Over the next year or so there will be a series of talks and activities design to guide our membership from inception to exhibition in September next year. At each Toss n Tell we will have a series of talks covering things such as our theme – Marks Over Time
Thank you for joining one of the Market Teams. Here are the duties and responsibilities for each Team.
Team Members: Marion Finneran & Sue Eslick
Receival of inventory will begin after Toss n Tell on May 15th approximately 10:30ish..
Schedule for the day:
9:45am Toss n Tell
10:45am Inventory Acceptance – TnT may be shorter than usual so we shall start acceptance after TnT has finished and the Receival Team is ready. Members may be attaching tags and making last minute checks. We will bring you a cuppa and a piece of cake!
Check each member’s inventory for:
- Soft plastic container (unless a rigid container is absolutely necessary) – not hard boxes – name & code on container
- Check for Participants name on the list
- Check for Printed Inventory form
- Check each item for FW Tag includes price and code.
- Check for quality of felt.
- Ensure the Inventory form goes back into the container
- Place the soft containers into the Feltwest large plastic tubs.
Be at Heathcote at ?:??am to setup the stall. There is a designated 15 minute window for us to unload everything from the vehicle, then move the vehicle to the stallholder car park. More details to come.
Team Members: Liz Owens, Soosie Jobson, Claire Russell, Sue Eslick.
- Erect the Gazebo with walls if required and anchor feet.
- Add Feltwest Banner
- Setup table with table cloth
- Setup the scarf and wrap racks
- Setup hat stand
- Unpack and place items for display
- Setp up Square system
- Setup wrapping station
- Hand over
The Sales Team is the first contact point between us and the general public – so it is a very important job! It would be nice if you could wear something felted – a felt name badge would be a great place to start. Wearing some felt gives you a talking point and a way to break the ice with prospective clients. As this is our first market at Heathcote we will need to inform the general public as to who we are, how to follow or join us, and in particular, when we will be back. But people don’t want to be talked at – it is easier to inform a prospective buyer (or member) rather than sell to them. Short simple facts are the key. For example:
- Who or what is Feltwest? – a membership group of feltmakers
- What do we do? – meetings, workshops and events promoting felt.
- What is felt – a handmade process using unspun wool – wet and needle – show them a piece of each – you don’t need too much detail, lovely to wear, tactile, versatile.
- Where to find us – online – feltwest.org.au hand them a business card, location Alexander Park Craft House
- How to follow us – facebook.com/feltwest on the business card
- Where to buy – At the Christmas Market but look out on facebook and the web site for other events.
A sale is the final opportunity to reinforce our message with promotional material. Whilst packaging the item ensure there is a business card and flyer in the bag. Enjoy the day talking to people about the craft we all love – enthusiasm and joy are contagious.
Be at the stall at your designated time and stay for your shift. There is a public carpark below Heathcote on the eastern side. The cost is $2. Allow 5-10 minutes to walk from the carpark. Make sure you bring drinking water and be prepared for changing weather.
Team Members: Fleur Riley, Alison Gomes, Sharn Bruere, Jill Jodrell, Sue Espie, Judith Walsh
- Shifts are 2hrs 15mins to hand over to the next shift.
- Talk to people about felting and how wonderful it is!
- Help people to purchase items – answer any questions, help them try things on, talk about the handmade process, generally be friendly but not pushy
- Wear a name badge –a felt one!
- Package item and take customer to cashier
- Replenish stock on displays as direct by Sales Team leader
Be at the stall at 3:30pm to pack down the stall
Team Members: Lyn Walske, Sue Mader
- Take down items
- Items need to be ticked off to printed inventory form and placed in members container
- Take down all display items & gazebo
Distribute Unsold Felt
Be at Toss n Tell June 19th to return unsold items to Members.
Team Members: Cynda Empsall, Vimol Imsanguan
When the member comes to collect their unsold items
- Check off the items to the printed inventory form with the Member.
- Return to member.
Cashier: Claire Russell 0421 577 026
Sales Team Leader: Liz Owens 0402 357 632
Market Co-ordinator: Soosie Jobson 0433 216 154
|TnT May 15th||10:30am||Receive Items||Marion Finneran Sue Eslick||0498 031 063 0401 037 973|
|Heathcote May 23rd||7:30am||9:30||Setup||Liz Owens Soosie Jobson Claire Russell Sue Eslick||0402 357 632 0433 216 154 0421 577 026 0401 037 973|
|Heathcote May 23rd||9:15am||11:30am||Sales||Fleur Riley Sue Espie||0438 000 061 0402 400 463|
|Heathcote May 23rd||11:15am||1:30pm||Sales||Alison Gomes Jill Jodrell||0424 083 679 0419 903 394|
|Heathcote May 23rd||1:15pm||3:30pm||Sales||Sharn Bruere Judith Walsh||0405 729 379 0458 942 690|
|Heathcote May 23rd||3:30pm||5:30pm||Packup||Lyn Walske Sue Mader Liz Owens Soosie Jobson Claire Russell||0438 023 863 0419 278 352|
|TnT June 19th||10:45am||Distribution Unsold Items||Cynda Empsall Vimol Imsanguan||0401 628 934 0430 715 432|
With such a turbulent year it was lovely to see so many of our long term members at the Christmas Party. Wonderful company, delicious food, and amazing felting.
