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! 
email burgess.j@hotmail.co.uk

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

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Felting Fever!

April is always a busy month for Feltmakers North, and this year was no exception, as we had our usual felt in and then we have a stand at The Creative Stitch Show, and we also had the brilliant Jeanette Sendler for two one day workshops!
Jeanette brought a great selection of inspirational samples with her, and her lovely gentle teacher manner, made the first day a tremendous success! We were to make a small jacket/waistcoat for a child. The pattern for this could then be enlarged for an adult! 
                               Some of Jeanette's amazing samples!

Jeanette demonstrating the process for making our small jacket.
                                       Tina having fun!

Sarah adding her pattern of flowers!
Dorothy also making a blue jacket but with a more marine theme!
Dympha's is all ready for her little grand daughter!

Workshop Two Tartan Felt, continued in the relaxed manner of the day before, under Jeanette's calm instruction.
                Another great range of samples to inspire us, which it did!
                             The weaving was no problem for Barbara!
The weaving has started!
Weaving with a more contemporary look!
Barbara's very neat weaving starting to take shape!
I think everyone who was present at our April workshops will agree they were a great success, as we all learnt a lot and now we all have a small supply of prefelt so we can continue to learn at home!!
The AGM is 17th May and for members only, who will be getting an email with full details, but please remember to wear something in felt that you have made while being a member of Feltmakers North!! There will be lots of interesting news at the AGM about our programme and plans for the direction of FN in the future, so we hope to see lots of you there!
Fiona Harvey

Monday, 7 April 2014


Saturday's Felt in was filled with fun, our tutor for the morning was Deirdre Gallagher, who showed us how to make colourful bangles!
Deirdre brought with her a great variety of bangles for inspiration, some were interlocking and some were decorated with beads!
Some of the mornings work!
The morning passed very quickly with everyone really enjoying learning and making bangles! Deirdre was a lovely tutor who guided us through the process!
We had a great show and tell with lots of the girls proudly bringing their finished or almost finished bags from Gail's workshop using Native Wools!
It was also great to see some of the work the members had done on their own!Here are two of Mandys pieces!
Above work in progress, but showing great potential!
Jayne's lovely scarf she made to wear to a wedding!

We hope to see you all at The Creative Craft Show in Belfast next week, come along and say Hello or sign up and take one of our hour long workshops!
Our AGM is the next meeting which is for members only and we have some very interesting speakers lined up!