SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT

The following is a general list for any student who wants to do felting on their own and is in addition to specific workshop supply lists. Each instructor has specific supplies and equipment requirements for their sessions. Additional information may follow which will be sent by email. Some items will also be available for sale at the Felt & Fiber Bazaar on August 18th and by appointment with vendor(s). These items are marked with an asterisk (*).

For those traveling by air or otherwise unable to bring large or restricted items, non-consumable equipment is available for rent for $5. However, you must reserve equipment in advance, by contacting us, to assure that we have enough for all requests. You are responsible for returning all equipment in good condition by 12:00 pm on August 24, 2017. If equipment is damaged, or not returned, you will be charged for replacement cost.

General felting supplies

  • Several old towels
  • Felting mat (rubber or vinyl) or washboard
  • *Bubble wrap (4 foot widths will be available for sale by the foot.
  • Rolling rod and stretchy ties for your mat (swimming “noodles” work well)
  • Nylon curtain or netting
  • Plastic washtub or bucket
  • Large cellulose sponge or chamois (micro fiber) cloth
  • Plastic squirt bottle or one with holes poked in the lid (or other favorite tool for applying water to your fiber) (plastic bag works well)
  • Favorite felting soap
  • Hand wool carders (optional)
  • A notebook, pen and pencil
  • Sewing kit (needles, thread, sharp scissors, tape measure, pins, etc.)
  • *Favorite felting wool (optional – fiber will be for sale)
  • Embellishment materials (optional)
  • Waterproof apron (optional)
  • Thermos or hot pot for keeping water warm (optional)
  • *Laminate floor underlayment for resists (optional – may be needed for specific workshops)

And don’t forget…

  • A hat or headdress for the “Mad Hatters’” party
  • One or two pieces for the student exhibition
  • Felt fashions for the Fashion Show

WORKSHOP-SPECIFIC MATERIALS LISTS

A1/B1 Big Ink - Surface Design + Garment Construction

  • 8.0 ounces/230 grams extra fine merino roving, 19 micron or less, in main colour for
    project.
  • 5.0 ounces/ 140 grams extra fine merino roving, 19 micron or less, in white.
  • 6.5 yards / 6.0 metres silk habotai/paj/ponge silk (4.5 -5 momme) if the fabric is 45″
    (114cm) wide, in main colour for project. Treetops Colour Harmonies or Outback Fibers are both excellent sources.
  • 4.0 yards /4.0 metres silk habotai/paj/ponge silk (4.5 -5 momme) in white. Dharma
    Trading is an excellent source.
  • In addition to these materials, a kit will be provided by Fiona for each student in this class which includes ramie fibre, sumi-e ink, brushes, embellishment materials, resist materials,
    tape, soap simple closures. The cost for these kits is $40.00.
  • Participants must also bring:
  • Bubblewrap: 2 pieces, each 122cm (48 inches) x 240cm (96 inches)
    Note: the 2 pieces of bubblewrap, as above, can be replaced by your usual felting and wetting out work
    surface and covering material, in the above sizes.
  • Measuring tape Pen/pencil
  • Calculator Scissors, very sharp
  • Drawing Book, notepad Old towels
  • Small bucket/container for water
  • Pool Noodle, Pipe or Dowel
  • Ball Brause, or other tool for wetting out

A2/B2 Mesmerizing Patterns

Supplies

  • Clear thin plastic, not too thick or too thin/ stretchy, about 2 mil (painters drop), enough to cover 6′ table twice
  • If you are making a garment, please bring paper to transfer the pattern
  • Plastic bubble wrap, enough to cover two 6′ tables; plus an extra piece about 1m X 1m size
  • Watering device, a ball brouse or a squirt bottle
  • Container for water/soap solution (small bucket)
  • Natural liquid soap (biodegradable dish soap is the best); you can bring your favorite olive soap bar as well, but we will mostly use water/soap solution
  • Pool noodle, about 2′ long
  • Elastic ties for rolling (stockings or pantyhose)
  • A piece of soft fiberglass mosquito screen material, one – two yards is enough
  • Pen and notebook
  • Sharpie marker
  • Two – three old bath towels
  • Any favorite felting tools, like ceramic felting stone, palm washboard, pantry jar lid with a ribbed surface, small roller-massager, etc.
  • A small (no more than 15’’ X 15’’) piece of flexible bumpy plastic shelf liner material; available on Amazon (Ikea brand), and in many common stores, like Dollar General.
  • Good sharp scissors;
  • Small hand mini-carder or metallic dog/cat brush
  • Cheap grocery plastic bag;
  • Duct tape

Materials

  • 12 – 14 OZ of 18 – 19 mic merino wool tops (few of your favorite colors); Please make sure that one of the hues is very dark, and one is very light, about 4 oz each. If you are planning to make a garment, the micron count of you wool should be strictly within the 18-19 range, no less and no more.
  • Dyed plant-derived fibers: bamboo, ramie, Tencel, viscose (any one of these, in your favorite colors, 3 yards of a sliver; will be available for sale from the instructor, $5 per yard); Plus, one yard of WHITE plant fiber sliver (any of the above).
  • Six-seven yards of Margilan silk gauze fabric (authentic, organic, hand woven, hand dyed; will be available for sale from the instructor, $10 per yard). The gorgeous fabric is perfect for the innovative techniques of this class and allows to create complex surfaces in a limited workshop time. It’s not the same with tissue silk or other silk fabric.
  • Dyed plant-derived fibers: bamboo, ramie, or viscose will be available for sale from the instructor, $5 per yard of roving.

