A Great Start to the New Season

Some of the rare breed samples

Some of the rare breed samples

We have just finished the first round of Drop In Days and they were  a great success. Everyone who attended made samples from a huge variety of different wools. The samples came from the Wool Initiative and from Liz Brown in Scotland (some members of the committee attended a workshop given by Liz earlier in the year and she very generously gave us some very unusual fibres to try out).  We attached labels to all the samples identifying them and describing  how easy/hard it was to felt them.  Maureen has offered to make a  bunting style display with the samples which will be a permanent record and a terrific resource to have.

The next round of Drop In days we will be making winter warmer cuffs. Please remember to bring along your own fletmaking kit and fibre. Details of dates and venues are on our Drop In page. The sessions are free and open to all (except for the Lucan venue where we need to collect a €5 donation towards the rent)

Beautiful piece by Marie DunneOur newest member, Marie Dunne, attended the Blanchardstown and Lucan Drop In sessions and showed us some of her beautiful work. Above is a piece made with wool rovings using an embellishing machine.

Our New Banner

Feltmakers Ireland Banner

Feltmakers Ireland Banner

As if things weren’t good enough with our new felt sign (see below) Colleen brought along our new banner to last Wednesday’s Drop In day. The banner is a composite of a wide variety of photographs of felt work and is to be used at the different events we attend. The banner was designed by committee member Gina Faustino who did a magnificent job photographing and composing the images. This pic doesn’t do the banner justice you need to see it standing 2m tall – it really is eyecatching.

Drop In Days

Our new Drop In schedule has kicked off with a great start. We held the first sessions last Wednesday in Blanchardstown and today in Bray. Everyone who came along got a chance to try working with different fibres to make a felt sample. We plan to join all the samples together to have a permanent record of how well each type of wool felts.  The next session is on Sunday 27th in Lucan and everyone is welcome to come along and join in.  Please see our “Drop In” page for details and dates of future events.

Rare Breeds Show

Liz in the Show Ring with one of Freda's beautiful Wensleydales

Liz in the Show Ring with one of Freda's beautiful Wensleydales

We had just about the best day ever when we visited the Rare Breeds Show in Gosford Park near Armagh today. We were invited by Freda from the “Wool Initiative” and were warmly welcomed by the Ulster Weavers & Spinners who we shared the marquee with. The Park was jam packed with the most beautiful sheep I have ever seem. Four members from the Fekltmakers Ireland committee went up and were joined  by Liz Nicholls and Maria Melvin who were a terrific help demonstrating feltmaking. The sheep breeders were fascinated to see the wool from their sheep being fashioned into some strange and  beautiful felt pieces.  The show was attended not just by sheep breeders but also poultry and cattle breeders.

Members of Feltmakers Ireland with the Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture Michelle Gildernew (third from left) wearing a felt hat designed and made by Suzanne Phelan.

Members of Feltmakers Ireland with the Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture Michelle Gildernew (third from left) wearing a felt hat designed and made by Suzanne Phelan.

Our new Felt sign

Our new Felt Sign

Our new Felt Sign

During a wonderful week-end in Connemara a group from Feltmakers Ireland were joined by many friends, including basket maker Kathleen McCormack and green wood chair maker Alsion Ospina. The week-end was fruitful in many ways but one of the results was this fantastic felted sign which we can proudly bring along to all our events. The sign was designed by Elizabeth Bonner who was the very generous host for the week-end.

What a lovely day

Studio Open Day

Studio Open Day

Thanks to everyone who came along to visit our studio on Sunday. We had a lovely day despite the inclement weather. About one hundred people came to visit throughout the day, we had homemade baking and elderflower cordial and a great display of felt work. Younger people got a chance to make their own felt pieces and we all went home happy (but a bit damp!)

Anna wearing a hat designed by Maureen Cromer

Anna wearing a hat designed by Maureen Cromer