Felt making is a wonderful technique that turns coloured sheep's fleece into a flat felted picture, using water and friction. It can be combined with any topic from the curriculum and is easy for all abilitites and ages from 3 upwards. It can be extended into detailed and sophisticated work or kept simple and still produce large and spectactular pieces.
Free staff training workshop
An initial free staff meeting is provided for teachers and assistants prior to a whole school event if required, which helps enormously to give the staff confidence for the creation of seven or more large panels! This also means that staff are able to use the felting technique later to use in class for small items. Also all our staff are DBS checked and can work with groups or classes as required.
Making panels can be a single class event, as an end of term treat or as part of a topic, or the whole school can make a set of panels (one per class), on a theme chosen by the school, perhaps as a celebration of an anniversary or to decorate the school corridors with a long lasting display (which could last for centuries!) thus giving the staff relief from having to create extra time-consuming displays - great for a possible Ofsted year!
The whole school set of panels can be made in a condensed period of three days (which makes a great art event!) or over a two month period, with every class having their own day during this longer period, which minimises school disruption. The panels always look amazing, framed or as hangings, and will last for decades (possibly centuries!) years to come, as they are both washable and durable. Any final tidying/ finishing off is included and the panels are returned to the school stunning and ready to hang. Each panel, framed or unframed, is about 1m x 1.5m plus frame, but any size is possible. Frames depend on possible glass/ mount sizes.
The photos below show the fun that the whole of Cold Norton primary school had, when making a full set of panels (sometimes 2 per class!) on books through the decades to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Please scroll right to the very bottom of the page for their and other schools' panels in close up!
All children from the age of 3 can easily make felt squares, which can be adapted to make greetings cards, mounted pictures or mouse /(washable) bedside mats.The squares can also be combined into a whole class panel as in the seaside one below. They are quick and easy to make and there is a fun rolling session at the end! These smaller pieces can be made alongside a panel if required, to enable the children to take something home, as well as making the panel for display in school or it can be a very cheap alternative to panels, if an introduction to felting is all that is required, perhaps as part of a larger topic.
As well as incorporating shorter phrases in felt, wordings produced on the computer can also be printed onto fabric and sewn on and added to the panels, thus incorporating longer text. The panels can also incorporate small felt items that can be removed and taken by the class at the end of the year, to be replaced by those made by the next class, as in the top left hand panel below.
As well as panels, older children could make many items in single or series of class event(s) such as jewellery, bags, scarves, hand puppets, 3D figures, egg cosies, mouse mats or fun cushions etc. The list is endless and infinitely adaptable to match your curriculum requirements and combinations. I am happy to discuss any proposed school / class curriculum topic ideas to suggest possible felting ideas to match with them.
Wordings produced on the computer can also be printed onto fabric and added to the panels, thus incorporating literacy or other subject elements or research.
Please contact me directly on 07712 420100 for my Felting For Schools brochure with a current price list or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or use the Contact Us link to discuss your requirements further.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Children's Workshop, Chelmsford Museum
Pond Dipping Panel Year 3 Purleigh Primary School