Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Flower Power

Maria and Gail got us all in the mood for Spring during March's Felt in as they showed us how to make some beautiful felt flowers, from a rose to a daisy/lily. Again the participants showed their enthusiasm and talent making flowers in every colour combination, and everyone was delighted at the end of the session with their mornings felting!

                                         The fibers being laid out.

Fionnuala and Clare in action making flowers.
Next week we are looking forward to the workshop with Eleanor and Hilary from Dublin, this workshop has been well recieved and we have a full compliment for the day! I will put some photos on this blog after the workshop so you can see all the lovely bags, that the participants have made!

I was so pleased that people brought in some of the vessels they had made in the February felt in! It was great for everyone to see them when they were finished. Below is a photo of some of the vessels, this should be a great encouragement to people who are thinking of joining us as a lot of these people had never made a vessel before! So they are very impressive!
For our April Felt in Dorothy is going to show us how to make felt beads and baubles. This will be another morning showing the wide range of things that can be made in felt! The beads or baubles can be threaded for jewellery or added to bags, hats, scarfs, the centre of flowers and again the uses are endless.
What you need to bring;
felting needles if you have them (if not Dorothy will have some that you can buy from her)
Thick piece of foam (available from Dunelm)
bubble wrap, soap, spray bottle, towel, bowl, wool fibres.

The committee is working very hard to provide the members with a varied and interesting programme throughout the year, as there is a tremendous amount of work goes on behind the scenes. The committee of Feltmakers North is very excited and delighted with the workshops and felt ins we have organised for next year, so you dont miss out on anything make sure you attend the AGM in May! We are having a talk on colour by Maria, and Liz will be demonstrating using colour in felt making. We hope to have a  few sales tables of wool and accessories to add to your felting. The exciting news of workshops will be announced at the AGM including 2 in the summer, not too be missed, and there will be an opportunity for you to become a member or renew your membership.

Some more flowers with a ball as the centre!

We think the membership is a very worth while investment, once paid it will mean you are able to attend the nine monthly felt ins,at no charge. It also means that you get the workshops at a reduced price and that members get proirity on the workshops over non members. During the calendar year we have nine monthly felt ins and at least 4 day workshops. Our June workshop is over 2 days which really gives you time to be very creative and get totally absorbed in your piece that you are making!
Soon I hope that you will be able to download the membership form from the blog and download the proformas for the workshops! ( I just have to learn how to do it!!! ?)
Thats all the news for now! I will update the blog next week after the handbag workshop so watch out for that!
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