Monday, 3 August 2015

Nancy Ballesteros Workshop

Feltmakers North were lucky enough to have Nancy Ballesteros over for a two day workshop, using her fabulous silk hankies, silk fabric and wool, which Nancy dyes into the most amazing colour ways! 

Sample of silk scarves

Nancy had brought with her a great selection of sample pieces along with a range of silk fabric, and fibres, it was so good to see the vast range of colour schemes, all beautiful.
Sample of silk apron!
It was a great experience learning how to use silk hankies to their full potential!
Dorothy working hard.
Silk hankies have been teased out.
Nancy giving Mary some expert advice.

There was an interesting variation of designs.

 This is a proper photograph of Maria, seemingly the first two I took were not?! Its hard work being a photographer/blogger! Lol!
                                                 Side two.
Here we are after two days of great instruction and brilliant fun! Everyone who took part in the workshop was delighted with what they made and how much they learnt. We all left with plenty of new ideas and enthusiasm to felt more, so hopefully we will have some amazing scarves at our exhibition in September!

Next Saturday Felt in is September 19th at 10.15 am, we look forward to seeing you there. Check out the diary dates as there is news of a new workshop in November, which sounds very exciting!
Thought this was a good photograph of a sheep in the process of being sheared, although the whole sheep can be sheared in less than two minutes by a professional sheep shearer! The Champion sheep shearers are in New Zealand when 720 sheep were sheared by Darin Forde in nine hours! It must be back breaking! 
Enjoy the rest of the summer? Keep felting,we are looking forward to seeing everyones pieces for the exhibition!
Fiona Harvey.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hats off to Jeanette and Alison!

Wow! Look at the amazing work from our Third residential workshop, on the North coast! Jeanette Sendler and Alison Mountain were fabulous tutors, very generous with their time and knowledge. They gave great demonstrations on techniques, and spent time with each individual!
 They had brought with them a great selection of samples to inspire us, this also allowed us to see what style suited each person best!
As you can see from the photos it was a very relaxed and fun filled week end!
Jeanette and Alison demonstrating! The two days gave ample time to enjoy the learning process without feeling rushed or under pressure!On the second day there was a sewing bee corner where the hats were embellished!

 Everyone enjoyed The Portballintrae Village Hall as it is so light and airy, and of course has the most amazing view of the sea!

To end I am just going to include a few of the comments from the evaluation sheets.
"This workshop will be the  highlight of the year, lovely location and excellent facilities and catering. Feltmakers North workshops are great, so well organised! Thank you."

"This was an inspiring workshop suitable for all abilities and personalities, would highly recommend the teachers and any further Feltmakers North workshops!!"

My thanks to Ann Mc Cullough for the photos!

I hope you all have a lovely summer, keep checking the blog for updates and news of up and coming workshops and felt ins! Also if you would like to buy ballot tickets for our friendship blankets you can contact me on email all monies are going to The Simon Community which is a charity that helps the homeless.
Think this photo sums up the school holidays when all the kids are off school! Good times! 

Fiona Harvey 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Summer Felt In

. The morning was related to our exhibition being held in September, at The Island Arts Centre, Lisburn. Raffle tickets were issued to sell for our felted blankets to raise money for the Simon Community!
During the last few months members have contributed squares of felt which they have made, these were then sewn together to form a blanket. The draw for the ballot will be held on the opening night of our exhibition. the blankets are a riot of colour and texture and will be on show at the exhibition!

There was a show and tell when the ladies who took part in our recent Residential hat workshop in Portballintrae, showed their amazing hats!
I think you will agree they all look fantastic (more about workshop to follow)
The ladies had the opportunity to use our carder!

It was a great morning and everyone went away inspired to make great items for our exhibition! Keep an eye on the blog as there will be another post soon about our residential Hat  workshop with Jeannette Sendler! If anyone would like a raffle ticket they can email me tickets are £1 each and all monies go to The Simon Community, which is a very worthwhile cause that supports homeless people in N Ireland!

