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Use an ancient pre-felt technique to create your own pillow pads

Instructor: Flóra Carlile-Kovács

In Kyrgyzstan, when a woman is married, it is a tradition for her mother to felt her a rug. Using their ancient symbols, she incorporates her best wishes and good luck into the rug that stay with her daughter for the rest of her life.  We’ll use these same ancient pre-felt inlay techniques to make pillows holding our own dreams.

Pre-felt is the stage of felt when the fibers are connected but have not yet been fulled and shrunk.  You can still pull fibers out or add more wool into the loose pre-felt stage before the felting process is completed.

During this workshop, you’ll create two complimentary pillow pads using this ancient pre-felt technique, incorporating either the several hundred-year-old symbols of the Mongolian Tribes or by creating your very own.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • about the traditional symbols of the rugs.
  • how to plan a powerful design.
  • how to make your own pre-felt with color transitions.
  • how to turn the soft pre-felt into a strong and durable pillow.
  • several edge finishing techniques.
  • some small tricks of the trade that make the felting process easier.

You’ll be rewarded with two beautiful complimentary pillow pads you complete by the end of the class!

Experience Level:  All experience levels welcome.

What to bring: Students will receive a materials list of commonly available household items after they have registered for the class.

Material Fee: $30

Class Fee: $90

Class Size: Limited to 12

About Your Instructor

The award winner of several wearable art shows, Flóra Carlile-Kovács is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle, WA. In her work, she incorporates two bodies of knowledge—the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, she is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.

Member Discount: Twisted Strait Fibers members will receive a 10% discount off the event price.


Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite at: Felting Your Dreams