Felt Pictures-Painting with fibres - intro to 2D wet felting/felt making

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Description

Fixed dates don’t suit? Looking for a private workshop? For this one my home studio will accommodate 6 max. If your group is larger I can travel to you but please message me as such workshops are priced differently. 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 teas and/or coffee and biscuits. 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. Want to know when new dates and courses are being added? Or, if you're looking for something a little different, send me a message via the 'message the tutor' button to discuss a bespoke package/the perfect date for you. The workshop is on the ground floor of the house with almost 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.

What's included in the price?

Everything - all materials, equipment and instruction sheet. Not forgetting tea, coffee etc and biscuits. 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.

Duration

3 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts

Maker


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.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Pet lovers
  • Weekends
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Easter
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Public transport
  • Father's Day
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Tutor can travel
  • Mother's Day
  • Evenings
  • Romantic
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
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FAQs

Merino wool tops and pre-felt come in many colours and qualities. I like to think I provide some of the best and I will share my sources with you after you've attended a workshop. At in person workshops a very wide selection of different colours and shades are available.

I buy all my wool tops from suppliers who certify it is Non-Mulesed. Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech (buttocks) of a sheep to prevent the parasitic infection flystrike (myiasis). It is illegal in the UK.

It has also been dyed to Oeko-Tex Standard 100: meaning the finished dyed wool has been tested for harmful substances and found harmless for human health.

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It's the felting business of Heather Fiona Martin and was borne out of a wet felted pet portrait painting of a beloved Bearded Collie. Tabletop Workshops is simply the teaching arm of the business.

Heather is a graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is an experienced felt maker who for over two decades has worked in educational and community settings. 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 or a similar condition 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.

Heather's home studio 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. Or East Dulwich station running into London Bridge is ten to fifteen minutes walk (up hill) away too. A 176, 185, 40 and 484 bus all pass within metres of the house. Alight at Champion Grove.

Once you have booked I will send you a link to "How to Find Us" showing the best route on foot from Denmark Hill.

I recommend loose layered clothing. Working the fibres into felt takes a bit of elbow grease so you may find you want to take your top layer off!
An apron is not necessary but if you prefer to wear one when making then please do bring it along.

There is no parking on Stories Mews itself.

However parking is free on the surrounding roads (eg Grove Lane, Grove Park and Camberwell Grove) after 6.30pm during the week and all day at the weekend.

If you’re cycling let me know the Friday before the workshop so I can make room for your bike in the garage.

This varies a little depending on the type of workshop for:

Public 2D and 3D wet felting: I like to keep the groups small, so a maximum of 4. This provides you with plenty of time for one on one tuition.

Private 2D and 3D wet felting: Still small but I'm happy to accommodate up to 6 if everybody knows each other.
Prefelt collage, up to 6, because participants need less one on one tuition and use less room.

Christmas: Usually up to 10, because these workshops make use of crib sheets and everybody is making pretty much the same thing.

With all my workshops because of last minute cancellations you may end up with a private one on one workshop for the apublic group price.

If you're looking for something for larger numbers of participants I'm usually a) able to come to you and b) tailor something to fit in with your timetable and themes.

Venue

5 Stories Mews, Stories Road, London, London, SE5 8JJ