Discovery Days

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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.

How does it work?

Discovery Days 2023 is like paying for a regular Feltwest workshop but if you miss a session it won’t matter as after each Discovery Day the relevant tutorial will be posted on the Feltwest website in a new online learning section. If you can’t attend any of the Discovery Days that doesn’t matter either! The online tutorials are included in the cost whether you come to Craft House or not.

Access to the online tutorials is not time limited – you will have full access to the course for as long as you are a current financial member. Even if you aren’t a member for a while and rejoin your access will be restored.

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.

The day will comprise of knowledge sharing, technique instruction, and most importantly doing!

Discovery Day will be:

Starting March 2023

Book now and get a jump on things!

March 2023
April 2023
May 2023
June 2023
July 2023
August 2023
September 2023
October 2023
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HANKY PANKY WORKSHOP June 2022

by Fleur Riley

Nancy gave a very interesting talk about how the silk hankies were made and I’m sure the ladies went away with a different point of view about the silk worm.

Many methods were demonstrated by Nancy on how to use this very versatile little piece of silk.  They also learned the trick (to stop them sticky to every part of your hand) was to iron them.

Many different variations of scarves and wraps were achieved over the 2 day workshop. Some completely covered their silk with hankies whilst others chose to leave some silk exposed, giving a totally different result.

Hat Workshop with Sue Eslick

by Fleur Riley

The choice for the hats was endless.  As you can see by the many different styles of hats made.

Many different variaties were used to get the final look on their hats. Some choose to use silk tops, silk tissue or variegated wool.  The look was individual to each person who partipated.

The workshop ran very smoothly and fun was had by all.

All the ladies went home with their hats fully felted and drying of their hat blocks.

Christmas Party 2020

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.

SOFT FIGURE NEEDLE FELTING

Vimol Imsanguan presented a wonderfully busy workshop on her soft figure needle felting techniques.

The day started with learning the basics about needles, wool and essential techniques. A 3D ladybug was created with Vimol demonstrating how to create the main body shape with additional detail of eyes, feelers and legs. Her tips and tricks were were very effective and intriguing.

Moving on to making birds with wings, it wasn’t long before a flock of birds had been created, all as individual as their makers.

Fairies were the theme for the afternoon. With much more complexity with arms, hair, wings and ‘dressing’ the fairy, this was more time consuming. The never-ending details that could be added had participants enthralled at Vimol’s ingenuity.

This was an exciting workshop packed full of ideas that also highlighted the versatility and scope of working with wool fibre. Most participants were new to needle felting, but all went away with an array of creatures and loads of inspiration.

Thank you Vimol.

FELTED BANGLES, RINGS & THINGS

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

November Toss n Tell & Christmas Party

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.

February 2020 Toss n Tell

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.

CAROL MULHEARN
CAROL MULHEARN
CAROL MULHEARN

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!

CLAIRE RUSSEL
FLEUR RILEY – USING RESISTS

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 JOBSON
SOOSIE JOBSON

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

FLEUR RILEY
FLEUR RILEY

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.

JAQUELINE GIBSON
MARTIEN VAN ZUILEN
MARTIEN VAN ZUILEN

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.

WOYLIE – 3D NEEDLE FELTING WITH WIRE ARMATURE

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!

Welcome to our new committee 19/20

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.

Our Team

President                                     Soosie Jobson
Vice President                           Jean Mckenzie
Treasure                                       Lenore Farfield
Secretary                                     Cynda Empsall
Workshop Co-ordinator         Renita Mroz
Online Communications        Liz Owens
Margaret Bryan
Sara Quail
Vimol Imsanguan

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