Sunday, 28 December 2014

Exciting Workshops in 2015!

     I thought I would get early, and wish everyone a Happy New Year! 
We have two exciting workshops to announce for next year, the first being a residential week end up on the north coast, with Jeanette Sendler. It is a two day hat making workshop, on 6th 7th June and as Jeanette is also a milliner it sounds like an amazing learning experience!

For those of you who think a residential week end sounds scary or that you need to be an expert, well sorry but you are wrong! It is a chance to go away relax, completely switch off from every day stresses etc and indulge yourself being creative and learning new skills! In fact this time with it being only two days you dont need to stay over unless you want too. Although I would advise you to make the most of the fantastic location of Portballintrae. Which is right on the coast, the room for the workshop overlooks the sea, and the scenery is breathtaking! Plus The Bayview Hotel, Portballintrae provides a very comfortable and friendly place to stay!
You will be amazed and delighted with what you are able to produce at the end of the two day workshop!

Nancy Ballesteros will be taking a two day workshop in Hillsborough using her beautiful silk hankies on 31st July1st August, we were so pleased when we invited Nancy, and that she was able to take us up on our offer! Her hand dyed wool, silk and silk fibres are sensational, with colours to suit everyone, this makes it difficult when ordering from her, as everything is so cool!!
When the details are finalised which will be soon I hope. I will let you know that the application forms are available, so keep reading the blog! 

Had to end with a wee sheep photo, although its very frosty outside I hope we dont get too much white stuff, although it does look very pretty!
Take care everyone and see you all in January at the Felt in!
Fiona Harvey

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Celebrations!

No Christmas party is complete without a tree, above is our little felted tree!
After a good show and tell Gail started off the session, explaining two different ways to incorporate Silk paper in to felt. She had made a few more squares for our friendship blanket, which was great! Despite it being a cold and very busy Saturday the turn out was amazing and it brill to see everyone! 

Then I proceeded to demonstrate how to make a small purse adding some silk paper. The festive atmosphere was enhanced, by Gail singing the odd line of a Christmas song at random moments! X factor watch out!!
Mandy decided to make her purse to coordinate with what she was wearing.
A few of the beautiful finished purses.


The silk paper looks really well, as every colour under the rainbow was used!
After all this hard work we were ready for a light Christmas lunch that the Feltmakers North committee had organised, and it was very tasty!
I don't know about you but this year has flown by (may be a sign of getting old?) So that brings Feltmakers North activities for 2014 to an end. However we have a very exciting programme for 2015, including a residential week end in hat making, and another exciting workshop news of which will be released in January so keep checking the blog under the Felt in workshop section! We are also having a brilliant workshop after our felt in, in February and it is suitable for all beginners or those of you who want to refresh your techniques, application forms are available from email burgess.j@hotmail.co.uk
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop its called  "Start from the Start"

Well all that remains for me to say is Happy Christmas and New Year, and we are looking forward to seeing you all in January 2015. Of course I couldn't go without attaching this little photo, how cute is this lamb?