Last Saturday I gave my very first workshop at the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers along with two other members who were teaching other techniques. We were given no feedback on how everything was going to take place, so I had to just trust my lucky star and wing it.
I decided to take a few supplies and some finished work with me. I had a diverse sample of needle felted items for my fellow guild members to look at, such as custom dogs, a Christmas tree, some jewellery and mixed media sculptures. I spread them out on a table and just hoped for the best.
One of the first fears of speaking in public is, will anyone want to listen? Knowing some spinners dread the word “felt” when it comes to fibre talk, I half expected the ladies around me to ask why on earth I’d want to ruin lovely sheep’s wool with a felting needle. I was a tad nervous and almost wanted to apologise on behalf of my fellow professionals and crafters (almost.)
However, I was truly spoilt – everyone who decided to stay and listen was really nice, they asked great questions and were genuinely interested in what I did.
I started by explaining what needle felting was, how it was accomplished and let the end result speak for itself (aka, my creations). I then gave them a few felting needles, some wool, and asked if they wanted to make a ball to start! After a few seconds everyone was busy. I gasped at how some ladies kept felting whilst looking at something else, and had to suppress a little smile when one of them stabbed herself eventually.
Apart from the dogs, it was my dryer balls that got the most attention, and I believe I might find out some guild members have made a few for their tumble dryers.
All in all, I think I managed to share a little of my world to them, and even got a few interested in felting. One of them has told me she bought felting needles already! That makes me very happy.
(Thank you Lyn for kindly supplying the photos!)