The Yarn Room

The Yarn Room in Ashford, Co Wicklow are running a weekend of Felting workshops  tutored by Cristina Garcia. There is  a fantastic  discount for members of Feltmakers Ireland. The Yarn Room is a beautiful relaxed venue and its owner Stephanie is a terrific host and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of yarn

Saturday 24th April:
Needle Felt a Teddy Bear with Cristina Garcia
This one day workshop provides the opportunity to create your own
needle felt Teddy Bear. It runs from 10am to 5pm at The Yarn Room in
Ashford, Co. Wicklow. The cost for the day is €70 and for members of
Feltmakers Ireland it costs only €30.  All materials are provided and
included in the cost. Tea and Coffee are also provided all day but
lunch is not included. You can bring your own, pick up something
delicious in the nearby Avoca cafe or try out the pub lunches.

Sunday 25th April:
Wet Felt a fun hat with Cristina Garcia
This one day workshop provides the opportunity to create your own Felt
hat (from Icelandic Fleece) that can be worn in different ways and
folded up. It runs from 10am to 5pm and the cost for the day is €70 and for members of Feltmakers Ireland it costs only €30.  All materials are provided and included in the cost. Tea and Coffee are  provided all day.

Booking for non-members can be made on my website. To receive the
discounted prices for members of Feltmakers Ireland – call Stephanie
on 087 2389281 or email  stephanie@theyarnroom.com.

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Felt Hat Blocks

We were looking for a source of wooden hats blocks recently and unable to find exactly what we needed. We challenged instrument maker Eamonn Murray to take on the job of hand carving a suitable block for making felt hats. Eamonn is a very skilled and talented musical instrument maker and very kindly took on the challenge. The result is a work of art in itself.

Wooden Hat Block

Wooden Hat Block

The block is constructed so that you can alter the size by removing one to four “slices” of wood depending on the size of the hat you are making. The sizes ranges are  56cm, 58cm, 60.5cm, 63cm and 65

Details of hat block

Details of hat block

I have just put my new block on the mantle piece and it looks more  like a work of art that a felters tool. If anyone is interested in getting in touch with Eamonn please let me know and I will pass on his details to you – sheila.ahern@ireland.com.

Naas here we come!

We are adding  another drop-in venue to our diary. Come and join us, & bring your fibres and felting gear.  These informal drop-in sessions are a great way to meet fellow felters, to share felting tips and learn new techniques. Show what you have created or maybe be inspired for new creations!

Bag by Kathrina Hughes

Bag by Kathrina Hughes

An enjoyable night for all to look forward too!

Venue: –Community Centre, Naas. Starting Tues 30th March 8 pm -10 pm. Downstairs in Main hall. The Community centre is located behind Our Lady & St David’s Church, Sallins Road (the rear of the car park). The free car park is open all night.  The only cost of these sessions is for hall rental, approx  €5.00 pp.

Flower ring made by Elaine at Drop in 21 March

Flower ring made by Elaine at Drop in 21 March

Last Tuesday of each month. Dates: – Tues 30th March, Tues 27th April, Tues 25th May, and Tues 29th June.

For more information contact Kathrina Hughes 087-7473233/045-874470

Fashion Show

As anyone who has attended our AGM in the past knows we always keep the business element as concise as possible and the fun element as expansive as possible. So this year we have decided to host a felt fashion show. There has been so much activity by members over the past year and so much beautiful new felt work done we thought we should show it off.  The AGM takes place in the Parish Centre in Lucan on Sunday 16th May. There will be all the usual events with stalls from all over the country offering supplies for sale, and it’s a great oppertunity to catch up with felt friends and see the Fab Felt Fashio Show. Anyone who wou like to submit pieces for this prestigious event should contact sheila.ahern@ireland.com to arrange everything.(We will need to details of the pieces submitted at least two weeks before the show – by the 2/5/10)  The Fashion pieces can include not just clothes but also bags,rugs…well just about any felt piece. So we hope lots of people participate and even more come and see the show.Felt Fashion Show in Denmark 2009