Felted Bowls


Friday, September 6, 2019

Workshop description:
In this full day workshop participants will learn the basic principles and techniques of wet felting and how to work with a mould (or resist) to form two felted bowls. You will discover the unique properties of wool fibres that allow them to interlock into felted fabric, and learn how to physically manipulate them into 3-dimensional shapes. This class will pay homage to the beautiful fibres that come from our Ontario fibreshed – Romney, Finn, and Gotland sheep and alpaca. Supporting a local, sustainable system within her craft is of the utmost importance to Zoë. She dyes all of her fibres with foraged plants, cultivated plants (from her gardens) and kitchen waste. There will also be a range of other natural fibres and materials for participants to use in personalizing and embellishing their bowls. Wet felting is tactile, soapy, energetic, and, yes, wet. Dating back as far as 4000 BC, wet felting is one of the oldest forms or fibre art and its underlying principles have remained unchanged. Come learn this ancient art, with a modern twist, and feel the satisfaction of building objects from their individual fibres.

Note: you will be on your feet for the duration of the class and physically working the fibres and felt.

Workshop Location: Tthe Learning Centre at Museum 9-4
Teacher’s Business Name: Zoë Emily Designs
Minimum Participants: 6
Maximum Participants: 7
Fee Per Student: $90
Fee For Supplies (due day of workshop): $25

Payment of supplies: cash
Description of supplies included: Participants will be supplied with the following hand-dyed, natural and blended fibres:
Ontario Romney, Ontario Finn, Ontario Gotland and Ontario Alpaca. Fibres are dyed by Zoë with foraged plants, cultivated plants and kitchen waste. There will also be a large selection of other natural fibres and materials to use for embellishing the bowls. All equipment, tools and templates will be provided.

Description of what clients bring: Participants are asked to bring a large metal or plastic bowl, scissors, a towel and a plastic bag.