Martien van Zuilen - Feltmaking: Mandala Mats

Marion comments: My first memory of this amazing feltmaker/artisan is a picture of Martien at Mittagong in 1998, with a team of people and a horse, (of course) making a yurt! What a woman! Go Martien. This interpid spirit is infused in her feltmaking and a 3 day feltmaking workshop is offered to you at Beautiful Silks on October 22, 23, 24th (Saturday Sunday Monday) 2011.

More about Martien here

Cost $365.00 plus materials. Bring some or purchase on the day.

Booking code MvZ01

Class Description: Learn to make a hand-felted rug inspired by the traditional art and design of the ‘Mandala’. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a Mandala represents wholeness and balance; its symbolism appears in many cultures and aspects of life. Explore felt-specific techniques for surface design and texture, including colour blending, pattern inlay, shading, and the effects of using simple stitch. Incorporate a variety of fibres, pre-felts, recycled knits & fabrics and novelty yarns. This class playfully guides students through the stages and process of colour use & effect, design, and mark-making in felt to create individual rugs for the home that are functional and truly inspirational.

Rugs are approx 90cm in diameter finished size

Code MvZ01 22nd 23rd 24th October 2011- Saturday Sunday & Monday Taking bookings now, bookings essential, space limited 12 students. You will not need to have felting experience but if you come to this workshop without, be prepared to take Martien out for a stiff drink at the end of the first day! Doors open at 9am for a 9.30 start, go home around 4pm. Doors close at 5, if you need to work on past 4pm.

MATERIALS LIST Students to bring:

Additional Materials Fee: The instructor will supply teaching notes and will bring some class materials for an approximate fee of $5 per person, payable on the first day, in class directly to the tutor.

Beautiful Silks has a large assortment of suitable fibers for sale in a large variety of colours. These include Merino Rovings, prefelts, silks, mixed fibers, and embellishments. Also we can lend pool noodles bubble wrap etc.

Fibres: An array of colourful wool fibres. Both roving and batts will be used. Wool fibres such as Merino and X-breed are very suitable. Allow for approximately 600 grams, and if possible include some dark- colored rovings/wool for the backing of your rug.

An assortment of novelty fibres such as silk, mohair, and pencil-roving.

A selection of coloured threads and yarns, such as woollen yarns, embroidery threads, cotton and silks threads, and novelty yarns.

Several pieces of pre-felt. These pieces can vary in size but ideally include one piece of no less than 75 by 40 cms (you can also make pre-felts in the workshop).

Some knitted and/or open-weave fabrics can be incorporated in Mandala Felts. Suitable are pre-loved woollen jumpers and open weave natural fabrics such as silk or cotton voile, which can be patterned and/or dyed.

Equipment: o Rolling mat; approximate size 1.5 meters wide and 2 meters long. This mat can be a matchstick blind, a non-skid rug mat or bubble wrap/solar pool cover. Please note: so-called plastic ‘reed’ mats are NOT suitable.

Piece of polyester curtain netting (same size as felting surface)

A pool ‘noodle’ or wooden dowel (like a broomstick), the same width as your felting surface o Several old towels for mopping up o Soap suitable for felt making (i.e. olive-oil soap or a gentle dishwashing liquid)

Plastic (food storage) container; size approx. 2 liters

Sharp scissors

General sewing equipment (sewing needles, pins, sewing threads, tape-measure) Notebook or other method of recording information

Coloured pencils, felt-tipped markers or similar (optional)

Any questions regarding the materials list? Contact Martien directly on

link to her website

$365.00 plus all materials, doors open at 9.30 for a 10am start. Finish daily at 4pm.



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