Sunday Session 13th January

A very Happy New Year to all our Felt makers. We would love to see you back in the studio for our first Sunday Session of 2019.

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An Interview with Feltmakers Ireland Member- Leiko Uchiyama

 

We asked Feltmakers Ireland member Leiko Uchiyama a few questions last month to get an understanding of her work and what motivates one of the members of our guild.
We hope you enjoy her responses and gain an understanding of how your fellow felt-makers work in this craft.
Can you tell us a little about yourself Leiko?
I’m Japanese and I’ve lived in Japan, NZ, France, Indonesia and now in Ireland over the last 6 years. I was studying animal science (sheep reproduction) in university in Japan and I was shearing sheep… Felting has been how I make my living since 1994.
 
How and when did you start Felting… what is your experience, can you tell us a little about your journey?
My first felting experience was when I was working on the sheep farm in NZ in 1987 with my farm boss and the book called “Felt Making” by Inge Evers. Then I had a chance to take the felting class with Jorie Johnson in 1992 in Japan. I was learning spinning, weaving and knitting but felting drew me the most.
 
What is your process from conception to creation and what is your motivation? 
I like keep my hands busy and it makes my brain works. Hand craft is very important in Japan and I believe it makes the society rich. Sheep is the animal which has the longest relationship with human being and they’ve been providing us food, shelter and clothes.In this 21st century, I’d like to see what real hand craft can do and to remember how skilled our hands are.
 
What currently inspires you?
Everything I see and everything goes through my mind and body.

Thank you Leiko for taking the time to speak with us.

read more about Leiko here

Update on Upcoming Hat Making Workshop

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Hello,

A quick update for those of you who have registered for the upcoming Basic and Beyond hat making workshop. Applications have been received and applicants will be contacted with further details in the next 10 days.

Anyone else who is interested can still register by completing the following Application Form

Details of the event are below:

Basic and Beyond

Make a Hat

Learn the principles of Feltmaking and make a hat – exploring surface decoration, texture, nuno and 3D

Price includes 100g of fibre for use on the day plus more on sale

Saturday 27th, January 2018 10am – 5pm

Rathdown School Hall, Upper Glenageary Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin.

Tea, Coffee and refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

HAT MAKING COURSE

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Recession Session  – Hat Making

Get ready for cooler weather with a class in felt hat making.  Learn to make wonderful felt hats for the first time or refine your skills and finishing techniques.

Saturday – September 21, 2013 – 2 spots left

10:00 – 16:00 – at the Feltmakers Ireland Studio, Knockmaroon Gate, Phoenix Park, Dublin

€40.00 – Does not include your fibre.

Places are limited.  Book with Holly Angle  085 1452288 or knitnight@hotmail.com

Recession Sessions are for Feltmakers Ireland Members Only.  You can join on the day.

Pam De Groot

We are thrilled to welcome Pam for a Large Wrap/Shawl Workshop.

Spend 2 days making a large wrap for cool evenings this summer.  Pam will walk us through

her amazing techniques of mosaic felt making.  We’ll also be looking at closures, toggles and clasps.

Venue for the 2 days is St. Brigid’s National School, Beechwood Lawn, Castleknock.

Saturday June, 11 2011 and Sunday June 12  10:00 to 5:00

Download the application form on the Feltmakers Ireland Workshop page.


Application Deadline extended to May 8th after AGM!  

Sheila Ahern

We are thrilled to congratulate Sheila Ahern as one of the newest members on the Board of Directors with the Crafts Council of Ireland.  Please wish her well as she begins a new journey of promoting and representing the Craft Artists in Ireland.  Also thank you for all of the votes that were put forth on her behalf.

Here is a small descriptive portion from the CCoI website:

The Board of Directors of the Crafts Council of Ireland is made up of 5 Ministerial nominees and 10 elected members. The warrant of appointment issued by the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment lasts for 3 years, exactly the same term as the craft representatives elected at the AGM by a member organization.

Sunday October 12 Drop In Session – Lucan

Great News – due to the success of the Wednesday Drop In Sessions – and by overwhelming popular demand –  we are delighted to announce a series of Sunday sessions on the same themes as the Wednesdays. These start on Sunday October 12th 2008 in St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland Parish centre in Lucan from 12.00-15.00. Please check out the Monthly Drop In page for more details.

Wednesday Drop In Sessions

Feltmakers Ireland – Monthly Drop In Sessions

We’re back with another season of fantastic sessions on Feltmaking.  All are welcome and we encourage new and experience crafters to come.  Meetings take place at the Blanchardstown Library on the 2nd floor from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays.  These times are meant to challenge and teach us to be better Feltmakers.  It’s also a time to show what you’ve created and share how you did your techniques.  Bring your gear and try out new things each month.  Although the sessions are free, we will have a place for donations for fibre and materials used that day.  Have a great time! We kicked off with our first session on September 17th 2008 – Mini Projects  30 Minute Felt These are things that can be done as quick gifts or activities with kids. Keep an aye on our “Drop In Sessions”  page for dates, locations and topics covered. Looking forward to seeing you.