Annemie Koenen

Provides ongoing courses and workshops in the field of felting, embroidery, spinning, dyeing and related matters.

Teaching is done professionally.
Broad and deep knowledge is transferred well.
Education is aimed at making quality-felt.
If necessary support in the creative process.
From craft to your own creativity in your work.
Support in converting from idea - through choice of techniques - to product.

There's a pleasant atmosphere and much mutual inspiration partly because everyone makes their own work at their own level.

23. Felting from raw fleece

This work is made by Wendie Linders.

Workshop length: 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

We work with raw fleece in combination with a well felting wool like the Tirol mountain sheep.
The raw fleece doesn't necessarily have to be a well felting wool. The mountain sheep wool will take the raw fleece with it.

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of a Feltcarousel.

A felted fleece is in use as well as for the eye equal to a skincoat.
And we can go even further then felting a fleece as a rug or a seat cushion.

22. Felting and embroidering mandalas on felt

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

In my Bhutan dream are 100 working hours, in other words 100 hours of pleasure and harmony and listening to what the angels whisper in your ear.

Instead of slippers something else can be made, like a wall hanging, bag, etc.

In total, both slippers have 36 mandalas, all 36 embroidered differently.
The slippers are a size 27, but of course everyone is free to choose a different size.

First we learn how to make a mold for the slippers.
We felt the slippers and work the reliefs in the felt.
We sew a leather sole under our shoes with a "boerenhemdensteek".
And then we embroider. We work with different embroidery threads and beads.
We vary with old stitches and learn new ones.
The last course day we will have a virtual exhibition.

This workshop can be taken both here and online.

This workshop can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

1. Surface structures 3-d

Workshop length: 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

In 2 days you can work small items, bracelet, brooch, trials or a simple collar or headband.

In 3 days you can make a more laborious collar or headband.

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of a Feltcarousel.

In 4 or 5 days we can really go deep.

First we make pre-felt, we work this and then we finish felting the project.

2. 3-d Structures in combination with resist felt

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

We combine 3-d structures with resistfelt. This can be become a bag, hat, vase, etc.

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

In 4 or 5 days we can really go deep.

First we make pre-felt and work this.
We build the resistfelt.
We merge both and then finish felting the project.

3. Surfacestructures, nuno, layers, relief

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

Nuno, 3-d structures, relief, layers in various ways.
We can combine the different techniques.
You have all the freedom in choice to make a hat, bag, wall decoration, etc.

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

In 4 or 5 days we can really go deep.

21. Felt and leather

Workshop length: 3 days Workshop length: 3 or 4 days Workshop length: 4 days
Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days


There are approximately € 50.00 extra costs for leather braiding belts, leather and leather tools.

Felt bags with leather applications

Simple, unique, artistic pieces that are made from wool and possibly self-dyed fine leather. The bags are felted and decorated and stabilized with self-designed leather applications. Cords and knots are braided from leather with a traditional Hungarian technology.
I learned the techniques from Mari Nagy from Hungary, a felt pioneer of the first hour.
Everyone can make her own design.

In 4 days this workshop can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

In 4 or 5 days we can really go deep.

4. Wallhanging with surfacestructures and free embroidery

Work by students.

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

A wall decoration is ideal for learning and practicing many different techniques.
Almost anything is possible.
You start from your own idea and together we look at how we will develop that idea and which techniques we use.
Of course it is also possible to work on this by free embroidery.

In 4 days this workhop can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

20. Many pockets bag

Workshop length: 3 or 4 days.

We start by looking at what we want to use this bag for and how many compartments we need for that.
We calculate the size of the mold and bags.
It is possible to felt loops, cords and flaps.
For a bag like mine in the pictures you need 3 days.

If you want to work out your own design under supervision, you need 4 days.
Then this course can be part of the Feltcarousel.

5. Bracelet or pouch with nuno and and free embroidery

Workshop length: 1 day

We felt in the morning and start embroidering in the afternoon.
Embroidery requires a lot of 'wonderful' time.
You can finish the work at home or continue working here in a further course day.

6. Bracket purse with nuno and free embroidery

Workshop length: 1 or 2 days

We make the purse in resistfelt using nuno techniques.
We learn how to sew the bracket in the purse.
And then we listen to the angels and we can embroider freely.

Depending on the size of your work, your experience and the pace of work, you can start embroidering at the end of the first day.

