Only one week until Bloom

Cristina at our award winning stand at Bloom 2008

Cristina at our award winning stand at Bloom 2008

It’s hard to believe that the Bloom Festival has come around again so soon. It was such fun last year and if the long term weather forcast is to be believed it will be a good week-end to be out an about. We will be having felt making demonstrations on our stand for the entire duration of the festival and have had brilliant support from our members volunteering to help out. There are a couple of gaps in the schedule so if anyone is free on Friday 29th from 4-6, on Sunday 31st from 4-6 and on Monday 1st June from 12-4 please get in touch with Eleanor at ellieroche@gmail.com. Anyone coming to Bloom can bring their felt work for display on our stand. Don’t forget the sun cream! See you there!

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Féile na Feilte

If you are travelling to the west of Ireland on your Summer holidays make sure to note Thursday 30th July in your diary. For the third year in a row we are hosting a day of fun and feltmaking in the beautiful setting of the Museum of Country Life near Castlebar in Co Mayo.  There  will be an exhibition of felt work, ongoing feltmaking demonstrations and two workshops during the day. If you are interested in attending the workshops (which are free but pre booking is essential) please contact the Museum directly.http://www.museum.ie/en/list/booking-country-life.aspx

The planned workshops are:

Workshop 1

10.30 – 12.00  Introduction to Feltmaking. Participants will make their very   own 3D vessle in fine merino wool with tutors Eleanor Roche & Sheila Ahern (Suitabel for age 7+) 

Workshop 2

Funky Hair Accessories

Funky Hair Accessories

14.30 -16.00 Funky Hair Accessories. Learn how to roll wool into colourful spikes to make fashionable hair scrunchies, dreadlocks and spiky hair slides.  Tutor: Suzie Sullivan (Suitable for age 10+)

No experience needed and all materials are provided. please bring along a small towel and a plastic bag to bring home your wet creations.

Studio Opening

We are in the final stages of preparing the studio for use by our Members. We will be posting opening hours on this site on a regular/weekly basis so keep an eye out for dates that suit you. If you are interested in using the studio on a specific date please e mail sheila.ahern@ireland.com. The studio is located at the Knockmaroon gate of the Phoenix Park, the Knockmaroon gate is situated close to Mount Sackville School and beisde the Furry Glen in the Park. Below is a link to a map of the Park. Looking forward to seeing you there.

The Studio will be open on Friday 22nd May from 10.30 – 14.30 

We are planing an offical opening on Sunday afternoon 24th June. If the weather is good we can have a family picnic celebration of our new premises. Watch out for more details.

http://www.satellitesights.com/satelliteimage/Phoenix_Park_Dublin_Ireland

A Terrific AGM

Attendance at AGM

Attendance at AGM

Many thanks to everyone who came along last Sunday (May 17th) for our AGM and Felt Bazzar. It was great fun and wonderful to catch up with everyone and share news. Our newest member, five month old Amelie, was there with her mum Andre Cleary. Olive from the Wool Initiative gave an excellent presentation about the huge variety of sheep breeds in Ireland and the UK. Stephanie from the Yarn Room and Anne from the Fabric Gallery in Bray had stalls with an abundance of materials to tempt people. There was an exhibition of members work with some very striking pieces. It is wonderful to see how far feltmaking skills have developed since the foundation of Feltmakers Ireland just six years ago. Colleen Prendiville is standing down as Chairperson of the organisation after her three year stint, she did a magnificent job in her very calm, skillful and good humoured way. There was a presentation to Colleen of a tapestry cushion made by a member of the Fine Cell Work organisation in the UK. And as usual there were lots of delicious home made cakes and biscuits for everyone to enjoy.  

Clodagh, Amelie & Andre

Clodagh, Amelie & Andre