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Explorations in Vessel Making with Fiber

September 8 @ 9:00 am - September 9 @ 5:00 pm


Explorations in Vessel Making with Fiber 

Dayna Talbot

Thursday, September 8 – Friday, September 9

9:00am – 5:00pm

Workshop Overview

In this two-day workshop, students will learn two different techniques to create woven sculptural vessels using resists. Students will explore the vessel form through experimentation and invention.

On the first, day, students will explore the technique of creating sculptural wet felted vessels. Through wet felting techniques, students will learn to create a sphere or round form and transform it into a vessel, pod or bowl. Using the ancient process of wet felting, wool can be transformed into many things. Our focus will be creating a 3D form using a flat circle or oval resist. We will create a using wool roving, soap and water, and a resist. This class is suitable for beginners as well as those with previous felt making experience.

On the second day, students will explore the technique of random weaving. It’s not your traditional basket weaving! We will be experimenting with non-traditional techniques to create sculptural forms, using various material from paper rush to plant material. Student swill be encouraged to use whatever material is suitable to create the desired form, ex: bowls, bag of rice, crumpled paper bound with sticky tape. This is a workshop for those who like exploration and invention. This technique is mostly used to explore form and the unique qualities of the materials used. What you envision in the beginning may not be what comes to fruition but it will be a fun, meditative process that can open up new ideas and avenues. Embellishment can include yarns, raffia and colored electrical wire. We will start small and if time permits, students may choose to start another piece. Everyone will leave with a woven sculptural form, the skills to create more work in the future, and the inspiration to explore.

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:

Wet felted Vessels

  • Basic wet felting techniques
  • How to layout fibers
  • Using a resist learn to take a flat surface and turn it into a 3D form
  • Heal a cut edge
  • Surface design/embellisment
  • Resources for wet felting and sculptural fiber

Random Weaving

  • Exploration of fiber to create sculptural forms
  • Mould making for form/vessel making
  • Create a framwork for support of the weaving
  • Surface Design
  • Resources for Random weave and explorations in fiber


Dayna Talbot

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  • 2 old towels
  • Quart container or small bucket
  • A pair of small, sharp scissors
  • Waterproof bag for carrying wet towels home

Material Fee:

  • $20.00 – $40.00 paid at time of workshop


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor reserves the right to require masks depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals are available. Please read your options on our Housing page.

$225.00 / per student

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7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Call Us

(603) 435-7314


September 8 @ 9:00 am
September 9 @ 5:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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