This felting course is an advanced felting technique workshop. A high level of felting experience is necessary to take this class.
4 day Nuno felting workshop by Nancy Ballesteros, Perth, Western Australia
As far back as the ancient Egyptians, it has been recognised that a certain proportion keeps showing up in things we consider beautiful – a Natural Rhythm that our human brain finds especially visually pleasing. Mathematicians and philosophers have written books; Leonardo Da Vinci used it when he painted Mona Lisa – The Golden Ratio, Fibonacci’s numbers… How could all this help you with your creativity?
This workshop will help you discover simple, practical ways to apply this powerful design principal. You can explore using more structured elements (stripes) or more organic lines and spaces while creating a nuno felted Natural Rhythms design sequence. This is an amazingly easy way to obtain visually pleasing outcomes – and no maths are required!
Drawing from her 30+ years of designing colours, Nancy will also teach some practical ideas about using colour. She will lead you through colour exercises to develop your own colour language which can then be applied to your design sequence Nancy’s unique method of wet wool handling techniques will be covered for creating both “organic” and “structured” patterns. Specific finishing techniques will expand your felting skills. Learn how to create GREAT superfine cloth while creating Natural Rhythms with lines and colour. This workshop is the culmination of Nancy’s passion for fashion, design, colour and the art of feltmaking.
In this 4-day workshop, we will spend the first half-day discussing practical colour theory and Fibonacci’s numbers before launching into the following projects. For these projects you can choose to design using “organic” (more free form) lines or more “structured” (stripe) patterns. The Infinity Wraps can easily be changed at the last minute to become a more simple wrap if the loop doesn’t suit you. Specific WET felting techniques will be taught for creating these patterns. Please come with an open mind ready to learn how to work with your wool in a different manner- it will be challenging! Emphasis will be placed on QUALITY FELT. Specific fulling techniques will be taught to ensure proper felting. Also learn about our No-Roll Felting Technique.
General Class Requirements:
For a bit of fun and inspiration you can go on-line to Pinterest, interior design books, books on rugs, fashion magazines, etc. and find ‘stripe/ rhythmical’ patterns that inspires you. Bring a printed colour photocopy of your favorite(s) , or store pictures on your phone/tablet.
Another fun tool is the ‘Random Stripe Generator’ at www.biscuitsandjam.com. Have a play if you have time. Choose the ‘Stripe Widths Allowed” as 1,2,3,5,8, 13.
Colour Wheel – bring one if you have it. Otherwise I suspect there will be enough to share around. I particularly like a colour wheel called Colour Computer by M. Grumbacher, Inc.
One A4 Plastic File Folder or some kind of slightly firm plastic (run the plastic sheet through the laminator) that we can cut and make into rulers – it needs to be plastic to be waterproof. Cut out the following widths 13cm, 8cm, 5cm, 3cm, 2cm. The length of each should be around 20-25cms. Mark on each one in permanent marker its width (2cm, etc).
1 metre tape measure – preferably plastic coated (one that you don’t mind getting wet or marking on).
Scissors you don’t mind using to cut wet wool
Straight pins for garment fitting
General Felting Supplies everyone should bring:
1. Waterproof apron (optional)
2. Sprinkling water bottle – milk jug with holes in top, or I will have for $3.00 a sprinkler top that go on 1.5 lt plastic drink bottles if you bring one.
3. Ice Cream container and a Bucket
4. Two styrofoam fruit and veggie/meat trays
5. Olive Oil Soap bar
6. Several towels (at least 4)
7. SEVERAL Micro-cloths that you can use to keep your hands really dry
8. Old Plastic bag
9. Painters Plastic 1 mil (25um) thick-sheets 3.6m long x 2.6m wide – don’t skimp and bring lots of small pieces, we need BIG pieces of plastic sheeting. Don’t bring BLUE and don’t bring builders film (100um) its too thick! Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop will supply the plastic for everyone.
10. Table Leg Raisers if you need them. Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop has a number of these that can be borrowed but not enough for the entire class so if you have some bring them along.
11. Bubble wrap OR non-slip matting. These items need to be at least ½ metre longer and 30cm wider than your intended project. Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop will supply the bubble wrap
12. TWO Pool noodle or PCV pipe – needs to be at least as wide as your intend project, or same width as your bubble wrap. Something thicker than a broom stick please. Lesley of Rosehaven Yarn Shop will supply these.
13. Fulling Equipment – any of these corrugated surfaces will do: glass washboard, metal washboard, firm blue pool bubble wrap – I like clipping mine inside an oil drip tray, other corrugated surfaces can be the backside of Ikea cutting boards, paint tray that has lots of ridges. In addition you could bring a rolling pin, they are good fulling tools if you have one.
14. Non-slip matt – useful for putting under these tools so they don’t slide.
The materials list for your actual garment you are creating is quite extensive and depends on which version you wish to make.
All of the items will require Silk Mesh (5.2 momme) OR Silk Georgette (Tissue Silk 4.5 momme) OR Silk Chiffon ( 5.5 momme (you won’t be able to see through the Chiffon like you do the mesh or tissue). The amount will depend on the item you will choose to create.
Also Superfine Merino Tops, 18-19 micron in a variety of colours around 100 gms each. However, it is easier if your wool tops are around 1 metre in length, but they don’t have to be… Generally 1 metre of wool tops = 25 gms.
Once we have everyone signed up I will email out Nancy’s pages with the pictures and materials list for each garment and colour so you can choose which one you wish to create and we can sort out what materials you need.