Phyllis Hoffman's Class 2013


Sulmona,  ITALY   


Ancient Art of Felting

in Abruzzo

with Phyllis Hoffman

11th Sept to 17th Sept 2013


Phyllis Hoffman 

 Phyllis was born in South Africa and has lived in Australia since 1993. Knitting, sewing and craft have always filled her life and she takes every opportunity to learn new techniques by teaching herself through books and experimenting. Gaining her knowledge through the ‘University of Disaster’ she believes that she has made all the mistakes along the way and that is how she has learned so many techniques. Teaching sewing and pattern making in a studio above her house for nearly 20 years in South Africa she also wrote five sewing related books between 1985 and 1993 when she immigrated to Australia.

With a passion and focus on textiles it was no surprise that when doing a Diploma of Arts at Box Hill Tafe in 2003 she discovered a love for felting.  ‘It is wonderful after all these years of knitting, sewing, embroidery etc. to feel such passion for a technique that pulls together all of my other interests. Felted clothes are wonderful light, warm and durable. Felt is terrific to stitch and embroider and it makes great wall hangings, cushions etc. The list of things that you can make is endless.’

After 8 years of working in an office Phyllis decided to return to her first love, teaching, in 2007. Now she teaches sewing, overlocking, knitting and felting at various Community and Adult Education centres in Australia and overseas.

She has written articles for sewing and textile magazines, and recently self-published her sixth book ‘Felted Vests’. She says  “Of all the books that I have written I am the most excited with this book”. Inspired by seeing beautiful felt turned into clothing that does not flatter I decided that it was time that there was a book written for people who have a ‘woman’ shape so that they too can look great when they wear their exquisite felt that they designed themselves.

Phyllis is a partner at Stonehouse Gallery in Warrandyte Victoria where she exhibits and sells her work.

Book your

 place in



 today and



 Ancient Art of Felting

in Abruzzo

with Phyllis Hoffman

Arrive 11th Sept 2013

Depart17th Sept 2013

Deadline for registration is: 3rd July 2013


 Course Outline:

Learn the ancient art of creating your own design in pure wool felt. Inspired by the beauty and colours of the surrounding area students will learn about the different ways that felt can be made into original home wares, toys and wearables. Included in the series of workshops is a day of dyeing silk and wool inspired by the colours in the surrounding area. We will spend one day combining the dyed wool and silk in the felting process called nuno felting. 

At the end of the series students will have an understanding of making good felt, dyeing wool and silk and creating original wearables or other works of art.

Day 1: Beginners Felting:

Start the day at 9am with a short walk around the area. Clear the mind and look and feel the shapes, colours and textures in the surrounding area. Return to after about 30 minutes.

Using fine Merino wool tops learn, how to work with the wool, how to lay out a design created in your mind. Felt a beautiful scarf or table runner for yourself or as a gift. The scarf will be finished by the end of the day but if desired students can to enhance theirs with hand or machine stitching in their own time.  

Day 2: Building on your Felting Techniques:

Today we will make samples using a variety of felting techniques. These will include:




Using a resist for 3D

Open space

Cut out design


Make and learn to use pre-felts

At the end of the day we will discuss all the techniques and how to use them in felting designs. Samples can be placed in a portfolio for reference later or turned into cushions in the students own time.

Day 3: Dying Silk and Wool:

Start the day with a short walk in the area looking at colours and their relation to other colours in nature. Return after about 30 minutes and discuss colour and mixing colours. We will dye silk and wool using Landscape dyes and a microwave oven.  The silk will be stitched, tied and folded to obtain shibori effects. Colours can be graded and mixed. The idea is to experiment with the dyes and create a few pieces of one of a kind silk fabric designs with matching wool roving.

Day 4: Nuno Felting;

Using the silk and wool dyed on day 3 students will learn how to do nuno felting. Create a beautiful nuno silk scarf/wrap or make samples to form a portfolio of various ideas and inspirations.

Day 5: Bringing it all together:

Create a very special memo/wall-hanging/picture/garment using one of the photographs/postcard of Abruzzo, or be inspired by your surroundings. Use the techniques learned over the previous four days to create texture and depth. 

Ask Phyllis questions about her class here:


 Here are examples of Phyllis's gorgeous felted art.

Register Below For This Class.

To find out what is included in the package, 

please go to Prices, Terms and Conditions 2013.

Choose one of the three discounted payment options:

             1.   Save 30% discount ...when you register and pay in full before Sept 1st 2012 Price....$1575.00.... a huge saving of $675.00

        2     Save 20%  discount... when you register and pay in 2 instalments....1st instalment $800.00 now, and  the balance $1000.00 payable 10 weeks prior to start of the class ( you will be sent a reminder when it is due)  Price...$1800.00.... saving $450.00
           3.  Save 10%   discount..if you register now, but don't pay any money until 5 people register for this class... then pay in 2 instalments, or in full, depending on the time frame.      Price...$1950.00.... saving $255.00

When you register for your place in this class, 
please nominate which payment option you prefer:
  1, 2 or 3.

Payment Options 1 and 2 FINISH .....Sept 1st 2012


Register here for Phyllis Hoffman. Class Code # phho13

Please choose the payment option you prefer

 Just one more reminder. By registering your place in this class, means you have read, understood and agree to abide by the terms and conditions relating to Abruzzo School of Creative Art.

Once you have booked and paid for this class, you will be sent a confirmation email verifying the class you have selected.

Abruzzo School of Creative Art.

The property of: Averil Stuart-Head. CEO


Introdacqua. AQ 67030