News from The Magic Wool Felt Making and Wool Painting Art and Craft Studio in Worcestershire.

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The students produced some lovely work at “Create your own wool painting” course.

Kate has created a spring landscape with a lamb while Leila and her mother love winter scenes and made these lovely winter landscapes. Well done ladies! Great results!  You have learnt so much!

 

Exciting workshops are coming up soon. 

Nuno-Felted Clutch purse  Saturday 19th June 11am-6pm

Felted flowers workshop  Sunday 25th June 11am-3pm

 

We now sell wool packs and  felt making kits. We also sell Flower brooch making kits which include detailed step by step instructions with photos , wool, beads and brooch pins.

Felt Flower Brooch kit and Felting kit

Felt Flower Brooch kit and Felting kit

 

There are some places left at “Felted Poppies and Daffodils” workshop on 30th April      Everyone is welcome. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

Felted Poppies and Daffodils workshop

Felted Poppies and Daffodils workshop

Special offer. Ending Saturday 18th March. Book one, get the other half price.
Book a wool wool painting course for half price yourself if you bring a friend along.

“Landscape with cornfields” wool painting workshop. Sunday 19th March 11am-5pm. £70 including materials

" Landscape with corn fields" wool painting

” Landscape with corn fields” wool painting

“My Creative Journey” talk at Sutton Coldfield Creative Stitchers Group 2nd February 2017.

The talk at Sutton Coldfield was received really well. I am so pleased that the lovely ladies from the group enjoyed it. I got so many positive comments about my talk and work.
Thank you so much for your lovely words, warm reception and support. I am so touched!
This is what Marian wrote about my talk: “Raya delivered an articulate, passionate and enthusiastic presentation which greatly impressed her audience.
It was a pleasure to learn of her journey from childhood, the inspiration from her mother and her graduation from St Petersburg University in Fine Arts and Watercolour, eventually discovering wool and adapting her knowledge to experiment and discover its possibilities.
The exhibition of her work was varied, colourful and her garments and headgear were unique in style and fashion worthy of inclusion in Vogue fashion magazine.
The ladies were inspired and greatly look forward to her workshop to discover the wonders of wool for themselves.”

Your words give me the inspiration to continue doing what I love doing.

Thank you!

Textile Artist Raya Brown is delivering her talk to Sutton Coldfieled Creative Stitchers

Fantastic creative Wool painting class with John and Jenny last Sunday.

I really enjoyed teaching these talented people. It was a workshop of sharing ideas and exploring fibers in the most creative way. Great outcomes! This is what John commented  about the workshop: “A thoroughly absorbing workshop. I had never worked with wool before and I had not appreciated what a flexible medium it is. Using fibres in a creative landscape and blending the colours was both both exciting and refreshing with an amazing and colourful outcome. Raya’s patience and skill in demonstrating and teaching was much appreciated.”   Thank you, John.

These are some photos from that wool painting class.

   

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Wool Painting Workshop in Wolverhampton with Wombourne Quilters.

I am looking forward to going to Wolverhampton on 28th January to teach a wool painting workshop. I had a great time with these creative ladies in November and can’t wait to see them again.

 

” Felted Christmas Table Runner ” workshop

We had a very successful felt making workshop on Saturday 3rd December. The ladies worked extremely hard and made such beautiful table runners. They experimented with various wool fibres and threads and included crochet in their work. These are some photos of the workshop.

Two Christines with their daughters very happy with their finished felted mats

Two Christines with their daughters very happy with their finished felted mats

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Felted Christmas Table Mats made by the students from Magic Wool Studio

 

“My Creative Journey” talk and demonstration at Wombourne   2nd November

What a fantastic evening at Wombourne! I gave a talk and did a wool painting demonstration for Wombourne Quilters this week! The ladies learnt a lot about felt making techniques and had a chance to see various samples of felt. They also looked at a small exhibition of my wool paintings and felt clothes and accessories. I received a warm welcome and it was a great pleasure to meet such enthusiastic and creative people. Thank you so much ladies! I hope to see you in January.

