I was invited by my guild to run a children’s half day workshop on felting. The participants have to come with an adult and so there were also 8 grandmothers who were mainly observers until we got to the sewing. The 12 children ranged in age from 6 to 12, four were boys and the rest girls.
I decided after much research and planning, that in the three hours there was time to discuss the properties of felt, make some felt with wet felt process, do some decorative wet felting and then sewing with commercial synthetic felt.
First we made small felt pieces using merino slivers inside a sandwich bag. The fulling stage involving lots of beating inside bubble wrap was popular. The photo shows the card that was covered in wool at the start, and the finished piece after felting and fulling. They were quite amazed at how much their piece shrunk.
I showed them my practice piece (it as been a while since I have made any felt) created on a sheet of prefect with wool slivers, silk and other bits and pieces. Then it was all hands in to make their own. They took turns at the rolling stage while they worked on their sewn piece.
The sewing choices were two styles of pencil case or a brooch. I was very impressed with how quickly they got up to speed with blanket stitch. Notice that some of them are fully lined as well. The little flower brooch is an original design as is the truck on the yellow case. One of the 6 year olds completed all the blanket stitching by herself after being shown just once how to do it. It is the pink case at the top. She is a fantastic sewer. And I was thrilled to receive a letter from her the next day.