Friday, 15 August 2014


I am sure by now all the shearing of the sheep is completed, certainly the sheep in the neighbouring fields look a lot cooler these days!

I have updated the workshop and felt in section of the blog and there is a lot of interesting news to be read! We have a full programme up to Christmas and we have already secured our tutor for our residential which is in June next year! Can you imagine a two day felting workshop, on the north coast at Portballintrae, sounds like heaven! This time we are making a hat and Jeanette Sendler is the tutor, she is also a Millner, so that is an added bonus! 

Enjoy the rest of the summer and lets hope it warms up a bit! Looking forward to seeing you all in September!
Fiona Harvey.

Monday, 4 August 2014

The second workshop with Nicola Brown was just as much fun as the first, and we all learnt even more! The topic was either a vessel or a clutch bag, using a resist!
The morning started with good clear instruction and advice on how to set about our piece. There were a variety of ideas, with vessels of various shapes being discussed.
  This is the fibre being laid out for a small clutch bag!
Diane working on her vessel using layers black and white wool!
Dympna and Deirdre working hard!
Dympna's bag.
Diane's Vessel Finished.
Another vessel ready to have the resist removed!
Here it is finished, and looking great!
This photo shows the shrinkage, may be less than you would think!
Very happy Feltmakers North girls after two glorious days of felting! 
It was a terrific experience having Nicola Brown up north to share with us  her knowledge and enthusiasm!

Our next Felt in is in September when we will be making a friendship blanket to help The Simon Community, in Lisburn, we hope you will all come along. If you have never felted before this is an ideal opportunity to learn as the felt in will be taught on two levels, beginners and intermediate for those who have felted before!

Have a lovely summer and we look forward to seeing everyone in September, keep checking the blog as we have some very exciting workshops planned for the rest of 2014!
Thank you to Gail Cooke and Dympna Curran for taking photos for me, during the workshop, it was a big help to me!!
Fiona Harvey

Monday, 28 July 2014

Nuno Felting with Tumble drier!

 Nicola Brown came to Feltmakers North and inspired and taught us some new techniques! Our first workshop with Nicola was making a nuno scarf. At the start of the day we had an introduction to the technique, and we all couldnt wait to get started! Nicola had brought some of her wraps and scarves, which helped us visualise the end product. 
Decisions being made as to what size and shape the final piece would be!
Laying out the fibres.
Now girls less chat and more work!
This wrap is going to have a pattern on both sides, so the pattern goes down then the silk is laid on top.
Nicola Brown and Jayne enjoying the day!
Barbara getting help to put her net on top.
Fiona rolling some fibres to add as decoration.
Looking good.
Lovely colours.
Stretching a silk hankie to add texture to Leah's design.

Some of the finished scarves being modelled by there makers, after they had been finished in the tumble drier!
We had tremendous fun learning from Nicola, who is a very generous and knowledgeable tutor. I will post the photos and info for the second workshop next week so watch for more great photos!
I would like to thank Dympna and Gail for taking photos for me, it was such a help as it meant I could keep working at my felt!
Fiona Harvey

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jumping for JOY!!

We are delighted to welcome Nicola Brown of Clasheen back to Feltmakers North. The first workshop is on Friday and we will be making a nuno wrap using a tumble drier, on Saturday the topic is simple vessel or clutch!!
There will be another post next week with all the news and photos!
Fiona Harvey

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Beadiful June Felt in

Well if you missed this mornings Felt in, I'm sorry but you missed a good one! We all had such fun, Dorothy (Dinsmore) was her usual lovely self. the whole morning was relaxing, informative and fun! It was great to meet a good number of new people, and it was great to welcome some we hadn't seen for a while!

Hard at it, couldn't even look up for a photo! The girls here are busy needle felting the first process in making beads with Dorothy!

Please note the girls in the background, never stopped working even while the next piece of instruction was being given! Impressive and so were the results!

Dorothy had brought a great variety of samples with her, to inspire!

This was the last Felt in before the summer, we start back on 20th September. September's Felt in is an ideal opportunity for all levels of Felt makers, the group will be split in two for beginners and the more advanced and we will be making squares of felt with a difference. Come and learn the basic technique or how to add decoration and embellishment to your felt!! We hope some people will donate their squares so we can join them together into a Friendship Blanket. This will be an ongoing process of making squares and sewing them together into blankets which we are making to raise money and awareness of The Simon Community! 

The lucky people who have been quick in getting their applications in for the Nicola Brown workshops will be hearing this week if they have been successful!
Keep checking the blog as we have lots of exciting things planned for the next year, and I'm sure you dont want to miss out! 
Have a lovely summer and keep felting!
Fiona Harvey 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Summer Beads!

We are all looking forward to our June Felt in with Dorothy, who will be showing us how to make beautiful summer beaded necklaces! This is suitable for all abilities and we look forward to meeting some new people and of course seeing some familiar faces! 

The application forms for the Nicola Brown workshops will be available from Jayne on the 11th June, there are two workshops which need to be applied for separately and this time its on a first come first serve basis, so get the applications posted back to Jayne quickly to avoid disappointment! 

See you Saturday 21st June, Hillsborough Village Hall at 10.15!! 

Fiona Harvey 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

AGM number 4

There was a great turnout at Feltmakers North's fourth AGM. The business side of the AGM was over quickly and then we had a show and tell! It was fabulous to see all the work everyone had done during the year and the progress that had been made!

Diane modelling her fabulous jacket she made with Catherine O'Leary.
 A small waistcoat made at J Sendler workshop!

 Freda Magill, started with her talk on different breeds of sheep and the uses for their wool! 
 Freda told us all about the breeds of native sheep and it was amazing to hear how many breeds there were. The Galway sheep being the only native sheep of Ireland! We saw lovely photos of each breed, including the very pretty Badger faced Welsh mountain Sheep. Herdwick sheep,which are present in the lake District of England, their wool can be used to make insulation, which is environmental friendly and fire resistant!
 Sarah Jarden Foster then demonstrated some spinning, bringing with her two of her spinning wheels!

Sarah spun showing the different staples of wool going from South Down, to Jacob, to Galway a very long staple and ending up with Wensleydale and Leicester long wool. I have a short video of her spinning which I hope to post during the summer! She makes it look very easy!!
To end off the mornings talks Liz Nicholls gave a short talk on how she uses native wool in her work as a designer!
Liz made this beautiful bowl from Wensleydale, the texture of wool was visible as the light shone through it!
A very fine Wensleydale wall hanging, made by Liz Nicholls!
After a fabulous lunch supplied by the members, there was an afternoon of free felting!

Our next felt in is June 21st when Dorothy will be making beads! So we look forward to seeing you all then.
I am sorry I gave you the wrong information at the AGM as we have had over 30,000 hits to our blog 
and we reach far and wide. So hello to all our over seas readers!
Fiona Harvey