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Textile Artist and Felt maker Raya Brown is doing wool painting demonstration for Wombourne Quilters

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“Autumn Landscape” wool painting class Saturday 10th September at Magic Wool Studio

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Felted Flowers workshop at Bromsgrove Library Saturday 14th May 

The students really enjoyed the flower making workshop at the library. They learnt wet felting technique and explored qualities of wool fibres. They all commented how relaxed and therapeutic the felt making process was. They made lovely flower brooches.

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Felted Flowers workshop at Bewdley Library Friday 20th  May 10am-2.30pm

Please contact libraries to book a course. Tel No 01905 822 722

” Magic Wool” Talk at Solihull Embroiderers Guild.  Tuesday 5th  April 2016

I had a great time at Solihull on Tuesday 5th of April. I met so many creative ladies from Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild who came to listen to my talk about wool and watch a demonstration on Wool Painting. I received such warm welcome and it was a pleasure sharing my techniques and ideas with lovely enthusiastic ladies. Thank you very much.

 

My talk at Solihull

Solihull Embroiderers are watching Wool Painting demonstration by Textile Artist Raya Brown

Fashion and Embroidery Show,        NEC,  Birmingham    17-20 March 2016

Magic Wool Studio will take part at Fashion and Embroidery Show at NEC  Birmingham this year. We will exhibit our range of products and advertise felt making and wool painting workshops. We will display at Stand No ZN15.

Look forward to seeing you at the show.

“Poppy Fields” wool painting workshop was a great success.

Sarah, Janet, Mo, Jenny , Anne an Irene are absolute beginners in wool painting. They came to the wool painting class last Sunday and learnt lots of techniques and new ways of using fibres . At the end of the class each of them produced a fantastic fibre picture which was ready to go on display .  Mo commented on the workshop ” Really enjoyed the day learning a new craft. Lovely group in a very supportive, creative and comfortable environment. Brilliant day. Thank you”.

 

Anne Breese, Irene Walker, Mo ,Jen , Janet and Sarah with their finished work

 
 

10 week course at the Carpet Museum in Kidderminster was a great success!

The ladies were so inspirational and creative!  They have learnt a lot and made some fantastic felted items. We are hoping to continue running felt making courses at the museum. Thanks very much to all the museum staff for their support.

See the photos below

 

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Gill and Joan making felted table mats

table mats, bracelets and mobile phone cases made by the students

Wonderful felted creations made by the students with Textile artist Raya Brown

Half term Felt Fun activity for children at Kidderminster Carpet Museum.

Making a Big Felt Banner with Textile Artist and Felt maker  Raya Brown

We had good fun working with children and members of staff at Kidderminster Carpet Museum during half term. We were working on a big felted banner which will be displayed in Kidderminster Town center. The banner is based on carpet designs which were used by Woodward Grosvenor carpet factory in 1950s. We used an Indian Elephant motif and created some patterns to decorate this banner. We were also inspired by the lovely autumn colours which we are seeing this season. The banner will be finished soon. ( It is still drying) I would like to say a special “Thank you” to Gill and Sarah who helped us so much !

 

 

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Felt making course at Kidderminster carpet museum with Worcestershire Artist Raya Brown

Thursdays  10.30am-12.30pm         Starting Thursday 24th of September

(10- week  course for  beginners) Great value for money!  £80 for a 10- week course+ materials 

Following the  successful Felt Making Course in the summer we are continuing teaching felt making at Kidderminster carpet museum.

  • Join us to explore the ancient method of felt making with a professional Artist and Felt Maker Raya Brown.
  • Enjoy the unique tactile and therapeutic experience working with natural fibres such as wool, silk, etc.
  • Learn wet felting and needle felting technique.
  • Explore qualities of British wool working with different  fleeces
  • Design and make beautiful felted gifts- Felted Mobile Phone case, Felt bracelet, Nuno felted purse/make-up bag and a Table Runner.

