Thursday, 1 September 2011


August has just flown by... We've had a really busy summer of workshops at OliVen the Patchwork Café. There are more workshops coming up in September through to December, both in Newport & Freshwater, and they are booking up fast. For more information about "Feltmaking in Freshwater" follow the link and for details about the Café workshops scroll down to the end of this post

I thought I'd just showcase some of the amazing achievements of the summer workshops in this series of collages - I'm just going to let the photos speak for themselves…

 ...some beautiful bowls and fabulous felt flowers...

...more bowls, bags & "paintings with fibres"...

...and lots of examples of beginners flat felt pieces...

One-Day Workshops at OliVen the Patchwork Café in Newport High Street.

The following workshops are suitable for beginners:

"PAINTING with FIBRES" : Wed 16th November. 10 - 4pm
A new workshop for beginners with a different slant! Basic felt making techniques will be explained, showing how to create a design or landscape scene from multi-coloured 'pre-felts' and textures. The finished felt piece will be suitable to use as a wall-hanging or cushion cover. Lots more workshop photos here...
'INTRODUCTION to FELTMAKING'  Mon 10th Oct. 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 finished projects will be on display.

'FELT JEWELLERY'  Thurs 20th Oct. & Thursday 3rd Nov. 10 - 4pm
Come and make some stunning jewellery to wear at your Christmas parties! Felt flower brooches & corsages - like the examples above - and beads & bangles are all made using a variety of simple felting techniques. Lots of ideas for decoration using needle felting, beads & embroidery.

'FELT for CHRISTMAS'  Mon 7th Nov. & Mon 5th Dec. 10 - 4pm
A new workshop with Christmas in mind... Come and make felt flowers & beads to wear, or to decorate your Christmas table and tree. Lots of decoration ideas, felt cards and lots of Christmas sparkle...!!!

The following workshops are for those that have some felt making experience and wish to complete a 3-D project :

"SOFT POTS & BAGS"  Wed 12th Oct. 10 - 4pm
You can choose to make either a seamless bag or bowl using a resist. There's ideas for incorporating handles and decorating with textures, threads & beads. Lots of bag and bowl designs will be on display for inspiration!

"FELT SLIPPERS" Wed 26th Oct. 10 - 4pm
Make a pair of wonderful cosy felt slippers for the winter, with instructions on sizing and decorating the slippers, and tips on attaching leather soles.

"FELT HAT" Mon 17th Oct. 10 - 4pm
Come and make a felt hat for yourself, and make it as sensible or crazy as you dare... And if it's anything like the Slippers workshops it will be a really fun day!

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 Wendy on 554 934 or call into the shop and we'll look forward to seeing you...

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