The Joy of Membership

All our members will have received the latest edition of our quarterly magazine in the post in the past week.  This issue includes :

  • Report about ‘Felt for Architecture’ workshop
  • Details of exhibition opportunities with the Design & Crafts Council & Feltmakers Ireland
  • Interview with Pam Mc Gregor
  • Exciting ways to use silk hankies
  • Tips on inexpensive felting tools
  • Advice about tackling the dreaded moth
  • And much much more….IMG_1237

The magazine is just one of the joys of membership. Membership costs €25 per year and includes reduced fees and priority places for workshops, eligibility for exhibition entry, use of the resources of Feltmakers Ireland (eg library and studio) as well as the magazine delivered to your door. The cost of the magazine accounts for the majority of your membership fee. We have generously been sending the magazine to people whose membership has lapsed but we can’t continue to do this. So if you think this might apply to you and you would like to continue enjoying the benefits of membership please fill in the application/renewal form and send it to Holly Angle with your fee, you can download the  form here: .membership-application-feltmakers-ireland-2014 Membership runs from January  each year. If you are not sure if you have lapsed you can check with Holly (


Summer Hat Making Workshop


Feltmakers Ireland are delighted to present a one day hat making workshop

with Gabriella Mc Grath

Thursday 24th July from 10-5pm at the Phoenix Park Studio,Cost €50


To book your place contact:  Gabi at, 0877864604,



This workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced feltmakers 



Feltmakers Ireland Exhibition – call for entries

Feltmakers Ireland are delighted to announce details of our forthcoming exhibition to be held in Farmleigh in Dublin at the end of September.

Common Ground

Building bridges through feltmaking


 25th September – 12th October 2014


 An exhibition of felt works by members of Feltmakers Ireland and feltmakers from Hungary to celebrate the friendship we built up over the past few years through our common interest and love of feltmaking . We have shared and exchanged skills, explored each other`s history, traditions and heritage. We are actively creating heritage for the future through our shared passion for handcrafts in our multi-cultural world. This ancient craft is a great medium for innovation and design.



Building connections has never been easier. Technology allows us to keep in touch with each other easily, making friends, getting to know each other even if we`ve never met or never will. We may not even understand each others languages but  speak the common language of felt. As part of a complex network system we play different roles by different rules in our modern multi-cultural society.


We are connected by our shared passion for an ancient craft which is undergoing a  renaissance and where we are creating heritage for the future.

Current issues on common ground.

Here are all details for the exhibition that you might need:

Click here to download a copy of the application Common Ground exhibition application form 2014


1. Who can take part?


All current members of Feltmakers Ireland and feltmakers from Hungary



2. What are the conditions of entry?


1      The work can take the form of literal or abstract interpretation, functional and non-functional. Wearable and non-wearable.


2      The work must be original and predominantly made using the technique of felt, all hand made felting technique are accepted.


3      Other textile techniques (as well as non-textile media) may be included, though hand made felting techniques must be principal one.


4      The work must be personally hand-made and after January 2013.


5      Work done during courses or under the guidance of teachers is not allowed.


6      The exhibition will be mounted in Cow Shed gallery space in Farmleigh


7      Each entrant may submit up to three pieces of work


8      All entries must be submitted in suitable packaging for safe return.


9      All entries must be clearly labeled and have detailed hanging instructions. Two-dimensional works intended for wall hanging must have hanging devices attached. Work intended for freestanding display must be supplied with any rods or devices necessary for its display. Makers should include a photo or drawings to show how the piece should be displayed.


10    No glass will be accepted and Feltmakers Ireland does not take responsibility for any damage to the entries during the transportation or installation of work.


11    The exhibition will be invigilated by members of Feltmakers Ireland and all successful entrants are asked to invigilate for at least half a day over the duration of the exhibition.



3. How will the work be selected?


1      There will be a panel of two judges from Hungary and Ireland


The selection will be based on three criteria:

-     quality of work

-     interpretation of the theme

-     innovation in feltmaking design

-     its fit within the overall exhibition


4. What is the time scale?


The exhibition will take place from 25th September till 12th October 2014. Opening days:Thurs- Sun 10.00-17.00.


Photographs of entries to be submitted by 15th August 2014.

(Good quality photos are essential)



5. Further Information


            Fees – there is a participation fee of €5 for a single piece, €10 for up to three pieces.


