Join Us Next Sunday

Some of the lucky people who recently attended Charlotte Sehmisch workshop in Dublin are going to bring along their pieces and show what they made and talk about her fascinating techniques. Join us for coffee and an exchange of ideas  on Sunday morning July 10th from 10.30-13.00 in our Studio. Charlotte

The studio is situated at the Knockmaroon Gate of the Phoenix Park. There is a €5 charge for tea/coffee/bikkies

Upcoming Workshop

Needlefelting workshop

June Sunday Session

DSC_0185Good afternoon to you on this beautiful sunny day in Dublin. Sunday June 12th is our next monthly Sunday Session.  This month we will be looking at the amazing pieces produced at the recent Lyda Rump – Techniques Workshop.  They were very busy learning wonderful things to apply to any felt project.  It is always exciting to learn something specific from artists we admire!  Come join us for a few lovely hours.

Sunday June 12, 2016

10:30 am – 1:00 pm  –  Feltmakers Ireland Studio – Knockmaroon Gate.

Please be advised that the Knockmaroon Gate will be closed due to a race in the park.  There may also be closures at other gates as well.  Plan enough time.

Sunday Sessions are open to anyone – Member or Not.

€5.00 for the Tea, Coffee and snacks.


Much more than an AGM – Sunday May 15th

As many of you know our AGM is much more than just a business meeting, it a day filled with felt, friendship, fashion…..and cake.

This year Feltmakers Ireland`s Annual General Meeting will take place on 15th May in St. Andrew`s Church in Lucan from 2pm-5pm.
Please let us know if you have any motions for the agenda.
We are also looking for nominations for those members interested in joining the Committee.
Agenda for the meeting:
-Minutes from AGM 2015
-Treasurer`s Report
-Chair`s Annual Report
-Election of new committee members
-Fashion Show
Vendors this year will be:
-Valerie McGurdy with hand painted silks
-Narayana Fritch with handmade glass beads and buttons
-Nicola Brown
-Feltmakers Ireland fibre shop.
As always there will be home baked goodies, coffee and tea available.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Photo from our last fashion show – featuring a felt bicycle pannier

Exciting Exhibition Plans


Kaleidoscope – ­The changing shape of felt

4th – 25 th August 2016

Feltmakers Ireland is inviting all members to participate in its exhibition at the National Botanic Gardens. Handmade felt can take many shapes and forms. This exhibition is hoping to showcase how felt adapts to changing techniques and technologies. In this process our natural world provides constant inspiration. The exhibition is open to entries from all current members of Feltmakers Ireland

What are the conditions of entry?

1 The work must explicitly reflect the maker’s response to the natural world.

2 The work must be original and predominantly made using the technique of felt; every hand­made

felting technique is accepted.

3 Other textile techniques (as well as non­textile media) may be included, though hand­made felting

techniques have to prevail.

4 The work must be personally hand­made and after January 2015.

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

6 The exhibition will be mounted in the gallery of the Information Centre in the Botanic Gardens.

7 Each entrant may submit up to three pieces of work.

8 All entries must be submitted in suitable packaging for safe return. The cost of returning the work is the responsibility of each maker.

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.

 How will the work be selected?

There will be a panel of three judges, one from Feltmakers Ireland and two external judges, who will select the work to be included. The selection will be based on three criteria:

­ quality of work

­ interpretation of the theme

­ innovation in feltmaking design

What is the time scale?


The exhibition will take place from 4th – 25th August 2016. Photographs of entries to be submitted by 17th June 2016, and those that get selected from that round must be sent for final selection by 8th July.


Fees – there is a participation fee of €20 for a single piece, €30 for two pieces and €40 for three. Make cheques or postal orders out to Feltmakers Ireland or you can pay online by transfer – see application form for details. Application forms are available here: Kaleidoscope Application Form 2016


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. The exhibition is being held in a very secure environment and the exhibition will be invigilated at all times

Catalogue and publications – Feltmakers Ireland will be publishing a catalogue to accompany the exhibition

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



Workshop with Charlotte Sehmisch

workshop with Charlotte Sehmisch



Here is a fantastic opportunity to expand and enrich your feltmaking experience. We are delighted to host a Masterclass workshop led by inspirational Felt artist and textile designer Charlotte Sehmisch. Come and sculpt with felt and create beautiful cellular structures. Charlotte’s three dimensional surfaces and geometric shapes evolve into twisting organic forms, expressing her unique vision and innovative approach to the art of feltmaking.

