Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Christmas Bowls

There was a great atmosphere on Saturday when Dympna got everyone into the Christmas mood by showing us how to make little bowls decorated with berries and Holly leaves. Most people worked in white, red and green and created some lovely lttle pieces with spots. leaves and the odd little cord. There was the options for surface decoration and also how to cut the top of the bowl when removing the resist.
At times the room was unusually quiet as concentration was needed to remember where to place the leaves or where to cut the opening!Everyone went home promising that they would be making more and Tina later commented that she already had lots of orders from family members!
A big thank you to Dympna for sharing her skills.
Another massive thank you to the girls who brought more sample squares to help towards our blanket project. Many of the squares demonstrated the techniques which members have been perfecting- so lots of hard work there!

It was great to see how many members brought their infinity scarves from Fiona's workshop to the show n tell and to see that lots had made at least one other scarf!
There was free felting in the afternoon and it is such a great opportunity to simply felt together and enjoy a bit of craic which was aplenty!
Some happy girls bowled over!

Gail Cooke

Monday, 10 November 2014

Christmas Felt in

On Saturday 15th November we will be having our seasonal Felt in, Dympna will taking the felt in and making a seasonal themed bowl! Please bring your usual felting kit, including some white merino wool, scissors and green and or red prefelts, do not worry if you do not have these items as Dympna will have little kits to buy at £5. you will also need a resist so please bring a small piece with you! 
In the afternoon we will be having free felting, which means you can bring a pack lunch and carry on felting until 4pm, for non members there is a small additional fee. 
Don't forget we are also at Wallace High School Craft Fair on Saturday 15th November, which we hope will be a 
successful venture for us!
Hope to see you on Saturday 15th November Hillsborough Village Centre, at 10.15!
Fiona Harvey

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Infinity Nuno Scarf

On Saturday we had a workshop using the fabulous wool, silk fabric and fibres from Treetops Colour Harmonies in Australia, as you can see from the photo the colours are amazing and very inspiring!
I did wonder how to approach writing this post, as I was the tutor for the workshop, so I can hardly say it was a great workshop, without sounding big headed! So I decided to write it from the tutor side and then finish off with some comments from the evaluation sheets, to give both points of view!
Here I am giving some instruction before the work commenced, I was so engrossed than I never realised the photo had been taken! The girls in Feltmakers North are great, all so keen and interested, asking good questions which made my job easier! I could tell they were all dying to start, and get their hands on the lovely materials pack that is included in the price of the workshop! We are very lucky in that we get funding from the Island Arts Advisory Committee and the lottery fund, which makes the price of our workshops such good value. We hope this will continue,as we rely heavily on the funding!
The photo above shows my sample scarves!
Top Mary getting organised!
Deirdre decided to make a stunning scarf and quite a wide one too!

Top Gail's scarf laid out.
Gail finishing her scarf, the colours are beautiful!
Dympna wearing (slightly damp)finished scarf!
Barbara's beautiful tonal grey scarf!
Another Barbara, another fabulous scarf!

Some of the comments received after the workshop;
"Materials beautiful"
"New technique and idea for scarf which will be worn!!"
"Kit included in price was excellent!"

In conclusion all I can say is that I really enjoyed taking this workshop, the girls were a delight, and I cant wait to see the finished scarves, dry and being worn!
Next Felt in Saturday 15th November, remember to keep checking the workshop section of blog so you don't miss out!
Fiona Harvey

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!