Sunday Session…

Hi Everyone,

10.30am, usual place… knockmarroon gate studio. We really hope you’ll join us to listen to Mary Hoy talk about her own journey in textiles as well as review her recent participation in the wonderful ‘pine needle’ workshop with Leiko.


Hi folks,

An Grianan ICA Educational College in Termonfeckin, Co.Louth has been in touch…

They are wondering if any of our members would be interested in doing a felt needlework class for the weekend of Friday 14th – Sunday 16thJune’19. They have a group of 9 members from Donegal who are looking to do Felt Needlework. They provide all tutors with accommodation and meals and have an hourly rate and also pay mileage costs. Please get in touch if you are interested or able to help.

Creative Livelihoods, DCCoI seminar & AGM

agriculture-animal-animal-photography-459215Hi All,

Feltmakers Ireland is a member of DCCoI. We try to forward on to our members events that may be of interest. See the links below for booking for 11th June AGM and seminar of DCCoI.

Join us on June 11th at the National Museum of Ireland for the ‘Creative Livelihoods’ – The Value of Craft in Communities seminar. We have an exciting line-up of speakers that will highlight the value and

opportunities of living and working in rural regions while connecting to a global marketplace. Highlights include Lorna McAuley from the Harris Tweed Authority who will bring us on a journey that maps the

highs and lows of the Harris Tweed industry and what it means to the Isle of Harris. Colin McCallion of eBay will share insights on the potential for online trade and eBays role in opening

the global market place for craft and Chupi Sweetman will share how she grew her brand to operate in 64 countries around the world.

 More Info and how to book

The DCCoI AGM is also on on the same date-

To Book AGM


Interview with Anna Gunnarsdottir

Anna Gunnarsdottir is a textile artist from Iceland with many many years’ experience in felt making. Felt makers Ireland will be hosting a 3 day workshop in Early October 2019. The focus will be on large sculptural felt. The application form for this workshop is below. We anticipate that this will be a very popular workshop. Members will be given preference and in the event of over subscription a draw will be made. 12 places are available.

Ahead of travelling to Ireland we asked Anna a few questions about herself and her work.

Tell us a little about you as a person? e.g. upbringing/ where you work etc.

My name is Anna Gunnarsdottir. I am a Textile Artist residing in Akureyri, Iceland. I studied Textile Design in my home town, Akureyri. I then went on to study leather work and sculptural felt making in Denmark for one year. I have worked with my art for more than 35 years. Now I run my own workshops and a gallery in Akureyri.

My work has been exhibited in various countries such as Australia, USA,

Germany, UK, Sweden and France.  I’m lucky to have won International awards in Los Angeles USA and South Korea.

I now teach felt making and am lucky to be able to travel to many countries like USA, UK, Australia and Germany.

Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation? 

I focus on traditional felt making technique; however I try to combine it with a contemporary and fresh approach. My signature style of felting has a strong sense of Scandinavian and minimal art.

My work is inspired by Icelandic nature which is absolutely unique. Based on the idea of light and shadow I create large sculptures and 3D wall pieces for both indoor and outdoor use.

All my work is hand-felted from Icelandic wool with soap and water. I use only my hands and no machine. When the work is ready and I am satisfied with my work, I use a method to stiffen in order to hold the proper shape.

Some times I use other materials together with my felt, such as fish line,  wire, willow  and/or stones for extra decoration.

What currently inspires you?

All my work is inspired by the Icelandic nature which is unique and splendid. The shell form is very imp[orant to me and close to my heart. I use it in various sizes, all the way from a small brooch to a lamp to a big sea-shell.

I have been making this shell-form for more than 20 years.

I will be teaching a large sculptural workshop in Ireland in early October 2019. I‘m really looking forward to it.

To find out more about me and my work you can visit my webpage.

Application forms for this international tutor workshop will be available later in the summer, ahead of her Oct 4th-6th workshop. Watch this space!




Heritage Ireland GANS update

agriculture-animal-animal-photography-459215Further to our (Felt makers Ireland) submission to Heritage Ireland 2030, an Information Session will be held in Dublin Castle Printworks (Lower Yard) on the 28 May.

