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Mary Burkett first visited Persia (now Iran) in 1962, and came across a mother and daughter felting a carpet, something she had never seen before. This sparked her lifelong passion for the often neglected art of feltmaking and, in time, prompted her to found the International Feltmakers Association in 1984.
Since then, the interest in feltmaking has grown and techniques have developed in new and exciting ways. Here are just some of the questions we are asked:
- Do all breeds felt the same way?
- How do I calculate shrinkage?
- What’s the difference between felting and fulling?
- What kind of soap can I use?
- How can I create patterns?
- Is there a way to blend colours?
- What is a resist?
- What is nuno felting?
- How do I know when a piece is finished?
To learn the answers to these and many other questions, why not learn with us…
Discovering Feltmaking (DF)
You can buy our online courses for beginners (members and non-members alike) on our website. These workshops teach you how to make small-scale samples using the wet-felting method.
These courses are invaluable for beginners and feltmakers wanting to get back to basics.
Certificate in Felting Techniques (CiFT)
The Certificate in Felting Techniques syllabus (CiFT) is available to all members.
It introduces beginners to various felting techniques with support available from experienced mentors. Find out more about CiFT.
Answering your questions about DF and CiFT
CiFT is a self-learning syllabus of feltmaking techniques. CiFT has 3 learning modules and a final project module, each focussing on different techniques.
Discovering Feltmaking is a growing series of online courses teaching feltmaking techniques. It is organised around the CiFT syllabus.
CiFT is a syllabus of self-learning feltmaking techniques which is supported by the Discovering Feltmaking online courses.
Currently we have DF1 and DF2 online. DF3 will be available by the end of 2021 and more will follow. These follow the organisation of work in each module. DF1 – 3 will help you complete Module 1 of CiFT.
No. You can choose to do whichever of the DF courses you like and in any order. However, if you want to follow the CiFT syllabus, it is useful to do them in sequence.
Each of the DF courses is interactive, taught through an online classroom called Ruzuku. This includes online words and pictures, downloadable pdfs and daily interactive student and mentor opportunities. The courses and mentoring run for a given period of time. However, you have access to the course materials for several months afterwards.
Although your early samples when starting DF may not be good enough to offer for assessment, after some practice you will soon have a suitable range of work to submit.
You can do CiFT completely by yourself using books and workshops you choose to help you. You then submit your work to the CiFT coordinator for assessment and feedback.
Work created and submitted for the CiFT is assessed. A certificate is issued on completion of each module.
The Discovering Feltmaking coursework is not assessed. However, you do receive regular online feedback.