Christmas Gift Ideas in Handmade Felt

Handmade felt is a wonderfully versatile medium, it’s relatively inexpensive, easy to do at home and with a few basic techniques up your sleeve you can create beautiful, practical and eco-friendly gifts for friends and family. During this workshop Gill will teach you a range of useful wet felting techniques which you can utilise to make a variety of gifts including, but not limited to: brooches, pin cushions, felted soaps, needle/pencil/glasses cases, and felt balls (great as indoor balls for toddlers and cats). Enjoy the gift of giving handmade this Christmas and give shopping malls the flick. Some moderate repetitive action may be required. Things to bring: 2 x old towels 1 x plastic shopping bag (to take home wet work) 1 x apron if you prefer not to get a little wet. Odd balls of yarn if you have any make great decoration on the balls and pin cushions. Wools and mohair work the best.

Materials List

BYO lunch, 2 old towels, a plastic shopping bag (to take home wet pieces), an apron if you would prefer not to get a bit wet, and a sharp pair of scissors.

Tutor: Gill Brooks

Mad 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.’’