FELTING matters...

FELTING matters...

Monday, 6 April 2015

Felting FLOWERS...

With this wonderful weather over the Easter break I guess many of you 
are enjoying your gardens, visiting garden centres and maybe venturing 
further afield into the glorious countryside… 

Here on the Isle of Wight we have an exceptionally mild climate and the camellias, magnolias and cherry blossom are spectacular this year, vivid purple aubretia clings to almost every wall and primroses, daffodils, tulips are everywhere you look. But April can be a cruel month, tricking us into thinking that spring is finally here… Frost is never far away and can easily destroy any early planting out so we can’t afford to be too optimistic!

I have some workshops coming up which connect beautifully with this flowery
 theme and feature felt flowers, plants and Island gardens... 


The first is a ‘PAINTING with FIBRES' workshop on Saturday 11th April at 
WAYSIDE HERBS in Yafford at the home of Joy Verrinder. 
Here you will find plenty of inspiration for your felt pictures in 
Joy’s amazing herb garden and the countryside surrounding her home. 


  
I’m also delighted to announce another new venue...
I’ve been invited to hold a FELTING FLOWERS workshop at 
Ventnor Botanic Garden on 30th May which is exciting news!

 In this workshop you will be taking inspiration from the flowers in their 
famous gardens and greenhouses and you will have the opportunity to 
sketch and photograph the wonderful flowers growing at their best! 

Then back in the studio I will show you how to create 3-dimensional 
flower shapes, organic leaf forms and stems from felt… 


 There is also a FABULOUS FELT JEWELLERY day on the 7th June 
at Brading Roman Villa which continues the flower theme!
I will show how to make some fantastic felt flowers, which can be turned into 
unique wearable works of art… Fabulous felt flowers brooches and fascinators! 
Perfect to wear to all those summer parties. 



I hope this might inspire you to come along to one of the workshops!  

You will find more information about all the workshops and booking 
details click here 

And I'm sure just the thought of flowers and warm summery days
 ahead will get us all out into our gardens
 over the coming weeks...




Monday, 16 February 2015

Felt JEWELLERY Workshop...

I'm really pleased to announce another NEW workshop date, 
this time at Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight.

This Spring FELT JEWELLERY WORKSHOP will be held on 
Sunday 8th March from 10.30am to 4pm.


I will be showing how to make some fabulous felt flower brooches, 
felt beads and felt flower cards with Mother's Day 
very much in mind. 
So come along and learn how to make some very 
unique felt jewellery for yourself or 
for that very special person....

This workshop is for ALL abilities
 and is a great introduction to felt making!
Beginners welcome and children 8+ accompanied by an adult. 

Everyone will take home several pieces of felt jewellery at the end 
of the day, plus a leaflet with detailed workshop notes.


Costs £35 per person, with all materials and equipment provided.

To make a booking please contact Spencer direct 
at Brading Roman Villa PO36 0EN :

Telephone : 01983 406223

e-mail : info@bradingromanvilla.org.uk







Tuesday, 20 January 2015

NEW Spring Workshops...

Mid-way through January already and with signs of spring around the corner
(the daffodils are blooming in Freshwater Bay) it’s a perfect
time to look ahead and plan some creative time for yourself! 
I’m delighted to be able to post these NEW dates for Felt Making Workshops 
at some of my favourite venues on the island...
  

The FELT SCARF WORKSHOP at QUARR ABBEY proved really popular last year 
and I’m not surprised as it is such a wonderful location, so here's two new dates..

Saturday 21st February AND Saturday 28th March : 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

The workshop will be held in the Old Book Shop and is for ALL abilities. I will be showing how to felt either a lattice scarf or a ’nuno’ style scarf and you will go home at the end of the day with a unique piece of felt to wear!

The workshop is £30 for the day, with materials extra. All equipment is provided. 
There will be a selection of beautiful hand-dyed fibres available to buy on the 
day, but if you already have fibres you'd like to use bring them along.

There’s plenty of working space, free parking, easy access and the
 Garden Tearooms does great snacks & lunches. 
Lots more workshop photos here... 
  

There will be another workshop at a NEW venue
SEELY HALL at Brook on Sunday 15th March : 10 am - 4 pm 

This is a '3-D Workshop' designing & felting a bag, vessel or 3-D form 
working round a resist and is aimed at those with some felting experience. 

This workshop is £30 for the day, with materials extra.
 I will have fibres available to buy on the day but again if you do have 
wool & fibres please bring them along!

There's plenty of working space, free parking and easy access at the hall 
with tea, coffee & cake available all day!
More workshop photos here


I’m also delighted to announce another workshop at a new venue - 
 WAYSIDE HERBS at Yafford, the home of Joy Verrinder. 

