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Rainbow dyeing (#19)

This course is best combined with felting and / or embroidery, because the dye baths have to cool down.

We work with acid dyes. With these you can dye animal fibers such as wool and silk.
We dye with different colours at the same time, so that nuances appear in the material in different colours.
Rainbow dyeing.

Workshop length: 2 or 3 days

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Basic wool processing – spinning, natural dyeing, felting (#18)

Back to basics. We wash the wool, paint with plants we collected in nature.
This is what I did myself starting out.

Back to the origins, mother nature and all of her wonderfull treasures.

This course can be part of the Feltcarousel.

Course duration : 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

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Asian techniques (#17)

This is a combination of the workshops:
14. Turkmenish technique
15. Shirdak
16. Embroidered felt bags

Workshop length: 5 days

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Embroidered felt bags (#16)

These bags are originally from Afghanistan, but I have also seen them in other Asian countries.
There are different opinions about what was done with it, but it is most likely that they were used as storage space in the bozuis (yurts).

I learned the techniques from István Vidák, felt pioneer from Hungary, during a wonderful summer vacation in Tisa-shash.

Apart from felt making, there are many different techniques in this bag.
Designing your motifs.
Transfer the motifs to the felt.
Embroider the motifs with the Tsjirasj stitch, which means close together. This is again bordered with a chain stitch.
Kabul weaving,
Double finger crochet.

And here too we can work in a traditional or contemporary way.

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

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Shirdak (#15)

Shirdaks are the Sunday carpets from Kyrgyzstan. In the bozuis (yurts) they lie on the ala-kisj carpets.
They are made in twins or triplets.
When a girl marries, a twin shirdak is made. One remains in the family and the other goes with the girl to the new family.

Finished felt is cut, reassembled in the opposite color and sewn together using handmade cords.

Of course we are free to work with traditional or modern motifs.

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

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Turkmenish technique (#14)

In this technique carpets are felted in Turkmenistan.
We apply the technique in everything we want to make.
That can be a carpet, but also a bag, book cover, bracelet or whatever.
In Turkmenistan there is at least one point or open circle in every work.
That is the place where your soul can go in and out at night.

We can work both traditional and contemporary.

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

Workshop length: 3, 4, or 5 days

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Felt and leather (#21)

Felt bags with leather applications

Simple, unique, artistic pieces that are made from wool and possibly self-dyed fine leather. The bags are felted and decorated and stabilized with self-designed leather applications. Cords and knots are braided from leather with a traditional Hungarian technology.
I learned the techniques from Mari Nagy from Hungary, a felt pioneer of the first hour.
Everyone can make her own design.

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

Note: There are approximately € 50.00 extra costs for leather braiding belts, leather and leather tools.

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

In 4 or 5 days we can really go deep.

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Felting from raw fleece (#23)

We work with raw fleece in combination with a well felting wool like the Tirol mountain sheep.
The raw fleece doesn’t necessarily have to be a well felting wool. The mountain sheep wool will take the raw fleece with it.

Workshop length: 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of a Feltcarousel.

A felted fleece is in use as well as for the eye equal to a skincoat.
And we can go even further then felting a fleece as a rug or a seat cushion.

This work is made by Wendie Linders.

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Sculptural felt – wetfelting (#8)

Modeling felt is like modeling with clay. People who have experience with this, find this easy.
I am not very good at modeling with clay, but this is much easier with wool and lukewarm soapy water.

We start with a sheep with which you learn the basics.
After that almost anything is possible.

In 4 days this course can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

Workshop length: 1, 2, 3 or 4 days

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Basic techniques for the advanced (and beginners) (#13)

We delve into where felt originates from. How did it come about that it spread all over the world like a snowball? Who were the people of the very beginning?

When interested we can watch a movie about the cradle of felt, which is composed of images from my travels to Kyrgyzstan.

Concerning techniques, we look at why we do things the way we do them. How do I prevent my work becoming a sausage? Why is it all right to turn my work? Why don’t we work with hot water in the beginning? Why and when can we deviate from the rules?
How do we make quality felt? What more options are there?
Again and again I meet people who have been felting for a long time, who are unaware of certain techniques of ways of felting.

In consultation there is much freedom in the objects to be made.

Real beginners start with basic forms of felt: ball, cord, flat surface, seemles felt.