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,

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:

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.



Not to be missed.

Summer Magazine Out Now

Holly Hungary

Cover photograph of Holly Angle’s felt purse

newsletter Summer 2015 -s cover (1)

Our summer magazine should have arrived in your postbox this morning with lots of news and reviews. The quarterly magazine is one of the many benefits of membership – which is just €25 per year. If your magazine doesn’t arrive it may mean that your membership has lapsed, if you would like to renew or join for the first time here is our membership form: 2015 FI Membership Form

Exciting Series of Summer Workshops

We are presenting a series of exciting Summer Workshops throughout July & August in the Phoenix Park, Bray & Greystones. There is something for everyone. If you are interested in taking part in any of these please contact the tutor directly, numbers are being kept low so you are well advised to book a place as soon as possible

19 July – Indigo Dyeing with Clodagh Mac Donagh, Feltmakers Studio, Phoenix Park

Contact Clodagh, 0860574401



25th July – Bag Workshop with Gabi McGrath  Feltmakers Studio, Phoenix Park. Contact Gabi on, 0877864604



1st August – 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 1st August with Gabi McGrath. 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).  Come to learn a new skill in the wonderful surroundings Killruddery has to offer. You will go home with a beautiful 3-D vessel that you designed and made yourself.  Application form and more details here: Workshop in Kilruddery House with Gabi

2nd August – Acid Dyeing with Clodagh Mac Donagh, Feltmakers Studio, Phoenix Park Contact Clodagh, 0860574401


8th August  – Feltmakers Ireland, in association with the Killruddery House and Gardens, are hosting an eco-dyeing workshop in the beautiful Fruit Room Studio on the Killruddery estate with Misha Markova. Join in an adventure of making wonderful cloth and paper samples for a one day. The aim of the session is to extract colours from natural materials using a variety of eco dyeing and printing techniques. Suitable for dyeing novices as well as for those who want to improve their skills. The cost is €60, including basic materials (extra can be purchased on the day). Application form and more details here: Workshop in Kilruddery House with Misha

8th August  – Slippers workshop with Gabi McGrath, Feltmakers Studio, Phoenix Park. Contact Gabi on, 0877864604
Gabi slippers



9 August – Eco Printing with Misha Markova, Feltmakers Studio, Phoenix Park.  Contact Misha

on, 0851325622



15th August – Shibori felt workshop with Nessa McCormack, Location: Nessa’s studio near Greystones Contact Nessa McCormack at nessamccormack@gmail.com086


29 August – Eco Printing with Misha Markova, Feltmakers Studio, Phoenix Park.

Contact Misha on, 0851325622


Workshop application deadline for Nancy Ballesteros

Nancy Ballesteros

The deadline for applications for the workshop with Nancy Ballesteros is fast approaching, so to be in with a chance of a place get your applications to Christine Maxwell to arrive by post by Monday June 29th. Address: Barnadarrig, Pucks Castle Lane, Rathmichael, Shankill. Co.Dublin



Nancy Ballesteros Workshop

Nancy Apron

JULY 27,28 and 29, 2015

We are thrilled to host a Masterclass workshop led by Nancy Ballesteros, from Treetops Fibres in Perth, Australia. If you aren’t familiar with Treetops, do have a look at their website. The colours are magnificent. Nancy is offering a two and a half day workshop titled Abstract Aprons.

Over the workshop we will develop our  patterns and create beautiful wrap-arounds using superfine merino, silk hankies and silk fabric. The materials for this workshop are not included in the cost of the class. Nancy will bring her magnificent fibres and silks for you to purchase, or you are free to bring your own. Be aware however that if you wish to have results like Nancy’s, with the correct sizing and shrinkage, you need to bring the correct micron fibres. Five designs are on offer and the materials from Nancy will vary from approximately €40 to €90 per garment.

We are able to offer this  workshop for a wonderful price of only€140 for fully paid up members of Feltmakers Ireland, or €170 for non-members. As our guild exists mainly to support our members, places are allocated by lottery among members first. Any remaining places are then allocated by a second lottery among non-member applicants.

The workshop will be held in the Church of Ireland Parish Centre in Lucan, Co Dublin. Starting Monday the 27 th, 1:30 to 4:30. Tuesday and Wednesday will go from 10:00 until 5:00.

Application Form:  Nancy workshop application (1)


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