international feltmakers association


Report: Frilly Scarves

Frilly Scarves with Heidi McEvoy-Swift

5 & 6 February 2011

This was a "satellite" workshop, held in Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, hosted by Region 9 members as part of the region’s excellent new initiative to share the load by having members organise workshops near to home from Melanie’s list of tutors. In spite of it being some 100 miles from the normal venue, members were keen to travel from far and wide for this exciting workshop and were not disappointed!

Heidi started the weekend with a comprehensive explanation and demonstration of the techniques which she uses in making her lovely frilly scarves, in particular stressing the importance of laying out fibres in the correct direction on the scarf to achieve a good frill. It was such a treat to sit and watch her at work while we drank coffee and by the end we were raring to go, confident that we could succeed in making something beautiful.

Everyone made a basic single frill scarf first, then after lunch became more adventurous with decoration and colour, making a lovely second scarf.

We returned on Sunday refreshed and ready to tackle multi layered scarves, which Heidi again demonstrated thoroughly while we took it all in. The technique was very similar to day 1 but more involved and having all succeeded at a simple scarf everyone was able to apply the technique to something more elaborate. Achieving full frills to the scarves required much careful manipulation, particularly as we were working with very fine felt. It took most of the day to lay out and felt the scarves satisfactorily and after yet another cup of tea and a piece of yummy home-made chocolate cake we all went home very happy with 3 beautiful fine frilled scarves to show for our labours!

All in all a most successful workshop and thanks to everyone involved for making it such a fun felty weekend!