Collar Project

News of a collar project : Think it sounds really exciting and I LOVE projects that don’t need more space than my kitchen table.

Link to Application Form below where all the details are explained as well as lovely stories about 2 crafters from the past! Just reading it inspired me to root out a collar my grandmother made in 1925 … probably by oil lamp/candleI also like the suggestion that you can collaborate with another crafter!!!!

As part of the Government’s “Keep Well” campaign, DCCI has developed an online exhibition. Switch off Be creative.
Design a Collar, Ruff or Cuffs. Collars, ruffs, cuffs, lunula & torcs are universal forms of adornment that have been worn for generations.

Your entry must be wearable, creative, innovative & contemporary in design, it can be made in any material i.e. silk, wool, linen, paper, wire, metal etc. or combined materials and can be created in any discipline utilising any techniques, be handcrafted or created using digital technologies. Collaborations will be accepted i.e. a glass artist working with a lace maker; a basket maker with a milliner; a metalsmith with a feltmaker… the possibilities are endless. All entries will feature in an online exhibition, on DCCI’s social channels and on www.dcci.ie/learners/keep-well. Collars must be photographed on a plain black background and submitted with the completed application form. Apply here https://www.cognitoforms.com/DesignCraftsCouncilOfIreland1/DesignACollarRuffOrCuffs   #KeepWell. gov.ie/healthyireland

Breda- GANS and DCCI link committee member

GANS MEETING- report update

Hi Folks

Breda Fay here reporting on February GANS Meeting ( Wednesday 17th Feb, via Zoom). I’ve decided that I will do a short report rather than linking you to DCCI page. You can always follow DCCI web page for more info.

Meeting started with condolences being offered on death of David Shaw Smith – not sure how many of you are as old as I am … but I remember his series of programmes on Telly about crafts in Ireland and actually bought the book HANDS which was published about the series. His work was certainly a catalyst in protecting as well encouraging the native crafts of Ireland. If any of you have memories of it, Hillary @making.ie would love you to pen a few lines.

Congratulations to all the guilds who are participating in “Getting Creative during Covid” Mental Health projects – Feltmakers Ireland are one of the guilds who have received funding for a project “Keep Well and Felt with Us” being organized by Niki Collier (in conjunction with Caoilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon and Liadain de Buitleir). You’ve probably seen it advertised and interest has been amazing …. So much so that instead of a session with each of the feltmakers … there will now be three with each. Good luck Niki. I got my pack today!

There were a number of presentations which all emphasized that despite all the difficulties of isolation, it is really important for each guild to maintain our presence. Many are doing projects which encourage members to work at home with a particular focus…. maybe putting all the pieces together to form one collaborative piece, some are organizing online exhibitions….. Presentations this morning:

  • Showcase Ireland’s first virtual event
  • The Glass Society of Ireland on it newly published book (only 5 left)
  • The Irish Guild of Embroiderers on their recently published (and still available) book “Twenty Twenty”. The cover design is by Colleen Prenderville (known to many of us) 
  • Borris Lace Group’s partnership with South Armagh Lace Collective in “Laces Across the Borders”

Some things you might be interested in:

  1. The Quilters Guild of Ireland are looking for 10 inch submissions from members/non-members on the theme HOME for quilts (they’re planning 10) which will be sold/auctioned to support women’s shelters (quiltersguildireland.com)
  2. DCCI are going to make a callout for COLLARS for an online exhibition – watch this space!
  3. Society of Cork Potters are calling out for items themed “ON HOME GROUND” for an exhibition which will be run in conjunctions with  A Taste of West Cork in September (www.corkpotters.com)
  4. Any members down around the Cork area, watch out for Bench Space, an organisation that is making an equipped workshop available for crafts people. Currently it has mainly woodworking tools but hope soon to have equipment for textile, iron, glass work

SO JUST TO SIGN OFF FOR NOW FOLKS

I think it is really important that there be a FELTMAKING presence in the August Craft Month Project. Let’s use it as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of DCCI AND we might be in the park again by then! Think small but maybe collaboratively??? Get back to me with ideas and offers of help!!!

