Sunday, 20 October 2019

Beautiful Bumps and Lovely Lumps!!

 Our October Felt-in saw everyone beavering away making yet more little pieces to be added to the Community Arts Project hanging.  Deirdre updated us about the project and how it has emerged from a crystallise of an idea to fast becoming an amazing butterfly!!

The sample prefelts are rolling in and a big thank you to all those who left bundles into the Village Centre over the last while. 

the ideas keep on rolling in!

Deirdre, Helen and Deborah have been meeting regularly to work on the project in preparation for the community workshops in November at the Island Art Centre as part of the Island's 'Festival of Felting'.  

Deborah there in spirit! 

We've all been encouraged to consider various ways of depicting the essential and meaningful aspects of life in the Borough and yesterday saw yet more super ideas with members taking responsibility for developing various aspects of the hanging.

Helen and Deirdre demonstrated yet more techniques to add texture and surface embellishment together with 3d effects.

There's been great inspiration around and we all think this is a super way to work together learning and developing ideas together.

There was still time in our morning session to do a little Show n Tell when we saw some lovely pieces created by members.  Mandy had perfected two little bowls which were incredibly smooth and even.  Jane shared a book of sample wools which she is making as part of her IFA accredited feltmaking course and we saw Patricia's wonderful cobweb scarf.

Lots of us had been at Jenny Pepper's workshop a fortnight ago and our creatures were definitely holding their own!

Do please continue making little prefelts for the project and if you can't make our November Felt-in, drop them off at the Village Centre. 

Finally don't forget that alongside the Community Arts Project, there will be a small exhibition of pieces made by Feltmakers North, so get your thinking caps on for what you would like to contribute.

Bye for now guys!

Thursday, 10 October 2019


Jenny Pepper's Amazing Workshop

One of Jenny's fabulous samples
Last weekend members of Feltmakers North had a great weekend learning some of Jenny's techniques to create amazing 3D shapes.  Jenny presented a number of techniques and we were able to choose which ones we'd like to incorporate into our vessels.  From spikes and craters to bumps and hollows, we had such fun learning and then making the vessels.

sample showing a two in one technique

options for spikes

Craters galore from Jenny

Jenny took us through each stage of our creations so that we were all working in harmony and by the end of the first day, things had begun to look very weird!  Then when we returned on Sunday morning the hard work began as we spent lots of time rubbing away to secure each of the additions to our base.

By late afternoon the  vessels were finally born and lots of great pieces began to emerge.

Some of our creations before drying
Our thanks to Jenny for travelling from Scarborough to share her skills with Feltmakers North and to our super workshop secretary Pleasuance for organizing everything.

Jenny's sample using native wools
hanging to dry
Had to get a good angle for the shot!

It'll be so good to see all the creations finally dry and shaped at our Show n Tell  bit of next week's Felt-in on the 19th.  A wee reminder please to bring all your prefelts from last month so we can continue to build the collection for the Community Arts Project.

Don't forget,  coffee at 10.00 and 10.15 the fun begins!!  See you all then.