Given the enormous response to the consultation, with over 2,000 submissions received and the limited number of places available at this time, places are limited to one representative per organisation.

However, I (Breda Fay, Feltmakers Ireland GANS- Guilds, Associations, Networks Support– rep) have registered and been allocated an extra ticket. If you wish to attend the consultation information session please email and depending on interest, the 2 places will be allocated.

For anyone unable to attend but interested in the event, please note the event will also be live-streamed, details of which will be announced in coming days on the Department’s website.

Kind regards

The Feltmakers Ireland Committee- on behalf of The Heritage Ireland 2030 Team

Dietary Requirements

A light lunch will be served-I did not indicate any dietary requirements in my booking.

HI2030 28 May Summary Programme



AGM Sunday 19th May 2pm- Fibre for sale

Hi Folks,

We hope that many of you plan on attending the AGM in Lucan this Sunday at 2pm.

Please remember to bring along a piece of your own work- for our display table. If you have had time to make your triangle of bunting, do bring that too… I’ve been using up old fibre in an effort to get my triangle ready!

Remember this is a great opportunity to buy fibre… we have some lovely hand dye fibres from Leiko available and lots and lots of tussah and sari silk… just delicious!

We really hope to have a good day out. With eminent textile artist Caroline Schofield speaking as well as general Felt makers Ireland updates. Come along and be part of your crafting community.

Interview with: Caroline Schofield


Interview: Elizabeth Bonnar


Elizabeth Bonnar is the founding member of Felt makers Ireland. At a recent committee meeting she described herself as “the oldest living member” which was quite amusing and a humble introduction! Liz will be leading a 1day workshop on 15th June on the topic of Nuno felting. Ahead of this we decided to find out a little more about her personal journey and relationship with Felt.

Tell us a little about you as a person? E.g. upbringing/ work other than felt etc.

I was brought up in a small town in central Scotland, and had a “free range” childhood, during which I made strong and lasting connections with nature.

My mother was a talented seamstress and knitter and also a creative home decorator.   Home was always full of fabric, yarns, paints, patterns, all set against the constant hum of the Singer sewing machine. From her I developed a strong connection with fabrics, colour, texture and style; my own creativity was rooted in darning and then knitting.

Working life was as a GP in Scotland and England and later in Ophthalmology in Dublin.Over the years I have enjoyed collecting fabrics, yarns and textiles on my travels.

How and when did you start Felting… what is your experience, tell us a little about your journey?

Through joining the Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers I discovered felt, a craft I had never heard of, despite my love affair with wool. From that beginning I joined the International Felt makers Association, based in the UK, eventually becoming the local co-ordinator for its Irish members and in 2003 I set up Felt makers Ireland.

Of the many felting techniques I explored, my favourite soon became Nuno felt. Having converted our garage to a studio has given me storage for my stashes of fibre and fabrics, and keeping them all in glass cabinets helps the creative process.

Tell us about your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

My inspiration starts with the fabric – usually patterned silk, or ultrafine merino. The pattern and the colours guide me to any yarns in my collection that may be incorporated and very soon I can picture in my mind the finished article. My real passion is using silk fibre and fabrics in the design, along with exotic yarns, often in a grid system. At present I am exploring “painting” flowers on to hand painted silk, often using Treetops fibre, which comes in beautiful colour combinations, with silk fibre to match

My motivation is to try to make something beautiful from the colours and textures I have in my collection. Attending a recent dyeing workshop however has shown me there is much more waiting to be explored!

What wool fibres, will do for us is a continuing source of amazement to me; they can be as fine as 14 microns (the human hair is about 60 microns) and when felted can end up as parts in airplane engines or as delicate cobweb felt; they have the ability to travel spirally along their axis in the felting process, wherever we direct them, and then to shrink into the new fabric we are creating – and bring other fibre and fabrics along with them – physics and engineering!

What are you working on now?

I will be giving a 1 day NUNO felt workshop on behalf of Feltmakers Ireland on June 15th.

