Sunday, 19 October 2014

Silk Paper Making.

Gail Cooke, one of the founder members of Feltmakers North, showed us how to make Silk paper! The morning was packed with information and fun, we were shown three different ways to make Silk paper, which then can be added in the felt making process! Above are some of the many samples which Gail had made to show us all the options available!
Gail gave us good instructions on how to proceed with the three methods. the room was set up with a special area for each method of silk paper making which enabled everyone to move round and have a go at each one!
Small kits had been made up by Gail, the kits included tussah silk, mulberry silk, rods, silk hankies, throwster waste, and other types of silk, so we were able to experiment using different types in our paper!
An iron was used to set the paper, the heat activates the natural glue in the fibres.
                                The wall paper paste method!
The Felt in was an informative and interesting morning of fun and friendship, which I would highly recommend!
In the afternoon we had free felting and some of us carried on making more silk paper, while others used the chance of the big tables and laid out scarves. The afternoon was lovely and relaxed with the opportunity to browse through felting books people had brought along!
We will be at Wallace School Craft 
fair on Saturday 15th November, however we will still be having our Felt in that morning at Hillsborough Village Centre. Dympna Curran will be making Christmas Felt!! 
I look forward to seeing you all soon at Feltmakers North!
Fiona Harvey

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

October Felt in

Beautiful Ram, which has nothing to do with today's post but I just thought you might like this photo!? I love it!

October's Felt in is on this Saturday, Gail Cooke will be showing us different ways of making silk paper, which can be added to our felt with stunning results. It proves to be a very interesting and informative morning, as we will shown three different methods. There will be packs of silk fibres available to buy at £6 a bag, but if you have silk fibres, or rods etc bring them along, and you can use them. If you have never used silk paper in your felt you are in for a treat, this is an eye opening morning and not to be missed! You will not need a felting kit for the morning, however if you are staying for the free felting in the afternoon you will need your kit for then!

The free felting in the afternoon is the opportunity to felt whatever you like in the company of like minded creative people, while having a good old chat! Its very casual but fun, so hope to see you there!

We will be having our Show and Tell so please bring along what you have made recently, we love seeing what everyone has made! 

Also if you would like to try and sell some of your felted items bring them and give them to Deirdre who will be manning our stand, Wallace High School Craft Fair in November. 

Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday at 10.15am!
Fiona Harvey

Monday, 22 September 2014

Friendship Blanket

On Saturday we had two tutors showing us how to make beautiful squares for our charity Friendship Blanket. The tutors were Barbara Finlay and Ann Mc Cullough, so there was double the fun!
Above is a blanket I made to illustrate what we had in mind, I used sample squares that I had made plus a few extra squares, using up old wool which I had carded and odd bits and pieces of wool.
The Felt in started with show and tell, and it was great to see what had been produced over the summer months!
Leah O Neill showing us her wrap from the Nicola Brown workshop
Ann McCullough with her lovely bright scarf, which is as light as a feather, but very cosy!
Jane Burgess who was very pleased with her gorgeous vessel.
Barbara Finlay showed us a scarf that she had changed in to two bags and a little decorative mat, while putting her feet up over the summer.
Barbara enjoyed adding the decoration to this piece of felt!

Gail Cooke gave us a very informative demonstration on the FN carder, and it was great to see the colours being blended and old wool being brought back to life!
The carder will be available on request each month, for people to use! Then the production of the felt squares started, with every colour being used, which is just what we wanted. We hope everyone will bring them next month and a few more they have made in between times. Ann was telling me she had worked out we need 30 for each blanket, so with everyone pulling together it will take no time to produce quite a few beautiful blankets! We hope this to be an ongoing item for a few months. 
Great colours!

Some prefelts being used!
At the end of the Felt in some fantastic squares, and a great way to spend the morning!
Next Felt in October we are making silk paper, which then you add to your felt which is gives a really wow effect, details to follow!
The application forms will be out for the Jeannette Sendler on 7/8th October remember its first come first served!
Keep making your squares and bring them with you next month, we need lots so dont think yours isnt good enough it is!
See you in October!
Fiona Harvey

Monday, 15 September 2014

September Felt-in!

Next Saturday is our first Autumn Felt in, this felt in will suit people of all abilities as we are having two tutors. We will be making squares for our friendship blankets, which we hope will raise money for The Simon Community, in Lisburn. It is a great chance to use up all your odds and ends of wool to produce colourful, cheerful squares! The FN carder will be available to bring back to life your old matted wool!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone and seeing what has been created over the summer. So dont forget to bring along some items for the show and tell!
Saturday 20th Sept 10.15 at Hillsborough Village Centre! 

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