Monday, 27 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.
Lowick C of E and Holy Island C of E First Schools, Years 3&4
To fit with their theme of castles, all the children and most of the staff from both schools, worked to create a series of three pennants to adorn the castle in their end of year performance. Each child had already carefully drawn a design for a shield. 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.
On day 3 the felters proceeded in full medieval costume ready for their open afternoon. The last background of wool fibre was laid out on bubble wrap, and then their individual shields placed on top. Finally a border was added.
It was all sprinkled with warm, soapy water, then covered with more bubble wrap and sheeting.
It was tightly rolled around a pipe and then the felting could begin as the children took turns to roll the piece.
Finally the pennants were unrolled, rinsed and hung up to dry.
All were pleased with the final results and shared what they had learnt.