Liz has worked in the textile arts for over 30 years, beginning as a hand embroiderer and then moving into machine embroidery, patchwork and quilting, custom design fashion and millinery. Felt has been her principal art medium since 1990 when she discovered, and was fascinated by the versatility and excited by the possibilities of this ancient technique. Liz’s specialty for some years was millinery, both as fashion items and as wearable sculptured art pieces. More recently she has moved into more abstract hollow forms and wall pieces and is exploring basket making and weaving techniques to use alone or to adapt and combine with felt. Liz has tutored and exhibited for many years and is the author of three PDF books on feltmaking.
Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 March 2018
PRINT TO FELT
This class will cover a range of simple techniques to print onto fabric or directly onto felt to add that extra layer of wow! Students will use Permaset Textile Printing Inks with inexpensive, readily available tools to explore mono, roller, leaf and block printing and stencilling. They will also learn a simple method of using found objects to make their own unique printing blocks. These print methods work well with all kinds of textiles so non-feltmakers are welcome.
Monday 19 - Thursday 22 March 2018
WEAVE TO FELT ON A RIGID HEDDLE LOOM
Combine prefelt with the magic of a small rigid heddle loom to create beautiful, textured felt. Several weaving techniques will be used to explore the world of differential shrinkage for more texture. Students can use a wide variety of weaving materials of their own choice to enhance their woven felt and will have the opportunity to work on a small project or to continue experimenting and sampling. Non-feltmakers are welcome.
Prerequisites: you must be able to warp your loom and have basic knowledge and experience of plain weaving.