I’m really missing our Sunday Sessions. Have done a few online courses – see previous blog of recommendations by Annika. It was great to see so many participating in Feltmakers Ireland first online course with Gabi McGrath – hugely successful, nationally and internationally. I’m not sure if there are spaces on Niki’s course. You might have some ideas for online activities or courses????? Let us know hellofeltmakersireland@gmail.com

Also keep in mind our draw for paid up members which will take place beginning of March.

Cheers for now – Breda

Felting an A5 book cover- how did it go?

The lovely finished book cover by Fiona Leech

At the end of January Felt makers Ireland hosted its first online zoom workshop ever! The first of many, we hope, while we can’t all be together face to face.

Our Tutor Gabi Mc Grath led participants through a 3hr workshop making an A5 felted book cover with  closure mechanism.

by Annika Berglund

Gabi is a familiar face on the Irish felting workshop circuit, a former chair of Feltmakers Ireland she is familiar with many of our members and happily has experience teaching via zoom.

30 participants were enrolled, and it is thanks to the dedicated volunteers on the committee that the workshop was able to go ahead.

We were delighted to have such a turn out and an enthusiastic bunch. It’s a strange world that we all find ourselves navigating but for one morning in January it almost felt like we were together- felting!

Thanks to Gabi and her top tips and guidance many participants have since sent in images of their finished pieces… here are a selection!

Thanks to Gabi McGrath for your help with the first event of the year!

Thanks also to so many of the participants for sending wonderful images and feedback to our very first online course.

Felt with Us and Keep Well

Felt with Us and Keep Well-

Workshops are being offered by 3 experienced Feltmakers- made possible by funding recieved from DCCI under the keep well initiative.

Classes will be taught by Caoilfionn Murphy O’Hanlon, Niki Collier & Liadain De Buitlear

Have you tried Stained Glass technique in felting?
Join your tutors for three online classes to try felting, spark your passion for fibres and discover a fun
technique for making colourful pictures in felt.

All materials included.


This project was made possible with funding from DCCI under the Keep Well initiative.
See details here:


28th Feb 11am -12 noon Making a Felt Picture with Caóilfíonn Murphy O’Hanlon

7th Mar 11am – 12 noon Patchwork Felt Niki Collier

14th Mar 11am – 12 noon Making a Stained Glass Finish on a Felt Picture Liadain de Buitlear

To book classes go here https://www.nikicollier.com/keep-well-campaign

After the workshops you will be able to submit your piece for an exhibition called Evie and Us.
Deadline for submission 1 st September. Exhibition will launch 1 st October 2021.

Gabi Mc Grath- 30th Jan 2021 Zoom Workshop

Delighted to announce an ONLINE ZOOM based workshop on 30th January at 10am.

This is a workshop with tutor- Gabi McGrath, 3hrs long, starting at 10am. To make an A5 felted book cover. Your 100grm of fibre and cotton gauze is included in the price and will be sent out in advance. You will need to have downloaded the zoom platform as a link will be sent one week before.

The price is €55- and this also includes your membership to Feltmakers ireland for 2021.

Please fill out both the application form for the workshop and the membership form- sending to faybreda@gmail.com.

Payment should be made by bank transfer- details on the membership page of this site- please make a note when paying- your name and “workshop- member”.

This is a great value offer and a nice way to either learn the skill of felt making or brush up on your skills and come away with a lovely token – a book cover that could be used as a journal, diary or inspiration notebook. Start 2021 the right way.

Please help Feltmakers Ireland by spreading the word and sharing- to beginners or gifting this to a friend.

Places limited to 30- first come first served.

Gabi Mc Grath- 30th Jan 2021 Zoom Workshop

Delighted to announce an ONLINE ZOOM based workshop on 30th January at 10am.

This is a workshop with tutor- Gabi McGrath, 3hrs long, starting at 10am. To make an A5 felted book cover. Your 100grm of fibre and cotton gauze is included in the price and will be sent out in advance. You will need to have downloaded the zoom platform as a link will be sent one week before.

The price is €55- and this also includes your membership to Feltmakers ireland for 2021.

Please fill out both the application form for the workshop and the membership form- sending to faybreda@gmail.com.

