About the Course
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. On the ground floor of the house with flat access and a downstairs toilet
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.
Any queries? Want me to come to you? Please get in touch.
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.
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 15 minutes early to settle in with refreshments for a prompt workshop start.
Please note these workshops require 2 participants to run: terms on my website.
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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