Saturday, 29 December 2018

New Year Improving Skills Workshop

The Improving Skills Workshop with Ann and Jayne in January. This is a great opportunity to learn or improve on techniques to make your felting experience even more fun!
Application forms are available in an email sent from Jayne Burgess on 21/12/18. 
Please remember cheques will not be cashed until after the workshop date.  Places on the workshops are allocated on a first come basis, so don't delay! 
To secure your place forward the application form and cheque to Pleasaunce as detailed on the application form.  

Felters Festive Fun

The Christmas felt-in commenced with our usual show and tell. Sandy showed her lovely needle felted robin, Christmas trees and snowman. Hazel brought along her twinkling tree decorations from the November felt-in and had transformed one into a beautiful angel with feather wings. All the decoration will look fantastic adorning their Christmas trees. Our new member Cecilia created beautiful small bags with delicate patterns.
Sandy and Hazels show and tell creations

Cecilia showing her beautiful felted handbags
In sparkly festive attire, the panel gave great advice on UFO's (unfinished felted objects). Bronwyn had a delicate length of edged silk she wants to make into a scarf . The panel advised that a single length of fine wool along the centre would bunch up the silk to create a ruffled edge. 
Sarah came with a felted waistcoat from a few years ago. She had cut a piece out to make a flower but Tina rescued the item and tried it on before Sarah's scissors came out again!
The panel, Ann, Gail,Sarah and Elaine advising our members 

Ann also brought along a felted piece of clothing from a past workshop. Gail and Sarah gave advice and even though it suited Ann more turned inside out. Dympna stepped in and offered to re model the item for Ann. Ann also had a colourful silk/felt scarf. She asked for advice on how to felt down the areas of silk that hadn't taken to the fleece. Suggestions included, fine cut fleece along the edges of silk as demonstrated at the Wendy Bailye workshop, free embroidery stitching on a sewing machine and hand embroidered running stiches used in Japanese Bora stitching.

Tina modelling Sarah's felted jacket
Sandy had started to make a needle-felted Kingfisher and wasn't sure how to attach the wings. Dorothy our expert needle-felter agreed that making an armature and felting over it was the best way to shape a bird with outstretched wings. 
Here's a link to a felt artist using armatures for needle-felted animals.
Tina showed her gorgeous felted scarf. All she needs to do is felt the scarf a little more as the fleece fibres were a little loose and not fully felted.
Thank you to our panel Ann, Gail, Sarah and Elaine for their guidance on how to finish items.

We ended the felt-in with a delicious lunch supplied by the committee. A splendid display of tasty food was enjoyed by all.
Keep an eye out for our up and coming workshops in the new year. We have an Improving skills workshop with Jayne and Ann the wonderful Jeanette Sendler visiting from Scotland.

See you in the new year on Saturday January 19th. Gail will be demonstrating cobweb felting and we will have a free felt in the afternoon for personal projects.
Mandy ❅❆

Monday, 10 December 2018

Christmas Felt-in 15th December

frosty the snowman snow GIF
Christmas Bring and Buy, UFO Panel & Lunch
A busy felt-in is upon us this weekend. Have you looked through your felting gear, surplus stash, used magazines and books and unfinished felted items?

Remember to bring along your UFO's (unfinished felted objects) to the Saturday felt-in. A selected panel of experienced feltermakers will give advice on how to complete or add to your unfinished items.
You will also have a chance to sell any unwanted felting items at the bring and buy sales table (remember to name and price each item for sale).
To end the day we will relax and have a Christmas buffet lunch together.
Looking forward to seeing you all for some Christmas cheer.