FOR FULL WEEK PARTICIPANTS ONLY
A1/B1 MUST BE TAKEN TOGETHER | A7/B7 MUST BE TAKEN TOGETHER
A1: Intro to Design, Pattern Making and Construction for a Felted One-of-a-kind Garment
**A1/B1 must be taken together
Skill Level – Experienced
Description – Part 1 of 6-day workshop – Create and design patterns that will express individual ideas using 3-D technique on a mannequin/dress form. These patterns will be the foundation for a desired garment (vest, jacket or dress) constructed (cut, assembled and sewn) from felt yardage made during the workshop. Techniques such as lace, tucks, pleats and embroidery will be includued as participant interest warrants. Day 1 – Create felt yardage to be used in the garment; Day 2 – Design and pattern making on a mannequin/dress form using unbleached cotton; Day 3 – Construction and embellishment of garment.
B1: Taking it to the next level: Advance design, pattern making and construction of felted one-of-a-kind garments
Skill Level – Experienced
Description – Part 2 of 6-day workshop – Expand and change the design and function of the original pattern created in workshop A. Days 1 & 2 – Collars, cuffs, pockets and sleeves for jackets, coats and dresses will be designed to alter and expand on the “basic” pattern. Other design details such as integrating existing garment panels, structures and fabrics such as vintage lace, buttons, zippers, hooks and eyes will be included. Pending interest, participants may use unusual hardware for textiles such as nails, fishhooks, vintage curlers, buckles etc. in their garments. Creative problem solving and expression will be encouraged! Day 3 – Construct garment!
A7: Mosaic Tunic: Dyeing to Runway
Pam de Groot
**A7/B7 must be taken together!
Skill level – experienced
Description – Part 1 of 6-day workshop – We will create a cloth from multiple pre-felts, which we will dye using safe dyeing practices. Our method is one of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction to discover a cloth with interest and complexity. The garment pieces are linked to unify the cloth with each maker creating their own garment of unique beauty and interest. We will learn how to make a template from our own body measurements and to allow for differing shrinkage rates. If there is time, participants may also make a hat or bag to complement their tunic.
Materials Provided by Instructor – to be announced
B7: Mosaic Tunic: Dyeing to Runway
Pam de Groot
Participants of this session must also take A7
Description – Part 2 of 6-day workshop – we will create a cloth from multiple pre-felts, which we will dye using safe dyeing practices. Our method is one of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction to discover a cloth with interest and complexity. The garment pieces are linked to unify the cloth with each maker creating their own garment of unique beauty and interest. We will learn how to make a template from our own body measurements and to allow for differing shrinkage rates. If there is time, participants may also make a hat or bag to complement their tunic.
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A2: Three Dimensional Surface Structures - *FULL - wait list only
Skill Level – Experienced
Description – This three-day workshop explores various felt surface structures such as lamellae, cracks, chambers and helixes. Participants can make either multiple small samples that incorporate these surfaces design techniques – or – if combined with B2 workshop, a sophisticated, sculptural wall hanging.
A3: Faces of Mystery
Skill Level – Some experience of felting and photography useful but not entirely necessary
Description – In this 3-day workshop students will learn a variety of techniques for creating faces within a felt piece, including using photographic processes such as heat transfer and cyanotype, as well as discharge of dyed fabrics, which will then become bonded to the felt surface as part of a felted collage, combining nuno and pre-felt techniques. These techniques require the use of a computer (bring one if you are able) to process the images, as well as an inkjet printer (one will be available at Fling), which most people have access to. We will work on a small scale with your own photographic images to create samples.
Materials Provided by Instructor – @ $33
A4: Felt Sculpture for Outdoor Installation - *FULL - wait list only
Skill Level – Knowledge of basic feltmaking is essential. Experienced feltmakers will learn new techniques and ways to approach their own feltmaking practice.
