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Felting Courses with Ewa Kuniczak

Our popular felting courses are run by the hugely enthusiastic and creative tutor Ewa Kuniczak (co-founder of the International Feltmakers Association). With over 40 years of experience in creative texiles and practising as an artist and teacher, Ewa (pronounced ‘Eva’) thrives on using her skills to help others achieve their potential. Ewa excels at instilling confidence in her students, so that they are able to develop their ideas and master the technical skills involved in felting.

Ewa’s over-arching experience in the principles of Art and Design and flexible approach ensure that her courses include a wide range of textile disciplines. You’ll come away from one of her felting breaks with beautiful creative pieces and the skills to continue felting at home.

Many of her students have heard of Ewa from other felters, or are returning to enjoy further courses. Read student Lorraine’s blog post about her Nuno Felting course with Ewa. 

Bloggers The Budget Savvy Travelers popped in on our Felting course in October 2019 – read their blog here >>

Dates and prices 2020

Painting with Wool: Sunday 8th – Friday 13th March – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Nature in Wool: Sunday 5th – Friday 10th April – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Rainbow Nuno Scarves: Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Inspired to Felt: Sunday 28th June – Friday 3rd July – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Mixed Media Felting: Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd October – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Felt Like Christmas: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
With Christmas in Mind, Felt Inspired: Sunday 29th November – Friday 4th December – £695 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Dates and prices 2021

Wrapped in Felt (Scarves and Neck Wear): Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th January – £399 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Art to Wear (Garments): Sunday 24th – Friday 29th January – £725 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sculptural Felting: Sunday 14th – Friday 19th March – £725 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Painting with Wool for Personal Projects: Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd April – £725 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Joomchi Felt and Other Lace Felts: Sunday 27th June – Friday 2nd July – £725 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Cosy Felts for Winter: Sunday 24th – Friday 29th October – £725 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Jewel Felt Accessories): Friday 26th – Sunday 28th November – £399 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
With Christmas in Mind, Felt Inspired: Sunday 5th – Friday 10th December – £725 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

Prices updated December 2019.

How to book

Payment, Terms & Conditions

A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?
Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00 for 5 night breaks, or at 16:00 for 2-night breaks).

Our courses offer specific workshops on certain dates; please read below for detailed information:

Painting with Wool
Sunday 8th – Friday 13th March 2020
Discover ways of creating compositions using magical painterly wet or dry felting techniques, or a combination of both.

Nature in Wool
Sunday 5
th – Friday 10th April 2020 
Discover the magic of felting natural materials into beautifully delicate felts, suitable for winodw blinds, lamp shades and panels.

Rainbow Nuno Scarves
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th May 2020 

Explore the delights of dyeing wool and silk in unique colours, and then using them to create beautifully fine original scarves and shawls. 

Inspired to Felt
Sunday 28th June – Friday 3rd July 2020

A unique opportunity to explore ideas based on Gartmore’s architecture and its natural surroundings, translating them through a variety of felting techniques into projects of your choice.

Mixed Media Felting
Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd October 2020 

An exciting opportunity to investigate a wide range of possibilities of transforming fabric and felts into sculptural forms and new compositions.

Felt Like Christmas
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November 2020 
Make your own unique felt Christmas decorations using wet and dry felting techniques that are sure to make each one a delight to give and to own.

With Christmas in Mind, Felt Inspired
Sunday 29th November – Friday 4th December 2020 
Sunday 5th November – Friday 10th December 2021

Treat yourself, family and friends to unique personalized fine quality felt gifts to treasure, using a variety of felting techniques. From flat to sculptural, large or small magical projects – there is no limit to the possibilities within our time span. Plenty of fun guaranteed and plenty of stunning results! Come and join us!

Wrapped in Felt (Scarves and Neck Wear)
Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th January 2021* 

Create unique scarves and highly original neck pieces as fashion accessories. *If combined with the week that follows, you would be able to undertake a larger project to wear. 

Art to Wear (Garments)
Sunday 24th – Friday 29th January 2021*

Create a stunning garment to wear using wet-felting techniques with fine quality Merino wool and hand-dyed silk fabric – a tunic,  sleeveless gillet, or a jacket. With the scraps you can create a magical purse, bag or cover for an iPad or Kindle. You will be surprised at what is possible.

*If combined with the week that precedes this course, you would be able to take a larger project to wear. 

Sculptural Felting
Sunday 14th – Friday 19th March 2021

Explore and discover 3-D sculptural techniques with wet-felting methods that can be applied to a wide range of projects. 

Painting with Wool for Personal Projects
Sunday 18th – Friday 23rd April 2021 

Discover the delights of an intuitive approach through Art explorations for a felting project of your choice. 

Joomchi Felt and Other Lace Felts
Sunday 27th June – Friday 2nd July 2021

Based on the ancient Korean paper art of ‘Joomchi’, techniques have been developed into an innovative method for creating fine lace-like felts. In addition, over the years your tutor Ewa has developed a number of different ways for creating unique lace felts that she will share with you, for a variety of projects to wear or for use in the home.   

Cosy Felts for Winter
Sunday 24th – Friday 29th October 2021

Create magical seamless felt hats, slippers, boots and mittens to keep you warm in the cold winter months ahead.   

Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Jewel Felt Accessories)
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th November 2021

Explore and master a wide range of felting techniques so that you can make unique adornments for yourself, family and friends – a great way to make something special with a personal touch as a gift, or just for yourself!   

Sunday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

Weekend Course
Friday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge 
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor 
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Saturday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Sunday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your own way home

 

All materials and equipment for your course will be provided by your tutor.

Tutor Ewa Kuniczak

Your felting tutor is the vibrant Ewa Kuniczak, Co-founder of the International Feltmakers Association.

Polish-born Ewa now lives and works in Scotland. She is an author, as well as a freelance lecturer and tutor in Art & Design and Creative Textiles (specialising in felting techniques). Ewa continues to produce her own work for exhibitions and high-profile fairs. She has travelled widely, studying costume, textile and felting methods, and continues to participate in international conferences, exhibitions and leading community projects. Ewa exhibits widely through the UK, USA and Europe on a regular basis, and is recipient of several awards, including Best in Show at the Royal Highland Show, and Innovation & Design. Find out more about Ewa on her website http://www.ewakuniczak.co.uk/about-me.html

 

‘I cannot express how much my husband and I enjoyed being at Gartmore, your staff could not have made us feel more welcome and I loved being taught by Ewa who is a remarkable tutor. Ewa has a wealth of experience and is most generous with her skills/knowledge. The red piece of Nuno felt I made was transformed into a shawl/cowl and the large grey/white/black and red piece I turned into a reversible top/tunic. I will certainly be coming back to Gartmore either in May or September next year to attend another 5 day workshop’. Read student Lorraine’s blog post about her Nuno Felting course with Ewa. 
Lorraine & Steve, Felting Course, August 2018

‘I’ve really enjoyed my stay. Thank you very much’.
Linday, Felting Course, April 2019

‘Had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the staff’.
Gillian, Felting Course, April 2019

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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