Fantastic Nuno Felt Hats

with Dawn Edwards

So many hats and only one head!

Come and learn the basics or expand your knowledge of 3D felting to create beautiful nuno felt hats under the guidance of well known US felter Dawn Edwards. Working with 100% merino roving and beautiful silk fabrics (some beaded for a stunning effect), you'll love the artistic possibilities found through the medium of felt, functionality is an added bonus! We will create our hats over a template using wet-felting techniques, integrated flowers for adornment (no sewing) will also be taught. Whilst some previous feltmaking experience is helpful all levels are welcome to this workshop including beginners, Nicola Brown will be on hand to help and act as Dawn's assistant.

Artist Bio: Dawn Edwards is a fiber artist specializing in fun, out-of-the ordinary felt hats. She lives and works from her home studio in Plainwell, MI, and sells her work under the name of Felt So Right through specialty retail, boutique and gallery shops throughout the United States.

Dawn has studied, and worked with numerous renowned felt artists and treasured friends from around the world. Her felt works have appeared in exhibitions, art shows, magazines and books. Dawn is a member of the Surface Design Association, Handweavers Guild of America, and is a juried member artist of the Signature Artists Cooperative in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Fantastic Nuno Felt Hats

Saturday, April 5th, 10am-4:45pm

Borris, Carlow, Ireland

Borris, Carlow

Workshop fee €120 excluding materials but including light snacks, tea and coffee throughout the day, please email Nicola asap to reserve your place.

What To Bring - see NB below

  • Merino - 19 micron or similar is good
  • Silk fabric - a selection of different weights of plain and patterned silk fabric is good, beaded or sequinned is great!
  • A hat block in your size if you have one…if not we can shape the hats over our heads
  • Several old towels
  • Bubble wrap
  • Laminate floor underlay (for the resists)
  • A bowl or plastic bucket
  • Bar of olive oil soap or mild dish detergent
  • Sprinkler bottle or ballbrauser
  • Pool noodle
  • Sharp scissors
  • Waterproof apron if you’d like, or clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit wet

NB Participants who are travelling and/or do not have all the necessary supplies may purchase merino, silk goody bags (including some beaded and sequinned fabric!), laminate floor underlay (for the resists), bubble wrap and soap from Nicola at the workshop. Please let her know in advance if you need to buy merino, there is no need for advance notice if you wish to buy any of the other supplies.


09.30 Meet Dawn and other workshop participants, tea, coffee

10.00 Workshop starts

13.00 Break for lunch, bring your own or visit one of the excellent pubs, restaurant or coffee shop across the road

14.00 Workshop continues

16.15 Q&A plus photographs

16.45 Workshop ends

17.45 Workshop participants are welcome to join Dawn and Nicola for a meal in a local restaurant to unwind and relax!

Event Organiser - Nicola Brown

Inspired by shapes from the natural world and the beauty of the rural Irish landscape Nicola Brown creates sculptural pieces, wearable art and interior accessories using traditional wet felting methods.