The first ever book about Feltmaking in Ireland was published this month. It is a beautiful 100page hardback book profiling the work of 44 makers living in Ireland. The book comprises of stories of how the makers became involved in felt and their inspiration and is illustrated with photographs by Joanna Tomaszewska (www.visiblemoments.com) The book is available to buy at all Feltmakers Ireland events (Drop In Sunday Sessions, Workshops etc) and also in the Yarn Room in Ashford, Co Wicklow. If you would like to get a copy of the book by post please email email@example.com (the cost is €15 + P&P). A great gift for anyone interested in craft, textiles and felt. We received financial support from the Crafts Council of Ireland which allowed us to produce a really good quality book that we are very proud of.
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We are holding our annual Introductory workshop “Basic & Beyond” next January 21st for anyone new to feltmaking or indeed anyone who would like a refresher course. It’s is a busy day filled with fun and learning. Each participant will be given details instruction in the various types of feltmaking by experienced tutors. They will also get a goody bags with a range of different wool fibre to work with on the day and experiment with later at home.
For more information and an application you can download the form below.
Introduction to Feltmaking Application Form
The Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS in Dublin had record attendance figures this year and we certainly could feel the “buzz” at our stand. There was a really good Nationwide programme last week about the show and here is a picture of Clodagh and Sheila looking at “Profiles in Felt” which was hot off the presses. You can view the show (in Ireland only) on http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1121715
There are two fabulous felt events this week – our annual participation the the Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS starting on Thursday morning November 10th. Come and visit the Feltmakers Ireland stand where there will be continuous demonstrations, an exhibition of felt vessels made from rare and native wool and lots of information about felt activities. We are teaching in the Learning Curve making beautiful felt brooches designed by Holly Angle.
The other big event of the week is the launch of our first book “Profiles in Felt”, a collection of the work and stories of 44 feltmakers in Ireland. It is a beautiful publication and has been made possible by the generosity of the Crafts Council of Ireland as part of the celebration of the Year of Craft 2011. The book is being launched by Sonya Lennon (Stylist, TV presenter and CCoI Board Member) on Friday 11/11/11 at 6.30 in the Culture Box in Temple Bar in Dublin. If you are interest in felt please come along and join the celebration – and here is your invitation