About the Course

This course teaches everything you need to create a beautiful wool felt handbag using an innovative Felt Bag on a Ball 3D resist wet felting technique. Join Natasha on this step-by-step video tutorial journey, packed with clear instruction and tips. Suitable for beginners as well as existing feltmakers who want to develop their wet felting skills by learning a new technique.

 

Learn how to:

  • Wet felt with a 3D ball resist to create a seamless hollow felt bag form.
  • Work with wool batt fibre and a variety of surface design embellishment materials.
  • Design your own bag completely, from colours and pattern to the final shape.
  • Create felted-in strap tabs and an internal phone pocket.
  • Give your bag a professional finish with a hand-sewn clasp.
  • Make an alternative bag with a flap closure.

 

The course includes:

  • Online self-paced learning.
  • Clear instructional videos showing every step of the process.
  • Downloadable and printable PDFs on equipment/materials/suppliers plus a quick course reference guide with key measurements.
  • Tips and advice to avoid common mistakes and make your feltmaking a success.
  • Creative community and support via a private Facebook group.
  • Unlimited access to the course.

 

This course is for you if:

  • You’re a feltmaker who has always wanted to learn how to work with a 3D ball resist.
  • You’d like to expand your existing wet felting skills to work with different wool fibres and embellishment materials.
  • You’re new to wet felting but you’d love to learn by making a really great end product.
  • You’d like to design and create your own shaped wool felt handbag.
Watch Intro Video

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FAQs

  • How much does the course cost?

    The course costs £75, which is a one-time payment for instant, unlimited access. You can make payment either by credit card or PayPal.

  • Where can I buy a felting ball?

    If you're based in the US, you can purchase a ball directly from US supplier Living Felt (www.livingfelt.com). If you're in the UK or Europe, you can purchase a ball from my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/NatashaSmartTextiles). For all other locations, please choose whichever is likely to be easiest/quickest delivery for you (I deliver the balls worldwide apart from to the US).

  • Can I use any wool fibre to make the bag?

    Yes and No. You can use any breed of sheep wool fibre but it is essential for the felting on a ball process to work that you use your main wool fibre in batt form (rather than tops or roving). However, you can use a small amount of wool fibres in any form (including tops or roving) as part of the surface design embellishment for your bag.

  • Do I need any other specialist equipment?

    Not specialist but repurposed! You'll need tights/pantyhose and a couple of plastic washing-up bowls or similar.

  • How long is the course?

    The course is divided into 22 separate videos, each ranging in length from 5 to 25 minutes. Total video instruction time is just over 5.5 hours. You can watch at your own pace and repeat or revisit videos as much as you like.

  • How long will it take to make a bag?

    It varies, but you will need at least 7 hours or one day to wet felt your bag. However you can split this into stages, so you can make your bag over several days if you prefer.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1 Introduction

    • Welcome and Introduction to the Course

    • Felt Bag on a Ball Handout 1 - Equipment, Materials and Stockists

    • Felt Bag on a Ball Handout 2 - Course Reference Guide and Measurements

  • 2

    Lesson 2 Getting Started

    • 1 Preparing the Felting Ball

    • 2 Assembling and Preparing Your Equipment

    • 3 Choosing and Preparing Your Materials

  • 3

    Lesson 3 Creating Your Bag Design

    • Layout 1 Adding Your Design

    • Layout 2 Adding Wool Fibre

    • Layout 3 Adding Side Tabs

    • Layout 4 Adding a Pocket

    • Preparing to Felt

  • 4

    Lesson 4 Felting Your Bag

    • Felting 1 Rubbing and Pushing the Ball

    • Felting 2 Bouncing the Ball

    • Felting 3 Removing the Ball

    • Fulling 1 Throwing and Shaping

    • Fulling 2 Rinsing and Final Shaping

  • 5

    Lesson 5 Finishing Your Bag

    • The Finished Bag

    • Adding a Clasp

    • Adding a Strap

  • 6

    Lesson 6 Alternate Bag Version

    • Alternate Bag 1 Nuno Design Layout

    • Alternate Bag 2 Art Batt Design Layout

    • Alternate Bag 3 Fulling and Shaping

    • Alternate Bag 4 The Finished Bag

  • 7

    Lesson 7 Final Thoughts

    • Final Thoughts and Next Steps

  • 8

    Lesson 8 Bonus Flap Closure Bag

    • Flap Bag 1 Design Layout

    • Flap Bag 2 Flap and Fibre Layout

    • Flap Bag 3 Felting and Fulling

    • Flap Bag 4 Finishing the Bag

Meet Your Teacher

Natasha Smart

Hello, I’m Natasha Smart, I’m a wet felting artist and teacher based on the UK south coast in Devon. I’ve been wet felting for over 15 years and running in-person felting workshops for the last 12. My passion is for creating structural and practical wool felted products, like bags, bowls and lampshades, embellished with my signature seascape-inspired textural patterns. I've developed much of my work using an innovative 3D ball resist felting method, which I regularly teach on my workshops. I love creating new wet felted designs and sharing my felting skills and knowledge with others to help them create beautiful felt items too. I also enjoy developing my own wet felting skills and have been a member of the International Feltmakers Association since 2008.