Teaching: Felting for students

I had a HUGE day yesterday.  I was engaged to teach 41 year 9, 10 and 11 girls how to felt.  I’ve done it twice before and know how enthusiastic (and boisterous) the girls are.  I love doing it because it’s impossible to guess what results we will see at the end of the day.  I teach the basics, I give them some general subject ideas and off they go and design their own project.

Firstly I had to create my own sample as a size and colour guide.  I made a simple landscape with a flower in the foreground.

Above: Close-up of formed, but unfelted, flower head and the whole laid-out piece before wetting down.

Above: Wet fibre ready for felting.  Close-up of flower head and finished piece.

My flowers have disappeared into the background a bit so I’m now adding some hand-stitching to bring them back to life.

The girls had a great time, working in groups and encouraging each other they started by dry felting some components before adding them to their backgrounds.

Just look at what came out at the end of the day:

And a close-up of some of the pieces:

I’d like to thank the school for asking me to share my skills with the girls and I’d like to thank the teachers who attended and helped: Debbie, Julie, Maria and Renata.  It was super fun!


About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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