A felting workshop at the farm:
Last week three young women came to the farm to do a felting workshop. Only one of them had done any felting before. All three had a keen sense of colour and artistic flair, as well as an attitude of joy and discovery.
They chose lattice scarves for their project. They started with a base colour in a Merino-Silk blend and chose accenting colours from a basket of roving. Each scarf project contained 3 to 5 colours.
Laying out the wool-silk roving:
The merino-silk roving was laid out over bubble wrap and tulle fabric. The roving was stripped into narrow bands and the scarf was designed during the layout.
Wetting out the scarves under tulle.
The tulle was folded over top of the lay-out, to keep everything in place while the project was wetted out.
A spray bottle with a mixture of natural soap and water was used to thoroughly soak the wool. The wool needed to puddle a bit to make sure it was well wetted-out.
Then each woman massaged her scarf, through the tulle, to begin the felting process. When you can no longer pinch up lose fibers from the surface of the project, the tulle can be removed and felting begins in earnest.
Rolling and cleaning up the edges with needle felting.
Once the tulle is removed the project is rolled in bubble wrap around a pool noodle and rolled over the table at least 30 times. Progress is checked and the project is rewrapped as necessary to felt it completely.
Once its unrolled, the project is thrown down on the table top at least 30 times to complete the felting process. Edges that are loose are secured with needle felting and the project is complete.
The end of a satisfying workshop.
Workshops at Joybilee Farm are custom designed, private workshops with a minimum participation of 3. You gather some friends, call ahead and book a date that is convenient to you. We set up the workshop and teach the skills you want to learn. You learn new skills and take home a finished project to enjoy and remember your time at Joybilee Farm.
Additional supplies are available in the studio gift shop or online (coming soon) so you can practice and perfect your new skills.
If this is your first time here, look at the Purple Sheep page to see what this website is about.
Back to you:
What’s your favourite felting project? Did you find anything difficult in the felting process? What was your biggest felting success. Leave a comment.
Inspirational and instructional Felting Books for your at home library.
This is one of my most favourite felting books. It gives instructions for beginners but majors on intermediate techniques.
Felting Fashion: Creative and Inspirational Techniques for Feltmakers
This book is strictly for inspiration. There are no instructions, just picture plate after picture plate of creative, limit pushing designs from felt.
500 Felt Objects: Creative Explorations of a Remarkable Material (500 Series)[
Fabulous felted scarves has instructions for beginners and projects for more advanced felters to make 20 different felted designs. A great start to felted fashion.
Fabulous Felted Scarves: 20 Wearable Works of Art
Beginner instruction books:
Wow! That’s a raelly neat answer!
have a question about rose hips….. several years ago I collected a whole
bunch and put them in a container to take home to dry. When I opened the
container they were crawling with some gross looking bug. It really put
me off but I wonder what your experience is with rose hips and bugs.
I have some many on our property (by Osprey Lake) and I would like to use them.
Joybilee Farm says
Your problem with the rose-hips might be because there were insect eggs in the rosehips and you didn’t pasteurize the dried hips before storage. Its best to dry them right away after you harvest them. Then you can heat them to pasteurization temp — 120F – if you are worried about insects. Its recommended for most vegetables and fruits that are sun dried rather than being dried in a dehydrator or oven. Mostly because its common for insects to lay their eggs in air dried fruit. Pasteurization kills the eggs. Dehydrators usually dry at temperatures at or above the pasteurization temperature.
I think we might be too cold to have problems with weavils or flies in the rosehips, but you are closer to the fruit growing area, I think. I
I’ve had problems with flies in mushrooms. I quit trying to wild harvest them because I’d bring the mushrooms in the house and the little white worms would hatch out from the mushroom gills and then flies would come. Gross.
You can also buy rosehips for tea at the health food store. Thanks for leaving a comment.