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G&T ART FELT-MAKING WORKSHOP 2013:

On Tuesday 9th July 2013, Gifted and Talented students from year’s seven, eight and nine were invited to participate in a felt-making workshop. Students were taught two different methods of using wool fibre to create felt. The first process is known as ‘wet felting’. This involved students placing thin wool fibres horizontally and vertically in layers onto bubble wrap to make a base background. Pupils then placed different coloured shape and line on top of it to create a composition of their choice.

“When we were happy with the layout we coated the fibres in detergent, placed bubble wrap on top to sandwich the wool between plastic and pressed down hard to fuse the fibres together. Once the fibres were completely matted together, we left the felt in the sun to dry, all of the designs came out really well!”

The second method students explored is known as ‘needle felting’. This involved students rolling the fibres together into their desired shape, before poking it with a needle until the wool fibres were matted together. With this method, pupils made a wide variety of 3D characters, animals and objects – all with differing scales.

Students were given specialist equipment such as bamboo mats, felt-making needles and a rainbow spectrum of wool fibre colours in order to create two resolved outcomes by the end of the day. Students had both techniques demonstrated to them fully but Art practitioner and former Therfield art teacher, Sue Wright. Mrs Wright enabled students the freedom to create imagery connected to their interests in order to personalise learning and allow students to fully resolve their work.

Kyanna Boot reflected upon the course…

“Overall the day was very enjoyable and I felt I learnt a great deal and I would defiantly like to try it again. It was great because everyone who took part in the workshop left with new knowledge and something that they could be proud of and take home to show people. I found the day great fun and a really good experience, the day was a great success!”