FELTING matters...

FELTING matters...

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 WEEKEND WORKSHOP at Shalfleet Village Hall on 
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March : 10 am - 4 pm both days.

On Saturday the workshop will be ‘Painting with Fibres’ for all abilities.
We will focus on creating pictures and designs, experimenting with 
different fibres & textures. 

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

You can choose to do any one or both days. 
The workshops are £30 per person per 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 & Shalfleet 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! 



Sunday, 21 September 2014

SCARF WORKSHOP at QUARR...

On Saturday I held my first Scarf Workshop at Quarr Abbey in the Old Bookshop.
What a great day! I was so excited to be invited here - it's such a 
perfect location for a workshop...   


I had a lovely group too, some new and some familiar
 faces, full of enthusiasm for the day ahead.

Joanne (a brilliant fibre artist from Shunklies Fibre Studio in Sheffield) 
hand-dyed these hanks of merino specially for this workshop...


Working with such fantastic fibres makes the 
whole felting process a real pleasure. 
  


The Old Bookshop at Quarr makes a great workshop space.
Good light and plenty of room...




Lots of smiling faces at the end of a very enjoyable day...



and lots of wonderful scarves to take home!



And I even had time to enjoy the sunshine in the Abbey gardens.

I hope I am invited back for some more workshops.
 In the meantime there are still places available on the 
Scarf Workshop at The Seaview Hotel, I o W
on Saturday 11th October.

This workshop is being organised by the hotel
for more details please contact them direct...








Monday, 1 September 2014

AUTUMN WORKSHOPS...

September 1st already! There’s a definite hint of autumn in the air, the night’s are drawing in and before we start thinking about Christmas here’s a perfect opportunity to plan some creative time for yourself… NEW dates for Felt Making workshops at some great venues on the Isle of Wight and further afield...

The first will be held at The Old Bookshop, Quarr Abbey nr Ryde, IOW. I’m really excited to be holding workshops here at this wonderful location, starting with a FELT SCARF workshop on 20th September. This workshop 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 felt scarf to wear!


The workshop is £30 for the day + cost of materials. All equipment will be provided. I will have a selection of hand-dyed fibres for us to use and these will be available to buy on the day. There’s plenty of working space, free easy parking and snacks & lunches available in the Garden Tearooms. 


UPDATE! All places are filled on the Quarr workshop but there are still a couple of places left at Shalfleet on the Friday.


On Friday 31st October & Saturday 1st November I will be holding a 2-DAY FELT MAKING Workshop at Shalfleet Village Hall, IOW. This will be an intensive two days of felt making for ALL abilities.

Day One : Topics will include ‘Painting with Fibres’ creating & designing felt pictures and ‘Experimenting with Textures’ with plenty of textures provided.

Day Two : ‘3-D Forms’ designing and felting a seamless bag, bowl or vessel using a resist.




The two days will be full of instruction and demonstrations, including felting pebbles, laying out scarves, felting small jewellery items and ideas for felt Christmas decorations.

The two day workshop is £60 and you can choose to do both days or just a single day for £30. Materials will be extra and all equipment will be provided. Shalfleet Hall has great facilities, in a perfect rural location. There’s plenty of working space, free easy parking and the use of the kitchen for drinks & snacks (and The New Inn is across the road!).

A more detailed itinerary is available for these workshops so please contact me via Facebook if you are interested in taking part and would like more information.


On Saturday 11th October the SEAVIEW HOTEL at Seaview, IOW will be hosting a one-day workshop in basic wet-felting techniques. We’ll begin the day with a walk along the beach, seeking inspiration for a scarf design and collecting pebbles to transform into pebble weights. At the end of the day you will take home a hand felted scarf and some decorative felted pebbles.



This workshop is for all abilities with all materials provided. It is being organised by the Seaview Hotel, for more information, costs and bookings follow this link:  http://www.seaviewhotel.co.uk/events.asp#.VAS8_fldV8G


So there’s a busy autumn of workshops ahead and
 I hope there's something here to interest you!


I'm also at QUARR ABBEY on the 11th - 16th SEPTEMBER 
with my Crafty Artists friends for our autumn exhibition
if you would like to catch up with me there... 






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