Description – Felt sculptures for outdoor installation are created to respond to the environment, and invite interaction between the viewer, the work, and the space. These felt sculptures are intriguing and inviting, installed anywhere from a small urban space like a balcony/deck or garden, to large, wild or rural spaces like the forest, field or beach. Felt is an unusual and unexpected but ideal choice of materials for outdoor installations. It has amazing sculptural potential and is durable and biodegradable. Wool felt has been proven to withstand the elements for extended periods of time, evidenced in the traditional yurt or ger, dating back 3000 years. In this class, we’ll discuss best use of materials; wool breeds, other fibres, structural materials, site planning, responding to light and wind and designing your work to best suit your outdoor space and the narrative you want this piece to convey. We’ll also explore passive and solar lighting options. Each participant will create a series of felt forms in 2D or 3D, ready for outdoor installation.
Materials provided by Instructor – A full materials kit will be provided by the instructor which includes structural support rods plus connectors for up to three sculptural pieces, all wool fibres, wool locks, yarns, long sewing needle, resist material, installation hardware for varied sites. $100.00.
A5: The Devil in the Details: Felt Hats and Millinery
“If a woman rebels against high heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat! ” George Bernard Shaw
Skill Level – Experienced
Description – I’m passionate about felting and I ADORE wearing hats! So I am really excited to share my love and knowledge of both with you! For every time I’ve been stopped on the street by a complete stranger (often a man) who “oohs” and “aahs” over a hat I’m wearing, I’ve heard a woman say “but I can’t wear hats”. Hogwash! A good hat can make your day. And you need a good hat for every mood, most outfits and definitely for special occasions! Feeling flirtatious? Well, that takes a different hat than one that makes you want to exude confidence, be mysterious or go sophisticated! Join me for this workshop, and in addition to learning some great tips for making really good felt for hats, how to block them beautifully and learn the millinery skills to trim and finish your hats professionally, I’ll lead you thru some fun (lots of giggles and laughs here!) exercises to show you what crowns and brims are best for your face shape and stature. AND … I’ll also share my technique for creating any size/shape hat block you want in a couple of hours! This technique offers an inexpensive alternative to investing in blocks allowing you to save money for fiber and chocolate instead! You’ll have time for 2 hats (no sense trying to cram a hat in a day if the point is to learn the extra millinery skills that will take your felt hats from “nice” to “wow”). We’ll cover berets, cloches and brimmed hats—you pick which 2 you’d like to make. And maybe, JUST MAYBE…. depending on time….we can make a simple fascinator too! Somewhere I heard,“when you wear a hat you become the dream that started when the hat was conceived!”I hope you will join me for this fun workshop and I will help you create the dreams you want to become (and learn a lot about felt and millinery in the process.
Materials supplied by Instructor: stiffeners, joiners and brim lock or brim wire, $5
A6: Sculptural Felt Neckpieces - Giving Form to Flat Felt
Skill Level – All welcome
Description – Felt is a fantastic material to use in the fabrication of sculptural accessories due to its malleable and lightweight qualities. In this workshop learn to create a sculptural felt neckpiece utilizing flat felt. Techniques covered include patternmaking, carving small molds, hand forming, hand sewing, and stiffening. The development of patterns and molds allow for the creation of repeated forms within a piece and can also be saved for future use. Creativity and individuality is encouraged!
Materials Provided by Instructor – Wood or foam for molds, sand paper, various types of flat felt, wire, and millinery tacks, shellac, denatured alcohol. Approx. $32.
B2: Geometric Felt Objects - *FULL - wait list only
Skill level- experienced
Description – In this three-day workshop participants will explore the creation of complex geometric objects in structural seamless felt. Templates for shapes such as cubes, oloids, tetrahedrons and pyramids will be covered. Participants may choose to make small samples using the various template configurations or work on one larger sculptural object for decorative purposes. Those who have taken the Session A Surface Structure Workshop, will have the opportunity to create a complete wall hanging using one of the surface structure techniques.
B3: Prefelt for Design: Decorative Wallhanging *FULL- wait list only
Skill Level – Some experience of felt making and nuno work.
