My little group, Felt Inspired, have just played host to a wonderful wet felting weekend workshop with felt maker Mandy Nash. The four “Inspired” regulars myself, Rosie, Dreda and Pat were joined by Jane, Enid, Joan, Helen, Sandra and Robyn (Feltybits). As well as being an inspiring tutor, Mandy, who travelled up from Llantrisant, is Vice Chair, exhibitions officer and a regional co-ordinator of the International Feltmakers Association.
The morning began with Mandy showing the ten of us examples of her wonderful wet felted objects, including hats, bags, funky fish and vessels, mainly created using Bergschaf wool.
A small selection of Mandy’s work
Some of the ladies were keen to experiment with the “book” resist technique with five of them making vessels while Robyn decided she would like to make a fish.
Sandra working with a book resist
Robyn’s fish & bowl, Rosie’s festival hat, Sandra’s coastline inspired vessel (centre) and Pats four-sided vessel (right)
The rest of us chose to make a hat using a flat resist and added embellishment. In addition Mandy talked us through the various surface design techniques she uses and demonstrated how we could achieve these effects using Bergschaf wool batts.
Rosie working on her festival hat
Joan made a beautiful bowler hat with slash detail
Enid’s 3 sided two-tone grey vessel, Jane’s dark blue & Dreda’s light blue vessel.
Helen and I were both smitten with Mandy’s “fern” hat so chose to make that……
Helen’s “fern” hat
My fern hat
Many thanks to Mandy for an inspiring two days and thanks to all the ladies who participated. If anyone would like to join our group we meet on the second Wednesday of the month at Belchford Village Hall. For more information please use the contact form.