Payment should be made by bank transfer- details on the membership page of this site- please make a note when paying- your name and “workshop- member”.

This is a great value offer and a nice way to either learn the skill of felt making or brush up on your skills and come away with a lovely token – a book cover that could be used as a journal, diary or inspiration notebook. Start 2021 the right way.

Please help Feltmakers Ireland by spreading the word and sharing- to beginners or gifting this to a friend.

Places limited to 30- first come first served.

Gabi Mc Grath- 30th Jan 2021 Zoom Workshop

Delighted to announce an ONLINE ZOOM based workshop on 30th January at 10am.

This is a workshop with tutor- Gabi McGrath, 3hrs long, starting at 10am. To make an A5 felted book cover. Your 100grm of fibre and cotton gauze is included in the price and will be sent out in advance. You will need to have downloaded the zoom platform as a link will be sent one week before.

The price is €55- and this also includes your membership to Feltmakers ireland for 2021.

Please fill out both the application form for the workshop and the membership form- sending to faybreda@gmail.com.

Payment should be made by bank transfer- details on the membership page of this site- please make a note when paying- your name and “workshop- member”.

This is a great value offer and a nice way to either learn the skill of felt making or brush up on your skills and come away with a lovely token – a book cover that could be used as a journal, diary or inspiration notebook. Start 2021 the right way.

Please help Feltmakers Ireland by spreading the word and sharing- to beginners or gifting this to a friend.

Places limited to 30- first come first served.

Gabi Mc Grath- New Year, New skill-30th Jan 2021 Zoom Workshop

Delighted to announce an ONLINE ZOOM based workshop on 30th January at 10am.

This is a workshop with tutor- Gabi McGrath, 3hrs long, starting at 10am. To make an A5 felted book cover. Your 100grm of fibre and cotton gauze is included in the price and will be sent out in advance. You will need to have downloaded the zoom platform as a link will be sent one week before.

The price is €55- and this also includes your membership to Feltmakers ireland for 2021.

Please fill out both the application form for the workshop and the membership form- sending to faybreda@gmail.com.

Payment should be made by bank transfer- details on the membership page of this site- please make a note when paying- your name and “workshop- member”.

This is a great value offer and a nice way to either learn the skill of felt making or brush up on your skills and come away with a lovely token – a book cover that could be used as a journal, diary or inspiration notebook. Start 2021 the right way.

Please help Feltmakers Ireland by spreading the word and sharing- to beginners or gifting this to a friend.

Places limited to 30- first come first served.

Annika Berglund- exhibition Oliver Cornet Gallery

Feltmakers Ireland are pleased to share that committee member Annika Berglund will be showing some new work in the winter group show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery (facebook.com) in Dublin. The title of the exhibition is “On Paper” and it is co-curated with Jackie Ryan. The show can be viewed virtually or you can make an appointment to go and see it in the gallery.

Annika’s pieces were made especially for this exhibition.

“A Year of Circles and Edges I and II:  made of Wool, silk, mulberry paper, cotton and jute thread and recycled wood.

A Year of Circles: made of Wood and Wool, but inspired by the ancient Korean paper technique called Joomchi.

Gabi Mc Grath- 30th Jan 2021 Zoom Workshop

Delighted to announce an ONLINE ZOOM based workshop on 30th January at 10am.

This is a workshop with tutor- Gabi McGrath, 3hrs long, starting at 10am. To make an A5 felted book cover. Your 100grm of fibre and cotton gauze is included in the price and will be sent out in advance. You will need to have downloaded the zoom platform as a link will be sent one week before.

The price is €55- and this also includes your membership to Feltmakers ireland for 2021.

Please fill out both the application form for the workshop and the membership form- sending to faybreda@gmail.com.

Payment should be made by bank transfer- details on the membership page of this site- please make a note when paying- your name and “workshop- member”.

This is a great value offer and a nice way to either learn the skill of felt making or brush up on your skills and come away with a lovely token – a book cover that could be used as a journal, diary or inspiration notebook. Start 2021 the right way.

Please help Feltmakers Ireland by spreading the word and sharing- to beginners or gifting this to a friend.

Places limited to 30- first come first served.