Felt Vessel

Discover the ancient craft of felt-making with a modern twist. Learn the resist method of felt-making which involves laying wool fibre around a 2D resist which once felted and shaped creates a seamless 3D felt vessel/container. Gill shows you a variety of template shapes, colour combinations, fibre choices and add-on options to help you create your own unique vessel/s and takes you step by step through the laying out and felting processes. Felt-making is a very forgiving medium. You don’t have to be ‘creative’ to make something wonderful in this workshop. You just have to love colour and texture, working with your hands, and be able to let go of the outcome, and just play. During the day you will have time to make at least 2/3 vessels/pots which can be used for a variety of practical and beautiful uses. This workshop is suitable for the beginner and those with some felting experience.

Materials List

2 x old towels 1 x plastic bag Some elbow grease (light physical activity will be involved)

Tutor: Gill Brooks

Made keen on textiles from an early age, Gill experimented with everything under the sun: dyeing, sewing, embroidery, knitting, rug-making, you name it. In 1994, she attended her first felt-making workshop and that was it. She had found her perfect medium and has been felting ever since. Over the years, Gill has attended many workshops, often with the who’s who of the international felting world, including Jorie Johnson, Marjolein Dalinga, Alexander Pillin and Jeanette Appleton. Gill has been teaching workshops since 2002 and has introduced hundreds to the joys of felt-making and the versatilities of handmade felt. Gill designs and makes one of a kind accessories which she sells through various handmade craft shop and galleries. Her work has been featured in a variety of magazines including Vogue Living and Home Beautiful. ‘I’m continuously inspired by this extra-ordinarily versatile medium, it’s wonderful properties and its amazing history. A never-ending world of possibilities. What’s not to love.’’