we continue to enjoy the panels shining over our hall"
Steiner Academy Frome
"children and staff had enormous fun rolling the huge piece to make the wall hanging”
Vallis First School
Bessie was award arts council funding to work in Beckington and Mells villages with the local school children and local community groups
Vallis First school Frome
Vallis First school Felt picture January -April 2017
Bessie worked with all 266 children of Vallis first school to create a large picture to go in their school hall. Every child made a creature individually on the picture and they all felted it in the playground on a wet winters day.
First each child worked with Bessie to learn about felt and how to make it . They all made a small felt picture to take home.
The picture was divided in to 10 sections Bessie laided out the wool fibres of each section. She then brought them to each of the ten classes to make creatures for..
The Ten sections of the picture with the creatures the children made before felting
Laying out the fibres to make the backing in the school hall
Bessie spent a entire weekend in the school hall laying out the fibres to create a backing for the ten sections of the picture to come together.