Using raw wool fibres called fleece wool tops, to make engaging, colourful, sensory and tactile designs. These can be images for a theme based around favourite places with a focus to thinking about stimulating memory and the senses with a visit to – garden/ beach/ funfair / vineyard/ farm / holiday/ zoo etc
This doesn’t have to be literal; you could purely focus on colours which would make for a beautiful collage of patterned abstract designs. Look at artists such as Renoir & Monet Water Lilies, Van Goch Starry Night, paintings. Choose to work with only two or three colours. Consider the process and handling of the materials, thick and thin or soft and fuzziness of the materials involved with the felt-making process.
Props- photographs / pictures/ stories / music / fragrance- scented items
to think about these places with the help of –
Props – hats/ feathers/ balloons/ grapes / candy floss / flowers / tools / clothes/ coat of arms/ medals
Or focus on colour, create rainbows,
Using wool as a material often opens conversations around knitting garments/ dress making/ army uniform/ sheep farmers
Using a backdrop of coloured fabric these individual items can be attached to make up a collective art piece, such as a Magical Sensory Garden/ Night Garden / Fantasy Bird Zoo /. Decorate and embellish further with seed heads, rose hips, acorns, honesty, love in the mist, elder cones, mossy twigs.
Items can either be displayed inside or outside, obviously items will weather eventually, sometimes birds may take for making their nests. Some could be attached to a colourful umbrella and hung from upside down.
-make conversation pieces – a flowers for a vase, beehive, bat box, toolbox, tea cup and spoon
Family can also join in with this activity making the designs engaging and more special.
Ways to adapt for less able residents:
Encourage residents to play, explore and handle fibres, select colours, make shapes, twist, knot, plait, or roll.
If residents are happy, add a little spray of soapy warm water on their hands, the fibres can bond just by gentle contact, pressing or rolling in fingers making free form shapes or patterns.
Ways to adapt from group to individual and vice versa:
Ask others to guess what they can see, abstract designs or folds of colourful fleece are perfect for this, as we all see things differently.