Friday, October 31, 2014

Natural Phenomena

We hope you will drop in to our Exhibition opening next Friday:

Naas Felt and Fibre Exhibition 'Natural Phenomena' at McAuley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare November 2014 feltmaking stitch work

The theme for our work this year was the natural world and the range of exhibits reflects this wonderfully. From beautifully stitched and embellished pieces showing autumn forest scenes to child hood adventures, don't miss it! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Preparing for our Exhibition in November

Here are some snippets of work in progress for our next exhibition :

                                                                                               Catherine Domican

                                                 Catherine Dowling

Monday, October 27, 2014

Alternative uses for wool?

Dee Kelly used some Welsh wool fibre (coarse) for this classic COMB OVER hair style!
Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Useful Books for Felting Techniques

by Catherine Dowling

This post will focus on books on felting techniques that our members have found useful.

Amazon is a great source of books on how to felt and develop your techniques.  Also the Knit and Stitch Show in the RDS every Autumn usually has book vendors with sections on felting and all fibre related material.

A good starter book is “Complete Feltmaking: Easy Techniques and 25 Great Projects”, by Gillian Harris.

Another beginners book is “Quick and Clever Felting” by Ellen Kharade.

For those wishing to develop their portfolio of felt creations the following books might be helpful:

  • “Felt Fashion” by Jenne Giles.  This shows how to make and customise garments.
  • “Felting Fashion” by Lizzie Houghton.  This book is about making simple corsages, hats and scarves to jackets and full-length coats.  Not really a book for beginners.
  • “Felt to Stitch” by Sheila Smith.  This book uses felt and stitch techniques to produce finished articles.  It combines beginner and advanced techniques.  It is beautifully illustrated and a good source of ideas.
  • “500 Felt Objects (Felt as Art)” by Lark Crafts.  This is a great book to inspire you to produce some wonderful creative pieces.  It is not, a how to felt book.  The photographs are beautiful and the inspiration endless.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Felt Flowers

by Catherine Dowling

Hope you are getting into wet felting and finding projects you can make quickly to get you going.

I made these flowers following the instructions on the video below.  If you make the stem a bit longer you can wind it around your wrist as a corsage or you could use it to decorate a simple pony tail. (Note when drying the flower, wind the stem around a cylinder to shape).  Enjoy!