august, 2024

2024mon05aug(aug 5)10:00 amtue06(aug 6)4:00 pmFelt Bags (AUGUST SUMMER SCHOOL)£98 - make a wonderful felted bagColeridge Community CollegeDay:Monday,Tuesday length of course: 2 days


5 (Monday) 10:00 am - 6 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

2 days


Course details

Brief Description

I love the softness and variety of visual effects that you can achieve with felt.  I use an easy relaxing technique to make felt pieces that does not result in aching arms, just beautiful work! Come and try it out, it’s fun and you can make new friends along the way. On the first day, you will create a suitable design and colour scheme for this project so that you will understand how to design your own piece in the future. Then you will  make some pre-felt samples, learn how to blend colours and use resists.  On the second day, you will combine these ideas together resulting in a unique, original and beautiful bag.

By the end of the day you will have learned:

  • design skills
  • a brief history of felt / makers
  • pre-felt methods
  • fulling techniques
  • finishing methods


  • 50g of black, 50g of white and 100g merino wool (maximum) in white plus a small amount of colour/colours (300g max in total)
  • an apron which is fabric or plastic coated.
  • 3 pieces of bubble wrap (approx. 30x30cm each)
  • 2 old towels
  • a small bamboo or grass table mat or a polystyrene tube
  • a small bowl
  • carders if you have them

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

A follow-on two day workshop in needle felt in August.

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£98 – Please contact the office to book your place and pay by card on 01223 712340


Lisa FretwellMy name is Lisa E Fretwell. I have been teaching art, glass and textile techniques for over 20 years. In the past, I have exhibited my work in New York, had a touring exhibition around the UK, and exhibited Gallery and non-Gallery venues in Hertfordshire, Leicester, London and Northamptonshire. I was involved involved in the publishing of a new book called ‘Antarctic Atlas,’ which includes my hand drawn illustrations. I am currently making hand drawn illustrated cards to create funding for a Hedgehog charity called Hoggywobbles in Cambridgeshire. Since 2012 I have been teaching Art History, Stained Glass and felt making in Cambridge. I sold some original illustrations with Bonham's Auctioneer's from our book, Antarctic Atlas, at St. Bride's Foundation, London in June 2023..

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