Sunday, September 13, 2009

Felting Workshop With Pam De Groot


Today I did a felting workshop with Pam De Groot, a famous felt artist here in the Blue Mountains. We started off with a flat bit of felt and experimented with different fibre textures, silks and wools. The flat piece of felt I made didn't look that exciting - so I didn't bother posting a photo of it here.

The second item we made was a felted bowl. I loved this. I want to make more of these as they would make great Christmas presents.

We put layers of wool over a template, turned it over and added more layers of wool.


When we had enough layers, we added bits and pieces from a mixed bag that we bought from Pam. It had wool, mohair tops, bits of silk and other fibrous odds and ends. We felted it onto the wool to decorate the outside of the bowl.

We cut a hole to take the template out then shape the bowl. There was more to this process but I am leaving a bit out - this is only to give a general idea. To know more, you need to go to one of Pam's workshops.

What I like is the ever changing process of the felting. I never know how it is going to turn out. I have a general  idea but I always get pleasantly surprised.
  

17 comments:

Wendy Hawksley said...

Oh wow, that is so pretty. I love that shade of blue-purple, with the gold swirls. Absolutely gorgeous. Hope you had fun!

gardenmama said...

wow this is incredibly beautiful!
i love the colors and the process of felting! how fun : )

Sand and Sky Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful! I really love the colors :-)

Jodi said...

Oh I'm so excited as I'm doing a workshop in october. We can either do a bag or a hat. First I thought bag until yesterday when I saw a little boy with the cutest rainbow pixie hat. I have done wet felting before but just a flat piece that I turned into a document satchel but I can't wait to learn to make a structured item. So many ideas....
And sympathy from a fellow renter here too. xx

karisma said...

Beautiful colours! You are so clever.

Louise said...

That is just beautiful.
The colours and shapes- divine.
I would love to do one of Pams workshops, I love her blog.

Amber said...

Oh that is gorgeous, i look forward to getting into some felting one day soon...xx

Mette aka mettuska said...

That´s so beautiful bowl! I´m studying crafts now and I love it! I´m really busy but I can do things I like :) We are learning now textile printing.

Lynne said...

Please email me further details about these workshops - DD would love it!

Lisa said...

How wonderful to have a class with a real pro. I too love the colors in your bowl. It's gorgeous!

Lisa

Pam de Groot said...

it's a very beautiful bowl you should be proud.

Cloudia said...

Look what a spiral might grow into!

Aloha


Comfort Spiral

Alicia said...

How beautiful! I love the colours.

Ren said...

I want to cuddle its yummy roundness!! Clever you, its stunning! Ren x

artemis-of-the-eucalypts said...

That's awesome! I'd love to do one of her workshops too, but I dont know what I'd do with my kids.....

Julie said...

This is a great bowl. I love felting. It's funny, I am sure I have come across Pam before.

Lanas said...

Hello! I am Inés from Abuelita Yarns Company. I loved the felted box! It was stunning!
We are a uruguaian brand which sells yarns. If you want to know more about us please enter www.abuelitayarns.com or if you wish to see our articles and pictures enter www.abuelitayarns.com/blog/ We wrote an article regarding the International Felt Day, I am sure you will enjoy it
Good luck! :D