Felting with Children… and Wools and Silks!

I’m thrilled to be part of the Feltmakers of Ireland Committee. Even though I’m based in Devon, my Irish heritage is important to me and the Irish felting community is a very friendly and outgoing group – enthusiastic about reaching a wider audience of crafters of all ages through online tutorials and one to one sessions.

Niki and Tanya Collier encourage you to try lots of projects through their website and I’d like to share it with you so you can get out your craft stash and start felting! Yes, some of the projects are childish, but we are all children at heart – and some of us are lucky enough to have grandchildren and children to amuse during the holidays.

Free Felt Classes

How to make a Minimalist Felt Picture from Wool

by Niki and Tanya Collier.

Using a handful of wool & silk fibres you will make a quick colourful picture. Roll up your sleeves, put the kettle on, grab some bubble wrap, a sliver of soap and your smile.

Developed for the 2020 Cruinniú na nÓg Childrens Festival

Felting for Kids of all ages. Felting for Kids of all ages with Niki and Tanya Collier

How to make a Felt Picture of Your Street in Wool

by Niki and Tanya Collier.

Using a handful of wool, some shiny fibres and a few pieces of prefelt you will make a quick colourful picture. Roll up your sleeves, put the kettle on, grab some bubble wrap, a sliver of soap and your smile.

How to felt a Street

How to Needle Felt a Firefly

by Niki and Tanya Collier

Using a handful of wool, some wool and a few pins we will make some beautiful bugs. Roll up your sleeves, grab your wool and put your smile on.

How to Needlefelt a Firefly

Soldering and Stitching Electronics to Light up your Firefly

by Niki and Tanya Collier

Do you have a bug? Now let’s make it glow in the dark.

This tutorial will show you how to make your bug glow. You would learn to solder an LED to a battery holder and after that attach it to the belly of your bug.

How to light up your bug

Crafted Felt Bugs

Roll up your sleeves and create these cute ‘Crafted Critter’s’ with Niki Collier.

A DCCI funded video produced as part of the Let’s Get Ireland Making initiative.

Get making

How to Felt a Butterfly

Create a beautiful butterfly using a combination of super fine merino, silk, in a combination of blue, pink, yellow, green and red. Demonstrated by fibre artist Niki Collier from her stunning studio in Marlay Park as part of the 2020 Harolds X Stay at Home Online Festival. Suitable for all ages, the workshop was recorded with Niki Collier’s daughter, aged 11. How to Felt a Butterfly

How to Draw a Butterfly

Three simple ways to draw a butterfly using acryllic paint and water-colour paint. Demonstrated by fibre artist Niki Collier from her stunning studio in Marlay Park as part of the 2020 Harolds X Stay at Home Online Festival. Suitable for all ages, the workshop was recorded with Niki Colliers daughter, aged 11. Techniques include finger-painting, brush painting and slap-painting. It’s not Banksy, but I bet he would like it.https://www.youtube.com/embed/ubAUKpgGDPk?feature=oembed

How to felt a Lilly

Materials

For the Lilly:

  • Green, white and orange wool.
  • A bit of white silk
  • 1 x 2 inch scrap of felt

For Felting:

  • A4 size underlay
  • Watering Can
  • Soap
  • Hot Water
  • Chopping Board

How to Felt a Lily

How to felt a Shamrock

Materials

For the Shamrock:

For Felting:

  • A4 size underlay
  • Watering Can
  • Soap
  • Hot Water
  • Chopping Board

How to Felt a Shamrock

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