Course Start DatesSaturday 15th February 2020
About the Course
Workshop full or can't make my dates - gather together a group of 4 and get in touch for a date and time just for you. Looking for 3D or pre-felt? Check out the Tabletop Workshops page of my website. Are you a school or community group please contact me as workshops and inset days are priced separately.
You will be guided through how to lay out the fibres to make a flat piece of felt as well as using carders to blend colours. Then using the reference material you have brought with you, learn how to create a simple figurative or abstract image on the top. Lastly you'll learn how to transform all the loose fibres into a piece of cloth.
Taking place at Heather's home in Camberwell. You will be fuelled by plenty of home made cake, teas and/or coffee. With a maximum of four participants, these three hour workshops are designed to provide everybody with plenty of time for one on one attention. Heather always aims for sessions to be flexible to individual participants needs.
If you can't quite decide what type of image to create Heather's home is full of art and design books and if need be she can print you an image to adapt.
Any queries? Want me to come to you? Please get in touch.
The workshops run from Heather's home which is on an unmade road a little under ten minutes walk from Denmark Hill station with trains running into Victoria Station, Kings Cross (Thames Link line) and London Overground. A 176, 185 and 40 bus all pass within metres of the house. Free parking can be found on Grove Park and on Camberwell Grove after 6.30pm during the week and all day at the weekend.
The workshop is on the ground floor of the house with flat access and a downstairs toilet.
Any queries? Want me to come to you? Please get in touch.
Allergies to cats or indeed wool? Please note Heather has 3 cats (they’ll be elsewhere in the house during the workshops). Antihistamines are available but the workshops may not be for you.
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.
Heather has been making felt with people of all ages with many differing abilities for many years now. It’s a simple process (once you know how) but elements of felt making are quite vigorous and very hands on. If you have arthritis in your hands you may find parts of the process challenging. That being said it’s not stopped anybody before and Heather is very happy to help you with vigorous parts of the process.
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?
Everything - all materials, equipment and instruction sheet. Not forgetting tea, coffee etc and home made cake of the week.
NB: Extra materials can be purchased at cost.
If possible please arrive up to 10 minutes early to settle in with refreshments for a prompt workshop start.
Please note these workshops require a minimum of 2 participants to run: terms on my website.
My daughter and I enjoyed our afternoon learning how to make felt pictures. Heather explained everything very clearly and had lots of colours available and we could make more by carding. This was helpful to get the shading to work on our pictures. I was very pleased with the picture I made of my cat, it came out much better than I expected - as I'm not very artistic.
Ellen & Lindsey - - #27570
Had a fantastic afternoon learning how to make a 2D felt picture last Saturday. The atmosphere was relaxed and the teaching supportive and informative. I was really surprised and pleased with the work I was able to achieve in the 3 hours and am looking to go back to perfect my skills and learn more about the process. I came away feeling really energised and excited about learning a new skill and Heather had time for us all and we all came away with a great piece of art. I am really keen to do more now and will be looking to take this up as another art form...
I would highly recommend....
joanna Bradley - - #27499
A very good introduction to 2D wet felting with a finished personal felt creation to take away at the end of the afternoon. The venue was handy for Denmark Hill train station and Heather provided a cuppa and delicious cake. The small group size of 4 allowed for individual help when required and Heather kept an eye on the time and gently moved us through the different stages so we all completed our pieces. No matter what subject, there was a rainbow of coloured wool to choose from or to blend to produce the right shade. We learned extra on how effects could be achieved from observation of other students‘ pieces. Heather answered all my questions promptly before and after the workshop. For those few hours of the workshop I was totally absorbed in the process and the whole experience was a pleasure.
Diane McCormick - - #26675
This was a very ‘hands on’ on course . Well presented with good preparation. Clear instructions with all the equipment needed. Small group made it easy to ask questions and get a quick response. The catering was good and made to feel welcome. Spent a very enjoyable afternoon and learnt a lot.
After the course I received an informative PDF, instructions and list of suppliers. Have no hesitation in recommending this course.
Barbara - - #26351
This is my second workshop with Heather, returning as I enjoyed the first one so much. I got to try out a slightly different technique, still with the all the lovely support and advice that Heather gives, as well as yummy cake! I am so pleased with the finished product, and plan to return soon to do the 3D felting workshop.
Carla Collins - - #24774
I absolutely love going to Heather to learn skills in felting and sampling the delicious cakes . This last course was on making the picture and I was astonished at how it all came together. Heathers instructions and guidance throughout is excellent pointing out ways to enhance your work whilst letting you retain your creative vision. The relaxed atmosphere and good company make this a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Oh and did I mention cake?
Karen - - #24741
A great afternoon learning new 2D felting techniques. Heather was a great host and tutor explaining each stage in the process at a good pace and it was interesting to see how they all evolved. The small size of the group ensured personal advice as needed in a great atmosphere. The cakes were yummy too I will be making some this weekend. I would highly recommend this course.
Barbara Walker - - #23586
Heather made us very welcome with her range of teas and lovely homemade cakes before we got stuck in to selecting from her beautiful rainbow of coloured wools and starting our felt making. All four of us were complete novices but under Heather’s excellent guidance all achieved pleasing results. I would definitely recommend Heather’s courses.
