The accidental felter
DOUGLAS Art Base (DAB) in Mossman is expanding its repertoire, with the introduction of felting by way of classes and exhibitions.
Marg Lynn has recently settled in Mossman and has 14 years’ experience in felting and teaching its many methods.
“I got into felting by accident in that I accidentally bought a book in a rush as a gift for my grandson and reclothing alised he wouldn’t be interested in felting, but I was.
“I tried it and loved Marg said.
Felting is the art of matting, condensing and pressing fibres together and can be used to make a range of items including toys, clothing, jewellery, handbags and scarves.
“It is a very old craft and art form and has been used for many centuries by people such as the Mongols for their yurts and the Peruvians for their it,” and hats,” Marg explained.
DAB has held two sets of felting classes for beginners and several of the students’ finished products are on display along with some feature items by Marg Lynn.
“I have entered some of my pieces in competitions and have been awarded champion in the Royal Adelaide Show and at the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show,” she said.
“Any natural fibre can be used but I particularly like using Merino wool because it’s Australian and I often incorporate silk which gives a smooth and shiny finish to articles.
“And you don’t throw anything away because you can always use left-overs, incorporating them in other items.”
The craft can be inexpensive and the items produced can be both decorative and practical.
There are several methods of felting including wet felting, dry needle, nuno and noton felting, all of which can be taught at DAB.
“We hope to run more classes in the new year,” Marg said.
The display of felting continues at DAB, Mill Street in Mossman until Tuesday, November 29.
It is a very old craft and art form and has been used for many centuries by people such as the Mongols for their yurts and the Peruvians for their clothing and hats Marg Lynn
Marg Lynn, Inger Rowe and Cherryl Wells