Toy Making Workshop with Felt Mistress

Louise Evans ran a workshop creating felt creatures from templates at Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival

I was delighted to be asked by the Pick Me Up team to run a felt toy making workshop at their 2013 event in association with Creative Review. We wanted to do something that everyone, no matter what skill levels they had, could join in with, leave with something they were proud of and hopefully go home and make more. By way of preparation for the workshop [which ran on April 22], we produced a basic creature body template and lots of other different templates for various features – moustaches, eyes, noses, etc – that could be used to help design creature creations. We used felt (naturally, it’s my weapon of choice) and all the toys were hand-sewn using embroidery threads and a few basic stitches. I had sewn up a few samples using the templates to show what could be done and we had a help sheet so anyone who didn’t complete their creature during the day had the knowledge needed to complete them at home. It was great to see the different ways people adapted the templates and some even went completely ‘rogue’ making their own creations from scratch. All the results, some of which are shown in the following pages along with pictures of the workshop, were amazing. Such a great day.

Louise Evans aka Felt Mistress


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