Gill Biddle - - #23584
A really enjoyable course with a great teacher - Heather is very knowledgeable and gives each student individual help and support in creating a great finished product. She has a huge range of wool colours to work with, and also provides delicious tea and cake to keep you fuelled throughout the afternoon! I had a great time chatting with the other participants and am very pleased with my finished piece. Thanks Heather!
Carla Collins - - #22375
Recently spent a very pleasant afternoon with three other women, learning to wet-felt with Heather. What a lovely way to spend the day - learning, nattering, practising, nattering, eating, practising, nattering... so therapeutic... just how women have bonded for centuries. Heather is so welcoming, fun, caring and knowledgeable - it was a pleasure to be in the company of someone who clearly loves what they do, as much as teaching it to others. I've always wanted to take up this art form, but it's not until you get up close and personal with it, that you appreciate exactly how much time, effort and skill goes into each and every piece. Thank you Heather for everything that you taught me. My friends and family are well impressed with my finished product. Would highly recommend your courses to everyone. Inspirational.
Philippa - - #22300
This workshop was a really good introduction to 2D felt making and Heather is an excellent teacher who has a lot of experience which she is happy to share with others who are just beginning on their felt making journey. Working with wool is lovely and Heather has a rainbow collection of coloured wool tops to choose from. With Heather's guidance I was amazed at the way we were able to produce such good felting pieces to take home. I love Heather's animal pictures using felt and I'd like to have a go at this next time but feel I'll need to put in some practice before that. Lots of delicious cake, flapjacks and a variety of teas were provided and all in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon spent with great company.
Amanda Fyson - - #22237
We had such an amazing day with Heather creating our 2D pieces. She explained the technique really clearly and gave us support, advice and the confidence to develop the basic method and try out our own designs.
Emma Briscoe - - #19486
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with Heather learning how to make a 2-D felt picture. She is incredibly patient and made me feel very welcome in her home. The small group size meant we got a lot of individual attention and help. The course was well organised and the wools were beautiful to work with. I produced a piece that I am planning to frame and hang in my house.
Helen Cooklin - - #19142
An excellent session on felt making. Heather is very well organised and had everything that was required at hand. She was very patient, calm and friendly. I managed to complete a piece of work that I am most happy with. I have also learnt a lot about the art of felt making. The delicious cakes were also a bonus!
I highly recommend Heathers course as an introduction to felt making!
Suzie Balazs - - #19138
I really enjoyed the felt workshops, and produced two lovely pieces of work with Heather's fantastic help. She is a great teacher, explaining not only the whole felting process but the history behind it too. She very patiently took us through what to do, and kept a careful eye on us all as we progressed with our work. In the second week I did a portrait of my dog, which at first seemed a but over ambitious, but Heather really helped me produce something which is good enough to give as a Christmas present. Heather is very generous with the high quality materials and there is a fabulous array of colours to choose from. It was really fun, interesting and therapeutic!
Janette Scott - - #18454
I came back a second time because I enjoyed this course so much. My second piece I chose to do in 2D and now have something I’m going to frame. Heather is really good at inspring you and understanding what it is you want to create and helping you get there. The atmosphere was again really relaxing and fun and in a lovely house. I now have a more in depth understanding of the process and am really proud of the progress I’ve made.
Penny Sychrava - - #18343
A really enjoyable and instructive 2 day course. Heather is very clear and understandable, not only with instructions but also With the reasons why.
Over the 2 evenings I managed to produce a 2d and 3D piece to a reasonable standard. Heather also provides a great range of merino wools in glorious colours for each project. As well as all other materials necessary. A productive, sociable, therapeutic experience.
Sue Hurst - - #18280
the course has been amazing... very interesting and very well explained. At the end, we managed to make a felt vessel. The tutor has a lot of experience and can answer any question about felt.
I recommend the course to everyone who wants to have the bases to start felting.
cindy moreno - - #14636
We loved this course. Heather is a great teacher - informative, friendly and relaxed. And a great baker to boot (tea and cake was happily consumed during felt making). All (beautiful) materials were provided and the two workshops took place in a small group of four and an atmosphere that felt like an evening spent with friends. We learned several techniques over the two workshops and left feeling inspired and ready to tackle a larger projects we had in mind when first joining the course. Highly recommended and we would definitely join another course with Heather.
Lisbeth and Ian - - #14601
A really fantastic workshop! Incredibly insightful and taught in a way that made it relaxing and enjoyable. I took so much away from the experience, not only my lovely felted pieces but also the skills and knowledge to continue making at home. There was an abundance of beautifully coloured felts to work with and no short supply of tea and biscuits either.
I couldn't have enjoyed myself more and left feeling very inspired.
Ruby Bender - - #13565
I loved this course - working with felt is amazing, the colours are beautiful and the end results were much better than I expected. I am not particularly artistic but I produced something I really liked. Heather was very clear and patient and the atmosphere was relaxed and very calming. The location was also great. I now know exactly what to do if I wanted to do felting on my own.
Penny Sychrava - - #13557
A really interesting and enjoyable course over two evenings. Heather made everything very clear and easy, provided great materials and ensured we all made something we were pleased with. I had never felted anything before but would now like to do more and feel quite confident about starting on my own. I'd also like to do another course with Heather. Highly recommended.
Diane Stafford - - #13551
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