Great News Feltmakers!

All repair works are now completed on the studio. So everything is good to go again.

First of all, we have Heritage Day at the studio on the 27th of August see the post below for further details.

On the 10th of September Gabi McGrath will run the lampshade workshop that was postponed from June.

The morning session will be open to all as usual. Places should be booked directly with Gabi should you want to attend the afternoon session.

You can contact Gabi at:

A few places are still available for the Felt and Architecture workshop running from September 15-17. Please contact Ann Walsh, her details are on felt for architecture application.

And last but not least, we will be having Gladys Paulus doing a workshop with us in March 2018. Details to follow.

Heritage Week – Open Studio August 27th

Date for your Diary


Gladys Paulus

We are delighted to announce that Gladys Paulus will be coming to Ireland in March 2018 to give a workshop for Feltmakers Ireland members.  You can see her imaginative work here:

Workshop Application – Felt for Architecture with Anneke Copier and Claudio Varone

Masterclass with Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier (Felt for Architecture)  

Feltmakers Ireland is delighted to host a Masterclass in September with interior architects and felt designers Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier in Farmleigh, Phoenix Park. We will make three-dimensional felt and will be taught a range of techniques used in Claudio and Anneke’s own creations.

The workshop lasts 3 days 15th to 17th September.

The first day is dedicated to learning the techniques. Participants will making samples to practice using the techniques.

The second day will be spent making your own design. Taking your own ideas together with the help of photos, you will be asked to design your own three-dimensional felt panel.

The third day is dedicated to building and felting your creation. The final work will be about 60×60 cm in size.

Knowledge of basic felt techniques is required for this Masterclass.

Felt for Architecture Exhibition

Feltmakers Ireland will host an exhibition with Felt for Architecture, interior architects and felt artists, Claudio Varone and Anneke Copier at The Cowshed Theatre, Farmleigh from 14th to 17th September alongside the Masterclass.

Felt for Architecture is a collection of carpets and three-dimensional wall hangings in wool felt, designed to dress spaces, walls, floors, to evoke, to protect and to tell a story. Their colours and shapes originate mainly from the contemplation of landscapes. All pieces are unique, created in wool, sometimes combined with cotton, silk and other natural fibres, and are made using traditional techniques adapted to obtain abstract and minimalistic three-dimensional shapes. The intention is to introduce the art of felt within spaces, with all its tactile visual and acoustic features, and with the overwhelming power, magic and sacredness of life.

The exhibition of their work, alongside selected work of Feltmakers Ireland members, will open at 6.30pm on Thursday 14th September. Anneke and Claudio will give a talk about their work and a small reception will follow. Registration is essential to attend the talk and opening. To register contact

The Exhibition and Masterclass and has been made possible through Network Funding support from the the Design and Crafts Council Ireland


Feltmakers Ireland also acknowledge the generous support of the OPW and Farmleigh House

About the Artists

Italian architect and artist Claudio Varone started Felt for Architecture in 2003. The project stemmed from Claudio’s ambition to conjugate art, craft and architecture. In 2006 he started working with Dutch felt artist Anneke Copier.

Claudio and Anneke live and work in The Netherlands. More information on Felt for Architecture can be seen on Claudio’s and Anneke’s websites: and

Download Application form HERE





POSTPONED: Embroidery Sunday Session 9th of July

Dear Feltmakers,

We are sorry to announce that we have to postpone the Sunday session on the 9th of July. The studio is still under repair and we are without water and toilet facilities. Sorry for the inconvenience to all. We will let you know when we are good to go again.

The Feltmakers Ireland Committee

Reminder 2017 RDS Craft Awards


The June 14 deadline for entries to the 2017 RDS Craft Awards is fast approaching. Open to craftspeople living and working on the island of Ireland, it is a two strand competition where the work of emerging and established makers is judged separately with specific prizes to support emerging craftspeople.

The 2017 prize fund is in excess of €30,000 with the top prize winners in each strand receiving RDS Awards of Excellence and a cheque for €5,000. 10 category prize winners in both emerging and established maker strands will receive €500 sponsored by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. There are also many other prizes on offer including a free stand for an emerging maker at the 2017 National Crafts & Design Fair, the RDS Graduate Award of €2,000 and the RDS Muriel Gahan Award of €2,000 to support a developing craft business.

Ceramics Ireland is sponsoring a €1,000 award for excellence and innovation in a ceramic entry this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary. See the website for details of the many other prizes and to view the rules of entry.

Winning and selected entries will be shown at the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition at the Dublin Horse Show in August. Award winners will be shown at the National Crafts & Design Fair, RDS (December, 2017)

Enter online at by June 14

Important Notice: June 11 Sunday Session

Capture felt lamp

Due to unforeseen circumstances the upcoming Sunday session for June 11th is no longer taking place.

Likewise, the lamp workshop following the session is also postponed. Gabi McGrath will be in touch with those who signed up for the workshop to arrange a new date.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Felt at Bloom

If you are visiting Bloom in the Phoenix Park this Sunday come along and say hello or join in the demonstrations with Feltmakers Ireland in the Craft Village.

Reminder AGM and Tea Party May 21st


Feltmakers Ireland Annual General Meeting is taking place on the 21st of May. The meeting is located at St. Andrew’s Church, Lucan. The AGM runs from 2-5pm. This year’s theme is ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, so bring a hat and a cake and let’s have some fun! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Reminder: Upcoming Events

May 21st AGM and Tea Party

Feltmakers Ireland Annual General Meeting is taking place on the 21st of May. The meeting is located at St. Andrew’s Church, Lucan. The AGM runs from 2-5pm. This year’s theme is ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’, so bring a hat and a cake and let’s have some fun! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

June 11 Gabi McGrath Felt Lamp Workshop

Following the Sunday Session on the 11th of June, .Gabi McGrath will be hosting a felt lamp workshop  Please contact Gabi directly if you’re interested in attending the afternoon session: M: 0877864604 or email

Details are as follows:

Gabi will do a demonstration at the Sunday Session from 10.30-1:00pm and then a workshop from 1.30-4.30 pm.

The workshop including materials will cost 35 euros per person. Participants attending the morning and afternoon session should bring packed lunch with them.

Tea and coffee will be provided.