This very special weekend workshop will combine three parts, firstly learning how to produce subtle and stunning dye colours from natural plant materials, many of which we can forage for around Kingcombe. This ancient process will show you the amazing array of colours that can be created naturally from the plants around us. Annabel will then teach you how to prepare the fleece ready for felting.
The third part of the course will be taught by Carla Taylor, who will guide you through the basic needle felting techniques, this involves using barbed felting needles to repeatedly stab wool fibres together to bind them in to solid forms. By the end of the weekend you will have made your own individual pieces to take home.
The weekend will also include sessions on how to plan and design your pieces. All materials are
included and no previous experience is necessary.
Carla is a Dorset based fibre artist based at her studio, The Mousehole Woolery. She creates contemporary and traditional three dimensional felt sculptures with a focus on using local Dorset wools. She teaches a range of workshops across Dorset and we are very excited to welcome her to Kingcombe for the first time in 2015.
Carla will be teaching a range of felting courses at Kingcombe in 2015 including Needle Felting Easter Decorations (Wed 1 Apr), From Fleece to Felt (Fri 11 Sun 13 Sep) and Festive Felt (Sun 22 Nov).
Annabel Wilson is a Dorset based designer and dyer. She loves using natural plant dyes along with Procion dyes. She has been captured on film in “Escape to the Country” by the BBC showing her dyeing and work processes. She regularly teaches art courses around Dorset including dyeing, painting and other crafts. At Townhill Studio, she creates vibrant textile designs using the stitch resist of shibori. They are made in to wonderful glowing lampshades and wall hangings.
Annabel will also be teaching a Shibori with Indigo Dyeing Workshop (Tue 4 Aug).
£320 pp includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition / activities.
£239 pp includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.
The course will start at 1pm on Friday with lunch and an introductory talk.
The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea.
What to bring:
All materials are provided, but please bring any needle felting equipment you already have. A notepad and pen would be useful.