Felt for the Home and Garden
Carol is a felt maker and spinner who is exploring the different ways sheep fleece can be used in our homes. It is a very under-used material and has enormous advantages over man-made materials - it's insulating, fire-retardant, sound absorbing, sucks up moisture whilst retaining its insulating properties and feels warm and cosy. Which is why it has been used in human dwellings for thousands of years (Carol has presented on this topic to Guilds and Societies - ask her about it if you are interested). The other big plus is that at the end of a wool object's usefulness, it can simply be composted. The huge variety of British native sheep breeds and the amazingly different properties and appearance of their fleeces has fascinated her, and she has spent the last six years getting to know these. The raw materials are carefully sourced - either from local farms where Carol often helps at shearing time or from UK mills using British fleeces. Carol ensures the farmers are paid a good price. She enjoys using the properties of the various native breeds to enhance her felt or hand spun - for instance Herdwick can be really scratchy - so it makes a fabulous exfoliating pad!
You will see felt lamps with no interior strutting at all, vegetarian sheepskin rug & seat pads - these are made with a felt backing so the sheep is not killed and plant holders. Carol is keen for you to have a go at learning how to felt so will be running workshops during her time at FarmEd and is offering workshops so you can learn how to make things for your home yourself.
FarmEd Art Weeks Workshops
Needle Felted Brooch - learn basic technique of needle felting making a small brooch. Duration 1 Hour Cost £15 (all materials provided) Number of places: 6 Running daily at 11.30am
Felted Picture Card - learn the basic technique of wet felting creating a small picture for use on a card. Duration 1 hour. Cost £15 (all materials provided) Number of places: 4 Running daily 1.30pm
Children's Felting Fun - Make colourful felt balls - suitable for children aged 5-12. Duration 30 minutes (max - you might be done faster). Cost £7 Daily at 10.30am and 3.00pm Number of places: 4 Please note - one parent or guardian will need to stay to help
Carol will also be demonstrating felt making and spinning when ever there is not a workshop running.
Carol Crowdy is based in Henley on Thames
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