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We have a great demo this month with complex 3D resists - so bring along your favourite vessel or sculpture to share. More details down below.

Claire's Fantasy Fairy Garden bookings are now open - it would be the perfect next step for those who did the needle felting beginners workshop last month. This 2 day workshop will extend your skills to include armature and moving limbs, needled details including opening and closing fixtures, adding texture with yarns and fibres, and wet felting to reinforce your piece. It will be a great workshop.

Nancy Ballesteros' Mediation Beads workshop bookings open this Saturday. Nancy's workshops always sell out so jump in quick! There's heaps of Skill extension classes now open with 2 places left in the beginners this Saturday - still time to join in.

The open day at Craft House was an excellent turn out - big thanks to Liz and Cynda for talking, demoing and loving felt all day. Images further down along with Royal Show 2023 news.
Do you know about the "Free to a Good Home" shelves? At the end of the entrance hall there are a set of shelves with free stuff. If you have textile related stuff you would like to give away place it on the shelves. Or if you're on the prowl for something - check 'em out.

Happy Felting

See you Saturday

May Toss n Tell – 3D Resists

Soosie Jobson will be demonstrating 3D Resists. Take your vessels and sculptures to a new level. Soosie will have several of her vessels, sculptures and cactus to share. Yes we said Cactus!
We have many books in the library about resist work – come and browse before the demo.


10:00 am Doors & Library open
10:30am Toss n Tell Bring along vessels, sculptures or any 3D things you have made.
11:30am 3D Resists with Soosie Jobson
12:30am Have a go. Your turn - bring your felting gear
Craft House open day was a huge success. Thanks to Liz and Cynda for flying the Feltwest flag.

Have you started your entry?

The schedule is nearly finished and entries will be open soon. There are some fantastic prizes including Feltwest membership and workshop vouchers. This is a wonderful opportunity to display our craft to many thousands of people.
There are several Classes to enter including Novice, Wearables, 3D Objects and Decor - stay tune for more info.

Workshops Open Now!

Fantasy Fairy Garden

a workshop with Claire Russell In this 2 part workshop participants will be able to make their own fantastical flying fairy and magical home for them. Learning construction and armature skills along the way. DAY 1 June 3rd From wisps of wool a fairy will emerge like magic. Using basic armature wrapping skills the residents of your fantasy garden will …

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Fantasy Fairy Garden

Meditation Beads with Nancy Ballesteros

Bookings Open this Saturday

Meditation Beads with Nancy Ballesteros
a workshop with Nancy Ballesteros There is something especially wonderful about concentrating on one small intimate object at a time. Slowly recognizing the path you will take to release its beauty, to create something really unique. Each bead has this potential to be seduced out by the slow methodical meditation of creation. Hand stitching felted fabrics cultivates our creative spirit. …

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Skills Extension - Craters

Felted craters can be so much fun, they can be hollow, or erupting with felt or other textiles and give a fabulous deep and earthy texture to felt wall hangings or sculptures. Join us to make a felt sample with a variety of filled and hollow craters. This workshop will give participants the skills to make a larger piece using …

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Skill Extension - Nuno Frills & Roses

Skill Extension - Nuno Frills & Roses
Come and join us for a hands-on session learning how to ‘frill up’ the surface design of your felt by including delicate silk roses or frills. These can give a wonderfully sumptuous finish to felt scarves, clothes, hats and bags. Participants will make a felt sample with both roses and frills and discuss how to scale them up for bigger …

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Skill Extension - Fine laying for Nuno Wearables

Explore the options for creating fine drapeable wearables using fine laying techniques. The main reason wearables have no flow or lightness is due to too much wool. But don't I need those 2 thick layers? The simple answer is No! Come along and learn how it is done. Achieve drape through laying:

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Skill Extension - Fine laying for Nuno Wearables

Skill Extension - Felting Around Objects

Skill Extension - Felting Around Objects
It is fun to felt around a rock or other object, but there are a few simple tips that you need to know to ensure that the wool is able to shrink properly to form tight, firm felt.  Join us for a fun session learning how to lay wool around an object eg, a balloon or ball, creating sufficient space …

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Contact Us

President Liz Owens - feltwest.president@gmail.com
Vice President Soosie Jobson - feltwest.vicepresident@gmail.com
Treasurer Claire Russell - feltwest.treasurer@gmail.com
Secretary Jo Ganon - feltwest.secretary@gmail.com
Workshop Co-ordinator Cynda Empsall feltwest.workshops@gmail.com
Skill Extension & Beginners Sue Eslick feltwest.eventscalendar@gmail.com

Detailed contacts list available here

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