5 hour workshop
In this five hour session, you will make at least a flower or a scarf, which can be a winter scarf or a summer wrap. You may decide to make a number of flowers using different techniques. These can be made into brooches or attached to bags.
You will learn how felt is made, a little of its history, and also, what many clever and imaginative people have discovered you can do with it, to lift it from the folk-art category to the stylish.
There are small motor skills involved in laying out the fibre, but by hand rather than fingers. The process involves rolling the project but you can use forearms rather than hands, and there is no sewing involved. Patience is involved as the process of rubbing and rolling can last twenty minutes. depending on the size of the project. You will find that the entire experience is incredibly therapeutic, and chatting certainly speeds it up!
Once you've got the basic principles of felting sorted, all that will hold you back will be your imagination...
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Strawberry Hill Hats
Lesley made hats for amateur theatre and after making some 30 from horrible craft felt decided to learn how to do it properly. She went to London College of Fashion and learned how to block straw, sinamay and felt, and also how to make sewn hats.
She works in a studio in Wimbledon and during the two Open Studios a year listens to what people say about hats. They say they don't suit hats; hats are expensive and only worn once; even if worn more than once the need to be stored; they'll be damaged if packed in a suitcase. Lesley believes that making stylish, easy-care everyday hats will encourage people to wear them.
Lesley has devised a pattern for a sewn hat. One size fits all. It can be made in anything from calico to silk, and dressed up or down. It is packable. It can be made in a day from your fabric of choice. The calico example has been tried on a number of sceptical ladies who have been pleasantly surprised by how good they look in it.
From making blocked hats out of commercial felt Lesley decided to explore hand made felt as a fabric for hats and became fascinated with all things related to wet-felting and what could be done with it. Hats, scarves, wraps, gloves, slippers, vessels and large wearables such as dresses and jackets. The possibilities are endless, it seems.
You will be provided with fibre, embellishing fibres, fabric, soap (olive oil) and tea and coffee!Please bring an apron (you are working with water), a couple of towels (one large and one small) and bubblewrap (about five feet). Please also bring a packed lunch. There is a small Tesco nearby if necessary. Felting is physical and it is important to realise that the bigger the piece, the more effort is involved.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.