Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Surface Decoration

There was a great turnout for October's Felt in with Maria who had a wonderful range of samples of surface decoration to share with us!
With cords and spikes and bubbles and spheres all competing it was hard to decide which technique to choose to sample!
We learned the basic techniques of using prefelted cords and spheres to enhance the flat surface of felt with some lovely results.
Maria showed examples of how to cut into the surface of felt which had been stitched to contrasting colours of cotton fabric. A particular favourite was adding standing up triangles which looked very impressive.
There was great chat while everyone worked hard to ensure at least one sample piece was completed before the end of the session.

Some of the lucky people who did the nuno scarf workshop in September brought along their finished pieces to the envy of the rest!!

A big thank you to Mary Larkin who very thoughtfully brought along some freshly baked chocolate buns for us all to enjoy!
Gail Cooke.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Using the Lovely Tree Tops Wool and Silk

I took the September Nuno workshop for Feltmakers North, using the lovely tree tops wool and silk, the colours are fabulous, so we were off to a good start! Saying as I took the workshop I cannot comment on how it went from a students point of view but I had great fun and was very pleased with the end results. Everyone went home with a very original, beautiful and colourful wrap!
I showed the girls three scarves I had made so as they would see what I was expecting of them, then they set about planning their design.
I was very grateful to Dan Corbett for coming to take photos of the workshop, I am sure you can tell they are taken by a skilled photographer! Its a pity he couldn't come more often!!
I am going to include some of the comments from the evaluation sheets to give you the response of the girls! "Clear instructions, beautiful materials and friendly atmosphere"
"Well run, informative, friendly tutoring, lots of support and great fun."
"Great venue, with free parking and easy to find!"
"Harder than most workshops which was great for the felters who have been felting for a while."
"An excellent topic with great discussion!"
Having a wee chat with some people that dropped in to see what was going on!
"More of this standard of workshop aiming at the intermediate felters!"
I will post more of Dan's excellent photos in the next week, and I would like to thank him again for giving up some of his free time on a Saturday. Also I would like to thank Gail Cooke who was a great help and also kept a constant supply of tea and coffee throughout the day!
In October we are having Maria White taking the felt in and extended felt in on bumps and textures, more details on workshop section. The lucky participants for the Catherine O'Leary workshop have been selected and notified, and I hope they are all very excited and delighted that they got on the workshop!