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Feltmaking Design

with Jorie Johnson

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August (5 days), 10am-5pm each day


Plus £5 per day for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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This masterclass explores two methods of textile design on fabric in combination with feltmaking. Employing a natural soda bath, referred to as scouring, you’ll learn how to erase the negative to produce patterning on white and various colours of silk organza. After that you’ll experiment with markmaking using water-soluble soot ink (called ‘Sumi’ in Japanese). The ink can be applied to fabric by brush and/or homemade marking tools to produce unique expressions.

With the assortment of original fabrics, you’ll move on to working in the addition of coloured wool with traditional feltmaking techniques of lamination.

Participants can then choose whether to continue preparing fabrics or develop their feltmaking skills under the guidance of the tutor. You will leave with original artworks for framing or expand your array of fabric samples into 3D objects or vessels.

During the week, Jorie will give talks and demonstrations to introduce the various applications she has found over the years for these simple but unique techniques which can be applied to your own felt work.

 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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