What a fantastic workshop I had with Lingen Stitchers in July!

I would like to say a great “Thank you” to all the ladies from Lingen Stitchers group in Herefordshire.  What a lovely group of friendly and enthusiastic people!  My workshop was  well received; the students were very helpful and keen to learn the new techniques.They nearly missed their lunch! They produced some lovely wool paintings which will be displayed at the Lingen exhibition in August.

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Lingen Stitchers with their fantastic wool paintings .The workshop was taught by Raya Brown Textile Artist from Worcestershire

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Wool Painting workshop and talk at Stratford-upon-Avon Guild of Weavers,Spinners and Dyers. 

I had a fantastic  weekend with the ladies from Stratford-upon-Avon Guild of Weavers,Spinners and Dyers.

On Friday 19th of June I delivered a talk called ”  My creative journey” at the Methodist Church Hall. The following Saturday I taught a wool painting workshop at the same venue!

What a great location, right opposite the famous Holy Trinity Church!  My talk and the workshop were very well received and I had such a pleasure working with lovely group of enthusiastic and very helpful people. The members of the guild had a chance to look at some of my original work and ask me specific questions about some techniques and materials that I use.

Here I display some photos of the wool paintings that the ladies created. I am amazed at how different they are. Each picture shows a specific mood and  different effects of shade and light . The pictures also demonstrate  deep personal connection to the subject.

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Ladies from Stratford-upon-Avon are enjoying their wool painting class with Artist and Felt maker Raya Brown

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Severn Sounds Family festival May 2015

 

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Artist and Felt maker from Worcestershire Raya Brown and the children who took part in creating a wall hanging for the New Hope .

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We had a so many enthusiastic and creative children who helped us make a wall hanging for The  New Hope in Worcester.  The theme for our wall hanging was ” All things bright and beautiful”. The children designed a picture themselves, then they helped us to recreate it using wool and other fibres. They had so much fun while making it felt- rubbing and rolling it, wetting and adding soap to it. At the end they made a big roll and were shrinking it by rolling with their feet and arms.

They really enjoyed the day and all together with joint efforts we managed to raise  £1869.15 for different charities.

Well done everybody!”

Raya Brown

 

 

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Handfelted poppies and daffodils

Felt making course at Kidderminster carpet museum with Worcestershire Artist Raya Brown

Thursdays  10.30am-12.30pm         Starting Thursday 4th of June

(5- week  course for absolute beginners) Great value for money!  £40 for a 5 week course

  • Join us to explore the ancient method of felt making with a professional Artist and Felt Maker Raya Brown.
  • Enjoy the unique tactile and therapeutic experience working with natural fibres such as wool, silk, etc.
  • Learn wet felting technique.
  • Design and make beautiful felted gifts- a wall hanging ,  a felted flower and a felt necklace.

 

” Fields with red poppies ” wool painting workshop  at Birmingham School of Sewing.   Book before 30th of April and get 10% off.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 7th of May 11am -5pm

Wool painting workshop at Lingen Village Hall Herefordshire

Monday 20th July 10am -4pm

Stratford-upon-Avon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Friday 19th June talk ” Raya Brown Artist and Felt maker.  My creative journey”

Saturday 20th June “Fields with Red Poppies”  wool painting workshop.
Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show 2015 at NEC

Magic Wool Studio is taking part in Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show at NEC 19-22 March. We will exhibit our new products and give some wool painting demonstrations. I hope to see many of you at the show. 

Raya Brown

Sunday Wool painting club welcomed children last  Sunday. The girls really enjoyed learning wool painting techniques and created lovely fibre pictures. Well done, girls!

 

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Sonya and Nastya at Wool Painting club

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Nastya with her “Sunset ” wool painting at Magic Wool Studio

 

 

Christmas Table Runner

Felted Christmas Table Runner

Free Felt making demonstration at WoolWise, Kidderminster    

Saturday December 6th      11am-3pm

I am doing a free demonstration on how to use Merino felting wool, various yarns, threads and fibres in felt making at Woolwise shop in Kidderminster. Come around and find out how to make a table runner using all the above materials. Learn how to enhance your work with lovely textures, crochet and knitting as well get many creative ideas on how to make unique Christmas presents.

