Perfect Weather for Feltmaking

Happy New Year!

Felt dove made by Kathrina Hughes

Just looking out at the frost and snow makes me think of all things warm and wooly. If your New Years resolution is to dig out your stash of fibre and get down to making some beautiful felt we have a few dates for your diary – Monday 18th January we are holding our first Drop In day of 2010 in Bray when we are going to explore making tubes, spikes and pockets – this will be followed up in Wednesday 20th January in Blanchardstown library with the same theme. We were lucky enough to have Annette Quentin Stoll visit Ireland last March and she showed us some techniques adding spikes and bumps to felt and we are planning to share what we learnt with Annette at the Drop In sessions. On Saturday 23rd of January we are holding our annual Basic & Beyond workshop. This a great day not just for people new to felt but also for those who want to brush up on their skills. There are still a few places left and we are going to extend the deadline for applications until the course is full. Application forms are available on the  link below,  if you are interested please give Maureen a call and post off your application as soon as possible. It is always a very productive and fun day.

Felt slippers with latex solesJust a tip for anyone who wants to put a slip resistant soles on to felt slippers. I recently made some slippers and painted on liquid latex. It comes as a white liquid which when dry looks quite yucky. The next time I made a pair of blue slippers and I added some blue food colouring (just the cheapy stuff you get in the supermarket) to the latex before I painted it onto the felt and it worked really well. (Sheila)

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  1. Great idea about adding food colouring to the latex. I have just painted 3 layers to the bottom of my new grey slippers and the soles are now beautifully strong and waterproof but not the nicest yellow/beige colour on the base. Happy New Year to you Sheila and all the other Feltmakers Ireland members, looking into the IFA conference in Italy, would be brillilant to travel together!

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