West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Hand-dyed Merino and Silk Hat

This is a one day class to make a totally original and unique hat or handbag which is constructed over a 'resist' - a technical term which means there are no seams.

Title Hand-dyed Merino and Silk Hat with Lynn Ramsbottom

The hat will be made and shaped over a hat block to fit your head size. You can decide the style : the hat will be a basic cloche/bowler shape with a crown which mirrors the head shape but it can perch on the head, cover the ears or drape into the nape of the neck -  it's your choice. It could have a small integral brim and/or a sunken crown like a trilby and possibly have external embellishments as desired. You can add decoration using pre-felts or silk hankies and have the option of cutting into it or adding onto it for dramatic effect. You will also have the opportunity to make a handbag. When you book please let us know what you would like to make, though Lynn will bring along enough materials for you to change your mind! 



About the tutor

I had heard all about Lynn  the 'Bag Lady'!  I think she and I have something in common as I am often referred to as the 'Basket Case'.  I finally got to meet Lyn in Aberfoyle where she is involved in running a Craft Gallery/Shop. Her bags are really fabulous - the colours - the shapes - and practical too, with her special way of making the handles.   So now you can learn to make them too, in the cosy and light hayloft  workshop at West Moss-side. I might join you too 'cos I can never resist another bag for putting things in - to join all my baskets.(Kate Sankey Nov 2009)

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills
Participants do not need to have prior experience of feltmaking to complete this project and ample tuition will be given to understand the rudiments of wet feltmaking and will include consideration of colour and structure in felt.
Course format

Throughout the day Lynn will explain the magic of felting and its structure and give lots of tuition to help you understand the rudiments of wet feltmaking. She will also talk about how to consider colours. She will bring examples to inspire and for you to try. All feltmaking items to complete this project are provided by Lynn.     Kits for the project are supplied by Lynn at an extra cost of 7 and include 120 gms of merino and merino/silk, 2 x silk hankies and 4m of yarn. A large selection of colourways are always available.

After completing this course...
You will have a unique hat or bag to be proud of for that special occasion or everyday use as you will be amazed how strong and hardwearing the bag will be.

Duration This is a one-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
Meals Farmhouse lunch with homebaking will be provided. Ample refreshments all day.
Accomodation Accommodation is available in a West Moss-side Trossachs yurt. Warm and toasty - sleeps 2 - 6 people. Contact kate for more details.
Disabled facilities

More information

For more information contact  Kate

How do I book a place? There are no current scheduled dates for this course, please click here to send us a message indicating your interest in receiving details when they become available
What should I bring with me?

All materials are provided for you but if you have bits and pieces that you would like to use then bring it along and Lynn can advise whether it can be incorporated.

Are there any other related courses I can attend?

Lynn will be running other new workshops in 2010.

What have other attendess said about this course?