Writing about your work

The Crafts Council of Ireland a running a seminar on how to write about your craft.

Friday February 8th, 1.30pm-5pm
Venue: Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny

‘Communicating Your Craft’ is a seminar designed for craft makers, focusing on the importance of concise and relevant writing in statements and proposals. In place of the object and in support if it; the written word is a primary tool used to explain, contextualize and promote craft practices within catalogues, articles, websites, exhibitions and in funding applications. Organised by Crafts Council of Ireland in association with National Craft Gallery, this seminar aims to support you in effectively communicating your craft.

The seminar is free but booking is essential To Book Email: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie
Participants are asked to submit a recent statement prior to the seminar.





How to work with raw fleece


2012_0310patrick0027We often get asked questions about working with raw fleece straight off the sheep and Mary Cooper’s workshop in Sligo sounds like it will have the answers. We got this message from Mary:

“I am running a two day workshop at Markree Castle Hotel,  Co. Sligo on March 9th and 10th.   This will be a hands on and demonstration of  how to get a fleece from its smelly dirty state to a wearable yarn or fibre ready to felt.

It will include washing, dying,  using both natural and synthetic dyes, carding and spinning wool.   Participants are welcome to bring a small amount of their own fleece and any spinning equipment they own if they wish.

The cost is €150 and this will include tea/coffee, lunch on both days and any materials needed.
Hopefully at the end of the weekend you will go home with a little washed fibre,   some hand spun yarn, some hand dyed yarn and lots of new ideas and enthusiasm.

For more details contact me at mary@markreewoolcraft.com or see the Markree Castle Hotel website, markreecastle.ie”

Hat Making Play Day

Hello Felting Members

Are you keen to make a hat?
Would you like to do one in the company of fellow felters?

Having been so inspired by Judit Pocs at her hat making master class Feltmakers Ireland are planning a hat making play day for members on February 2nd at Rathmichael Primary School, Shankill Co. Dublin. Its just 5 mins off the M50/M11 junction.

It is an opportunity to share techniques with each other – we will take a few minutes out several times during the day to show a technique we learnt from Judit. We will also see her excellent videos. The day will start at 10am and finish at 5.00pm

But mostly it’s about doing your own hat making project alongside others doing the same.

A small contribution of €10 is all we ask.

Places are limited so we need participants to book their place in advance. Places will be given on a first come first placed basis.
to book a place email Anne on annew@eircom.net or text her on 086 8177326. If you want information you can ring the mobile evenings only.

Looking forward to a great felting day.


Exhibition in Meath

Mette Roche (member of Feltmakers Ireland) is part of the Meath Arts Group and is taking part in “Missing Meath” an exhibition of work opening on Saturday 12th Jan at 2pm.  Here are details one her installations of felted panels incorporating loom bobbins and spun wool thread.Mette Exhibition


Exhibition continues until Saturday 2nd February, 2013 in the  Solstice  Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan Open Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm http://www.solsticeartscentre.com/



Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our members.

I hope you received your copy of the Winter 2012 magazine in the post – in the midst off all the Christmas preparations Gina Faustino did a fantastic job with all the lay out, printing and posting. We welcome comments and contributions from everyone (please email sheilaahern@gmail.com).  In May 2013 Feltmakers Ireland will be 10 years old and we have lots of interesting events in the pipeline. We are working on our annual Basic & Beyond workshop on January19th, a Play Day on 2nd February, which will explore the work we did  with Judit Pocs, and the next Sunday Session is scheduled for February 10th. More details to follow. Annual membership is due now so please send you renewals to Holly Angle membership application feltmakers ireland 2013 . We are looking forward to seeing you soon.