Feltmakers Ireland share many members with the Irish Embroiderers Guild – as well as a shared passion for colour, craft and textiles. Their are having an exibition of recent work in the Visitors Centre of the Phoenix Park in Dublin from the 2nd – 15th August 2010 and you are all invited.
The image of the month – above – is a detail from a cobweb felt scarf made by Sheila Ahern from a very fine merino and silk fibre from Tree Tops, suppliers in Australia, in a blend called “Irish Rose”
On Sunday 11th July Clodagh MacDonagh gave a tutorial in dyeing for members of Feltmakers Ireland in our studio in the Phoenix Park. it was a lovely day so we set up the dye pots outside the studio where they could safely simmer away for the afternoon. Clodagh spent many years working with textiles and dyeing and was able to judge the exact shade of colour that could be achieved from combining just Blue, Yellow and Red (with the odd touch of Black). it was certainly a day we will repeat for any members interested in experimenting with colour.
We spend a wonderful two days working with designer Jeanette Sendler who is very innovative in her approach to felt. Jeanett’s background is in theatre and she also worked as a tailor, her combination of skill and imagination was an inspiration to all of us who were lucky enought to attend the two day workshop. If you cut and paste the link below you can see some of the work that was done over the week-end. Nicola Brown has also written about the week-end on her blog “Clasheen” which you can have a look at by clicking on the link to the right of this notice
This is not a great picture but it will give you an impression of Gabi, Gina and Holly hard at work in the Museum yesterday. There was a steady flow of visitors from all over the world dropping in the see what our trio were up to. Gina had just finished work on the latest edition of our Newsletter which will be finding its way into the postboxes of all our members of the next day or two. Hope you enjoy it and we would love to hear feedback. Contact details for all the committee members are on the back page of the newsletter.