Katrina Virgona is running a felting workshop (FELTED BANGLES, RINGS & THINGS) on Saturday Sept 5th from 10am-1pm at the Mundaring Arts Centre. If doing the workshop, you can also view a range of artworks relating to wool in the SHEEP SHOW exhibition in MAC’s main gallery space. Other workshops are happening in association with the Sheep Show including a yarn spinning workshop run by Anne Williams. The Sheep Show opens July 24th. For more info on the felt workshop, please see: https://mundaringartscentre.myshopify.com/products/felted-bangles-rings-and-things-with-katrina-virgona
We had a wonderful 2019 FeltWEST wrap up at TNT on Saturday 16 November with an abundance of beautiful, felty Christmas ornaments brought in and sold to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis; a delicious shared lunch and lots of lovely items brought in for Toss N Tell. Thank you very much to Jean for presiding over the day in Soosie’s absence.
Both Peta Korb and Jean McKenzie were presented with flowers to thank them for their outstanding contribution to the success of FeltWEST’s stall at the Royal Show in 2019.
Martien announced the sad passing of Peggy Buckingham, long-time FeltWEST member and tireless advocate for the educational aspect of the arts and crafts in Western Australia and nationally.
Best wishes to all for a very happy Christmas and a great start to the new year. We look forward to seeing you all in February.
by Renita Mroz
We kicked of our first TNT of the year with a wonderful Mini Demonstration from Sue Eslick on Making and Attaching Tubes. Thank you, Sue, – as always, you were fabulously instructive and entertaining! The March mini demo, by Soosie Jobson, will be on Differential Shrinkage Rates.
Soosie announced that the Extension Program would be back in 2020, run by Sue Eslick and Jean McKenzie. These are three-hour long, samples-based workshops aimed at learning or honing a particular skill. Six or so of these workshops will be run during the year, some on Saturdays after TNT, others on regular Tuesday felting days. The first extension workshop will look at Three-Dimensional Felt with participants working on making a small vessel. It will be run on Saturday 21 March following TNT – bookings are open on the website.
Our first Monthly Workshop for 2020 was Peta Korb’s Needle Felted Woylie workshop which was booked and very well received with a whole herd of adorable woylies heading off to new homes at the end of the day.
Our March offering, Sue Eslick’s Fantasy Hat or Tea Cosy workshop, is fast approaching. The workshop is almost fully booked with only two places remaining – sign-up on the website now for a great weekend and a stylish hat or sensational tea cosy!
Also open for bookings is Anita Larkin’s Design Ideas for Felt workshop in April. Martien described Anita as someone to get out of bed for! Coming from a background in sculpture, Anita is inventive and offers unique techniques to shift, shuffle and shake your ideas, new perspectives and a wonderful and expansive approach to design. This is a workshop not to be missed!
Soosie sought expressions of interest in a 2020 FeltWEST Retreat in May/June, the planning for which is underway.
Soosie also encouraged all members to engage with FeltWEST’s Facebook page. Please like it, share it, and contribute to it.
Peta spoke about the Toodyay Fibre Festival on Sunday 7 June. If you would like any of your felted garments included in the fashion parade, you will need to fill out an Expression of Interest form on the website. http://www.toodyay.wa.gov.au/Community-Visitors/Events/Upcoming-Events/Toodyay-Fibre-Festival
Martien drew our attention to Felt Matters magazine, produced in the UK by the International Feltmakers’ Association. This is a wonderfully inspirational magazine with an international focus. Two FeltWEST members, Martien van Zuilen and Katrina Virgona, are featured in the current issue. You’ll find copies of Felt Matters magazine in the FeltWEST library.
Virginia let us know that FeltWEST member, Marie Marshal, is down-sizing and has, very generously, donated her felting books and a beautiful wooden hat block to our library. She also offered fabric and a gorgeous felted christening gown to anyone who would love and use them well.
Katrina spoke about the Lust for Lustre exhibition at Ellenbrook Art Gallery which looks at our fascination with pearls. Katrina’s work was included in this exhibition.
On Saturday 1 February, 12 Feltwest members were treated to an excellent one day workshop,
presented by Peta Korb. At the end of the day all participants commented on how much they had
enjoyed the workshop and how well organised it had been. The consensus was that it was a great
start to the 2020 Feltwest year.
Peta explained that the Woylie is a small Australian marsupial, which would serve as a suitable
project for demonstrating the techniques of needle felting onto a wire armature. The intention was
to try to finish the project during the workshop, but sufficient materials and tuition were given to
allow participants to finish their projects at home, if need be.
Peta supplied a kit to each participant, containing all the materials needed for the workshop, which
made it easier and faster to start the workshop. Participants were given a list of a small number of
tools they would need to bring with them to assist in the process.
