Fun with Wool – Needlefelt a Seagull with Michelle Hickman from Furzie
Saturday the 14th May – 10am – 4.30pm – £75 – Michelle lives in Gloucestershire and creates wool sculptures under the name of Furzie. Furzie sculptures have been sold all over the world, with commissions to replicate people’s pets being particularly popular. The sculptures are made by a technique called needle felting, using only wool and special needles. Although it has its roots in a centuries old form of cloth making, needle-felting is a relatively new art, an off-shoot of industrial felt-making from the nineteenth century. The woollen fibres are bonded together using felting needles to form a material which can be made into 3-D shapes. Michelle started teaching others the craft six years ago, holding regular workshops at venues across the country. She has now taught over 1800 people.
Needle-felting is a fascinating experience, watching creations taking a life and form of their own as you work. It is a very intuitive and tactile craft. Workshops are held in a very relaxed atmosphere – it’s been said that the laughs are as good as the course!
(Materials are not included – £10 payable to Michelle on the day to cover materials and needles)