Sunday, 19 February 2017



WHAT GIRL DOESN'T LIKE A RING!





Deirdre led our February Felt-in with a great session on using felting needles to create lovely felted rings.  We shared lots of tips about the little holders for the needles and everyone was introduced to the basic skills of using these specialist barbed needles in making felt.







All were rapt in concentration as Deirdre took us through the stages of making a lovely little ring carefully explaining how to shape and that all important factor in any ring, how to ensure it fitted!!





It was a welcome change not to have to spread out bubblewrap and get warm water sorted before working hard to complete a sample piece during the session.  We were encouraged to use scrap pieces of wool and maybe blend some colours together - such a great opportunity to use up all those bits of wool and yarn that we can't bear to throw out!


 










Everyone enjoyed themselves if the smiles are anything to go by!










Deirdre brought along some old zips which she had recycled and in a spin off from one of our earlier sessions led by Dorothy, she showed us how she had fashioned a ring using a piece of old zip and some wool.





We always try and encourage each other to share our work and everyone was very keen to see the results of our recent wall hanging workshop.  Helen had liked her sample piece so much that she framed it and I must say I don't blame her!




She also shared her larger piece which she is still working on. It's a lovely example of planning your work and using loads of different techniques to get the effects you want.





And talking of special effects I couldn't resist taking a SNAP of Sarah's name badge!  Isn't it great?





It was lovely to meet some new faces to Feltmakers North and to share our work.  These little animals of Cate's were well behaved and clearly well house trained!





Carol and Bill are used to working with wool and she shared these colourful pieces with us.  We hear on the grapevine that Carol accepted Bill's ring and did agree to marry him again!


Thanks to Deirdre everyone had good fun and there were no stabbings for a change!



Thought I'd finish with this lovely photo of Elaine modelling her cobweb felted scarf which she had fashioned after our January Felt-in.  See you all soon.



Sunday, 12 February 2017




                               Dagmar Binder Workshop


Great news!!  Applications are now open to experienced felters to join us at our very exciting workshop being led by the inspirational German feltmaker Dagmar Binder. 

This is the first time that Dagmar has held a workshop in N Ireland and we feel very
privileged that she has agreed to come at the invitation of Feltmakers North.

The workshop is on Friday to Sunday 7, 8 and 9 April from 10.00am to 5.00pm and is being held at Ardnavalley Scout Hall, 109 Milltown Road, Belfast BT8 4SP.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn first hand the techniques Dagmar has perfected herself by creating a garment and a pair of matching wrist warmers.

If you are interested and for further information please contact us via our email at feltmakersnorth@gmail.com



Monday, 6 February 2017





                       WALLHANGING WORKSHOP - INSPIRATIONS IN CREATIVITY!!


   



Some samples from Elaine and Sarah


What a great day the girls had on Saturday at the Wall hanging workshop led by a very creative team Elaine Mc Combe and Sarah Foster Jarden.  They had brought along some samples which proved very inspirational to our felters as the lovely results of the day have shown.

The girls got cracking quickly building up the background to the hangings and it looks as though they had some fun -


Karen is happy!
Olwyn is too!

Sharon starts her background (she looks happy too!)


Lesley with her stunning sky 


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"I had a definite plan  ....knew I couldn't manage it on my own ....their knowledge and advice helped a lot"'  "excellent explanation of how to build a picture...create definition"'  "time to plan and think", "learnt a lot of tips", "great demonstration and help given throughout". 


Elaine giving Karen some practical advice


Fiona works her magic!


Sarah giving Olwyn some tips



Helen in the midst of the hard work!


Deirdre gets creative!


Ann's hanging taking shape


Deborah's creation begins



Ann and Sharon make progress


Once the initial lay was complete, it was time to get down to details which included needling, using prefelts, stitching and host of other techniques.


Elaine and Sarah inspired everyone and as one happy felter wrote "great ladies so helpful and kept inspring everyone and nothing was a bother"











The girls worked hard all day and produced work to be proud of.  Their evaluation of the day speaks volumes of the learning which took place and also the enjoyment  -  "a well worthwhile Saturday", "had a lovely day", "thoroughly enjoyable".




A very happy group of felters with tutors Elaine and Sarah

Well done everyone and special thanks to Elaine and Sarah.  Looking forward to seeing the finished pieces at our next Felt-In!!.

Sunday, 22 January 2017



Gossamer Cobwebs!!



Sarah's little cobweb creation
Our January Felt-in was led by Gail and we had a great morning learning about making cobweb felt from a single length of wool roving.   It was so good to see old faces as well as new as we began the new year with a brand new technique.

Johanne checks out one of Gail's sample pieces

Our session began with show n tell but alas only Bronwyn and Sarah had something to show so hopefully everyone will be inspired to get felting again in January!

Bronwyn's beautiful scarf

Gail explains about cobweb as an embellishment





Helen and Alwyn with Gail's scarf




The girls got the hang of things pretty quickly and applied themselves to spreading fibres very finely!! 

None of us would be happy without a little bit of sparkle and the final lays all had a little bit of that something special to enhance
Jane happy experimenting
Norma trying out Firestar

No one seemed to mind the usual tedium of rolling if the smiles are anything to go by!







The cobweb begins to take its final shape and form during the stretching process and it was lovely to see the delight on faces as the fine webs begin to appear



Gail offers a helping hand!
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The final pieces attest to a good morning's work and it'll be great to see if anyone is inspired enough to create their own masterpiece!




Any ideas?
Not sure what I'm doing here but Ann may be able to tell me as she took all our photos today and a big thank you to her.  Think Deirdre enjoyed it anyway!