Felted Bird On A Hot Tin Pillow

By Ellen Silberlicht

Felt Artist

Class Starts: October 10, 2020

3 Day Class - $47.00









Class Description


Class Format: PDF and video

Private Facebook Page

This joyful bird pillow is wet felted and can be made with commercial silk or hand painted silk. One bird or multiple, your choice. You will learn how to use a resist to create a three-dimensional sculptural bird. You will also create the pillow using the Nuno felting method which combines wool and silk, and you will learn a technique which connects the two together.

Beginner to intermediate.

I will have complete comprehensive step by step pdfs as well as videos for the total beginner, the more advanced will fly through each step they are familiar with.

I am excited to bring this class to you through the Art Connection Summit!

Techniques Taught In This Class

Daily Lesson Plan

Day 1 - Create resist for bird body and layout of wool for the bird

Using resist for creating wings

Felting to pre-felt stage

Day 2 - Layout of silk and wool for the pillow form

Felting to pre-felt stage

Day 3 - Joining the bird to the pillow

Felting, fulling and learning when it is felted enough.

Stuffing and sewing together.

“Life is about the learning and finding your joy!”

Escaping rural America after graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for America Craftsman, Ellen Silberlicht returned to her roots in rural northeastern Pennsylvania after 25 years of many life adventures. Home again, Ellen taught pottery for 15 years at the high school she had attended.

   Her first exposure to felting was a jewelry class in the early 1990’s, but it took 25 years for her to be able to return to that spark. Trained as a potter, working with malleable material speaks her language. A huge difference to her approach to felting is the need to carefully plan ahead; clay can be very spontaneous.

   The natural world has always inspired her focus on the incredible textures and patterns found. The journey really began in 2016 when she retired from teaching and married her raku clay vessels with felted sculptural tops. Ellen’s artwork emerges from a sense of joy, playfulness and humor.

Her appetite to learn and translate those influences continues her creative explorations.




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