Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Native Wool Workshop

On Saturday 22nd March 12 lucky felters were on a workshop with Gail Cooke as the tutor,the topic was a bag using native wool! Above is the pack that the felters received. The pack contained: jacob wool fibres, Shetland wool fibres, Linen/cotton scrim, Habotai light silk, Blue faced Leicester scoured and Kid mohair scoured, an interesting bag of materials!!

Gail had produced four fabulous bags as inspiration for everyone. The range was great and gave everyone a good choice, suiting all levels of felting abilities! As some were more advanced incorporating the silk and linen to the outside flap.
The textures of the wool although not obvious in these photos was amazing.
Some comments received

"Gail was very helpful explaining each stage" 

"Excellent workshop taught members a great deal about different types of wool and fabric. outstanding course so glad I decided to do it!!"

"Learned an abundance of techniques with new materials!"

I hope the girls will bring their bags on the 5th April so we can see the finished results!
Remember the felt in is on the 5th April and please bring along an item in a sea theme for display on our stand at the Creative Craft Show, in Belfast!
Look forward to seeing you all on the 5th April at 10.15 in Hillsborough Village Hall!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Wonderful Yarns

We had a great morning with Sarah, introducing us to the technique of adding wool into our felt. Sarah is a spinner and weaver, and brought along some of her beautiful yarns. The above picture is wool she had dyed using Kool-aid drink, the colours were amazing but I dread to think what it would do to your insides if drunk!!
Above some of Sarah fabulous yarns all hand spun. you can find her on the internet under Spiderling Creations!
Sarah is showing us here a window in the felt that just contains wool yarn and makes very interesting textured piece!
After a quick demonstration we were all keen to being experimenting!
The top photo is a beautiful scarf with felbi and wool yarn in the lace part which creates an area of interest.
Some of the finished samples, all different and everyone
 had great fun under the relaxed tuition of Sarah! A great morning was 
enjoyed by all!
Please remember that next months felt in is on Saturday 5th April (because of Easter) and we will be making a bracelet with Deirdre. The closing date for jeanette Sendler is 31st March so there is still time check out workshop/felt in section of Blog! 
Look forward to seeing you all soon and those of you on Gails bag workshop have fun I know you will, Im only sorry I cant do it!!
Fiona Harvey

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Wooley Wonders

There are two treats in store for us this month! On Saturday 15th March Sarah will be showing us how to introduce wool yarn into our felting! So bring along your usual felting kit and some wool yarn to add in! 

The following Saturday, (22nd) twelve lucky people are spending the day with Gail making a bag using native wool with a few wee extra interesting things in their packs, which are included in the price of the workshop!

April is a very busy month for Feltmakers North!
The April meeting is early and is being held on the 5th April, which is being taken by Deirdre, when we will be making a bracelet! 
Feltmakers North is taking a stand at The Creative Craft Show in Belfast, where we will be exhibiting our work, and also taking workshops each day!!
To complete the hat trick of activities for April, we have the lovely Jeannette from Scotland, taking two one day workshops (check out the workshop felt in section for details) Applications for Jeannettes workshop have to be in by the end of March so dont miss out! 
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday at 10.15 am !! 
Fiona Harvey