Thursday, 30 June 2011
Feltmaking in Schools
9 local schools have been visited by Anna Turnbull and Paula Constantine, 2 artists experienced in feltmaking, to involve the children in working with wool from local breeds of sheep, collaborating on the creation of a number of felt wall hangings.
The finished hangings have been displayed in their schools and in various community locations over the summer including The Glendale Show, Berwick Slow Food Festival, Etal Show, Kiknewton Show, The Glendale Festival, Bamburgh Show, Belford Show, Horncliffe Harvest Festival, Crookham Community Lunch, Belford Harvest Festival, The Cheviot Centre Wooler and a Heritage Music Event in Wooler.
Cornhill First School, Years 3&4
The whole school worked to create a hanging which illustrated their village. Each child had already carefully drawn one aspect of the village for their design. The first step was to redraw their pictures in wool, selecting fibres prepared from a variety of local sheep breeds.
A wool fibre outline was laid down first. It was then in filled with various coloured wools to create a wool picture. As in the shop,
And children holding hands
After a background of wool fibre was laid out on bubble wrap, and then their individual pictures placed on top, a date, school name and border were added.
It was all sprinkled with warm, soapy water, then covered with more bubble wrap and sheeting, and tightly rolled around a pipe. At last the felting could begin as the children took turns to roll the piece.
‘This is the best piece of art I have ever done’, said one child.
They were all pleased with the final results.