Furry Felt with Heidi Grebb

Workshop number 3 and it is still only May! I have been very naughty and signed up for another too… with Rutsuko Sakata in early June, and that will be followed by Christina Pacciani in July. I really need to stop but they are so much fun! 🙂

Heidi Grebb’s workshop was probably the hardest I have worked on felt in a long while, we spent 3 incredibly long (9 am to 6 or 7 pm) days and carried on with homework in the evening, she is a teaching machine! Despite our herculean efforts only one of us (Janine) managed to finish her waistcoat before we had to leave. I finished mine at home last week.

The main focus of the workshop was to make a furry felt garment, using locks to add texture but we also spent a lot of time learning how to take a favourite piece of clothing and scaling it up to make a felt piece that will shrink to the right size. Heidi also had an interesting method for assembling your work from flat panels to make a seamless, 3 dimensional garment without using a resist.

This is my finished bolero jacket:

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Although I love the colour and the texture I’m afraid it does not fit me very well 🙁 I guess I will just have to have another go!

This week I have been playing with snails again. What do you think, are the extra rings on his shell and the lip for the bottom of his shell an improvement or should I stick with the original design?

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This is the original snail, all dry now so you can see his silk fibres better:

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8 comments

    1. thanks Marilyn, I’m really quite disappointed about the bolero, it took a LOT of work but I have to be positive and think of what I have learned… 🙂

  1. Both those snails are fabulous and am still envious of your talent. Difficult to choose which one I like more – probably the original, however they’re both just so clever!

  2. Wow, that workshop sounds intense. And you have more 🙂

    I think the original design is better, as it seems more streamlined and the second one looks like a snail wearing a hat to me.

  3. ha ha – Ruth that is such a funny idea – a snail wearing a hat… a trilby perhaps? 😉 But I see what you mean, the shell does look like a hat in its own right now you mention it!

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