|Moira's lovely sunny studio, complete with spring flowers!|
Moira is actually a Food Technology teacher but she had decided to give herself a creative treat (that didn’t involve food) and so booked me to spend the afternoon with her.
The garden studio was full of fabrics, yarns and beautiful papers as Moira is someone who loves to work with a wide range of materials, making her own soft furnishings to mixed media cards and her daughter, Laura Hallett is a professional illustrator.
It was a lovely sunny day and Moira had the kettle on and lots of lovely biscuits too; not that we had a lot of time for tea breaks!
In our three hour session I introduced Moira to the basics of wet felting.
One way that I like to do this is to actually make an item at the same time; usually in a one-to-one session people want to go away at the end with more than just samples so I have devised sessions where we actually make a selection of felted flower brooches.
These flowers are all made using slightly different methods.
| a selection of felted flower brooches|
To summarise, what we cover in a one-to-one session is:
- Handling the felting wool fibres (usually Merino tops as they are the easiest to work with if you are a beginner).
- ‘Laying out’ the fibres.
|Laying out two layers of wool fibres|
- Wetting, soaping and rubbing.
- Making felt to the pre-felt stage and learning to recognise what stage in the felting process you have reached.
- Adding textured and decorative yarns and fabrics and felting them in using the wet-felting technique.
|Adding sparkly fabrics and interesting yarns to give surface detail|
- Shaping the flowers - solid petal version and daisy petal version.
- Making felted balls
- Making felted leaves and tendrils.
|Moira's solid petal flower brooch|
|This flower made using the wrapped technique. It requires sewing to keep the petals in place but does look very effective.|
|Here I am modelling the red and black felted flower brooch that I made on the afternoon that I worked alongside Moira.|