7. Amulet with wet sculptural felt and embroidery

Workshop length: 1 day

We felt wet. Modeling felt.
When you look at the basic shapes of felt:
1. cord
2. ball
3. flat surface
4. resistfelt
Find your modeling felt in the ball shape.

In the morning we felt.
In the afternoon we learn double finger crochet, a technique from Asia and we can start embroidering.

8. Sculptural felt - wetfelting

Workshop length: 1, 2, 3 or 4 days

Modeling felt is like modeling with clay. People who have experience with this, find this easy.
I am not very good at modeling with clay, but this is much easier with wool and lukewarm soapy water.

We start with a sheep with which you learn the basics.
After that almost anything is possible.

In 4 days this course can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

9. Hats made from handmade felt with modists-precision

Workshop length: 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

I have been making hats from handmade felt for a long time, but in order to learn the details of the trade, I attended a hat-making course at Kitty Sanders for 2 years.
Wether a hat against the cold or an elegant hat for a party, much is possible.
We work with different materials and techniques. Also free embroidery on felt.
What you make, depends partly on the number of days you participate, your experience and work pace.

In 4 days this course can be one part of the Feltcarousel.

10. Hat

Workshop length: 1 day

We can make this hat in 1 day.
A lovely hat for when it is cold, in the colors matching our jacket.

13. Basic techniques for the advanced (and beginners)

We delve into where felt originates from. How did it come about that it spread all over the world like a snowball? Who were the people of the very beginning?

When interested we can watch a movie about the cradle of felt, which is composed of images from my travels to Kyrgyzstan.

Concerning techniques, we look at why we do things the way we do them. How do I prevent my work becoming a sausage? Why is it all right to turn my work? Why don't we work with hot water in the beginning? Why and when can we deviate from the rules?
How do we make quality felt? What more options are there?
Again and again I meet people who have been felting for a long time, who are unaware of certain techniques of ways of felting.

In consultation there is much freedom in the objects to be made.

Real beginners start with basic forms of felt: ball, cord, flat surface, seemles felt.

14. Turkmenish technique

Workshop length: 3, 4, or 5 days

In this technique carpets are felted in Turkmenistan.
We apply the technique in everything we want to make.
That can be a carpet, but also a bag, book cover, bracelet or whatever.
In Turkmenistan there is at least one point or open circle in every work.
That is the place where your soul can go in and out at night.

We can work both traditional and contemporary.

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

15. Shirdak

Work from students.

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

Shirdaks are the Sunday carpets from Kyrgyzstan. In the bozuis (yurts) they lie on the ala-kisj carpets.
They are made in twins or triplets.
When a girl marries, a twin shirdak is made. One remains in the family and the other goes with the girl to the new family.

Finished felt is cut, reassembled in the opposite color and sewn together using handmade cords.

Of course we are free to work with traditional or modern motifs.

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

16. Embroidered felt bags

Workshop length: 3, 4 or 5 days

These bags are originally from Afghanistan, but I have also seen them in other Asian countries.
There are different opinions about what was done with it, but it is most likely that they were used as storage space in the bozuis (yurts).

I learned the techniques from István Vidák, felt pioneer from Hungary, during a wonderful summer vacation in Tisa-shash.

Apart from felt making, there are many different techniques in this bag.
Designing your motifs.
Transfer the motifs to the felt.
Embroider the motifs with the Tsjirasj stitch, which means close together. This is again bordered with a chain stitch.
Kabul weaving,
Double finger crochet.

And here too we can work in a traditional or contemporary way.

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

17. Asian techniques

Workshop length: 5 days

This is a combination of the workshops:
14. Turkmenish technique
15. Shirdak
16. Embroidered felt bags

18. Basic wool processing - spinning, natural dyeing, felting

Workshop length: 2, 3, 4 or 5 days

Back to the beginning. We wash the wool, dye with plants that we collect in nature, card, felt, spin.
This is what I mainly did here at the beginning.

Back to the origin, Mother Earth and all her beautiful gifts!

This course can be one theme of the Feltcarousel.

19. Rainbow dyeing

Workshop length: 2 or 3 days

This course is best combined with felting and / or embroidery, because the dye baths have to cool down.

We work with acid dyes. With these you can dye animal fibers such as wool and silk.
We dye with different colours at the same time, so that nuances appear in the material in different colours.
Rainbow dyeing.

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