It's quite long, sorry! I missed out loads of things too that I learned for next time. If there's a next time. For events like this where people just 'have a go', I don't need to take quite so many colours. Lots weren't even looked at. I'd stick to the rainbow and a few others like sky blue, turquoise and bright pink.
I'd probably even card the wool tops myself, people did find it difficult to pull them off, and found the blends I'd made much easier, so maybe a quick once through on the carder would help, especially for kids anyway.
I took so many fibres-it was why I got chosen-but there wasn't much interest really, certainly not in such a wide variety. Some people who weren't felting were interested in them And one girl who tried it on the Saturday asked her boyfriend to find out what the really soft fibre was, and he left with a handful of kapok (as did one of the little kids, Annabelle, I think) he came back later and gave me some kevlar, a strand of kevlar thread and some fibre
Oh, and only one small piece of silk was used.
As for the 'is felting therapeutic' we were talking about, I think after all the 'it's so soothing/relaxing/therapeutic' comments I got from adults, some even just watching, I think that's a definite yes
Well done, Zed, looks like you've introduced a whole bunch of new Mancunians to the world of felting. great blog post & really gave a feel of your 2 days - as you said, well done to your sister for seeing that you needed her to be there!
It was a great post Zed - it is funny about the colors, isn't it? The last time I used supplies for a class I just arbitrarily limited the colors and no one was upset about it. And I have always found that people who have not done it before have a hard time pulling wool off of roving. Batts are certainly easier.
Jill, I did start to lose my voice, and not only that but at the end of each day, I found it hard to eat, like my mouth was so tired it forgot how to chew! One lady already got in touch and said she was ordering supplies!
I am still so exhausted, but at least it was worth it
Post by carole aka craftywoman on Aug 14, 2015 7:24:44 GMT
Love your mushroom container idea - you have given me FOOD for thought - I usually pile everything up on a table then afterwards spend hours sorting it all out again - and I'm getting bored doing that - bring on the mushrooms :-)
I used to get the wooden veg crates supermarkets had years ago and use the hardboard for painting on. The cardboard ones that have been around for years, like they put in the cages at Sainsbury's are great for stacking too. When my kids were little and we were really poor, we had stacks of them for drawers. I still have one under my bed!
Carole, I hate to throw mushroom tubs away and they're not recyclable, I finally did get rid of a lot when I had the kitchen done. Another thing I hated throwing away but eventually did was Pot Noodle tubs. They would have been perfect for all my cellulose dyeing too
Hello Zed. Congratulation on your wonderful 2 days event... I saw your blog posting and all your samples were super great.. I am sure you made a great impression at Make Fest...I wish I could of visited you too.. Smile... You are right these kind of teaching events can be totally exhausting for a teacher and students too. Smile. You may even get other offers from this event to teach. Smile
I don't think I will forget! In all honesty, if I'd realised it was a weekend, I wouldn't have applied. I thought it was a slot to give a workshop, then I realised it was a whole day, then weekend. Until last weekend I hadn't been out of the house doing things for a whole day in the past 2 and a half years, and hadn't been out 2 days in a row for probably 7 or 8, probably even more. I didn't have the strength to feed myself properly all week.
Happy New Year to everyone, and hope you have a lot of good plans for 2017. I have not been as active on the forum lately but do manage to keep up with what's happening through the feed on facebook. I am in the midst of planning for an outside event which takes place in June. A local center has asked me to do a demo/workshop as part of a bigger event. I've been advised to plan for 50 people (could be kids/adults). The event will run 2-2-1/2 hours. Based on the different projects I do with the after school program my first thought was to demo felt balls and make them into key chains, etc but I don't think the timing would work so well to get this done. I also had concerns about handling the water, and the most sanitary way to do this. After reading Zed's 2015 Makefest event post, which was very interesting, I'm now thinking maybe just working with a flat piece would be easier.
May I get some feedback from everyone if you have done this type of event before. Arranging the water is my biggest concern, but also being sanitary with how it's handled. If I do a simple flat piece I would only need to have water in a sprinkler to wet out the work. Zed when you did your event, did you also rinse the work afterwards and you had everyone take it home to do this? Your feedback would be appreciated, and helpful suggestions.
The event I'm doing will be outside, and tables and chairs will be provided. The people in charge have also asked me about water, and how much I need. I have never done an event this size so calculating water needed is challenging but i can suggest they have some containers with warm water available for me to use.
As far as the fiber, I noticed Zed was working with what appears to be merino. Originally I was planning to use the merino short fiber for felt balls, but if I do a flat piece of work the finer merino would be easier to use. I know the challenge with pulling off the merino as I deal with it daily. Most kids have the tendency to pull off large pieces of it, but after a few times they get the hang of it. Sorry if this note is too long. I will do better next time.