Fleece to Felt

£360.00

Join us on our fleece to felt course. Covering everything you need to know to convert a fleece into naturally dyed felt.
Starting with the fleece, you will process it ready to be dyed. Alongside this, we will take a walk around the woods and neighbouring fields and harvest a range of traditional and modern plant materials to create our dye baths.

 

£360.00 Location : Greater London

Join us on our fleece to felt course. Covering everything you need to know to convert a fleece into naturally dyed felt. Starting with the fleece, you will process it ready to be dyed. Alongside this, we will take a walk around the woods and neighbouring fields and harvest a range of traditional and modern plant materials to create our dye baths.  

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Course Details :-
  • In-Person Course
  • June 13, 2024 - June 16, 2024
  • 4 days

Join us on our fleece to felt course.

Timings: 9.30-5pm Course contact time – There is the opportunity to camp in the woods each evening, or there are a number of local accommodation options as well.

Aged: 16 and over

Location: South London Woods – Near Caterham

This course can be split into two parts, which can be booked separately:

Part 1: £200 Days 1&2
Processing and Naturally Dyeing Raw sheep fleece, and an introduction to carding techniques.

Part 2: £200 Days 3&4
Felting: processing clean fleeces into carded fibres and then felting and furling them.

Full Course: £360 Days 1-4.

Processing and Naturally Dyeing Raw sheep fleece, and an introduction to carding techniques. Felting: processing clean fleeces, and your dyed creations into carded fibres and then felting and furling them.

Course Outline

Over the four days we will guide you through all the steps necessary to turn raw sheep fleece into durable, tough, highly water-resistant naturally dyed felt that can be used for a range of applications, including mitts and moccasin liners. We will take you through all the stages of washing, scouring, mordanting, dying, carding felting and furling.

Part One: Processing and Naturally Dyeing Raw sheep fleece, and an introduction to carding techniques.

Starting with the raw fleece straight from the sheep’s back, you will process it ready to be turned into felt.

Learning how to sort, store and clean the fleece.

During the course you will make five dye baths from natural materials, many of which you’ll forage for, and create at least 20 different shades of naturally dyed wool with these to further decorate your felt. We will use a mix of traditional plants and more recent introductions that are commonly found. We will take a stroll over to see the sheep whose fleece we are using, that are part of the conservation grazing for the local protected chalk grasslands.

Part Two: Felting: processing clean fleeces into carded fibres and then felting and furling them.

Part two is creating the felt, from carding, to furling and finally felting itself we will take you though this transformational process turning soft wispy fleece into durable tough felt. This is the time for your creativity to flow, as you worked the natural and the dyed fibres into felt. You’ll have the chance to create flat sheets of wet felt, seamless pouches and have a go at needle felting three-dimensional shapes too.

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