Saturday June 8th is Razzmatazz in Woodstock when the whole town is opening itself up to have a jolly good time. There will be open gardens, pop-up restaurants, vintage stalls, antiques for sale and of course craft makers, of which I am one. The whole event is for supporting the local communities, local culture, local […]
I like to teach felt bag making to incorporate designs on the body of the bag. For this reason I make my bags inside out so that the designs remain fresh until the final shrinking takes place. The other reason for this is to eliminate any ‘welt’ on the outside fold of the bag if […]
The history of wet felting is well known and there are many lovely stories about how felt was discovered from the lonely prophet traversing the desert to Noah and his ark with all the animals. However, the story behind needle felting is less well known and maybe slightly more mundane. Needle felting was invented in […]
The lovely people at Winghams have asked me to give an eco-print dyeing workshop for them. It will be held at The Ironworks at the Elsecar Heritage Centre, Elsecar, Barnsley in South Yorkshire. Elsecar is a lovely little village which until 1980 was still part of the coal industry. The heritage centre also has an […]
Wool Sheep’s wool makes lovely felt but there are many breeds of sheep and the felting qualities vary enormously. There are many websites that will give you advice on the type of wool which felts best for your needs and the best will be happy to discuss with you either by email or by a […]
Felt is a non-woven textile that is made by shrinking or matting fibres together to make an impenetrable fabric, that can be cut without fraying or degrading the edges. Felt can be made from all wool fibres and other animal fibres such as alpaca, cashmere, angora and even buffalo. The basic treatment is either by […]
I am taking part in the selling exhibition at the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, as part of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild’s annual Christmas event. Beginning on November 15th 2018 until December 23rd 2018. Entrance free. Join me at the Christmas Art and Craft Fair at Burgh House in New End, Hampstead on December 2nd.
Felt is the oldest textile known to man, believed to be some 8000 years old. It is made without sewing or weaving and is a non-constructed fabric. There are many stories for the discovery of felt. One such story concerns a Prophet walking across a desert in the dim and distant past to preach to […]