Master Class felted purse and boots with Natalya Brashovetska


Registration Deposit: $250
Total cost of Workshop: $775
Dates: Monday, May 13th – Friday, May 17th, 2024 (9am-4pm)

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Deposit: $250 (includes $25 registration)
Balance: $525 (due 60 days ahead of workshop)
Total cost of Workshop: $775

In this workshop, students create two items: lace-up boots and a handbag to match. Students will learn how to use the same pattern to make several different types of felted boots; master shoemaking skills to create felted orthopaedic shoes. Please click here to visit Natalya’s website for a thorough workshop description and day-by-day breakdown.

Please click here to view the file that Natalya has set up on her Google Drive showcasing possible models for the shoe soles of the boots you’ll be creating. This will make it seamless to collect information and place orders. She recommends that each student select a first and second choice for the soles in case the first choice is unavailable. Instructions on how to take measurements are also included in this file.

Making Felted Boots – Students will learn:

  • how to take correct measurements of their feet & how to build the template;
  • how to make bigger template for shrinkage of wool;
  • about different stages of the felting process (layout wool, the best way to work with short fibres, using sander, process of rolling, shrinkage of the product, building your felt piece in to 3D piece, details how to work with mood (shoe last.);
  • how to make boots with laces, which is a more complex model, and based on this knowledge, you will be able to make other models of shoes;
  • making their own heel box;
  • about installation of heel box, inner soles, detailed assembly of the upper part of the boots;
  • process of soles installation;
  • preparing a boot for installing eyelets.

Making the Bag – Students will learn:

  • how to design their bag (the size, length of the handles, adding pockets, décor);
  • how to create template and making template bigger for the wool shrinkage;
  • working with wool;
  • how to create a 3D object from a flat project;
  • how to achieve a symmetrical product, the formation of the side walls as well as the bottom of the bag;
  • non-standard solution for processing bag handles to the desired length. Depending on the chosen decor, you will learn the technique of shibori, woolen watercolour, creating 3D elements.