Felted Bird On A "Hot Tin" Pillow

By Ellen Silberlicht

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Starts May 26, 2022

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Class Description


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.


Ellen is an incredible teacher. Her instructions are clear. Her willingness to help and be available is done with such joy, kindness and patience. You will find your joy in this workshop.   ~ Valerie McLean, past participant

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan


Supply List video full explanation of felting supplies

Felting 101 - Two part video

Nuno felting

Layout of wool

Using a resist pattern for the bird’s body

Applying the wings

Felting to prefelt stage

Nuno felting the pillow form to prefelt stage

Joining the bird to the pillow

Felting forms together

Proper fulling and knowing when the piece are felted enough.

I'm Ellen

I am a maker! Learning, discovering, testing, and trying. I love to explore the endless possibilities where my imagination takes me! And there are many! I’ve explored many different mediums which allows me to choose just how to best express that idea. Following my passion began as a very young child. Wanting to be a potter without any actual experience I ended up attending The School of American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. From there, nothing could curb my desire to learn more and experience the world around me! After 25 years of travel, growth and other experiences, I returned home…(I always said I never would, nor did I ever want to become a teacher.) I’ve learned from life….”Never say Never!).

I returned to my hometown where I taught Art for 15 years in the very school I had attended as a child. As an art teacher, I was able to open the eyes of those who may have forgotten how to “see”. This illuminated another passion…. sharing my joy. We just don’t have enough in our world and I take my job of sharing mine very seriously!

I believe everyone is creative! I believe to have the proper balance in our lives, creativity is an important component. As humans, we are all makers. Using our hands to create keeps us centered, healthy and happy.

Since you are here, you already know the value creativity brings to your life!

Trained as a potter, working with malleable material speaks my language. A huge difference to my approach to felting is the need to carefully plan ahead; clay can be very spontaneous. The natural world has always inspired my focus, with the incredible textures and patterns found. My appetite to create, share and spread my Joy has taken center stage. Creating something new is always exciting, but to keep it to yourself doesn’t let the light out into the world!

I offer my sense of joy, playfulness and humor as we create together!




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