Magical Microwave Felted Purses with Judy Donovan (9/30/23 1:30 PM)
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Experience the fun of watching magic happen when you mix wool roving and other fibery bits like sparkly angelina and novelty yarns with some hot soapy water, a bit of agitation and a few zaps in the microwave to keep the fibers nice and warm. This is a great way to try your hand at wet feltmaking in a small-scale way.
Students will be learning how to WET-felt fibers around a template to create a one-of-a-kind felted purse. There are NO needles involved as in needle felting, just a bit of massage and agitation to turn fiber into true felt. Projects will be felted inside zip lock bags, so there is not a lot of watery mess that traditional wet-felting often has. This project involves a bit of physical activity using arms and hands while sitting at a table— massaging and rubbing the project on a bamboo mat until it transforms into felt. Once the purse is dry, it can be embellished with beads and yarns. Students will complete their felted bag in class and will finish decorating and embellishing the bag at home.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, 2023 1:30-4:30 pm
Supplies (students should bring):
One small bath towel (will be used to mop up clean soapy water)
Pair of sharp scissors
Ziplock bag to bring home damp purse
OPTIONAL: Sushi rolling mat or bamboo placemat (rubbing surface for the felt)
Materials Fee: $20 payable directly to instructor for required kit containing all materials needed to complete the project:. template, wool roving in a variety of colors, novelty yarns and other fun additives like silk roving and sparkles. Students will select the fibers and yarns they want to create their one-of-a-kind bag.
Skill Level: All levels. The rubbing requires a bit of physical work, so is not suitable for those with arm/hand issues.