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Felt Hat Making for Beginners

Course Overview

Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do you love hats and have never been able to find the right shape or colour for you?

Then this is your perfect opportunity. Join us for an adventure into the intriguing world of felt hat making. 

In this workshop you’ll learn how to design and make your own felt hood using merino wool fibres and the resist method to create a basic hat/hood shape. Once the hood has been felted, we’ll explore the many ways the hood can be stretched and folded to create a variety of different hat shapes and sizes. Samples will be available for you to try on if you’re unsure of your preferred shape.

Felt making is an ancient craft with many modern-day applications. It’s incredibly forgiving and quite surprisingly versatile with 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.

By days end you will have learnt the basics of felt hat making and be taking home a uniquely designed and shaped hat to your own specifications. Notes will also be included, along with a list of wool suppliers.

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

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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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