Sculptural Wet Felted Vessels

May 18 – May 19, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Sculptural Wet Felted Vessels Through wet felting techniques, you will learn to create a fibrous form and transform it into a vessel, pod or bowl. Using the ancient process of wet felting, wool can be transformed into clothing and art. We will be using wool roving, soap and water, and a resist (the barrier that keeps fibers from bonding together).

On day one, our focus will be creating a 3D form using a flat circle or oval resist. You will learn how to create a hollow form with wool. I will be showing you step by step how to layout fibers around the resist and how to transform it into a sculptural vessel. I will introduce ideas for investigating various forms/surface design for day two.

Day two will be open to your personal exploration of sculptural fiber vessel-making. There are many ways to implement surface design. Students may work larger, experiment with cutouts and shape, embellishments and surface design techniques. Participants are asked to bring 2 old towels, a container that is at least 2 cups and a pair of small, sharp scissors and a waterproof bag for carrying wet towels home. This class is suitable for beginners as well as those with previous felt making experience.

Skills and Techniques:

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 edges
Surface design/embellishment
Resources for wet felting and sculptural fiber
Exploration of fiber to create sculptural forms
Resource Guide-for products and information

Materials Fee: $30-$45 Paid directly to instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment: None

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date.
A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.