MACHINE FELTING MASTERCLASS
Back in 2003, we finished developing The LiinaLommi Felting Frame ©, we have made a few minor changes over the years to simplify setting adjustment, but Karoliina has used it for all her work since then. Now, for the first time in the USA, we will teach Karoliina’s signature decorative felting techniques, using the Felting Frame to do all the hard work. In addition, other machine felting techniques may be covered during the workshop, depending on time constraints and enthusiasm.
Absolute beginners welcome!
As always the principal emphasis during the class is how to control your materials. Control of line, colour and form. Another major aspect of this masterclass is interpreting and composing the images by painting and drawing with wool fibres. Other principles covered are fine workmanship and felting quality.
During the class we will touch on a few different artistic techniques such as composition, proportion and colour theory as necessary. Learn to play with colours and contrast, light and shade, not forgetting colour contrast and composition. We’ll help you find your focal point in the design, and work around it until you find a comfortable balance.
We believe felting is a technique that is taught uniquely by feel and touch and our classes are suitable for beginner felters.
Do something that inspires you!! There are no hard and fast rules as to what kind of image suits this technique. We’ll help you achieve what you are looking for.
Everyone must do some preparatory sketches beforehand so we will contact you a couple of months before the class to help you with your preparation. The most important thing about your sketches is that they are done freehand, on paper, without the use of tracings, templates or stencils. Computer images, photo and drawing applications etc. are useful tools for development and exploration, but ultimately the final sketches must be done freehand.
If it is convenient, a full size sketch of your piece is invaluable. If you have not had the time beforehand, we will ask you to draw your designs at the beginning of the workshop.
For examples of work completed on the machine please visit http://liinalommi.com
For information about the wool we use please visit http://woolpack.villivilla.com/wool/
For some examples of the felts made in our classes please visit http://woolpack.villivilla.com/workshops/