Make your own wet felted storytelling mat!
A centre in Epsom is organising a trilogy of workshops, and you can book for one or two or all of them! First we are making a wet felted storytelling mat (see above for an example that I made… about 50/60 cm in diameter). Then there is an oral storytelling workshop on September 1st and finally a workshop in Term four during which you can needle felt your characters. (date to be confirmed).
To see the flyer click here.
Please note that the date for the wet felted mats is definitely June 16th. (NOT June 2nd! as it says on the flyer)
I offer classes in wet felting, I make felted items to order and I sell felted items at the monthly Titirangi Village Market.
This flyer shows a few of the items made during workshops at my place and there are so many options of what one might make. Generally I tend to give an opportunity of how to use a resist to make a three dimensional object, such as this gorgeous pumpkin type vessel all of which was made during a one day workshop .
There are a number of other options such as learning how to make bags such as these below. These have designs on them inspired by Renata Kraus and Andrea Hunter and are done with wet wool, using it to ‘paint’ with.
Would you like to learn how to felt – a wall hanging, a ball, a bowl, a bag, a snake , a flower…. all or some of the above? If you live in Auckland, you can join a group that is already set up or you can gather your own group of friends and bring them to my place in Laingholm or I can also come to you! Check out the information about a felting day here.
Below are some images from workshops with children, although I have to say that children from about eight up seem to cope extremely well with classes purportedly for adults! which maybe proves that it is not that tricky and that all you have to do is to enjoy playing!
The following series of photos show some of the exciting stages in the creative process of making a storytelling mat for The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
I lead workshops in felting, for both adults and/or children.
Felting workshops can be run at my place in Laingholm, West Auckland or at your home or centre. One needs large table space, access to hot and cold water, a shared snack or meal, and a willingness to play! Prices are reasonable and flexible and I provide the materials and tools.
See my face book page for more information about felting. https://www.facebook.com/storytellingthreads
The possibilities of what to make are endless. They include bags, balls, snakes, hats, journal covers, oven mitts, nuno items, wall hangings, bowls, brooches and table mats amongst a hundred other things. It is a fun workshop and gives participants the option of making story props, such as felted story mats or wall hangings. The following images give a good example of the sort of story mats one can easily make after a few lessons and practice runs.
The following photos were from a professional development team building session ( we met twice, in two evening sessions of two hours) during which the teachers made a wall hanging for the story ‘Bellbird’s Birthday’ featuring a kowhai tree. Wet-felting, needle felting and prefelt techniques were taught and then used. (Can you see the kiwi hiding by the tree trunk? it is still a work in progress, as they now have all the tools, techniques and materials they need in order to finish it.)