Day School: Needle Felt - Birds

Ref: C3744618

Make lovely sculptured wool garden bird using needle felting techniques. You have a choice of a Robin and Blue Tit using Britsh core wool and Merino. You will be given a brief introduction about needle felting, including the difference between different types of wool and suitable needle felt needles. There will be a demonstration on how to needle felt safely including avoiding pricking your finger and breaking your needle. Throughout the day there will be step by step instructions demonstrating how to make the armature for the legs and sculpt the main body and the head, how to make the wings and tail plus add facial features and other detail. This includes methods of how to form shapes, using tools, including usable everyday items found in the home. By the end of the day, you will have completed one or two birds to give as a gift or display proudly in your home.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to needle felting with a view to being able to create your own decorative realistic garden birds to keep or give as gifts. You will use British Core wool and Merino wool

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Needle felt both 2D and 3D shapes using different gauge felting needles depending on the stage of the needle felting process i.e initial sculpturing of the bird, overlaying coloured wools changing the needle for detail and a smooth finish.
  • Use different wool types for sculpturing the main body and for adding detail, the reasons for this and understand that different sheep breeds' wool respond to the needle felting process differently.
  • Make and use a simple wire armature to create the bird's legs and claws and learn how to embed this into the main body sculpture by wool wrapping. This will enable your bird to stand.
  • Use templates to make the components such as the main body and wings, including add detail and features that make your bird identifiable and realistic.
  • Understand the benefits of using what is thought to be the most sustainable fibre available as a craft material and the friendly impact it has on the environment.

How will I be taught?

  • You will complete your project in the classroom and have the skills and confidence to be able to continue working at home and attend other classes

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • You will be encouraged to review your progress throughout the session. There will be samples of how the birds look at different stages of being made to check against your own work.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Please bring £15 cash to purchase your materials which come as a complete kit including tools. You will also have the option of purchasing finger guards and more wool to continue needle felting at home. You will also need to bring a packed lunch or there are nearby cafes for takeaway snacks.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Needle Felt - Birds

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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