The workshop will be on Saturday 11th April from 10.30 am -  4.30 pm.
The theme is ‘Painting with Fibres’ and we invite you to take inspiration from the 
plants in Joy’s herb garden and the landscape surrounding her home 
in Yafford and create a felt picture using wool fibres and textures.   



This workshop is for all abilities. The cost of the day is £30, with fibres extra. 
All equipment will be provided. Packs of fibre will be available to buy on the day 
and again you are welcome to bring your own.

If you are interested in coming along to Yafford and you would like to make
 a booking please contact Joy on  01983 740787.

For more information on any of the workshops at Quarr & Brook and to make a 
booking please contact me direct on 01983 752872



And I must just say a very big THANK YOU to all my wonderful students
 past & present who kindly let me use their work on these posts...


Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year...

The lull between the Christmas holiday and the New Year is a good time
 to reflect and look back over the past year. 
We've been enjoying some wonderful wintery sunshine here and I took some felt 
down to the Bay to photograph in this amazing light... 


It's just a couple of minutes from the house 
and on days like this it's hard to believe 
that we do actually live in such a perfect place...

KC bought me a tablet for Christmas with the plan that a portable 
archive could be created for ALL my photographs... 

This has spurred me into sorting through thousands and thousands of photos 
which certainly have mounted up over the last few years...
BUT it's been a great opportunity to look back over this past year
so here's a snapshot of 2014...


Workshops at Spring Farm Alpacas in Sussex
with my Alpaca Hat winning 2nd prize in the National Show...
  


Lots of very colourful scarves and wraps...




New developments with hand stitching & beading...




Open Studios 2014 at Shalfleet & Quarr Abbey...


Outdoor experiments with natural dyes...


and scarf workshops at Quarr.


It's been another busy year and 2015 promises to be just as exciting
with lots more workshops planned here on the island and 
further afield in Sussex & London. 
Dates will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

A very happy New Year to you all !!!



Sunday, 21 December 2014

WINTER SOLSTICE...

Today marks the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year!
I'd like to share my Winter Tree with you - not a felt robin in sight -
just some wonderful decorations made by friends... 



 ... with the three wise mice sitting underneath!


It has been another very busy year 
and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking such 
an interest in all the felt making going on in the Isle of Wight...   

THANKS for coming along to all the shows we've held throughout the year, 
especially the Christmas Fairs which have been really special!  

THANKS for taking part in the workshops! 
Demand seems to grow from year to year and there are plans for more
 two-day weekend workshops at Shalfleet Village Hall in the spring,
 as well as single days at Quarr Abbey. 
Dates will be posted here in the New Year as soon as they are finalised.

THANKS to all my blog followers, where ever you are! 

I hope you all have a well-deserved peaceful Christmas holiday 
and I hope your 2015 will be happy, busy and very creative. 


Thursday, 6 November 2014

FELTING DAYS at SHALFLEET

Only just catching up after a brilliant busy weekend! 
My first two-day workshop at Shalfleet Village Hall. 
Two days of fantastic felt making 
painting with fibres, experimenting with textures and working in 3-D 
designing and felting bags, bowls, cushion covers and pebbles!

Wonderful location, unbelievable weather and a lovely group of ladies 
(four had travelled all the way from Essex) bringing with them lots of 
enthusiasm and LOTS of delicious food - bread, soup, quiche and cake…
 All home-made, what could be better!

Here’s just a small selection of pictures…


… still getting use to my new camera!

It was a successful couple of days and we covered a lot of ground
 (maybe not as much as I’d planned) 
but ideally we would have needed a week for that!


 Running the two days side by side works really well.
It's hard work but it's great not to have to pack away everything after Day One! 

 I'm planning more two-day sessions for early 2015 
at Shalfleet and will be posting dates soon

but I can’t promise such wonderful weather!




Thursday, 2 October 2014

SCARVES on ETSY!

 Just updated my ETSY shop with some new scarf designs...

I've called this one Red Parrot - felted from 100% pure Merino in 
brilliant reds, lime greens and turquoise blues. 
It really is unique, with small slashed holes along the length 
and feather shaped fringes at both ends... 


All these lattice scarves are felted with wonderful
 rich blends of hand-dyed wools.

They have lovely soft fringes which give a real organic feel ...



and they can be twisted & tied in many different ways
making them so easy to wear!

These nuno scarves have been felted using 
hand-dyed 100% pure Merino in subtle autumn shades!


You can find more details about all the scarves at


AND they are all available at very special introductory prices! 



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