Bonkers busy workshops this year, there is a little crew of four of us and between us we create a good space to explore ideas, keep the fire in the kelly kettle going, the hot water topped up and help with the rubbing and rinsing. There are now familiar regulars who come every year hoping to build on an idea, there are brave people trying something big and tricky, mums rediscovering their creativity after years of being immersed in parenthood and children working away with their strong arms and patient hands.
We did some needle felting and broke every felting needle in the pot making little owl creatures. We made pictures, pouches, pods, bags with handles and plenty of flowers. There is definitely a subconscious colour choice that happens, some people’s work uncannily reflects the colours they are wearing.
I’m always amazed at how relaxing people find it, especially parents who may not always find time to play. I suppose I make felt so much I don’t always notice its capacity to de-stress. For us it was inspiring, rewarding and wonderful to be a part of an enchanting environment held beautifully by Rogue Theatre.
Everyone needs a man-cave in a hedge for hot water…