On Saturday I had an exciting day teaching needle felt to two ladies. I thought it was a good day and we had lunch outside as it was a great sunny day. We had a go at needle felting a small flower onto a piece of felt and made balls which can be used in a manner of things, like bunnies, dolls, necklaces, etc.
There were eight people attending the workshop and of the eight, two ladies wanted to make a scarf and the rest a bag, it was hard work but everyone went home with something, which I thought was very good. Age being na barrier as one of the attendees was 80 and completed a lovely scarf.
The feedback was good, as everyone filled a evaluation form and was happy.
On this beautiful day Raewyn and I went to Jane's house so that I can show them how to nuno felt. he word nuno originates from Japan and means fabric, so nuno felting is about felting with fabric and wool.
The fabrics that are most suitable for this are silk and cotton or other natural fabrics. Polyester fibres are too slippery and although you can felt with them it is difficult as the wool slips out of the fibre. When felting with fabric you only need one layer of wool and can be as little or as much as you want, it is about the beautiful textures you get and its lightness.
I usually use merino when nuno felting as it is soft fibre so gives it a richness.
Below are some photos of our day .
On Saturday I taught a workshop on wet felting. The participants could choose if to do traditional felt or nuno and all chose to do nuno. Some great scarves were produced. Some pictures showing their hard work, as mostly said it was a good workout.
The workshop took place in Otaki at the Trinity Farm . I will be teaching further courses on felting in August and later in the year.
Throughout the day we had coffee and biscuits and in the middle we stopped for a great lunch with delicious pavlova made with the eggs from the farm. Thank you Karen.
Check out other pictures below. Click to enlarge.
I am an artist and live on the Kapiti Coast. Presently I am completing a Bachelor of Maori Visual Art (Raranga). I work mainly with textiles (includes Raranga which is weaving with flax), clay and paint in pastels and weatercolours.