Saturday, September 24, 2011

Felting course for waldorf teachers and kindergarten teachers

Almost 70 people were learning to wet felt in the school yard. We had three lessons during the weekend and we made a ball, a rope (which can be cut and felted again into small beads) and either a felt soap/felt stone or a puppet (made on a ladle).

We tried our own patience while making the ropes. Working slowly centimeter by centimeter proofed to be the best way to make a beautiful rope. And making the whole rope at once was not the best idea. But this is how we learn. By experience. Words of an experienced felting teacher can be heard only after the personal experience :)

And teachers who wanted to learn more have stayed late at night and we made a felted bag, either pure white or decorated with colored wool. Our hands were busy felting while we talked and exchanged our experiences and were eager for the results to come out.

This is a lovely example of a felted stone and a felted bead = sheep. So simple and so effective. I love it. It can be beautiful winter decoration, it can be a part of the Christmas crib together with a shepherd...

This is an example how to make felted beads easier: one cuts the felted rope and rolls them in one's palms until they are round and beautiful.