You can find the link below for application form and details of the materials required.  I’d love to see many of our community there to share my skills.


On behalf of Felt makers Ireland, we sincerely thank Liz for her work on the committee and for setting up this valued organisation. Although Liz intends to step away from committee duties she continues to be a valued contributor. You will be able to see and learn from her skills if you choose to sign up for the 1day Nuno felting experience in June.


AGM notice 19th May: INVITE

AGM ADVERTISEMENTAll members welcome! ( New members welcomed on the day with the full €25 fee)

We look forward to seing many of you at our AGM on May 19th in Lucan Cof I church hall at 2pm.

We are ssk members kindly to bring along a piece of their recent work- for a “show/display table”, it is really lovely to see all the new and inspiraing work of our talented members and to learn from each other.

We are so lucky to have the textile artist Caroline Schofield attending and she will give a short talk on her work.

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Another request we have of our membership is  to participate in a collaborative felt-making project to make a colourful bunting.

Each member is invited to make a bunting triangle of 20cm top- 30cm length- see template, basically your triangle should fit on an A4 page… but all will be accepted.

The idea being that after the AGM, the committee will attach these all together, each one representing a 2019 member. These will then be used for decoration at events such as “Heritage day”, the “Knit & Stitch Show”, future AGM ( and can always be added to) as well as to jazz up the phoenix park studio and remind us all that Felt Makers Ireland is made up of valued individual members.

bunting REQUEST

As always we are looking for Volunteers for the Knit and Stitch show to man the stand and  they will receive free entry in return for 2 hrs of their time. Some of you have already put your names down, which is wonderful and much appreciated.


You can email in advance of the AGM  to sign up or can sign up on a spreadhseet we will have available on the day.

Again we are asking for members to volunter to join the committe… we have one committee member stepping down and one committee member stepping away from a formal role, becoming an ordinary committee member… therefore we appeal for volunteers. We want to keep you guild alive and fresh.

Any bakers out there? please do bring along your tray bakes to the AGM… cakes are always appreciated!!!


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Interview with: Caroline Schofield

Mortal_TraceWe are delighted to announce that at our Annual General Meeting on May 19th at 2pm to which all members of Felt makers Ireland are invited we will host our guest speaker, Caroline Schofield.

Ahead of this talk which we are very excited about we went out to Caroline and asked her to answer just a few little questions. We hope you enjoy this interview and we hope that many of our members will join the committee on May 19th in St Andrews C of I parish hall, Lucan for the A.G.M when we will be able to listen to Caroline speak about her recent work and career.

Tell us a little about you as a person? E.g. upbringing/ where you work etc?

I live in Kilkenny and currently have a studio in Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny.

Tell us a little about you and your journey in textiles/ arts/crafts.

I come from a long line of Dyers. My Great, Great Grandfather was a Master Dyer in Yorkshire and specialised in dyeing the colour red for the Soldiers Uniform. My Great Grandfather specialised in indigo dye and came to Kilkenny to work in the Woollen Mills. My Grandfather, Dad and Brother all studied Textile Management in Leicester University. I broke out and went to art college in NCAD….and studied Textiles!

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Tell us about your personal process, from conception to creation and what is your motivation?

My process involves lots of drawing and playing with materials. My studio walls become a sketchbook. I love the play time and the chasing of a new idea. I am not so mad about actually having to make the work! As an artist friend once said to me “the idea is often enough”!

Hanging my work is important. The shadow it creates is as important as the physical work.

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What currently inspires you? Is there a project you are working on or something in your past you are particularly proud of?

I was artist in residence In Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) in 2016. That residency has moved me and my work into a more socially engaged practice. Currently I am working on a project called Open Gallery with WHAT. It’s a project where we introduce the art collection from University Hospital Waterford onto the wards for patients living with Dementia and their family/carers. I am particularly interested in working with people through the mediums of Textiles/Making and Art creating meaningful conversations and new memories. This week I am inspired by felted bird pods made by patients living with Dementia which are hanging in their hospital garden.

You can learn more about Caroline’s impressive work at her website:

Other useful links:

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