Peta displayed samples of her work to illustrate the different stages of work involved in needle
felting to an armature. During the workshop, participants learned a range of techniques, including
wrapping, shaping, felting and sculpting wool around a wire armature. They also learned colour
blending with wool, creating a realistic animal pelt in felt finer finishing details.
Thank you Peta for an enjoyable, informative and inspiring workshop!
We received some sad news just before Christmas that one of our Life members has passed away. Val was instrumental in setting up a felting group in Bunbury and helping Feltwest evolve int the amazing organisation we have today. There is an article here with more of the story.
Whilst Val hadn’t attended many meetings in the last few years she is remembered fondly by those who knew her and as felters well owe her our thanks.
GILMOUR (Valerie): Passed away peacefully at SJOG Hospital Bunbury on 24.9.2019. Dearly beloved wife of Jim (dec). Loved mother of Ian and Jean, mother-in-law of Rosie and Craig.
Hello my name is Soosie Jobson and I am the new President of Feltwest. Nice to meet you all. It is lovely to be back on the committee after an absence of 3 years and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the new members from the past 3 years. I have been a member of Feltwest (and a felter) for some 20 years and have spent nearly 15 years as a committee member. I look forward to working with our new committee to facilitate all of the amazing events and gatherings that we hold throughout the year and welcome any input from our membership. Please feel free to come and speak to me or any of the committee at any of our regular meetings with your ideas, thoughts r concerns. We would love to know.
I look forward to seeing you at Toss n Tell this Saturday.
President Soosie Jobson
Vice President Jean Mckenzie
Treasure Lenore Farfield
Secretary Cynda Empsall
Workshop Co-ordinator Renita Mroz
Online Communications Liz Owens
Sub committee Team Members
Rep. at APCH meetings – Louise Nidorf
New member liason officer – Alison Gomes
Introduction workshops – Alison Gomes
Library – Jill Jodrell
WA Craft Fair – Jan Stroud, Jill Jodrell
Royal Show – Martien van Zuilen, Peta Korb, Jean McKenzie, Marion Finneran, Margaret Bryan
Saturday the 18th of February saw the first FeltWest meeting of 2018. Attendance was higher than expected with about 40 people pouring in to catch the first day not only of the meeting, but of the new and (hopefully improved) format. At ten thirty the group gathered for Sue Eslick’s excellent demonstration with it’s easy to follow instructions for the making of felted sushi rolls. The end of the demo set the hall alive with activity. Tables were shared which created a lively social atmosphere. Lots of persuasion was needed to drag participants from the work for the lunch break with meeting notices and T and T.
The news items from the meeting will be posted on the website, but special mention must be made of the opening of bookings for the Retreat at Muresk in early June. We do need expressions of interest as soon as possible so the appropriate bookings can be made. It’s a fairly complicated procedure; the booking that is, not the fabulous weekend, so do seriously consider coming along for a few days of unrestricted felting and a lot of fun.
Toss and Tell began with Sara Quail reporting on her dyeing workshop which was held in early February.
The enthusiasm of the attendees was attested by the colourful results – a myriad of beautiful colour combinations on lengths of silk and cotton, using fibre reactive dyes. Congratulations must go to Peta whose many test pieces showed a great dedication to the process. Her gorgeous samples a credit to herself and to her demonstrator. Peta was obviously truly inspired.
Martien brought along superb examples of her boots and slippers along with an intriguing nuno scarf, quite long but made from just 90 cms of fabric. Thanks to Martien also for bringing along her wares. We are aware that it’s lots of work, but great to have supplies available, especially when there are new members.
Marie showed some delightful and well- made sample pieces as well as a swathe of bay tree branches which she explained keep kitchen moths out of her pantry! Lots of recipients of the branches will be trialling this way of keeping out the pesky insects at bay over the coming month. Feedback please!
Jan Manning showed her very thoughtful and colourful renditions of Picasso and Magritte paintings in felt. Hopefully we’ll see more of these in future.
Jill Jodrell’s menagerie of hand puppets were a delight – from her realistic kangaroo to colourful wacky creations.
There’s a future workshop there!
Marion Finneran also created a large ‘critter’ which purposefully incorporated a multitude of techniques she acquired in an online workshop.
Sue Eslick modelled her intriguing beret as well as the messenger bag that will be made in the felt and leather workshop in April.
The afternoon was spent completing Sue’s sushi rolls with much whacking and beating (most enthusiastically by Liz Owens} as Sue explained that once a certain point is reached in the process maltreatment is necessary.
The new format was greeted with enthusiasm by all. It seemed to give the group both inspiration and impetus. No adverse comments were received but there were lots of suggestions for further improvement and that is great for any organisation.
Kerry Bertucci and Marion Finneran took in items for showing at the Wagin Woolorama with their usual efficiency. We wish Kerry and Sue Eslick along with Chris and Nancy all the best for the event which we will hope to hear all about at the March meeting.
Alison Gomes manfully conducted an afternoon beginners workshop under somewhat difficult circumstances since the studio was in use by another group. Thanks to her for quietly making it work for the seven participants who seemed well pleased with the results.
All in all, a good day. Many thanks to those who came along and participated and especially to Sue E. I for one am looking forward greatly to future meetings.