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Hello reader
There is still time to book into Sharn's amazing Slipper workshop - the materials list is simple and Sharn has the core wool you will need. Its a great skill to have and will be a fun weekend. At the moment there is one place left in Loops, Clasps & Rails be quick to get that last spot.
The last Beginners Workshop was sold out and we welcome the new members and hope to see more of them!

Speaking of Beginners - we have a couple spots left in the Needle Felting Beginners workshop April 15th. This workshop will give you the skills to participate in the upcoming Fantasy Fair Garden workshop - more details below.
Beginners Work - Well done!
Discovery Days are progressing beautifully with 2 full sessions of Shibori techniques published and the second round of dye baths this Tuesday. Bookings are still open as the online content is starting to fill out - the sessions have full instructions with skill videos for you to watch as many times as you like. Once you have joined Discovery Days you will have access to the library of sessions for as long as you are a member of Feltwest. More details below.
Toss n Tell was a great sharing day - a big thank you to Sharn for her very informative talk on how to use the shoe lasts we have in the library.
The cutest Quokka & Wombats by Sharn
Members brought along a huge range of amazing felt pieces. We had Discovery Days Shibori pieces, booties and boots, wraps in progress from Rectangle Wraps workshop, beaded wall hanging, wearable art, rabbits, poodles & fairies!
It was a great day and next month we have a special guest speaker - Elizabeth Marruffo who is going to tell us all about her graphic novel project using needle felted creatures and characters to create the story. The talk is open to all including non members - so please feel free to share. Full details below.
Last piece of new - The Embroiderer's Guild is having a huge sale Sunday April 30th - scroll down for details.

Happy Felting!

Magical Slipper Making with Sharn Bruere

Close you eyes for a moment and imagine warm honey being drizzled over you brain. Relaxing right? Now imagine getting home from a long day, kicking off your hard shoes, and the same relaxing feeling pouring over you as you slip into your super cosy 100% wool slippers made just for you by you.

Bliss found.
Magical Slipper Making with Sharn Bruere
Come learn the magical art of felted wool slipper making.

Sharn will take you through the entire process in six easy to follow steps – from resist making to sole options. By the end of the workshop you will have made a beautiful pair of slippers and will be able to share the magic by making a pair for everyone you know.


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Skill Extension – Clasps, Loops & Rails

Skill Extension – Clasps, Loops & Rails
Learn how to make fine felt claps and rails on the ends of felt cords. This workshop will given participants the skills to add strong and elegant felt closures to their cord necklaces and other jewellery.


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Beginners – Needle Felting April 15th

This session will teach the basics of needle felting and how it can be used to make a 3D figure such as an animal or doll, or to add designs onto a prefelt prior to wet felting. We will introduce the equipment in the needle felter’s tool kit and how to use it.
Beginners – Needle Felting April 15th
Samples ‘made in this session will include a needle felted design on piece of flat prefelt, and making a needle felted eyeball. After this session you will have the skills needed to use needle felting designs in your wet felting, and the confidence to undertake a more advanced needle felting course making animals or other complex shapes.


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Fantasy Fairy Garden - Bookings Open April 15th

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

Discovery Days 2023

Discovery Days are days of informal tuition and activity held on both the first Tuesdays and some Saturdays throughout the year. Each session has a tutorial about the skill or technique we are focusing on with all of the appropriate equipment and resources required. The rest of the session would then be about doing – putting those skills and knowledge into practice.
During 2023 we will be discovering botanical dyes, botanical printing from Australian Native plants, and Shibori techniques specifically orientated for using on felt. Later in the year we will discover polymer clay techniques to make your own buttons, toggles and beads. All of which can be utilised in, on or upon felt.


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Discovery Days 2023
Above: Sample of the Sessions

  • Materials list
  • Pressure points
  • Text instructions
  • Skill videos
  • Progress tracking

April Toss n Tell - Elizabeth Marruffo

April Toss n Tell - Elizabeth Marruffo

Feltwest is very pleased to announce an Artist Talk by Elizabeth Marruffo

Needle Felting Artist

Elizabeth is going to tell us all about her graphic novel project using needle felted creatures and characters to create the story.

"I am using needle felting to sculpt all the characters in my retelling of the Wind in the Willows story. I am also using recycled materials and polymer clay for other props. I am sculpting around 30 poseable anthropomorphic figures, arranging scenes and then taking photos of them. I then alter these photos digitally on my ipad using a program called Clip Studio. Finally I arrange the photos in a sequential way to create comic pages and add speech bubbles and text . The final book will be around 250-300 pages and I hope to be finished in around 2 years."
Elizabeth Marruffo is from the small border town of Agua Prieta in Sonora, Mexico. In her painting practice, Marruffo engages with ideas of self-representation along with themes of collective grief, loss and love. Her paintings appear as dreamlike images where the earthly and the otherworldly co-exist. With an increasing interest in folkloric traditions, she uses the techniques of a traditional painting practice and creates works that have a distinctive and contemporary voice.

In her work with children’s community groups she uses poetic and gentle techniques in ways that encourage a child’s ability to develop their own creativity and sense of self.

Elizabeth currently lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. She is also the director of Milktooth Arts Space, where she develops and runs children art classes and adults art workshops. She is a sessional lecturer in painting at Edith Cowan University, has been a finalist in numerous national painting awards including The Portia Geach Memorial Prize and is represented in various collections.

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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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