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Design and Make Your Own Seamless Felt Bag

Course Overview

Do colour and design excite you? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Are you intrigued to discover how to make a bag without any seams?

Then this is the workshop for you….

Using beautiful Merino wool fibres Gill will guide you through the process of making a reversible, seamless bag using the resist method of felt-making. You’ll be able to choose your own colours and designs and Gill will show you how to make pockets and handles, along with the potentials of adding fabrics and other fibres for some interesting finishing touches.

Felt making is an ancient craft with many modern-day applications. It’s incredibly forgiving and quite surprisingly versatile in what you can do with just the basic techniques and minimal materials. It does require a bit of repetitive arm and hand action over time which may not suit some people. Some prior experience in felt making would be useful in this workshop as it is a more advanced technique, however, if you’re super keen, and happy to jump right in, the projects can be modified for different skill and mobility levels.

By days end you will have learnt the basics of felt bag making and be taking home a uniquely designed and hand felted bag, personalised to your specifications. Notes will also be included, along with a list of wool suppliers so you can carry on your felt making at home.

Materials 

Participants will need to bring: An old beach/bath towel, a plastic shopping bag to take the wet felt bag home in and a water-proof apron if they are worried about getting wet. A pair of sharp scissors could also come in handy.

All other materials and equipment will be supplied by the tutor however participants are welcome to bring their own wool roving and/or fibres if they prefer a specific colour, as colour choices will be limited.

 

 

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Gill Brooks

About the 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.

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