Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Spring is here!

A few wee lambs, who live down the road.

Feltmakers North have so many exciting things planned for the next 12 months I dont know where to start! For our March session on the19th 10.15-12.30 we are making flowers, these beautiful and finely made flowers can be used on their own or to complete and decorate a bag, slippers or whatever you like!! Also in March 26th we are having Eleanor Roache and Hilary Bell for a one day hand bag workshop. The closing date for application for the workshop is the 12th March so if you are interested you still have time to apply, selection is by lottery, the cost of the day is Members £45 and non members £55 with all materials supplied you just need to bring a standard felting kit!!

Our AGM in May will be slighly different in that we are having a talk on colour (the key to all good designs) and also a demonstration on Nuno felting. We are inviting everyone to come and bring a piece of felt they have made, no matter how small, as there is so much to be learnt from each other. It can be the use of colour or a technique or even a design, it really is a tremendous way to be inspired. Membership can be renewed in May for the next year, so that you can take advantage of the workshops over the summer. We are having Cristina Garcia on Friday 24th and Sat 25th June for a 2 day nuno workshop when we will be making a wrap using silk fabric as the base. Cristina is a charming tutor, with a great talent and I hope to put some pictures of her work up soon. We would like to thank the Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee for their support with this workshop.

On 20th August Dorothy Dinsmore is taking a needle felting workshop during which time she will show the lucky participants how to needle felt a teddy! These teddies are so cute, they are unbelievable, again photos to follow, so keep checking out the blog!!

The details for next years programme will be released at the AGM and it is a fantastic programme, so come along and get all the events written in your diaries! We will be announcing the winner of our logo competition and unveiling the logo for all to see. I must say I have been very pleased with the entries I have recieved so far, if you have not entered there is still time the closing date is not until 16th April. The winner will recieve a  small prize and not as someone suggested a sheep ( a good idea but sadly not practical!)

Last months session was great fun, as you can see by the happy faces, Gail and her vessels were a source of inspiration. everyone present managed to go home with a beautiful vessel and I can quite honestly say there was every colour under the rainbow. I do hope everyone will remember to bring them next month so we can see them all, when they have dried out! There are always a few who add a bit of humour to the proceedings, Rachel and Christina were getting ready to Roll!

                                            Above Barbara's vessel is starting to take shape!

Feltmakers North has a problem I didnt think we would have for quite some time, we have lots of people wanting to felt! This is tremendous and we are delighted but we now have to look for a bigger room, so please keep checking the blog to see if we move venue. We hope to go between Hillsborough Village Centre and The Island Arts Centre, and I will keep the blog updated! The room after the summer in the island will  be a larger room.

Feltmakers North is looking forward to seeing everyone next month on March 19th at The Island Arts Centre, time 10.15 till 12.30, just bring your usual feltmaking kit, and a little wool tops. See you soon!