Mongolian-inspired felting

Schedule:

Saturday, August 17
09:30 to 16:30 &
Sunday, August 18
09:30 to 16:30

Costs:

237,40 $ Can
60,00 $ Can
297,40 $ Can (without taxes)

Spaces available

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All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.

Please note that your 3 day pass is included with this workshop (1 per person).

Description

In Mongolia, the nomads of the great steppes transform the wool of their sheep into felt for their homes (yurts) as well as for their clothes, shoes, blankets, mattresses and, of course, rugs! In this hands-on workshop, participants will make a small carpet or felt panel inspired by Mongolian shyrdaks, where the “positive” and “negative” of a simple pattern is used as a design element. The careful finishing of the carpet involves a rather unique embroidery. As tradition dictates, collaboration and mutual assistance will be required to facilitate the “birth” of the felt, so participants are encouraged to register with a friend!

What to bring

  • Four old thin towels and two used dishwashing cloths
  • A pair of scissors for strong paper and fabric (or a good utility knife)
  • Lightweight clear plastic (5’ x 10’, available at hardware stores)
  • A 4’ pool noodle
  • A pair of old nylon stockings
  • A small watering can, ideally with a thin spout
  • A measuring tape
  • A 4-litre plastic bucket or equivalent
  • Paper and pencil
  • If possible, the following: comfortable short-sleeved clothing and a waterproof apron, two large plastic bags to bring back wet towels and carpet, a cutting board, your favourite felting tools (water pear, knee pad, etc.)

Material provided:

  • Felt sample
  • Handouts
  • Rubber and bamboo mats
  • Pool noodles
  • Scent-free liquid soap
  • Reference books
  • Towels
  • Cardboard for patterns
  • Iron
  • Computer and DVD
  • Table raisers
  • Branches
  • Empty bottles
  • Cutting board
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife
  • Large needles
  • Ruled paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Window screen

Details:

Diane Gonthier
Beginner to advanced
French and English
Saturday, August 17 09:30 to 16:30 & Sunday, August 18 09:30 to 16:30
Room 121 Complexe Whissell

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Diane Gonthier

Diane GonthierLes ateliers d'un pas feutré

A native and resident of the Laurentians, Quebec, Diane Gonthier has been working since 2003 as a professional fibre artist and offers a frankly renewed look at the medium that wool offers. Her personal research led her to obtain the Canadian title of Master Spinner in 2012. Diane mainly creates unique and contemporary large-format wool felt pieces for and in collaboration with multiple communities. Like wool fibres, which eventually gather in felt, Diane’s works are only a pretext for warm, social rapprochement.

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