Friday, 9 September 2016

Another wet felted giant Shetland wool beret


From time to time I am asked to felt a giant beret. This time I felted a giant beret for stilt walkers. I used bright brown Shetland fleece. The natural colour is called moorit. I processed the fleece. That means, I washed, teased and carded the wool before I started with the wet felting process, using a circular template.  

The diameter of the template was 43cm. Glycerine soap, hot water and friction are used in the felt process.


I made 3 layers of wool on both sides of the template to felt a strong enough beret.


The first layer of wool on both sides of the template. It's a lot of work, starting from scratch, and it's fun too!


 Here I rub the surface which is covered with a thin net to keep the fibres in place and protect them from sticking to my hand. I love to experience the felt process. Especially when the fibres start to entangle and matt together into a fabric.


    When the wool fibres had matted enough I cut out the opening for the head.
I pulled out the template.
More felting and fulling was needed, by vigorously rolling the fabric in a bamboo mat.
When the beret had shrunk in the fulling process I rinsed out the excessive soap, then spun it in the washing machine and left it to dry. The brim was felted in the similar way as the giant beret, only using a rectangular template
After all felted parts had dried I sew on the brim to the beret.

The beret is ready and has shrunk to 40cm diameter 
I love felting, it's a magical process of transformation from fluffy wool into a sturdy fabric!



Saturday, 3 September 2016

Wet felt workshops on Saturdays: 17th September and 1st October 2016

Wet felt workshop on Saturday, 17th September 2016 14.00-16.30
This wet felt workshop is suitable for adults and children from 8 years upwards, accompanied by an adult. We will start with felting beads from colourful wool fibres to get to know the amazing process of felting. The participants can then chose to either felt a flower e.g. for a brooch or hair piece, or make a flat felt to create a brooch out of it. It’s fun and rewarding! Feel free to invite friends. A complementary cup of tea will be served. Please book and pay in advance to secure your place! Costs: £16 incl. material Venue: Bishopbriggs
Find more info here: www.laryna.com

Create a seamless felted pouch - Wet felt workshop on Saturday 1.October 2016, 14.00-17.30
You’ll learn to create a seamless pouch, wrist cuffs or a vessel using colourful sheep’s wool fibres, warm water, glycerine soap, and friction and felt around a template. It’s great fun to experience the process of wet felting.
You’ll start with fluffy soft wool fibres and transform those into a firm, felted, useful item. No previous experience needed.
Costs: £22 Max. 4 participants. A complementary cup of tea will be served. Please book and pay in advance to secure your place. Venue: Bishopbriggs
Find more info here: www.laryna.com

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Summer needle felt workshops 2016

Wednesday morning needle felt workshops 10.00-11.30am on 27th July, 24th August,7th- and 21st.September 2016
We will use colourful wool fibres to create e.g. seasonal decoration, jewellery, woolly fairies, gnomes, animals, flowers and more. Or bring your own ideas, what you would like to create from wool fibres. You can learn how to use a felt needle for 2 and 3 dimensional dry felting, or improve your needle felt skills. It’s fun and I warn you, you can get hooked. No previous experience needed. Sessions can be booked separately.
Costs: Regular participants £ 7 per session, otherwise £8 per session. Includes material and a cup of tea. Children are welcome during school holidays, when accompanied by an adult. 
Please book in advance as places are limited!  Venue: 63 Crowhill Road, in Glasgow Bishopbroggs 

Needle felt workshop on Thursday 28. July 2016, 4.00-5.30pm at GalGael, Glasgow/Ibrox, 15 Fairley  Street, G51 2SN 
In this needle felt workshop we will use colourful fluffy wool fibers and a specific felting needle to create flowers, a butterfly, a lady bird, a fairy, a little animal or any other colourful item, or a felt picture related to Summer. 
The aim of this workshop is: 
● to learn needle felting, or improve your needle felt skills. 
● to experiment with colours and design
● to take home a unique piece of handmade felt.
At the end of the workshop you will have your own felted item and have learned or improved a new skill. No previous experience needed. Children accompanied by an adult are very welcome! 
Cost: £6 including material for one felted item.
Please, feel free to invite friends! 
Please, confirm your attendance! 
Workshop facilitator: 
Laryna E. Wuppermann, Fiber craft artist
Please book asap, as places are limited!
GalGael office: 0141/ 427 30 70, or let Helen know when you’re in Galgael
To find out more about felt making and more workshops, please check out Laryna's world 


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Two felt workshops this week after a fabulous May Fair on Saturday

Yesterday I enjoyed a fabulous and vibrant atmosphere at Galgael's May Fair in Glasgow-Ibrox. I had a stall with felted goodies and many visitors enjoyed the colourful display and took one or the other item home. There were many great craft people, delicious food, yummy cakes warming soup and so much more to experience. Lovely to meet old friends and make new ones on a happy day like this! 

This week I have planned two needle felt workshops, one at GalGael and another one in Bishopbriggs.

Needle felt workshop on Thursday, 12th May 4.00-5.30pm
It's the time of Spring and we will use felt making, using colourful fluffy wool fibers and a specific felting needle to create flowers, a butterfly, a fairy or any other Spring related item.

The aim of this workshop is:
● to learn needle felting, or improve your needle felt skills.
● to experiment with colours and design
● to take home a unique piece of handmade felt.
At the end of the workshop you will have your own felted item and have learned or improved a new skill. No previous experience needed.
Costs: £5 for one felt item
Please book asap, as places are limited! Contact me or the
GalGael office: 0141/ 427 30 70. 

Venue: GalGael, 15 Fairley Street, Glasgow G51 2SN
Little fairy
Connect to nature and create with wool fibres- half day workshop on Saturday, 14th May
In this afternoon workshop you can create your individual needle felted ornament related to the natural realm. To connect with the natural realm we’ll start with a guided inner journey.
You will use colourful sheep’s wool fibres and a special felt needle to create a nature related ornament e.g. a fairy, a mushroom, a gnome, an elf, a mermaid etc.

Spring flower fairy
Spring flower fairy
It’s fun to get creative in this way and you can easily get hooked!
Craft experience is very welcome and needle felt experience too, but not necessary. Weather permitted we might felt in the garden.
Please, feel free to invite friends.
A complementary cup of tea will be served.
Booking in advance is essential! Places are limited to 4 participants.
Cost: £18/£15 concession.
Please pay at the start of the workshop.  .
Venue: 63 Crowhill Road, G64 1QY,
Glasgow-Bishopbriggs


Little gnome