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.