From the Simple to the Sublime

Shape-shifting Berets and Bags embellished by clamp-resist dyeing effects

with Jorie Johnson

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 August (3 days), 10am-5pm each day


Plus £7 per day for lunch (optional) – most dietary requirements catered for

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Jorie will begin by discussing beret design and manufacture with all its variations. Using a finer quality, dyed wool your chosen form will be made with the design idea in mind that it will be further embellished by over-dyeing with clamp-resist techniques.

You will use a silk/merino or silk/cashmere blend as a variation to the traditional 100% merino wool beret base. You will also consider the use of prefelt design elements as an option.

Washed pet hair (undercoat), that can be self-carded with merino is also an option, as well as silver fox/merino, mink/merino, Superwash wool/merino blends where there is a minimum of 75% merino wool as the base. The addition of fine animal fur gives a remarkable sheen and suppleness to the hand-felted hat. These animal fibres can be easily dyed in the same manner as the wool with simple acid dyes.

Jorie will introduce and demonstrate her shifted-shape series called ‘Bird Wing Beret’.  Once the basic form is felted you will proceed with dye sampling and the over-dyeing of your items. You will learn how to safely dye prefelt and subsequently use it in designs, as well as post-shibori techniques for shape-shifting and accents of colour.

Should you prefer to make a bag, participants can apply the same techniques to create a shifted-shape bag.

 About the tutor

Jorie Johnson was first introduced to feltmaking in 1977 when she learned how to make Scandinavian felt boots, and was immediately enchanted by the magic and power of felting. After studying industrial textile design for fashion and interiors, she returned to the traditional medium of feltmaking. Her combination of rich colours and layering techniques results in warm, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories for the discerning collector.

Jorie holds a part-time lecturing post in the Textile Design Department of the Kyoto University of Art and Design and exhibits her contemporary feltworks in galleries, shops, and museums around the world.

You can find out more information about her practice on her website,

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