A Felting Workshop Day Begins

When I introduce a new student to feltmaking, particularly in a one-to-one workshop rather than in a group situation, I know that the first thing to do is to touch on the student’s original interest in learning how to felt: is the primary incentive an interest in learning how to do a specific piece or process?  Is the primary reason a desire to experience pure creative expression?  Is the student interested in learning a skill that can then be shared with others?  Does the student want a relaxing/energizing/easy/challenging/spiritual/nuts & bolts/sketchy/detailed intro?  Before I show the student the abundance of fiber and felting books in my studio, which I know can be overwhelming, I review the impetus that led the student to my studio.  This initial intention then becomes a touchstone.  We may wander far away from this initial goal, and the goal may evolve, but we have this touchstone to help guide our workshop day.

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