At the invitation of the Crafts Council we are once again hosting a stand at Bloom in the Phoenix Park from Thursday to Monday 3-7th June.  Last year thousands of people visited our stand every day and the sun was splitting the stones.  This year we are located in the “Engaging Spaces” area (see map – Any members of Feltmakers Ireland who would like to help out on the stand can email Suzanne at –

Bloom 2009
Bloom 2009

The Guilds Demonstrating include:
Irish Basketmakers Association (No Website Available)
Irish Patchwork Society
Irish Woodturners Guild
Irish Guild of Embroiderers (No Website Available)
Ceramics Ireland
Irish Artists Blacksmiths Association
Feltmakers Ireland
Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers


International Feltmakers

Feltrosa - Prato, Italy
Feltrosa - Prato, Italy

The International Feltmakers Association held their AGM in Prato, Itlay on May 8th during a Felt Symposium hosted by the Italian feltmakers group – Feltrosa. Nine Irish feltmakers attended and joined in all of the activities -workshops, demonstrations and the opening of the felt exhibition The Climate is Changing.

Planning Ahead

A group of 18 Irish feltmakers attended the Felt in Focus symposium in Denmark in 2009. It was a fantastic event with a wide range of international tutors, shops, fashion show, exhibitions – a real treat for anyone interested in feltmaking.  The organisers are holding another symposium in 2011 with a very impressive line up of tutors. There’s plenty of time to start saving and planning ahead.

Group from Hat Making workshop at Felt in Focus 2009
Group from Hat Making workshop at Felt in Focus 2009

For details of the symposium in 2011 see

Fab Felt Fashion Show

We had the best fun ever at our AGM last Sunday – about sixty people turned up and we had stalls from the Yarn Room in Ashford, the Fabric Gallery in Bray, Craftspun Yarns and the Wool Initiative. Thanks to all the stall holders who made the journey to join us. We had our first ever fashion show which displayed a wide range of skills and beautiful felt items. Here is a short video.

Fab Felt Fashion Show

We also had the beautiful Cristina and Eleanor on the catwalk!

Cristina & Eleanor


We were very sorry to loose three fantastic people from our committee – Eleanor Roche, Susan Walsh and Kathrina Hughes who over the years have contributed so much time, energy and creativity to the organisation.

Exhibition Not to be Missed

Work by Sheila Jordan
Work by Sheila Jordan

“Uncommon Threads” is an exhibition by Filament  a group of very talented fibre artists – most of who are also members of Feltmakers Ireland.

This show features work by all eight members of the Filament group. The work is inspired by the natural world and responds to elements such as the figure, rural landscape and plant life, through a variety of media including felt stitch and found objects.
The show runs from Sat 1st of May to Sunday the 16th of May in The Graffon Gallery, Castle Espie, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. For anyone who can make it to Castle Espie ( a beautiful heritage wildlife site on Strangford lough) it is well worth a trip.