About the workshop
Learn the art of needle felting with Ingrid van der Molen. Wool felt may be the oldest textile in the world. It has been made by hand for thousands of years.
Needle felting or needle punching came about in the 1800s using machines to mass produce products during the industrial revolution. This workshop explores the innovative artform of needle felting by hand which allows makers to produce textiles, accessories or artworks without the use of machines.
In this introductory workshop, you will gain an understanding and appreciation of the creative possibilities of this fibre art form. In a full day session, you will make two projects. In the morning, you will learn a variety of techniques to make a baby penguin. In the afternoon, you will make a brooch or pendant using a biscuit cutter of your choice as a template.
Required skill level
No previous experience required
What do I need to bring?
Snacks, lunch, water bottle, notepad and pen
Comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes.
Maximum class size
Small class size – max 8 participants
What is Included
You will receive a starter kit which includes locally sourced hand-dyed natural fibre, felting needles, a handout with a brief history of needle felting and a list of suppliers to source materials and tools. Hessian work pads will be supplied for use during the workshop.
You will learn
Ingrid will teach you the basic techniques involved in needle felting with an emphasis on the safe use of felting needles. You will use different gauges and types of needles throughout the process. The workshop will cover how to identify which natural fibres are most suitable for your project, how to choose, prepare and blend fibres and how to manipulate and shape fibre into a work of art.
Morning tea/lunch info
Morning tea included
About the instructor
Ingrid van der Molen
Fibre ArtistMore info