      Insurance – Feltmakers Ireland carry public liability Insurance and will do everything        possible to make sure the work is safe however It is the maker’s responsibility to insure            his/her works independently if desired. The exhibition is being held in a secure   environment and will be invigilated at all times


      Sale of Work – the work will not be for sale during the exhibition, however details of        prices will be available and interested purchasers will be encouraged to contact the        maker directly.  There will be no commission taken by Feltmakers Ireland




Slippers & Bags with Gabi McGrath

Gabi McGrath is running two really interesting workshops from her studio in Lucan
Gabi slippers Gabi bags
One-day slipper making workshop on 21 June (Sat) from 10-5pm in Lucan, Co.Dublin
It costs 75 euros including materials. Please bring a packed lunch.
Two-day bag making workshop on 12-13th July (Sat-Sun) from 10-5pm in Lucan,Co. Dublin
It costs 100 euros, materials are not included in the price but can be purchased on the day. Please bring a packed lunch.
To book your place contact Gabi on 0877864604 or e-mail me on

Sunday Session June 8th 2014

Join Gabriella Mc Grath and Sheila Ahern next Sunday in our Studio to explore effective ways of working with pre felts and have fun discovering how cords can finish off your felt wall hanging or cushion with a fantastic Hungarian rope making tool. 10.30 – 13.00 Cost €5 includes tea & coffee

Map to our studio in the Phoenix park


Summer Workshops

We are delighted to present a series of workshops over the Summer months.

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Shibori Workshop – Ancient techniques, Contemporary designs in Felt making

We will experiment with a range of ‘shibori’ techniques that can be applied to felt to create striking three-dimensional effects in your felted fabric. The main focus is on experimentation and discovery.

Inspired by beauty in simple form, Nessa’s style brings together her love and fascination of the natural world and felt making in sculptural form.

Nessa has been exploring and teaching shibori and nuno felting techniques in her more recent works and is particularly interested in the contemporary approach of binding metal pieces with delicate fibres such as silk and lace with wool.

This workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced felt-makers of all levels

Tow one day workshops on Saturday June 14th and Saturday 21st June

10:30 am to 4:30 pm Phoenix Park Studio, cost €50

Contact Nessa McCormack at, 086 6022511,

To reserve a spot and get supply list.


Dyeing and Colour with Clodagh MacDonagh

Clodagh will once again be running a summer school of creative textile workshops for small groups

at the FELTMAKERS STUDIO, KNOCKMAROON GATE, PHOENIX PARK. These workshops are suitable

for beginners, or those who may already have some experience of dyeing.

Cost €50 per day, (10:00am until 16:00), which includes dyes,

chemicals, but not fabrics , and tea +coffee.

Dye Day 012

SATURDAY 5th July – Acid Dyeing & Shibori

Produce a range of vividly coloured fabrics, yarns and fibres using fabulous acid dyes, and shibori


SATURDAY 19th July – Batik

Using hot wax, and fabulous colours, create your own stunning designs on fabric, using a combination of

traditional Indonesian tjantings + other alternative tools and methods.


SATURDAY 2nd August  – Indigo Magic

Using the ancient mystical traditional blue dye + shibori techniques, create your own colour palette of

Blues on fabrics, fibres and yarns.

Silk PAinting

Saturday 16th August – Painting on Silk

Introduction to painting on silk using vivid steam fix dyes to produce personal colourful masterpieces.


For further details please contact :



Feltmakers Ireland AGM will take place on Sunday, May 18th from 2pm to 5pm at St Andrew’s Church, Lucan.  This year we will have the Festival of Felt comprising of a series of demonstrations.

We will have Eco printing and dyeing, Nuno felting, Pigment printing on felt and fabrics, Using the Drum Carder with mixed fibres, Using Kap/short merino fibre, Working with pre-felts and Colour blending!  It will be truly exciting and not to be missed.

Vendors this year will be – Demo and sales of felting tools from Niki & Niki,

Hand painted silks from Valery McGurdy,

Silk fabrics from Klara Silks,

Freda from The Wool Initiative will bring a supply of Irish Rare breed fibre,

As well as the Feltmakers Ireland Fibre shop.

Come to be inspired and restock your own stash.  Don’t forget to wear you current Felt Wardrobe

Felt and Fibre exhibition in Naas

naas felt and fibre spring exhibition invitation

Don’t miss this lovely exhibition in Naas with some very talented feltmakers.


Sunday Session 13th April 2014


Join us next Sunday from 10.30 – 13.00 in our studio in the Phoenix Park when one of our very talented members Asta Gauronskyte will be showing us her felted handbags, and a selection of other pieces for us among  which will be  a beautiful halterneck  felted dress, with a felted lily tie detail at the back. She will demonstrate the making of her felted lily for us.
The Sessions are open to all and there is a €5 charge for tea/coffee/bikkies/overheads etc.

Hat Workshop in Carlow

Fekltmaker Nicola Brown is organising a workshop with Dawn Edwards from the US next month. This is Dawn’s second time to teach in Ireland and there were some gorgeous results from her last workshop here.

Dawn Edwards Flyer


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