Friday, 01 July 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.
St. Ceolwulf’s C of E First School, Norham, Years 3&4
Each child in the school had already created a drawing showing one aspect of their village and planned to use these as the basis for a hanging celebrating the school’s centenary.
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.
Lettering on one of the shops and the farm was patiently cut from strands of wool and inverted in place. A school badge and the dates for the centenary were also carefully created by two of the children.
Each piece is turned over to reveal the picture. Having worked on top of their drawing, building up from the outline to the background, they were amazed to see the results.
A large background was laid out on bubble wrap, and then their individual pictures placed on top.
It was all sprinkled with warm, soapy water, then covered with more bubble wrap and sheeting. It was tightly rolled around a pipe so the felting could begin as the children took turns to roll the piece.
They accompanied their rolling with the most fantastic singing which really helped the work.
All were pleased with the final results.