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Wet Felting for Beginners Online Course and Giveaway

Wet Felting for Beginners Online Course and Giveaway

As Ruth mentioned last week, we’ve changed the format of our Wet Felting for Beginners online course. We had lots of enquiries about it between courses, and even with the extra weeks of support some people found it difficult to fit it in, or dates still clashed. So we’ve changed it to a ‘3 part course’ with unlimited access to the coursework, videos and class forum and continuous tutor support.

aa wet felting FOR BEGINNERS 3 PART COURSEFor anyone not familiar with the course, it covers all the ‘basics’ over the 3 parts, including wool lay out; how to get neat edges; the wet-felting process; exercises to learn about shrinkage and what affects it, and how to measure shrinkage and use this to calculate your layout size for future projects;  a whole load of information about different wools, felting methods and techniques to help you try out different things to find what suits you.

There are more details on the class information page, and we’ve included a detailed supplies list and what you’ll need for your wet felting ‘equipment’ : http://feltingandfiberstudio.com/classes/wet-felting-for-beginners-online-course/

Registration is open now, just use the contact form at the bottom of the class info page, and you can start the course as soon as payment is cleared.

But we also have 2 chances to win a free place in our giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post (make sure you use a valid email address, it won’t be shown, but we’ll need to contact you).

The winners will be announced on December the first and you’ll be contacted with all the details. Please feel free to share this on social media. Good Luck!

Introduction to Wet Felting at The Fold

Introduction to Wet Felting at The Fold

A couple of months ago while shopping at The Fold in Marengo, IL, owner Toni Neil asked me if I’d be interested in teaching a wet felting class.  Many of the people who shop there are knitters, crocheters and spinners and she said they were curious about the felting. I agreed and we settled on November 1, class size and I provided her with a class description and supply list along with a list of the items I would be supplying.

I always think when taking a beginners class it’s nice to come home with something you can either use or show people, so I chose to make a place mat.  In preparation, I made a couple as examples and gathered some other samples to show how embellishments can be used.  I also brought along, yarns, prefelt, and some silk for embellishments.

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I provided a pool noodle, bubble wrap, a template, a piece of polyester curtain fabric for each student and gathered up my samples and other tools to discuss as we worked. In addition, I printed out flyers for the forum, a resource list and a general step by step guide to basic wet felting for future reference.

preparation

The class was held in Toni’s kitchen at The Fold which was comfortable for four people. Unfortunately, they had to turn away a fifth, but I don’t know where we would have put another body.

I was surprised to learn that a couple of the ladies had come from as far away as Beloit, WI and Highland Park, IL which is an hour and half away.  The other two lived closer to me.

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The kitchen was nice and bright.  So sunny, pictures were a little hard to get.

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The one thing I learned is that they would have preferred to not have choices as to design.   However, I’m never one to squash the creativity of a group and as it turned out they helped each other and while they followed basic designs they added their own creative touches.

Toni M (not the owner) finished first and was pleased with her first project and decided she liked her organic edges.

Toni

Dana brought some beautiful Churro yarn she’d purchased from New Mexico and made her mat a bit more abstract with a lovely turquoise background.

Dana

Carolynne purchased her roving and yarn to match at The Fold with the intention making an additional five mats of the same design which featured the stripes and abstract yarn design.

Carolynne

Since Candace had just purchased all the merino sheep from The Fold, she chose to feature a sheep on her design that she cut out from prefelt and used yarn for a fence, silk for clouds and some roving for grass.

Candace and sheep

They were all pleased with their place mats.  We worked hard, but had a good time.  Now these knitters, crocheters, spinner and weaver have a new tool in their fiber kits!  I hope they will continue to experiment and join us on the forum.  For more information on The Fold check out their website http://www.thefoldatmc.net

I haven’t taught a class in a long time.  I was tired, but a good tired and had fun meeting new people and sharing my passion with them.

 

 

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