A3 Threads of Meaning

 

  • Sketchbook with plenty of blank pages ( I use 9 x 12” size, but smaller is okay)
  • preferred drawing tools (colored pencils/ inks/ watercolors) writing pen
  • Collage papers/glue or acrylic medium
  • Scrap fabric ranging from small to a bit larger (cotton, linen, silk – whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/2 yard or more of unbleached muslin for dyeing (washed)
  • 1/2 yard of white or light colored flannel for batting (washed)
  • Embroidery flosses, threads of all weights in a palette you prefer  and a couple of colors you don’t like
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery scissors, fabric shears, fabric marker
  • Embellishments, laces, buttons, beads, found objects(We will go hunting for treasure during workshop as well.)
  • Pins/cushion
  • Needles for hand stitching embroidery size 6-9(I use John James) and a size 20 Chenille which can handle 6 strands of embroidery floss
  • Small plastic container for small-piece dyeing
  • A piece of work you have already started or completed
  • A favorite poem or quote

Optional

  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • Sewing Machine – This is largely a contemplative stitching course relying on handwork.  The nature of tools is truly up to the participant, therefore I am not opposed to enlarging the possibilities by utilizing sewing machines.
  • Small loom:(small recycled 5″ by 7″ frame  or cardboard to construct a loom for  impromptu weaving
  • Carving block material,  x-acto knife/carving tool for sampling
  • Travel iron

A4 Detailing and Finishing Techniques for Wearables and the Felting of a Yardage

  • Participants preferred wool fiber to felt a small yardage
  • Lace, silk, collected materials or found objects to integrate into the felts
  • One yard of silk
  • One yard of wool
  • One yard of cotton for our detailing samples such as buttonholes, edges etc.
  • Beads
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Pencils
  • Sewing machine (several will be available for your use)

A5 Figurative felt sculpture – Contemplative pose

 

The musculature

  • 500g natural wool to create the musculature of the sculpture – This layer will not be visible when the sculpture is complete. I recommend either undyed or white merino wool under a light ‘skin’ of Blue faced Leicester. If you prefer a darker wool for the ‘skin’ then choose a darker shade for the musculature to blend with the colour you choose – it makes the process easier.

You can use the same wool for both the musculature and the skin.

The skin

  • 200g of natural wool – blue-faced Leicester makes a smooth, slightly lustrous skin and comes in several natural shades however you may prefer to use another natural felting wool or combination of wools/colours. Although I recommend undyed wools for this sculpture, I do not wish to restrict anyone’s creativity!
  • Felting needles No 36 gauge triangular needles x 10 at least
  • 2 Large towels
  • 1 Large spray bottle
  • Soap bar or liquid soap
  • 1 small bowl
  • An apron
  • Steamer – recommended (if you are unable to bring – there will be one available)
  • V-shaped sander –recommended (if you are unable to bring – there will be one available)

A6 Alternative (Dyeing) Processes – Composting

  • Apron
  • Extra pieces of fabrics to dye after projects are finished
  • Any rusty bits you want to bring
  • Needles
  • Strong thread for stitch shibori method
  • Materials/supplies kit provided by instructor $25

B3 Textile Topography: three-dimensional stitched cloth effects

  • Sketchbook with sturdy paper and plenty of blank pages 9 x12 inches
  • Collaging materials: papers, fabric strips, trims, scraps, glue, paints, acrylic medium, gesso etc.
  • Water container
  • Preferred drawing tools (color pencils/inks/watercolors) writing pen
  • Fabric ranging in weight from fine/sheer to coarse. (cotton,linen, silk, knit, wool,  – whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/2-1 yard of unbleached muslin or equivalent repurposed material that can be stitched through by hand (washed to shrink)
  • 1/2 yard of flannel (washed to shrink)
  • Embroidery flosses, threads of all weights, decorative threads, rope, sticks, wire
  • Embellishments, laces, yarns, roving, beads, found objects
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery scissors, fabric shears
  • Pins/cushion
  • Hand needles: size 6-9 embroidery for fine thread, size 20 embroidery for six strand embroidery
  • A piece or photo of fiber work that you have already started or completed
  • A favorite poem or quote
  • Photos of landscapes, land masses, maps, terrain

OPTIONAL

  • Sewing Machine
  • Cutting mat/rotary cutter
  • Small looms for impromptu weaving
  • Travel iron

 

B4 Design and Construction of a Shawl, Cuffs and Collars

  • Some silk, cotton or wool fabrics for linings and detailing techniques to finish shawls, cuffs and collars
  • Buttons, zippers, beads
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Needles
  • Pins
  • Pencils
  • Sewing machines (if you are unable to bring – there will be several available)

B5 Figurative felt sculpture – Contemporary dancer

  • Merino wool – 150g dark or light colour for the musculature that will blend with the skin colours
  • A selection of 4-6 coloured merino wools for the ‘skin’
  • Fabrics to add to the skin layer – A selection of fine, colourful, fabric scraps – for example silk chiffon, cotton muslin, tulle
  • Silk hankies (dyed) – optional
  • Beads to embroider onto the skin and to thread with jewellery wire to create the hair or headdress
  • Needle and thread for beading.
  • Jewellery wire 0.6mm 2-3 metres – to tone with your wool colours
  • 1 large towel
  • 1 Spray bottle for water
  • Soap
  • Felting needles No 36 gauge triangular needles x 10 at least
  • An apron
  • Steamer – if you have one
  • V shaped sander – if you have one

B6 Dyeing and Printing with Tannin and Iron

  • Apron
  • Extra pieces of fabrics or skeins to dye after projects are finished
  • Any rusty bits you want to bring
  • Needles
  • Strong thread for stitch shibori method
  • Materials/Supply kit provided by instructor $25
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