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Hello reader

Its all happening this Saturday. We have Nancy Ballesteros from Treetops Colour Harmonies giving us a wonderful demo on Silk Paper along with her popup shop.


Feltwest Christmas Bazaar

Friday - Sunday 4th-6th December

We now have finalised dates for our inaugural Christmas Bazaar the 4th - 6th December. The full program will be published soon but right now we are looking for people to help with the event. Bring us your expertise, or this can be a great opportunity to learn how large events are developed and managed. Either way it is an excellent way to contribute to our amazing organisation whilst having fun along the way. We need people for a variety of tasks with jobs before, during and after the event. If you would like to be a part of the team please email me at feltwest.president@gmail.com to talk further. Or corner me on Saturday!

I also need your images!

We need to design advertising material right now so send me your images. They don't have to be new pieces, stuff from the Royal Show last year would be great. The sooner we start to use social media the better, and the longer lead time we have on printing the cheaper it is.

If you send me images of your work I will send you back edited and sized images for your Facebook cover and posts, and Instagram. Closer to the date we will have printed flyers and posters that can also be circulated and finally electronic invites to disseminate. If you don't have any images handy we can still provide you with generic Feltwest images for uploading

If you haven't already then get felting. Together we can make this a huge success.

Toss n Tell

For the first time in a long time we are shuffling the format of Toss n Tell - we decided to swap it around and hold Toss n Tell first then open the library and bookings followed by the demo. This makes more sense as we usually announce workshops & events but the bookings are closed by then and the demos will be last so if you want you can stay and implement your new skills. The new timetable is below.
This month's demo and popup shop are with Nancy Ballesteros CREATING SILK PAPER FOR FELTMAKERS Come and discover the origins of Silk Paper. Nancy Ballesteros has been researching and developing techniques in Silk Paper since the early 1990's. Nancy will discuss its various applications from a permanent medium for embroidery and sculpture to an exciting medium for feltmakers creating unique silk …

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But as always bring along what you have made to share - hopefully we will see the lovely vests that were made in my workshop a couple of Saturdays ago.


Please return any Library items you may have. Sorry there is no borrowing at the moment we are implementing a new system and hence we need all the items returned.
9:30am – Doors open
Please write your name in the Attendance Book and put $2 into money box towards tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and venue hire and take a raffle ticket, which puts you in the drawer for FeltWEST credit voucher. Don’t forget to sign out when you leave.
9:45am – Toss n Tell
10:45am – Library for item return & Bookings Open


There are still places left in Martien's workshop - it is great opportunity to learn and you will go home with a beautiful rug that will mean a lot to you. Book now so you don't miss out.

There are 2 more Skills Extension Program workshops and 1 more Beginners left this year. They are short, sharp and shiny 3 hour sessions where you will gain fundamental felting skills to give you the confidence to participate in the other workshops on offer each year.

All details below.

I think that's it for now. Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

Cheers Soosie


In this 3.5-day class (one 2-hour evening session followed by three full days), you will make a rug inspired by design principles of the ‘Mandala’ (a Sanskrit word meaning ‘circle’). Mandala designs appear in many cultures and reflect a well-balanced composition of individual parts that come together to form an integrated whole. In this in-depth class, we explore a distinctive …

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Felting around an object 6th October

Felting skills extension
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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Beginners Workshop - 17th October

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Pockets and multiple resists. 3rd November

Use of multiple resists can create exciting and multidimensional shapes in your felt. This session will show how to use multiple resists to make complex forms, and will teach how to get a firm shape to the work, as well as how to incorporate silk fabric to add extra nuno texture. Samples will be provided to demonstrate how these techniques …

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