Woolwise shop has got a fantastic range of yarns and threads. If you like knitting, crochet, felting  or looking for some creative ideas the Woolwise is just the place you need. It is a treasure chest for art and craft people. I love this shop!

Wool painting club

Wool painting Sunday club has been very popular. The Ladies make some fantastic work and enjoy socializing and exchanging new ideas. They learn many wool painting techniques and secrets.

Julia’s daughter loved her mother’s work and decided to join our wool painting classes. Inga is an absolute beginner. She created a beautiful picture of a fluffy cat with felting wool and other fibres at our studio last Sunday.

 

 

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“Magic Wool”Talk  and felt making demonstration at Clows Top Victory Hall on Monday 6th October  

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Demonstration of felt making

The ladies really enjoyed the Talk and demonstration on Wet Felting  at Clows Top Victory hall in Worcestershire which took place on 6th of October. These are some photos of the event.

 

 

 

 

Felt making for absolute beginners      6-week course

Wednesdays 10am-2pm   Starting Wednesday 24th September 

£ 150 (materials included)

Everyone is welcome!  No experience in Textiles or Art is necessary! In this course you will learn history of felt making as well as needle felting and traditional felting techniques and processes. You will find out how to felt, what materials and tools to use for making felt and will experiment with various textures, fibres and colours and design your own felt items. During these classes you will make a flower brooch, a bracelet/bangle, earrings, a necklace and a Mobile phone case. Come along and join us for these fun workshops. Relax and enjoy being creative. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided all through the day.

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Useful websites:

www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk     Good selection of Merino wool, fibres and Prefelt

http://www.feltmakers.com     International  Feltmakers  Association

 www.woolwise.co.uk    Amazing choice of yarns and decorative threads

 

Poppy fields near Bewdley 33x43 cmSunday wool painting club

Every Sunday  11am-3pm             £6 an hour + materials                              (Absolute beginners are welcome)

Every Sunday our studio is open between 11am and 3pm for anyone to drop in at our Wool painting Club. Please, call us first to check the availability as these sessions fill up fast.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to spend a few hours on a Sunday socializing with like-minded creative people and learning a new skill. This is a great chance to unwind with a cup tea/coffee and a cake and enjoy making a wool painting.

If you would like to create a wool painting for yourself or for a special friend and do not know where to start come along and our experienced teacher will help you to get started and will be there when you get stuck.

Do not worry if you are not an artist and you have never made a wool painting before. You will be guided through the processes of creating a picture and shown many wool painting techniques. Bring a picture or a photo which you would like to recreate using wool fibres or simply use one of our pictures to work from.

 

“Magic Wool” talk and Felt Jewellery workshop  at East Yorkshire Embroidery Society 8th and 9th of February 2014 in Cottingham.

I have just given a talk and run a workshop for E.Y.E.S. (East Yorkshire Embroidery Society). What an amazing group of people!! I have never met so many friendly, enthusiastic and inspiring people! There are about 160 members in the E. Y. E.S. who meet regularly to learn new skills, visit exhibitions and listen to lectures by artists and craftsmen. My lecture called “Magic Wool” was very well received and many people made  positive comments about the work that I displayed at the Darby and Joan Hall.

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On Sunday 9th of February I ran Felt Jewellery Workshop for 19 people.The ladies enjoyed it very much and made some beautiful flowers and beads. These are some photos of the workshop which I would like to share with you.  I would like to thank everybody from E.Y.E.S. for making me feel so welcome and all the help and support that I received.

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This is some lovely work that the ladies produced.

Best wishes to all of you.

Raya Brown
Contact Tel. No 07792422385  Web: www.magicwoolbyraya.com

Email raya.magicwoolstudio@gmail.com