Description – In this three-day workshop we will cover in depth, the potential of multi-coloured pre-felts with the addition of dyed or printed fabrics and non-wool fibres (if desired) to build up a ‘collaged’ or layered design. We will cover techniques for making pre-felts and explore their potential, through cutting and layering of shapes to build up a design. We will make a series of sample pieces where we will consider aspects of colour theory, tone and composition. My aim is to show you how these techniques can enhance and extend your skills by helping you to feel more confident about using shape and colour, tone texture and pattern. You will produce a decorative or pictorial wall hanging based upon your own design inspiration. Day 1 – You will experiment with multi-layered pre-felts to produce a range of samples: Our objective will be to learn about mixing and separation in layers and how well to judge the potential of softer and firmer pre-felts to give definition in shapes and motifs and how to use the linear potential of edges within a design. We will look at blending and optical colour mixing and the effect of changing background colours. You will produce a range of samples for later use and to inform the design process on day 2. Day 2 – Taking a design source such as an image (drawing, photograph etc), which you will have prepared prior to the workshop, you will prepare a range of pre-felts. You will plan and lay out the preliminary stages for a design for a wall-hanging/pictorial felt using the methods taught. Day 3 – You will continue to ‘build’ your design using a ‘collage’ technique with your prefelts, fibres and fabrics. You will be supported to produce a layout based upon your design source, which will involve various design processes. A camera will be a very useful tool! You will layout and finally felt your wall-hanging to completion. You may of course treat this work as a background for stitching and embroidery.
Materials provided by Instructor: pre-dyed silk fabric for nuno (optional) $3-5/piece
B4: Fibre + Paper + Ink *FULL - wait list only
Skill level – For experienced feltmakers. Knowledge of basic feltmaking and a curiosity in exploring new materials is essential.
Description – Fibre + Paper + Ink explores in depth the layering and design opportunities of these three wonderful mediums. Paper and Ink incorporated with more traditional felting fibres opens up new possibilities in material options and surfaces. Paper adds unique sculptural and tactile qualities to our felt, which we can further enhance with striking line work in greys and blacks with sumi-e ink. We study sumi-e or charcoal ink and applications for it’s use on fibres, like silk, cottons, nuno prefelts and finished felts. By creating a variety of display samples, plus larger finished pieces, we’ll look at how these mediums can be applied to garments, accessories and sculptural work.
Materials provided by Instructor – A full fibre kit will be provided by the instructor which includes a variety of silk fabrics, wool fibres, papers, ink and brushes. $80.00. Clamps and other tools will be supplied by the instructor for use during the class.
B5: Visual Accessory and Ultimate Carryall: The Felt Handbag - *CANCELLED
Skill Level – Experience with making 3-dimensional felt around a resist
Description – Create a solid seamless felted handbag. Using multiple resists participants will work on the same shape and size handbag which can be used on the shoulder, cross body or clutched. Using these parameters gives each participant a blank canvas to design a unique composition for their handbag. A range of methods will be used to create and preserve each composition whether the focus is line, pattern, or color work. Security, weight, comfort, and durability challenges unique to handbag design will be covered in the execution of this handbag. Pockets for cellphones and other accessories will be included. A special emphasis will be placed on the final shaping. Molds and a steamer will be used to give the handbag its final shape. Molds will be made during the workshop as they can be a valuable tool in the felting process. Final steps will include the making of leather straps and attaching hardware. Participants will need to measure out wool and make sketches prior to the workshop. Instructions will be emailed in advance. A successful felt handbag requires stamina!
Materials provided by Instructor – insulation board, duck tape, pre-cut resists, leather strap, rivets, 2 snaps, 2 D-rings, 1 buckle, per student, approximately $32.00 each. Instructor will have additional options such as leather needle and thread and hardware.
B6: Sculptural Wearable Accessories - Mixed Materials
Skill Level – All welcome
Description – Learn to combine felt with alternative materials. We will explore materials such as rubber, plastics, and hardware store treasures and combine them with felt elements and forms in creating a wearable accessory. We will discuss ways to manipulate materials and consider the means of connecting disparate materials. This workshop requires an open mind and an experimental streak.
Materials provided by instructor – Various alternative materials for classroom use. Approximately $15 – $30