Painting with Fibres: Felt Workshop at the MVTM

Join award-winning artist and teacher Maggie Glossop at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum on Sunday February 23 as she shares the techniques that she uses to create her amazing felt artworks, some of which are currently featured in the museum’s gallery.

Workshop participants will learn how to produce a landscape, still life or abstract picture using fibres rather than paint, paper or canvas.

They will begin by laying out a base of fine wool and will then create an image using commercial and hand-dyed wools, silks and other natural fibres. They will then employ the ancient techniques of wet felt-making to process the fibres into a piece of felted fabric. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a finished “painting,” which they may choose to embellish with embroidery or other stitching techniques.

No experience in either felt-making or painting/drawing is necessary. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum’s multipurpose room, and participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and a towel or two. The cost is $60 to register plus $10 for materials on the day of the workshop. To register please call the museum at 613 256-3754 ext. 6 or by email at or drop by the museum at 3 Rosamond St. E. in Almonte. The deadline for registration is February 14.

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