Purple Haze – theme for our stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show

Hat by Gabi McGrath



Natzaret Sindreu


The Dublin Knitting and Stitching show is nearly upon us, and we will, as ever, have a stand to promote our wonderful craft. We find people are very excited and inspired by the display of your work that we have each year, and we always try to be visually striking. So this year we want to really stand out from the crowd, and are asking for PURPLE pieces. In years gone by we have chosen a colour for a theme and it allows us to display the huge versatility of fine felt, while keeping a unified look. This is a great chance to show your work in a less formal way than a full exhibition. So go on, make us something purple. Purple jewellery, a purple hat, a purple bag, a perfect purple pansy picture! You can bring your piece to a Sunday Session or send it to either Maureen or Holly. We will be mounting the display on the Wednesday, November 11th, so will need your work before then. Go on, give it a go! But please understand that the space is limited, so keep that in mind.

Purple scarf

Scarf by Mette Roche


Sunday Session – Silk Hankies – October 11th

Join us next Sunday when we will be looking at techniques using ‘silk hankies’. After the recent visit by Nancy Ballesteros to Ireland we learnt lots of new ways of working with this versatile silk material.

The session runs from 10.30 – 1.00 in our studio located at the Knockmaroon Gate of the Phoenix Park .

Cost €5 includes tea/coffee & biscuits

Workshop in Kilruddery House & Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens, in association with the Feltmakers Ireland guild, are hosting

a feltmaking workshop in the beautiful Fruit Room Studio on the Killruddery estate on

Saturday 10th October with Clodagh Mac Donagh. The workshop is suitable for all levels,

even those new to the craft. The cost is €60, including basic the materials (extra can be

purchased on the day for app. €5).  Come to learn a new skill in the wonderful surroundings

Killruddery has to offer. You will go home with a beautiful pair of mittens that you designed

and made yourself. For more details, contact Clodagh Mac Donagh (0860574401)

See the application form here for more details:FELTMAKERS IRELAND1

Sunday Session 13th September

The new season of Sunday Sessions kicks off next week, Sunday September 13th, (and every second Sunday of the month, in our studio in the Phoenix Park. It’s an opportunity to get together with others who share your love of felt, learn new techniques and have some fun. Next Sunday we will be looking at some of the ideas and skills we gained on a recent exchange in Hungary when a group from Feltmakers Ireland joined a group from Hungary and spend a week working with two fantastic felt artists Judit Pocs and Gabriella Kovacs.

Holly Hungary

Holly Angel’s bag

Time: 10.30 -13.00

Place: Feltmakers Studio, Knockmaroon Gate of the Phoenix PArk, Dublin

Cost; €5

Open Studio for Heritage Week

Studio Open Day

Studio Open Day

Join us for our Open Studio Heritage Day next Sunday 23rd August 2015

Come along and enjoy the displays of beautiful hand made art in felt.

There will be demonstrations and many wonderful inspirations exchanged.

We look forward to welcoming you to Feltmakers Ireland studio from 2 to 4.30.

For further information please contact Nessa McCormack at 086 6022511, nessamccormack@gmail.com

The studio is located at the Knockmaroon Gate of the Phoenix Park, Dublin

element15 exhibition in Wexford




Colleen Prendiville

Work by Colleen Prendiville


element 15 have invited all our members to  STRATA  an exhibition of textile and ceramic which opens on August 15th in Wexford. If you happen to be in the sunny south east it will be well worth going to see.

STRATA invitation Postcard

The exhibition of course opens 2nd AUGUST!

Felt Exhibition opens Sunday 2nd August

Feltmakers Ireland are pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of the work of our very talented member Clare Merry. The show runs for two weeks in the Visitors Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The exhibition presents a wide range of pieces from quirky needle felted Marilyn Monroe (below), through beautiful garments and felt wall pieces. Well worth going to see.




Textile Exhibition Call Out

Thread Song

The DCCoI are holding the 6th annual textile exhibition for members at this year’s Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS. The theme is the life and work of WB Yeats .

The DCCoI invited members to attend a day long workshop on Monday 20th July. The morning session was presented by Medb Charleton an introduction to The Life and Poetry of W.B Yeats and Yeats Poetry and the Fabric of History. The later part of the morning was taken up with a couple of short technical talks. The first was about framing with some very valuable tip about framing your work for exhibition. This particular exhibition does not accept glass so that rules out any issues you might have with glass. We did look at the difference between regular glass and museum/archive glass which contains a UV filtre that will protect your work from light damage. The difference was amazing and the archive glass is certainly worth considering, despite the considerable price difference. The second technical session was about writing a successful application.  Assessors and curators will receive many applications and will have to read through them all so it is very important that yours is clearly written, concise and relevant.

Advice on writing appliction: http://www.ccoienterprise.ie/ideas/article/tips-advice-writing-application-forms

The afternoon session was a collaborative workshop, facilitated by Caroline Schofield. Caroline gave us an inspirational whistle stop tour of her work. We then broke up into small groups and worked together to produce a visual interpretation inspired by the morning’s exploration of Yeats. This was great fun and fascinating to see how others responded visually to the words in a poem.

Details for applicants: Pieces must be contemporary in design and can be in any textile media utilising slow and/or fast craft techniques, handcrafted or digital technologies.
Work can take the form of literal or abstract interpretation, functional and non-functional, wearable and non-wearable.
Work will be selected on the basis of excellence in design and making, its fit within the overall exhibition and creative interpretation of the brief.
Work must have been made within the last three years and not previously shown in The Knitting & Stitching Show or in any DCCoI exhibitions.

Successful applicants will have their work photographed and exhibited in The Knitting & Stitching Show. This exhibition may also travel to other venues both in Ireland and the UK.

The deadline for submissions is 22 September 2015. It would be fantastic to see lots of felt represented in the exhibition


Two Summer Solo Shows not to miss

Feltmakers Ireland are delighted to announce two solo shows by our members for the month of August. We held a call out earlier this year for interested members to submit ideas for an exhibition  in the Visitors Centre in the Phoenix Park. The two successful members were Claire Merry and Niki Collier.

Claire will be showing some of her beautiful felt clothing and pictures from 1- 14 August

Claire Merry FI at Phoenix Park 150720


Niki Collier will present a selection from her exciting new Autumn/Winter 2015-16 felt clothing collection entitled ‘H’ (for hope). Her work will be on show from 16-31 August. http://www.nikicollier.com/



Not to be missed.


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