An introduction to felt making

Friday 12 May 2017


The course

An introduction to felt making, this one-day course is suitable for beginners.  We will produce colourful pieces of handmade felt using dyed fibres & a seamless purse.

Feltmaking is the oldest form of human-made fabric and felt remains dating from about 700BC have been found in the frozen tombs of nomadic Siberian tribesmen. Handmade felt can have many uses, both practical and decorative.

The tutor

Hilary Charlesworth is a weaver who lives and works in West Sussex. She has a City and Guilds certificate in Creative Textiles and a City and Guilds Adult Teaching certificate. Hilary is a member of the Institute for Learning. She has taught spinning, weaving, and felt making for many years, and exhibits her own work regularly. Her work can be seen on www.totally

Participant information

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Places will be limited to 6.
Please bring: apron, rubber gloves, notebook and a hand towel. Felt making can be messy!


£50 per person per day, including tuition, materials and coffees and teas.
The Museum café will be open for lunch or participants may bring their own packed lunches.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 50 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.