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Hello reader
We just had to share the photos from last Saturday's Uthando Doll Project at Toss n Tell. The amazing ladies at the Uthando Project opened our eyes and hearts to their incredible charity works with children in KwaZulu-Natal. It was lovely to see our membership respond so generously and have so much fun dressing and accessorising the dolls. We have 8 doll kit & book packs that will be available for sale at our next Toss n Tell (which will also be the AGM) so those who couldn't attend can still participate. We are asking that any completed dolls be returned at the October Toss n Tell meeting as there is a shipment to South Africa in early November.

Feltwest Workshops & COVID Uncertainty –Full Refund Guaranteed

Feltwest would like to reassure our membership that if workshops have to be cancelled, postponed or if numbers are restricted because of a COVID lockdown Feltwest will be giving full refunds to any participant.

This could mean that Feltwest will incur unavoidable expenses. We recognise that in these very uncertain economic times that every cent counts, and unfortunately it is often the things we love the most that we have to give up first. Due to the diligent financial management by successive committees over the past 25 years, Feltwest can weather this down turn. We hope that our reasonable membership and workshop fees will continue to sustain us. To date we have been lucky enough to only have to reschedule one workshop and cancel one other.

We also understand that sometimes the cost of the materials for a workshop is a consideration. May we suggest that you gather the materials as close to the date as is possible for your situation. If materials are an issue please contact the tutor involved to see if there are alternatives. We will keep this point in mind during our planning day in late September.

Please, if you wish to do a workshop but are hesitant due to uncertainty or financial constraints be assured you will receive a refund if we must cancel.
A big thank you to those 75 members who have renewed so far, and hopefully the rest of you will also be able to rejoin us for the fun, felting and comradery in 21-22. As stated we have our planning meeting in late September and we welcome workshop and Toss n Tell event suggestions.

Finish & Fix Prep & Plan Feltathon

Thank you to the members who attended the Feltathon July 15th & 16th. It was a great turnout for such short notice and some fabulous projects were started and/or completed. It was 2 lovely days of relaxed designing, stitching, felting, and chatting.

We will have more days like this!
Images - some of the projects

Take care and see you soon.

Workshop Bookings Now Open

Funky Bags Friday & Saturday

6th & 7th August

Funky Bags
blue bag
a workshop with Sue Eslick

In this two day class we will create a unique strong three dimensional felt bag. You will learn how to create different shapes and designs from a single, simple template by applying different thicknesses of wool, and cutting the template in different places. We will felt around the resist to make a hollow form which …

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cracked earth

Natural Rhythms Kimono Poncho

2nd - 5th September 9:30am - 4:00pm

FB Kimono Poncho (1)
a 4 day workshop with Nancy Ballesteros

In this workshop you will explore simple, practical ways to apply this powerful design principal to your nuno felting. It is an amazingly easy way to obtain visually pleasing outcomes – no maths is required!
Students are able to choose different designs of Kimono Poncho they would like to create. It can have either structured linear lines or more a more rhythmical and organic pattern. You will have a choice of creating either a Silk fabric collar or a felted collar. Very basic sewing skills will be needed.

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Treetops Kimono Poncho.3

Skills Extension - Flaps & Fins

In this workshop we will explore different ways of making felt flaps and fins, and how they can be used to make dramatic features on your felt, or can form flaps on bags and purses. Participants will explore several different methods for making flaps and fins on their sample piece, and will develop the skills and confidence to add flaps …

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Skills Extension - Flaps & Fins

Last Beginners Workshop for 2021 September 19th 1pm - 4pm

Here are the images from last Saturday

Feel free to forward this eNews to any like minded people who might like the opportunity to meet felters, learn and share new skills and generally do all things felty.
If you are not a member of Feltwest you are missing out on amazing workshops from experienced local, interstate and international tutors, and heaps of event opportunities like exhibitions and markets. Sound good? Join here: