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Hello reader
We hope you had a lovely summer break and are ready to jump into 2024 which is shaping up to be another big year. We are going straight to it - here's the announcements, and as always check the home page for all of the event details.

We have added to our regular Toss n Tell days with 2 new activities.
  1. Following some of our demonstrations there will now be a Demo & Do session. The demonstrating tutor will be there after the demo to assist you in implementing the new technique or idea they covered. Check the event on the home page - it will clearly say Demo & Do and there will be a materials list.
  2. We have a Group Project - Seasons for 2024. We are going to create a new hanging for Craft House that will do the rounds of competitions and public displays. We plan to have at least 3 group doing days.
We have a new Discovery Days program - Poly Clay Play Days - what has polymer clay got to do with felting!? Polymer clay is perfect for making all kinds of things that can compliment and accentuate your work. Think fasteners, buttons, focal pieces like beads and centre pieces - and anything else your felt needs! Starts in April runs till December.

Our Skill Extension & Beginners Workshops will have some new topics and faces, besides our marvellous regular tutor Sue Eslick (who BTW is doing her fabulous Hattitude Workshop in August) Sara Quail will be joining the Skill Extension team.

And now to the stupendous news - that we have been hinting at for a while. Drum roll please. We are very pleased to announce that at our Nanga Bush Retreat the internationally renown Fiona Duthie will be with us the entire retreat guiding us through a specially tailored workshop. Just for us. Those who were eligible to book the retreat will receive a separate eNews with all the booking details.

Keep scrolling down for a round up of the first 6 months.

See you all soon

New Year FAQs...

Where do I find out stuff?

  • All details of all events are always on the home page in date order: click on any of them to open the event to get all the info. Then follow the links to book.
  • The events are published once we have confirmation from all parties involved.
  • Workshop bookings are usually open 2 Toss n Tells before the workshop - the Booking Open date is always on the event - make sure you scroll down.
  • Skill Extension and Beginners sessions are open for bookings as soon as they are finalised.

How do I book?

  • Sign into the web site first
  • Member bookings are available in 2 places - Members Area & Member Bookings
  • Upon payment of your booking you will be sent relevant information
  • One week for your event you will be sent the relevant reminder

Now to the good stuff.


Feb 3rd We're off to a racing start as Sara Quail's Cobweb Scarf workshop is sold out!

Feb 6th First Tuesday Feltathon - bring your gear and lunch

Feb 17th The wonderful Peta Korb is talking to us about Needle Felting essentials in a precursor to her sought after Bandicoot Needle felting workshop.


Mar 2nd & 3rd Peta Korb's fantastic Eastern Barred Bandicoot Workshop. Perfect for all levels and includes most of the materials - book NOW!
5th Mar Sara is doing a mini workshop with the Versatile Viscose. Sara has very kindly added a a couple of more spots - so if you missed before - do it now!
Mar 16th Our very own Nancy Ballesteros will be Demo & Doing with silk paper, Bring your gear and check the materials list.
And our first Beginners Workshop in the afternoon.


Apr 2nd We kick off Discovery Days for 2024. We'll start with the basic set of skills and head off from there.
Apr 6th Something special - Simple Stitches workshop with an Embroidery Guild tutor! Specially tailored towards felting - a perfect way to increase your embellishment tools.
Apr 20th Di Downer is presenting a Demo & Do session on using paper in your felting. Felting with Paper will give you another tool in your technique pocket. Bring your gear check the materials list.
Apr 20th Eccentric Concentric Bowls or
Bountiful Brooches.
Perfect introduction to multiple resists - great place to start as we have 2 more sessions on complex resists later in the year. Stay tuned.


May 4th A felthathon session
May 18th Running an Art Business in a Changing world with Susan Sheppard followed by our first Group Project session.


Jun 4th Discovery Days Clay - Simple Canes
Jun 6th - 9th
Nanga Bush Retreat with Fiona Duthie
Layers in Design

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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