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Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fabulous Easter break and got loads of felting done.

Toss n Tell is this Saturday and we have the fabulous Nancy Ballesteros showing us 9 ways to lay wool. This demo is a must for all felters - laying wool is one of the most discussed, debated, and deliberated upon techniques in our craft. Come and see 9 of them and bring your felting gear to have ago after - Nancy will be there for advice and guidance.
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Marks Over Time

As our exhibition draws near we have included some inspirational images from our last exhibition in 2016 MACRO|micro Explorations in Felt.

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Workshops Now Open for Booking

There is still time to book Nancy's Hanky Panky workshop and she will have examples of the elegant scarves you could make. This is an excellent opportunity to get a master class in felting from one of our most experienced tutors.

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Kat Weka's Exploring Natural Dyes on silk is a fabulous chance to learn about everyday food items from your weekly shop to create beautiful colours on silk. And importantly, learning the technical side so you can recreate it safely and confidently in your kitchen!

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Great news - since our last Toss n Tell the COVID restrictions have been lifted from Craft House - no more check in, vaccination check or masks. Of course you may still wear a mask - I think many of us will - and if you have been a close contact or unwell please stay home.
Once upon a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth we had a printed quarterly newsletter. Back then printing was really expensive and we couldn't afford full colour - so we printed one image with 4 to an A4 and committee member diligently cut and pasted them onto the front cover each time! Now that's dedication.
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They are available in PDF under the Members section but a selection are listed below.

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At Last the Lasts

A big thank you to the lovely Sharn for facilitating our shoe lasts. The set bought by us will be accessioned into the library for borrowing very soon. And for those bought their own they will be available this Saturday at Toss n Tell.

That's all for now.

See you all on Saturday.

May Toss n Tell - Nine Ways to Lay Wool

May Toss n Tell - Nine Ways to Lay Wool
Feltwest is very pleased to have Nancy Ballesteros from Treetops Colour Harmonies this month with her very informative 9 Ways to Lay Wool.

Did you know there are 9 different ways to lay-up wool tops for felting?  Come along to the Feltwest demo/activity and learn how and why there are so many methods?  Nancy will demonstrate each method and explain its use.  Would you like to create felt with more stretch? Interested in creating a particular colour pattern with your multi-coloured wool tops? All will be revealed… You are welcome to stay and have-a-go at laying out some of the methods after the demonstration.
Nancy Ballesteros has passionately worked with textiles and colour all her life. She was introduced to spinning, felting and dyeing while at university studying Veterinary science; however, her artistic endeavors quickly took over her life. In 1987 she hatched a fibre business called Treetops Colour Harmonies where she designs colours which she dyes on wool and silk textiles. She has been creating felt for over 30 years now. Nancy has taught across Australia, Europe and the USA. She was instrumental in developing the technique of Silk ‘Paper’. She has written about felting in numerous publications and participated in workshops and master classes.
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Hanky Panky with Nancy Ballesteros

a workshop with Nancy Ballesteros

This 2 day workshop will explore a unique abstract painterly-like method of working with Silk Hankies. Feltmakers first impressions of Silk Hankies are usually one of frustration. Learn how to transform this experience into creative bliss. Silk Hankies possess unique properties which create gloriously lustrous and textural surfaces when laminated with minimal amounts of superfine …

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Hanky Panky with Nancy Ballesteros

Exploring Natural Dyes on Silk with Kat Weka

Exploring Natural Dyes on Silk with Kat Weka
In this 1.5 day workshop we will explore obtaining colour from plant material and natural dye extracts. This is a hands on workshop with lots of opportunity to experiment. You will learn how to prepare silk for dyeing. How to obtain beautiful colours from ordinary food items in your kitchen.Basic techniques and safety procedures of natural dyeing will be covered …

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MACRO|micro Explorations in Felt 2016

MaryAnn Dawson
Lyn Lukic
MaryAnn Dawson
Katrina Virgona
Alison Gomes
Sue Eslick
Soosie Jobson
Jean Moss McKenzie
Soosie Jobson
Jeanette Humphries
Chris Grey
Chris Grey

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