Instructor: Dawn Edwards
Dates: January 16–17, 2016 • 9am–4pm
In this two-day workshop, we will create felt vessels with cracks resembling the parched desert floor. Explore this method of creating great visual interest through a fabulous, highly textured surface. We will form our 3D wet-felted vessels using a flat resist. Felting with a resist will produce a seamless, hollow shape. You’ll love these techniques, incorporating these methods in future projects, such as bags, hats, etc. Images from this workshop at the Felter’s Rendezvous in Colorado may be viewed here.
All experience levels welcome. We will be rubbing and rolling our felt which requires some physical exertion. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- Class Maximum: 12
- To Register: Send check for $250 made out to: Blue Sky Craft School
3046 11th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80304
- (Bergschaf) wool batts (8 ounces per person or 227 grams). This wool comes in natural, gray and brown. Any medium to coarse wool will work. Finn wool is nice. Batts are preferred but roving will also work.
- You may also wish to choose a contrasting color or two to add visual interest to your vessel (3 ounces per person or 86 grams). I’ve used short fiber Merino for the contrasting color.
- 4 old bath size towels
- Regular Dawn liquid dishsoap
- A dishpan or small plastic bucket
- Very sharp pointy scissors for cutting into the felt.
- A Ballbrauser or water sprinkler
- Laminate floor underlayment for your pattern/template Each participant will need two 15 inch diameter (38 centimeter) pieces of the template material.
- Bubble wrap with small bubbles. Each participant will need 2 sheets (top and bottom) larger than the template.
- A rubber spatula.
- Pool noodle (I cut mine in half for a length of 24 inches/61 centimeters). Alternately, PVC pipe may be used.
- Old pantyhose or a t-shirt which can be cut up to tie/secure your bundle for rolling.
- Simple sewing kit to include a sewing needle and thread.
- Sharpie marker to draw pattern, and scissors which can be used to cut the laminate.
- White vinegar to add to the final rinse (a bottle could be shared by the group).
- If you have a washboard, bring it along, too. Works great for finishing the vessel.
About Dawn Edwards:
Dawn Edwards is a felt/fiber artist specializing in fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She lives and works from her home studio in Plainwell, MI, and sells her work under the name of Felt So Right through specialty retail, boutique and gallery shops throughout the United States.
I believe that we are all artists … That it is the soul’s deep need to create. I love and appreciate so many of the arts, but I have found my passion through feltmaking. I have studied, and worked with numerous renowned felt artists and treasured friends from around the world. Feltmaking has truly opened windows to the world for me and I am grateful for this most wonderful opportunity.
Dawn has taught extensively within the U.S. and also internationally. Her felt works have appeared in exhibitions, art shows, magazines and books. Dawn recently won the Mad Hatter’s Society 3rd Annual Hatmaking Competition (2014) judged by Couture Milliner Arturo Rios.
Dawn, and good friend Nicola Brown of Ireland, are the coordinators of ‘Felt United’, which is celebrated internationally and annually on the first Saturday of October, with the goal of connecting feltmakers around the globe: everybody in their own way, all united by working on the same theme, same day, same joy … but different ideas.