This masterclass will introduce a variety of 3D surface techniques representing felt structures. During this 3 day workshop, participant can either make small samples of these different surface techniques or one project using one technique.

Charlotte is an award winning and internationally acclaimed German felt artist and textile designer for Weimar, the home of Bauhaus, Germany. She has exhibited her work worldwide in Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, USA and Australia. If you are not familiar with her work, check her website and some of her work on

The materials for the workshop is not included in the cost of the workshop. You can bring your own wool (detailed list will be available later) and wool will be available for purchase as well at the workshop.

This 3 days’ workshop costs €150 for Feltmakers Ireland members and €180 for non members. As our guild exist 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 Kilruddery House and Gardens (Bray, Co. Wicklow) starting Friday June 10 until Sunday June 12. Time: 10:00 to 5:00 pm.

This class in not suitable for beginners.

Charlotte application form

April 10th Sunday Session


Julan Gleich is giving our Sunday session this weekend. Julan is an American needle felter living in Dublin. She loves sheep and makes felt sculptures of animals.

She will be talking about her work and demonstrating some of her techniques. We will do some hands on needling and Julan will lead on a small project. This promises to be a great session, so come and enjoy. We will have needles for sale so don’t worry if you don’t have the right type just yet.

Feltmakers Ireland Studio – Knockmaroon Gate

Sunday April 10, 2016  10:30-1:00

€5.00 for coffee, tea, biscuits

Just to note, there is a run on in the Phoenix Park on Sunday and so you will need to park outside the gates.

Element 15 Exhibition

Watergarden 2016 linked... A4 poster JPEG

Workshops with Lyda Rump

We have two wonderful workshops coming up in April. Lyda Rump is joining us from the Netherlands to give a one day class teaching techniques, and a two day sculpture class, inspired by the sea. Lyda is a highly respected teacher with many years of experience. These classes are a great chance to advance your abilities, whether you are a beginner felt maker, or an experienced one.

The techniques class, Let Shapes Arise, is on Friday April 22 at The Visitors Centre of The Phoenix Park.

The Sea Sculptures class is on  Saturday & Sunday April 23 and 24 and takes place in the new St Andrew’s National School in Lucan. Application forms are available to download here.

For further information contact Maureen Cromer, 0879961033 or at

Lyda Rump 2 day application

Lyda Rump one day application

The 1916 Felt Experience

We had a wonderful day in Merrion Square in Dublin today taking part in RTÉ ‘Reflecting The Rising’ craft village. We met lots of people who helped us felt our 1916 – 2016 banner – thanks to all the women, men and children who rolled up their sleeves and made the banner with us. As soon as the banner is dry we will post a photograph here.

We have been researching how wool was felted or ‘fulled’ one hundred years ago in Ireland. One of our committee members, Clodagh Mac Donagh told us a story  from her late father from Connemara:

There wasn’t felting as we know it,  but there was fulling.   As a child, my father recalled that  the family would receive their homespun fabric from the local weaver, and it would be soaked in  urine   in a tin bath in the outhouse,  and two men would then sit on chairs  opposite each other and would kick the fabric to each other, the fabric, all the while was being shrunk (felted) rendering it windproof, waterproof, and much warmer and tougher.

The Irish (Gaelic) word for urine is called fual, so  my theory is  that this is where the Americans get the term fulling.
In Newfoundland  (where lots of Irish emigrated) there was a very strong culture of treating  woven cloth by beating it (roughly the same idea) and they used to sing fabulous songs (to the rhythm of  the  beating) called waulking songs in the background of any  felting type activity.
Here is a video from Scotland with a group of women fulling together and singing a waulking song:


Thanks to Norma O’Connor and the crew from RTÉ for their warm welcome and for arranging the sunshine!

Here are some pictures from today:


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