Ruth will take you through all the processes of making a needlefelted figure in this 8 lesson course. You'll be shown how to make a wire armature to support the sculpture, how to wrap the armature and how to needlefelt around it to create your own individual mouse. Ruth will discuss how to add curvy hips, chubby cheeks and a rounded bottom as well as ears and eyes and add in areas of colour. She will demonstrate how to get the figure to stay upright without a stand and also talk about ways that you can make other figures using the same principles.
This is such a popular craft just now - mainly we think because the creatures are just so cute they are hard to resist! So, Ruth would love to have your join her on this wonderful learning journey.
Ruth qualified as a Graphic Designer, specialising in illustration, at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1986. She then gained a teaching qualification at Manchester University.
Since then she has spent time as an Art teacher working in high schools, Garth Prison and Runshaw, Skelmersdale and Bootle Tertiary Colleges.
Ruth ran the successful Art studio, 'Wickerfish' at Cedar Farm Galleries, Mawdesley, Lancashire for 12 years where she taught adults to paint and draw as well as displaying her own paintings to sell. She now shares a studio with her partner Stuart Gray at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, Cumbria where they work and sell their paintings and clocks.
Even though Ruth paints in a variety of media, she specialises in 'watercolour'. She has always enjoyed doing commissioned artwork and working towards private exhibitions.
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