Brighten your summer with colour

After a very successful series of dyeing workshops at our studio in the Phoenix Park in Dublin we are delighted to announce two more.


Participants will be using fabulous vivid acid dyes to paint on silk fabric,  ( chiffon, organza, crepe, silk velvet etc )
on  pre-felts,  wool fabric and nylon ,  which we will then steam  fix . Participants will be able to paint up to 1 metre of fabric – we will try a little experimental   fabric  printing  also.
Price includes all dyes + equipment as well as tea, coffee  + biscuits.
Cost  €40 euros   (6 people max.)


Using the ancient blue dye  and  a traditional vat , watch your fabric change colour before your eyes as the  air hits it!
The  dyes  also takes very quickly so you will be very productive!
Participants will use simple shibori methods , tying, scrunching , clamping and pole wrapping  to produce
amazing  effects.  Indigo will dye natural fabrics like silk, cottons, linens, viscose, ramie and wool very successfully.
Participants will provide their own fabrics.
The price includes all dyes + equipment as well as tea, coffee + biscuits.
Cost  €40  ( 6 people max)

To book a place contact Clodagh on 086 0574401


International Felt Exhibition – Call Out

We recently received notice from Sigrid Bannier, chairperson of the German Feltmakers Association, about an exhibition they are organising.

Call for Entries for the International
Exhibition of Felt Textile Art
“… in Motion”
(“…in Bewegung”)
Deadline: November 9, 2012
Exhibition: February 17 – March 3  2013

In cooperation with the German Feltmakers Association, Filz-Netzwerk e. V., the company ‘Filzrausch –
Filzkunst aus Göttingen’, organizes a felt exhibition titled “…in Motion” (“…in Bewegung).
The exhibition will take place from February 17 – March 3, 2013 and will be opened with a vernissage.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in 3 languages and illustrated in colour which each award
winner and participant can use for their own marketing activities. The local press as well as the trade press
are equally informed in order to guarantee a broad public interest.
Exhibition venue
Historische Spinnerei Gartetal e.V., Steinsmühle 8, 37130 Gleichen – Klein Lengden /Germany
Who can participate ?
Felters and textile artists from all over the world are kindly invited to submit their works to the selection panel.
Both individual artists and groups of artists are welcome.

Please see Exhibition “In Motion” Information for more info

Add some colour to your summer

Feltmakers Ireland are hosting two Recession Sessions* with Clodagh Mac Donagh exploring dyeing techniques. There are still some places left for next Sunday 15th July, the workshop runs from 10-16 in our studio in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The next session on rainbow dyeing on Sunday 22nd is booked out but if there are people interested we can arrange other dates.  For more information contact Clodagh on 086 0574401

* Recession Sessions are when we provide workshops at the lowest possible cost – €40 for the day which includes tea, coffee and all your dyes.

Sheep Chic

Sheep Chic

Feltmakers Ireland is participating in a series of events at the end of the August and early September 2012 and we are looking for our members to participate. We are entering an exhibition of felted fashion into three events and we are looking for your fabulous dresses/coats etc. We will have a display of mannequins at the three events – they are:


Heritage Week, Dublin, Phoenix Park Sunday 26th August 2012

We have participated in Heritage week for the past few years by opening our studio in the Phoenix Park to the public and hosting various activities. This year we will display our “Sheep Chic” felted fashion and give demonstrations….and – if the weather is good – have a picnic on the beautiful grounds around the studio. Everyone is welcome to come along on the day and please wear felt and join in the fun.

The Rare Breeds Show in Gosford Park, Co Antrim, Saturday 1st  September 2012

Next “Sheep Chic” will travel to Co Antrim to participate in the annual Rare Breeds Show in Gosford Park. This is an amazing show for all sheep (and wool) lovers and is a really fun day out. We share a marquee with the Weavers and Spinners and the Feltmakers from Northern Ireland. We would be delighted if any of our members wanted to come along for the day and take part in the demonstrations.


Phizzfest – Arts Festival in Phibsborough Dublin,  2nd-9th September 2012

The final location on “Sheep Chic’s” tour will be part of the arts strand of Phizzfest where the work will be on exhibition for the duration of the festival.

We would love to display your work – and we know there are fabulous felt fashion items out there made by our members, we saw some of them on the catwalk at our fashion show in May. We have a very limited number of mannequins that will be travelling so if you are interested in submitting your work please contact before the end of July when selection will be made and we can make arrangements for collection and return of pieces.