Earlier this week, under the watchful eye of internationally acclaimed Feltmaker Annemie Koenen, I learnt to make felt “with patience and love”. The workshop in Suffolk was hosted by Region 7 of the IFA and I had a wonderful 3 days in the company of Annemie, Sally, Rachel, Jenny and Gaye.
Annemie demonstrates how to make felt “with patience and love”.
A few photos of work in progress…..
Everyone looks to be concentrating hard!
I took my own Merino wool to the workshop but once I had seen the beautiful hand dyed Merino with Tussah Silk that Annemie had brought with her I just had to use it!
My collar is taking shape
Annemie’s approach to teaching this workshop was to ask each of us in turn what we would like to make and then ensure that we were guided and supported at every stage to accomplish our goal. Annemie has a very relaxed and approachable style of teaching but that doesn’t make her a soft touch! She watched us all like a hawk and kept a very strict eye on timings and on the quality of our work. As a result I came away with a stunning collar and a head full of tips and inspiration for future projects.
My finished Autumnal collar
A big thank you to Annemie for a wonderful workshop and to the ladies in Region 7 for making me feel so welcome.
The ladies with their finished projects.
I have just got back from a fabulous week in North Yorkshire with Region 10 of the IFA. I rode up (yes “rode” up, with my motorcycle stacked high with supplies!) to take part in a residential Masterclass with Dagmar Binder and 9 other students at The Old Mill in Skeeby. I am a huge admirer of Dagmars work and was thrilled to be taking part in her workshop.
Day one, making a start on our samples
My sample piece
Over the three days we learnt such a lot about making a successful felt garment. On day one we started with pattern making and then after lunch we made a small set of samples to explore the use of pre felt and how the direction of the fibres affect the finished piece. Completing the sample would help us to get to get to grips with our “collars”. Although only small this piece took quite some time to make and the majority of us ended up back in the studio after dinner in order to get it finished.
Laying fibres for my waistcoat
Dagmar talks us through the fulling stage
Louise is the first to finish!
Lamona proudly shows off her work
Niki added some beautiful texture to her design
It was an intense workshop with the majority of us working late into the evening, every evening, but it was so worth it! I had intended to create several more collars on my waistcoat but soon realised that the work involved, for me, was too much to fit into the time scale we had. My finished waistcoat isn’t perfect but I am confident that I now have the skill to know where and how I can improve when I make my next one.
My finished waistcoat
A big thank you to Dagmar, Iris and everyone I met in Skeeby for making this such an enjoyable experience.