Felting: Felted Birdhouse
Felting of wool is considered one of the most ancient forms of fiber work. Archaeological evidence shows that felting was used in the bronze age. Felting takes advantage of the unique properties of wool- the scales on the fibers hook on to each other creating a thick, wind and water-proof layer which is extremely warm. Felt has been used to make hats, boots, heavy blankets and even the walls of tents. Today, felted objects are often made with more decorative uses in mind although even hats, gloves and blankets can be embellished to create beautiful items.
Come and enjoy a fun day of wet-felting as you create a felt birdhouse which is sure to be a hit with your feathered friends. The birdhouse will be made of naturally water repellent Bergschaf* wool. Small birds such as Wrens, Nuthatches, and Chickadees will use them for shelter and/or nesting.
This is a great introduction to 3D felting, employing the same techniques used in making hats, bags, slippers, etc. Watch as our flat felt pieces become three-dimensional.
The instructor, Dawn Edwards is a fiber artist specializing in exceptional, fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She lives and works from her home studio in Plainwell, MI, and sells her work under the name of Felt So Right through specialty retail, boutique and gallery shops in several states within the United States. She loves to share her craft with anyone who shows interest. She has taught classes at Tillers for several years and always enjoys the peaceful atmosphere.
Students should bring 2-3 bath size towels, a dishpan or small bucket, a water sprinkler if you have one, mild liquid dish soap or a bar of olive oil soap (available at all health food stores). Also, if you would like to bring along additional embellishments … wool yarns, wool locks, silk fibers, etc., please do so.
Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners welcome.
*The Bergschaf, also known as Brown Mountain sheep, is a breed of domesticated sheep found in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. This breed descended from the Tyrolean Steinschaf (Stone Sheep). The Bergschaf spend their summers roaming high alpine meadows and returning to the lowlands in the fall for shearing.