Pupils get a fuzzy feeling in felting workshop

A Nottingham primary school has won a free felt workshop after pupils won an art competition.

The half-day workshop was delivered to year 6 pupils at Eskdale junior school as a prize for winning the Dazzling Displays art competition in the summer term, which encouraged primary teachers to share their pupils’ artwork.

Children in the workshop followed a landscape theme, using merino wool to build up a picture before “felting” it by pouring warm water over their designs, pressing them flat with bubble wrap and rubbing them with soap and water.

To complete the process, the designs were then rolled around a tube to shrink and felt the wool together, creating the final piece of artwork.

The session was delivered by Yorkshire-based textile artist and former teacher, Jo Hunter, who regularly exhibits her work at galleries and exhibitions across the UK.

Katherine Playford, a teacher at Eskdale, said: “The children had great fun and loved learning how the different parts came together to create their pictures. They were thrilled with their final designs and many of our parents and teachers have stopped to admire their artwork.”


Featured picture: Pupils worked with merino wool to create their artwork

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