This workshop will teach a wet-felting technique to make a classic hat shape using resist techniques and final shaping on a hat form. The participant will learn types of wool that work well in hat felting, how to achieve a uniform, strong felt with layout techniques, the role of different methods and tools to create felt. Also covered will be methods to correct problems. The second half day will be spent learning finishing techniques. While the class requires no previous felting experience, each participant must be capable of moderate levels of physical activity including standing, rolling bundles, rubbing, and other upper body work.
Instructor: Ellen Sakornbut
Length: 1.5 Days
Materials Fee: $25
Skill Level: This workshop can be undertaken as a beginner with no previous felting experience.
Equipment & Supplies to Bring:
Participants do not need to bring any supplies, but should wear comfortable clothing, especially shoes with rubber or non-slip soles.
The teacher will supply sufficient wool roving or top for each student to make a hat, along with Petersham ribbon for sweatband/headsize ribbons, and materials for adjustable band if desired along with miscellaneous thread, needles, felting mats, plastic, soap, spray bottles, towels, and miscellaneous tools and supplies. The teacher will have available multiple hat forms, felting tools, and sanders.