Keep felting and enjoy the summer. Our next workshop is on 31st July with Nancy Ballestros, which is so exciting! As we will be using all Nancy's lovely wools and silks which she dyes herself, the workshop was sold out straight away, so sorry there are no places left!
Our monthly Felt ins Resume in September so keep checking our workshop page for updates, so you don't miss out!
I couldnt sign off without a sheep photo so her e it is! Hope you all have a colourful and fun summer!
Barbara Finlay and Fiona Harvey.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Fifth AGM

At our fifth AGM we whizzed through the business, although for Gail Cooke and myself it was tinged with sadness as we were stepping down from our rolls as Secretary and Chairperson, which we have held since we founded Feltmakers North, over five years ago. 
When the business was over we had decided to have a session on UFO, which is unfinished objects, or items that we were not pleased with! The panel of experts were Dympna Curran and Dorothy Dinsmore!

It was a very interesting session with a lot of advice, and chat!
Leah was advised to iron the silk fabric edge of her nuno scarf, so we made her do it straight away! lol! The difference was amazing it looked really lovely!
We saw some lovely pieces, and the girls were able to give advice and encouragement!
                                     Barbara's lovely flower scarf!
Joanna's necklace in the making, great colours!
We had a lovely lunch which the members had brought a wide range of yummy food from savoury to sweet! Then a few people stayed on for a free felting afternoon! 
 Our next felt in, in June is to discuss and plan our items for our second exhibition which we are holding in October, in the Island Art centre, Lisburn! There will be free felting in the afternoon, to try out and experiment with the ideas from the morning!

 We do not have felt ins over the summer, so our next felt in will be in September, when we will be exploring the delights of some native wools!

I will just finish off this post with a couple of lovely sheep photos!

Enjoy your felting!! Fiona Harvey

Monday, 20 April 2015

A Busy April!

This is our fabulous stand at The Creative Stitch Show in Belfast, Elaine Mc Combe had worked very hard and we were very pleased with the results!There was a lot of interest in our stand and the workshops we held in felt making.
It is always lovely to meet new people who are creative and interested in our craft, we had mini demonstrations going on over the three days at our stand!
Saturday was also our felt in, so it was extremely busy for the committee, unfortunately Mandy was unable to take the felt in, so I volunteered to stand in.
We had decided to explore adding texture to our felt, to inspire our members to be more experimental with their pieces for up and coming exhibition, it was also a good chance to show our new girls how exciting making felt can be!
We started as usual with a show and tell, always fun and gets the chat started! Sara had needle felted this unusual fellow!
I showed the girls how using a touch of another colour can add real life or buzz to your work, for my visual aid I used my wrappers from my Easter eggs, which of course I bought only for the tin foil colours!!! 
Some of my sample pieces incorporating a silk window in the centre, with bands of silk fabric and an unusual knitting fibre! 
This sample is to illustrate N Ireland as we have lots of tiny fields all different colours, these are made by using different squares of fabrics from silk to cheese cloth.
It was great to see the variety of work being created, there was a lot of experimenting going on. We also had quite a few new people whom we had spoked to at the show, and it was lovely to see them and we hope we will see you all again ( I have a funny feeling we will!)
I am going to include some comments from the girls present at the felt in.
Enjoyable and inspiring!
Really enjoyed the day of experimenting!
Great way to spend a morning!
Great teacher, good follow up and keeps you right!
Great way to use up all my bits! Great Atmosphere!
I will end with one of new first time felt makers comments
I made Felt and really enjoyed it!!

Next month is the AGM for members only, for those attending remember to look out your UFO UnFinished Objects, or bring along any Felt item you would like advice on, we have a small panel to give helpful and constructive advice!
We will have our usual felt in, in June, so we hope to see you all then. Take care and keep felting!
Fiona Harvey