Wherever there are sheep and wool, communities have made felt
Canberra Region Feltmakers has existed since the early '90s to support and encourage all those interested in this versatile and exceptionally creative activity. Although based in Canberra, our membership spans not only the local region, but Sydney and the rest of NSW, and also includes a number of interstate and international members. Read more about membership.
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National Folk Festival 13-17 April 2017 - we will be selling our felted work at the festival and running mini-workshops.
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Canberra Region Feltmakers participate at the National Folk Festival (NFF), an annual event which is always a great success, with lots of felt items on sale and an overwhelming interest in the demonstrations and workshops we provide as part of the NFF programme.
Convergence is a gathering of felt makers from the Southern Hemisphere and other parts of the world. Sharing knowledge about feltmaking is the underlying theme. It has become customary to hold a Convergence every two years, alternately in Australia and New Zealand.
In this one day workshop, we will be having fun making a pair of fingered woollen gloves. Making felted gloves is quite fiddly and you will need to be prepared to be precise. You can decorate your gloves at home once they have dried.
In this one day workshop we will have fun making hooky felt flowers. Students will learn rug hooky techniques to use with left over felt. Maggie will bring lots of samples with her. Each student can choose to make their own brooch design using their own felt, felt beads, and other fibres. These brooches can then be used with scarves, vests and wraps.
Inspired by Origami Artists like Paul Jackson, Eric Gjerde and others, Andrea will guide the participants through the process of creating intricate felted three dimensional constructions and foldings for jewellery and small felt objects.
During this two-day workshop, we will make a nuno-felted scarf or wrap using paj silk and fine Merino wool. We will then dye the piece using the fascinating botanical-print method. While we are waiting for the dye pot to work its magic we will make another scarf using tissue silk, incorporating different fabric manipulation techniques and can be in colours of your choice. This workshop is about exploration while letting your creativity run free……and enjoying the experience.