I have been felting since August 2016, which seems a long time ago, but then doesn’t at all when I say ‘I have been felting for two and a half years’.
I became addicted to wool after attending my very first workshop. There were just the four of us plus the tutor and we all piled into her small but perfectly formed studio. There was colour everywhere, it was wonderful. She had huge plastic boxes full of all kinds of wools. My absolute favourite was the wools hanging from a broom shank on the wall, cascading down like a beautiful vibrant waterfall, her colour palette. It was a fabulous day, fun, creative and calming. It pretty much took off like a rocket from there!
I began to crave the idea of running my own workshop a while ago. I had attended another felting workshop or two in the meantime, and I began to see the parts I enjoyed and the parts I didn’t. This spurred me on to want to give the kind of workshop I would want to go on.
I knew it wouldn’t land in my lap so I decided to get off my backside and make it happen. I wasn’t on FB at that point, I had evaded it as the internet ate too much of my time already, so advertising was going to have to be done. I did it the old fashioned way and put my own flyer together, and walked around the towns asking kind shopkeepers if I could display them. At least this way I was attracting local people. I had already sourced a wonderful venue. The queries started coming in, I was thrilled! In the beginning I even tried to fit in with everyone regarding a date! I am accommodating if nothing else!
Whilst I was doing this a newly opened tea room approached me and asked if I would host a workshop at their place, which I did of course. This was my first one and I only had three ladies which was perfect on two levels, the tea room was small, and I had never taught before, and I had never even spoke to an audience before!!!! So this was a perfect introduction for me, albeit nerve wracking at first!
The tea room workshop went like a dream, and I have since done three more workshops at a different venue to the tea room, one only a week ago, and I am fully booked for February and March. The last workshop we seemed to laugh the whole day and the creativity was superb, it was fabulous, I so love doing them. I meet some lovely ladies, some of whom I now class as friends. The nerves have gone. I also have three ladies coming back for another class, so I must be doing something right!!
Anyway enough with the chat, I will now add all my photos of the four workshops for you to look at, as I know how we all like photos! Here is my FB link too.
Oh and one day, I will have that cascading waterfall of colour on my studio wall!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been up to lately, and maybe it will spur you on to attend a workshop too.