During this four week course, you will learn a range of wet and needle felting techniques as well as embroidery skills to create a unique piece of artwork!
Who Is This Course For?
This course is suitable for creative people who have little or no prior knowledge or experience of any of the techniques we will be using!
We will talk about the theme and composition of your artwork. Wet felting techniques that will be used to create the background of your piece and some features will then be demonstrated. You will then have time to create the wet felted elements of your artwork in the session so that they can dry ready for session two.
We will look at the backgrounds we made last week and discuss which elements of your design you wish to add using the needle felting technique. Needle felting techniques will then be demonstrated to allow you to add your chosen details and embellishments to your piece. You tutor will be on hand to give artistic advice as necessary and help with techniques as well.
The session will start with a demonstration and you will produce samples of three basic embroidery stitches: stem stitch, French knots and lazy daisy stitch. You will then get a chance to choose some beads from our growing stash. You can then consider how to use the stitches and the beads to embellish your work. The rest of the session will be spent adding the chosen details to your art – and don’t worry there is no rush to get it finished as we have added another session for you to tweak and fiddle!
This session is about tweaking and fiddling to make sure you are happy with your final piece and that it is all finished. If you have been super speedy there will be a chance to make a little something extra depending on how much time there is left.
What Should I Bring With Me?
You will be given all the materials and equipment you need to create a beautiful piece of art. Simply bring yourself, a smile and a good dose of creativity ready to produce your masterpiece.
If you have any pretty threads, beads or buttons you would like to include in your artwork please feel free to bring them along to the first session.
If you have any allergies or skin sensitivity please bring your own soap to the first session.
What Do I Take Home?
You will take home your samples and finished felted & embellished artwork (or the materials needed to add the finishing touches), all your new skills as well as a felting mat (aproximately 30cm x 30cm), felting needles (3 x 38 gauge triangular felting needles), beading needle and embroidery needle to work on future pieces at home. You will receive illustrated instructions on techniques covered during course to so that you can jog your memory at a later date should you get stuck.