IFA CiFT (Foundation) – Outline Syllabus

The course offers the opportunity for students to acquire a sound knowledge of wool and felt making techniques as a base on which to build their own individual skills.


  • To develop an understanding of the process of felting and encourage high standards.
  • To work with a variety of different wool fibres to illustrate the suitability of each one for different purposes.
  • To explore felt making techniques.

Portfolio section – techniques to be covered:

  1. Flat felt with particular attention to edges
  2. Surface texture combining different fibres with wool
  3. Seamless felt /Hollow forms
  4. Nuno felt
  5. Traditional ethnic felt from Central Asia
  6. Finishes and trimmings for felt
  7. The use of felting needles alone and in combination with wet felting

This part of the course is exploratory. Results should be presented as samples accompanied by notes showing the research undertaken. The method of presentation may be chosen by the individual student but should be neat and well documented.

Project section

  1. Pictorial hanging
    Particular attention to be given to edges whether straight or shaped.
  2. Three dimensional Hollow Form ñ functional and decorative
  3. Length of Nuno fabric for a chosen end use
  4. Decorative felt neck piece or a group of felt flowers
  5. Inlay techniques based on traditional ethnic felt – create a piece minimum size 50 cm square

These projects should illustrate the use of a variety of wools. Each one should be accompanied by details of wool used with reasons for choice plus a brief evaluation of the project. Students are encouraged to include skills and techniques learned in the portfolio section to enhance their final projects. A high standard of felt making is expected.