Felt Your Dream – Felted Rugs with Flóra Carlile-Kovács


Registration Deposit: $220
Total cost of Workshop: $675
Dates: Monday, June 3rd – Friday, June 7th, 2024 (9am-4pm)

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Deposit: $220 (includes $25 registration)
Balance: $455 (due 60 days ahead of workshop)
Total cost of Workshop: $675

In Kyrgyzstan, when a daughter got married, her mother and her relatives felted her a rug. Using their ancient symbols they felted her best wishes and good luck into the rug that stayed with her for the rest of her life. In this workshop, you’ll create a felted rug (approximately 3×5’) with the instructor’s pre-felt technique, using either the several hundred-year-old symbols or creating your very own. Come and join us for a two day workshop and learn about:  the traditional symbols of the rugs;  various kinds of wool that fits;  how to plan a powerful design;  how to make your own prefelt with color transitions;  how to construct and felt a large rug;  how to turn the soft prefelt into a strong and durable felt;  some small tricks of the trade that make the felting process easier. And get rewarded with a beautiful felted rug you complete by the end of the class! Creating a wet felted rug requires good physical condition.

Photo credits: The last three photos shown here are of students’ work from Flora’s 2021 Felted Rug workshop.

Instructor Bio: Flóra Carlile-Kovács finds endless inspiration in nature and in the natural state of her materials. Felt, as an expressive medium, is conducive to an instinctive and spontaneous creative process. Felting is an underestimated and underrepresented craft in the art world. Her mission is to show the possibilities of applying handmade felt in interior designs, to find the audience for this craft, and to break the boundary between craft and fine art. She has been teaching felt making on all levels since 2005 and leading Felt Tours to Hungary annually since 2016. She lives and works in Seattle, WA.