Festival of World Cultures

Feltmakers Ireland's stand at the RDS Horse Show
Feltmakers Ireland's stand at the RDS Horse Show

Have a look out for the Feltmakers Ireland stand in Dun Laoghaire festival of World Cultures. It is a very lively and colourful festival and well worth a visit. We will be there on Saturday 29th August so if you are at the festival be sure to find us.

New Drop In Schedule

We are expanding our Drop In days for the Autumn. In addition to our regular monthly Wednesday(Blanchardstown)  and Sunday (Lucan) sessions we have added an extra day in The Fabric Gallery in Bray once a month. The sessions are open to all and people who are new to felt are very welcome. We ask that everyone would bring along a basic feltmaking kit with them (towel, soap, bubble wrap, small bamboo mat and any fibre they want to use). Every month there is a different topic and whenever space and time allows we would hope that everyone who attends will get a chance to make their own pieces. The topics and dates for the Autumn are:

  • September – What is Wool?  We will learn about the different types of wool fibre and rare breeds of sheep We will make samples to see how they felt

Blanchardstown – 16 Sept             Lucan  –  27 Sept           Bray 21 Sept

  •  October  – Fingerless Gloves/Cuffs. This year at the learning curve at the K&S show we will be teaching how to make cuffs/gloves so our October sessions will be an opportunity to learn about different designs.

Blanchardstown – 21 Oct       Lucan –  25 Oct       Bray  – 19 Oct 

  • November – Jewellery – we will look at and make a range of beautiful felt jewellery incorporating beads, yarn etc.

Blanchardstown –  18 Nov     Lucan  – 22 Nov                  Bray – 23 Nov


  • December – all that glitters….. we will make all things Christmassy, including tree decorations and small seasonal felt gifts.

Blanchardstown –  9 Dec          Lucan  – 13 Dec                   Bray – 14 Dec

Felt on TV

Liz Brown, a member of Feltmakers Ireland living in Scotland, had worked on the felt “props” for this charming ad for Robinsons drinks. “The new advert for Robinsons natural fruit juice is currently showing on television (in the UK). Working with Justin Wilson at Justin Illusions Studio in Ayrshire, Heartfelt (Liz’s businness – see www.heartfeltbyliz.com) was involved in creating many of the textiles items in the ‘shoot’. Chairs ,couches ,rugs and even little felted hats. To view the advert follow the links to utube
Felt making is a very diverse art form.
Have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH5OSU2vEHU

Visit our Studio

Open Day – Sunday 30th August 2009

12.00 – 16.00

As part of Heritage Week this year Feltmakers Ireland are having an open day at our studio in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. There will be feltmaking demonstrations, a display of work and refreshments in the sunshine (wishful thinking!). It will be a great opportunity to meet up and have a look inside the studio.  There is a map of the location in an earlier post – see below. There is a shuttle bus in the Park, get off at the Ordanance Survey stop and it’s a very short walk to the Knockmaroon Gate. There is a large car park beside the studio.  See also http://www.heritageweek.ie

Felt in Focus Photographs

Felt Exhibition in Denmark
Felt Exhibition in Denmark

One of the Swedish Feltmakers, Annelie Richardsson, who attended the Felt Symposium in Denamark in July has posted some terrific photos on her website www.hantverkochtovat.se
The webpage is in Swedish, so you have to click at the button “felt in focus” on the first page on the left, the next page has four images and there the text  in English. Click on one of the pictures to get into the photogallery.

Open Day in Connemara

 Join Feltmakers Ireland in two days of craft, felt and fun in Oughterard, Co Galway on Friday and Saturday 14/15th August 2009. The event will be hosted by Elizabeth Bonnar. To get directions  by email please contact Cristina at grijalbocris@hotmail.com . Everybody is welcome.


Friday 14th August – Visit to V’Soske Joyce Carpet Factory Oughterard.

Tony Dixon, owner manager had kindly agreed to show us round at 2pm. The factory is in the Old Railway Station, about quarter of a mile out of Oughterard on the road to Costello. Those who wish to go all together can meet me at the Boat Inn in the centre of Oughterard at 1.30 pm

Saturday 15th August –Open Day

# Continuous demonstrations

# Opportunity for visitors to have a go – no experience necessary!

# Work on the Feltmakers Ireland banner

# Basket making demonstration by Kathleen McCormack

# Basics of greenwood furniture making by Alison Ospina.

# Making of greenwood stand for felt bannerAlison will give advice and help with this.

Lunch – remember to bring a packed lunch.


2pm – Talk on Irish Greenwood Furniture Makers by Alison Ospina.


RDS Craft Competition 2009

Eleanor Roche with her prizewinning entry

There are some excellent felt pieces in the exhibition of this years RDS Crafts Competition. The winner of the Felt Section is Justina Truchanowska, a graduate student from NCAD. Second prize went to Eleanor Roche (chairperson of Feltmakers Ireland) for her beautiful box of felt hats. Congratulations to the winners, finalists and everyone who entered. The exhibition of all the winners and finalists is currently showing at the RDS Horse Show and travels to three other venues around the country after the Show. For more details see http://www.rds.ie/cat_project_detail.jsp?itemID=513

1st Prize in Felting Category
1st Prize in Felting Category