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Ambacht in Beeld Festival 21 & 22 September 2024
NDSM Loods, Amsterdam-Noord

| Felting: make a windlight

Hennie Henstra - Saturday 23 september & Sunday 24 september
3 hours
€ 35
Minimum age:
12 years
Saturday 23 september
Sunday 24 september

An ancient technique with a modern twist: you will make a wind light during this workshop.


A wind light or lamp made of wool gives off a beautiful diffused light that you will continue to enjoy. Not only will you learn the basics of wet felting, but you will also apply the techniques of transparent and three-dimensional felting. You work with loose wool fibres that you place around a mould, then wet with water and soap. Friction creates a solid substance.


You will go home with a wind lamp, including a tea light and holder and a hardener, so you can make another lamp at home if necessary. You don’t need any experience for this workshop. We work with wool from Dutch sheep.


WOL IT Felt atelier is located in Kollum. Hennie Henstra: “About 15 years ago, I came into contact with wet felting. It has been my passion ever since. After following a course at the Dutch Felt Academy, I started a business where I enjoy giving workshops. Passing on knowledge and gaining new knowledge is fantastic. The possibilities of felting are endless. The many types of wool, with their different properties and structures, still challenge me. Which wool is suitable for which product? Felting is about meeting yourself. You have to work calmly, especially in the initial process. And that in a time when everything goes fast. Making choices: colour, shape, add something else? Felting is making your world smaller for a moment and being busy creating.”


This workshop is organised in collaboration with the Pleed Foundation.


“Wool is a beautiful natural material that has kept us warm for centuries. Yet most wool from the 800,000 Dutch sheep is discarded as waste or ends up in the incinerator. At the same time, we massively buy cheap clothes made of polluting synthetic fibres from low-wage countries. Community initiative Pleed explores how wool can be made of value again.”


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