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Felting in a Time of Covid

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Corona, who?! It initially wasn’t a problem isolating. Creatives are always working by themselves. Studio time was used and lots of felt was made. I have a wonderful supportive felting group here in Kelowna as part of the Ponderosa Fibre Arts Guild.

We had anticipated putting on our annual Winter sale in November but even with all the extra distancing measures we had in place it couldn't happen. All items are priced and packed away for a time when we are all able to gather and to show what we had been busy doing during 2020. We had been meeting with physical distancing in place until December.

I taught a “Felt Maker’s Series-an introduction to felt”. It always gives me pleasure to see the look of awe and wonder on people's face when the wool “magically” comes together and something is formed. I guess this why a love the process so much. It is really awe and magic!

Here are a few pointers I can share for new felters after my shut down experience:

  • Don’t accept all wool gifts that someone is willing to give to you, especially if you are interested in garments.

  • Do take classes online or in person, join your local fibre guild and of course FELT:Feutre!

  • Gather with community to help support you in your creative journey

One last tip for those who just don’t have the energy right now to create. Get things ready and just make a small vessel. What better way to combat this virus then to put our hands in warm soapy water


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