felt making practised by nomadic people of Central Asia for thousands of years and now being adopted by textiles artist across the globe today.
You will learn about the process of bonding wool fibres together using the wet felting method, from laying out the loose fibres to working them together with other exotic fibres to form a new and unique fabric. You can use your completed felted work to stitch into, frame, embellish other textiles with and much more.

Included in the workshop will be tips on pulling out the fibres from the wool tops, creating even felt, how to incorporate other fibres and yarns along with notes to take home on where to buy wool tops and recapping the process so you can continue practising your new skills.

You can make abstract, decorative textured flat pieces or try creating a picture in wool. For inspiration bring along images, sketches and photos to help you on your creative journey.

The workshop starts at 10am and finishes at 2 pm. It is suitable for beginners and people of all ages are welcome. (Under 16 are entitled to a discounted ticket of £25, and must be accompanied by a full ticket paying adult).

Please get in touch for more information or to book your place.

Your tutor will be Emma Jackson, a felt maker with over fifteen 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.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and light refreshments of tea, coffee & biscuits are provided as part of the courses alongside handout notes to help you continue to enjoy making your chosen felt projects in the future.

Want to review this course?

This was a wonderful morning learning how to turn wool into a new fabric. Emma is an approachable and friendly teacher who made us feel very welcome and helped guide me through the process with patience and care. I left with a new skill, confident of my knowledge and wanting to do more. Thoroughly recommend this course and tutor.

- - #24183

We had a lovely day with Emma, learning about shibori techniques and producing samples to show the results. Emma took photos of the process as we were going along throughout the day, which was really helpful to look back on after the day when trying the techniques on your own. She also provided some great information at the end of the day as a reference source, which was also really helpful.
Emma guided us through the process without doing it all for us, and as there were only 2 of us in the end (there should have been 4), we each got plenty of advice and attention.
A relaxed and enjoyable day learning about an interesting process which we hope to use in future projects.

- - #22299

A wonderful workshop with the opportunity to create two pieces of felt. Emma gave a really useful introduction to felting and then demonstrated the processes really clearly. Not only did we have a lovely choice of wool tops to create the felt base but also lots of threads and bits to embellish the pieces. Great studio, brilliant tutor and a lovely creative way to spend a few hours.

- - #22218

A thoroughly enjoyable workshop. Emma was a fantastic, engaging teacher and her passion for the craft was infectious. I'm so glad I went and would highly recommend.

- - #22197

Fantastic course - Emma was friendly, and encouraging . She took her time to explain the processes and as an absolute beginner, I left with the confidence and excitement to continue with this subject.
We made two pieces to take home and I am looking forward to signing up for other courses.
A really enjoyable lesson, thankyou x

- - #22146

Thoroughly enjoyable day. Emma is very knowledgeable and talented and she explained/demonstrated the techniques very well. The small class-size meant we had as much personal help and attention as needed and were able to work at our own pace. It was particularly good to be able make something of our own choosing as we all had very different styles. I came away with a scarf that I will definitely wear.
I hope to return for further courses.

- - #19251

Thank you Emma, we really enjoyed the Nuno felting scarves course.

It was good to be in a small group of three as we were able to get lots of help and advice where needed. It was good though that you let us develop our own ideas and skills. We ended up with three completely different scarves in the group.

Your knowledge was invaluable and your enthusiasm infectious.

Love your garden 'hideaway'.

Looking forward to coming again.

- - #19179

Decided on a whim to go and do a beginner’s felting course, and really enjoyed it. Making felt is an absolutely fascinating process. Emma demonstrated everything and showed us a variety of different yarns which could be used. Absolutely thrilled to come away from the course with two pieces of handmade felt - amazing to think that we actually handmade a piece of material! Emma left us with an information sheet to take away and a list of stockists to have a look at so all in all a really informative morning.

- - #19017

Just loved it!! I was brought a beginners felting course as a present & wasn't sure really what to expect. Emma explained everything, the instructions were easy to follow & she would demonstrate how to do things. Emma was also there to help or offer advice all the way through. I found it really interesting and would say to anyone ,if you have a slight interest give it a go. I went home with my finished piece, which I was really proud of and I'm going to make it into a cushion. Emma was so friendly & helpful I would highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to booking more sessions.

- - #13393

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Children
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Events & groups
  • Other locations possible - tutor willing to travel
  • Stag and hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Weekends

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