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Hello reader

Congratulations on completing a Beginners workshop.


You are probably wondering what should I do now? First of all, practice. Start making things. The more you felt the more finesse you will achieve. Here are our suggestions for your felt journey.

Get togethers

We have 2 regular get togethers. Toss n Tell on the 3rd Saturday of every month is a structured meeting where we share what we have been creating, have demos and activities, talk about all the up coming workshops and events, and have popup shops by our WA suppliers. We also have a library of books, magazines, and equipment that can be borrowed at Toss n Tell.
The second is our Work in Progress Club (WIP Club) on the 1st Tuesday of every month. This day is an informal day of felting where you can felt, chat and share with other felters with a wide range of experience and expertise. Set up a table and start felting.

Workshops

We have a program called Skill Extensions where you can learn more techniques that can be applied to many felted items. This is a great program to start after your beginners workshop as these workshops are the same format as the beginners workshop you just completed; 3 hours long, great student tutor ratio, and all materials included. There are generally 5 to 6 of these workshops programmed each year from the dozen different skills and techniques covered. Always check the Home page of our website to see what’s happening each year. These sessions are great value at $50 and are booked through the website under Member Bookings. You can use your $10 welcome voucher against any of these sessions.
The aim of the Skills Extension Program is to give you the skills, techniques, and most importantly the confidence to enroll in one of our regular project orientated workshops. Each year we program in 10 workshops with experienced tutors in which the participants can create and finish a project. Be it a scarf, wrap, vessel, rug, hat, or slippers, the aim is to go home with a finished item. Typically, these workshops are 1 to 2 days but some larger projects may be longer. All of these workshops are also available on the Home page of the website. Each event will have a recommended experience level, estimated cost of the materials you need to purchase (if you had to buy everything), and if there is a small payment to the tutor for shared or specialist items. We endeavour to keep all of our workshops as low in cost as possible.

We hope this helps you deciding what to do next and we look forward to seeing you at our events.

Coming soon...

Skills Extension - Cracked Earth

In this extension workshop we will learn how to make the fabulous ‘cracked earth’ surface design. Participants will make a unique sample square. Examples will be available to show how this technique can be altered using different shapes and colours, and used to make a unique and interesting texture on bags, sculptures, vessels etc.
Skills Extension - Cracked Earth

Skills Extension - Nuno Frills & Roses

Skills Extension - Nuno Frills & Roses
Come and join us for a hands-on session learning how to ‘frill up’ the surface design of your felt by including delicate silk roses or frills. These can give a wonderfully sumptuous finish to felt scarves, clothes, hats and bags. Participants will make a felt sample with both roses and frills and discuss how to scale them up for bigger …

Skills Extension - Cut Snakes

This is a fun, experimental workshop using lots of colour and a wide variety of techniques.  Multi-layered solid cords will be made and wound and stitched into prefelts. After felting, you will cut into your work to expose layers of colour, raised surfaces and negative spaces.
Skills Extension - Cut Snakes

Skills Extension - Craters

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Felted craters can be so much fun, they can be hollow, or erupting with felt or other textiles and give a fabulous deep and earthy texture to felt wall hangings or sculptures. Join us to make a felt sample with a variety of filled and hollow craters. This workshop will give participants the skills to make a larger piece using …

Skills Extension - Flaps & Fins

In this workshop we will explore different ways of making felt flaps and fins, and how they can be used to make dramatic features on your felt, or can form flaps on bags and purses. Participants will explore several different methods for making flaps and fins on their sample piece, and will develop the skills and confidence to add flaps …
Skills Extension - Flaps & Fins

Workshops

Felt Adorned: Jewellery and Sculpture on a Precious Scale

a workshop with Martien van Zuilenwww.martienvanzuilen.com This workshop is all about making felt on a precious scale! You will learn a range of innovative felting techniques and create uniquely versatile jewellery components and small sculptural works to adorn. Fine merino wool and a range of novelty fibres, sumptuous silks and fabrics, wire and tubing, foam, recycled materials, metals, and resists, …
Felt Adorned: Jewellery and Sculpture on a Precious Scale

Felted Eggs - Exquisite Detail

Felted Eggs - Exquisite Detail
a workshop with Vimol Imsanguan This workshop will build on the needle felting skills that Vimol has been sharing with us over the past year. Combining wet felting with needle felting techniques you will create 3 eggs with highly detailed tree and rabbits. Starting with a 2D tree participants will learn fundamental decorative detailed needle felting then progress to two …

Felt & Stitch - Nuno & Beyond

a workshop with Alison Gomes In this 2 day workshop you will make and take home your own unique scarf. You will be guided through the technique of nuno-felting (the art of adding fabric to wool before you felt it). You will learn all things related to making nuno-felt, such as how to choose your fabrics, different ways of combining …
Felt & Stitch - Nuno & Beyond

SEEDS & PODS: 3D FELT WORKSHOP

SEEDS & PODS: 3D FELT WORKSHOP
a workshop with Katrina Virgona Come along for a fun day learning how to wet felt some intriguing 3D forms inspired by seeds and pods. Participants will discover ways to use a basic resist to create (and recreate) multiple variations of naturally occurring objects. With projects to suit both beginners and more advanced felters, this workshop will suit all creative …

Come Full Circle: Sculpting with Shrinkage

a workshop with Soosie Jobson The simplicity of the circle has endlessly fascinated humans. They are intricately woven into our existence through culture, religion, language, and design.  The circle has a mystique about it- it is the perfect never ending shape as it has no beginning nor end. It is an efficient shape it covers the maximum possible area for …
Come Full Circle: Sculpting with Shrinkage
If you have any questions, please email info@feltwest.org.au.
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