Turning Wool into Felt

Some friends and I did something very different last Friday evening. We had a felt-making party! Most people looked slightly surprised when I suggested the idea, most (including me) didn't have much of a clue what it entailed, but we took the plunge all the same. 

I'd been to the charming Sew Not Strawberry Jam studio before, to a one-to-one sewing class with the owner Sam Coates. It's a charming, idyllic setting, in a large but cosy workshop brimming with fabrics, buttons and sewing machines. Satisfied and inspired, you can't help but want to come back for more. 

So felt-making it was to be. With the ingredients of just sheeps' wool and some soapy water, we set to creating all sorts of felt pieces. Pulling the wool and making layers of a design was the easy introduction. Then came the workout to turn fluffy woolly pieces into robust colourful felt. After lots of rolling to and fro, a few bubbles and chatter in between, with a some motivating oohs and aaahs as the creations came to life, we all managed to complete the task in a couple of hours. 

Felt-making party at Sew Not Strawberry Jam

Sew Not Strawberry Jam is only a twenty minute drive from Hare Farm. It's located on a little smallholding in Stone, just the other side of Rye.  Sam offers some brilliant ideas for arranging bespoke workshops for you and your friends or family. From sewing to felt making or millinery, it's great to learn how to make something new, and bring it home with you for keeps.

And textile parties can also be tied in with a spa treatment too. There's a little beauty room adjoining the textile workshop. Bonus. 

Take a look at the sewnotstrawberry jam website here. 

Written by Joanna

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