The ladies, and occasional gentleman, are having so much fun with these classes. I find it so heartening that all of my students just jump in full force with all of the classes I am teaching! I admit I keep forgetting to get pictures of everyone crafting, mostly because I am having a ton of fun right along with them!
Most of my students had created mini batts in our last class and they were using those to make their felt. I had them wet down their batts and use soap to gently begin felting. Since they were just mini batts they felted very quickly, though some had thin spots. This felt is going to be considered the basis of their bookmarks as well as mini notebooks, so I would rather it be as solid as I can help them get it. Since wet-felting doesn’t seem to be doing the trick we will be playing around with some needle felting (after another quick lecture on safety). I hope that they will be able to needle felt in some filler for their thin spots as well as some embellishments. (I’m going to experiment with bamboo and patching today).
These classes are so very exciting! My supervisor has recommended I look for a grant to offset some of these costs in the future and this is certainly worth looking into.