Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Latest Workshop News...

An exciting new craft shop opened this week on the island... OLIVEN, The Patchwork Café, situated in Newport High Street, right in the centre of town.

As the name suggests, the shop stocks everything you could possibly need for patchwork, quilting and felting, plus it's a café… How brilliant is that! You can browse amongst the fabrics and also enjoy coffee and delicious home-made cakes & pastries, all prepared by Olivier, a French pastry chef.

Also there's workshops taking place on the premises. Patchwork & quilting classes for all skill levels, with expert tutors Anne Bodemeaid & Vendulka Battais (the other half of the OliVen name). And I've been invited to run some feltmaking classes...


There's workshops for beginners (and this photo collage shows felt made at similar workshops held recently in Freshwater)

'INTRODUCTION TO FELTMAKING'  Tuesday 14th June. 10 - 4pm.
Simple felt making techniques will be explained, with everyone making one or more pieces of flat felt, experimenting with blending colours & textures. Plenty of ideas & examples of interesting projects will be on display.

'FELT JEWELLERY'  Wednesday 22nd June. 10 - 4pm
Creating felt flowers brooches & corsages - perfect for those summer weddings! Making felt beads & bangles using a variety of simple felting techniques, with lots of ideas for decoration using needle felting, beads & embroidery.

Due to demand we've changed the programme slightly...  We've combined the workshops for those that have some felt making experience and wish to learn how to make a 3-D project, so now you can choose whether to make a bowl or a bag, and we now have another workshop date for beginners : 

'SOFT POTS & BAGS'  Tuesday 28th June. 10 - 4pm
Felting a soft pot, bowl or a bag around a mould, with ideas for incorporating handles and decorating with textures, threads & beads. Lots of bowls & bag designs will be on display for inspiration!

'INTRODUCTION TO FELTMAKING'  Saturday 2nd July. 10 - 4pm
Details as above.

All the workshops are £20 for the day, plus the cost of materials which are available to buy in the shop. To book your place please contact Vendulka on 07724 616390 or call into the shop. There's plenty of photos of my previous workshops on this blog and my Flickr pages.

Seeing all the fab examples of quilting & patchwork at OliVen set me thinking about machine stitching onto felt - something I'd never really tried before. So I've been practising on a couple of pieces…

… and I can see the possibilities...

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