Welcome to the first Toss and Tell report for 2014. After a break of a couple of months it was great to see so many members attend showing off projects finished off over the break and see the excitement for new projects and ideas brimming.
Soosie Jobson gave the demonstration this month on how to use the FeltWest website which generated some lively discussion and proved very helpful to members.
Our President Virginia Campbell then kept us up-to-date all the news that had happened over the break. We wish Sue Swain a speedy recovery after her accident. Unfortunately Irit Dulman is unable to hold her much anticipated workshop in May but fortunately we are very lucky to have our own very talented natural dyer, Lindy Frayne who will be running a workshop May 3-4. More details to be advised closer to the date.
All members are invited to attend the Craft House AGM which will be held in conjunction with the WAFTA meeting. Kerrie Argent will be the guest speaker and it is to be held on March 18. Those who come at 7pm to hear Kerrie’s talk will be asked to pay WAFTA’s normal door charge of $5 for WAFTA members and $8 for non-members. This includes a ticket in the door prize draw and a light supper. If you just want to attend the AGM please come between 7.45 and 8pm and entry will be free. Kerrie Argent is a well-known Lake Grace artist.
Time to start Toss and Tell and first up was Janette Humphries who made a lovely blue skirt and cape. She had blended the colours beautifully and the results were stunning.
Next was Louise Nidorf who had been busy felting stones while on holiday. The colours were vibrant and inspiring. She also showed us her cute owl which she had made at Soosie’s Studio Detritus workshop.
Beth Klokeid and Nancy Ballesteros displayed the neck pieces made at Katrina Virgona’s workshop.
AiLin had finally finished a three year project of a gorgeous shawl which was inspired by Charlotte Buch. The dramatic tail and unusual design made a stunning garment.
Deb Damascio produced a large very fine white wrap which was made from two layers of mohair. It was very soft and Deb intends to put in armholes.
Welcome back to Joan Romick who has returned to felting after a break. She had made a lovely green bag with two inside pockets and was also finishing off a bowl.
Queen of beautiful scarfs, Alison Gomes, made a stunning scarf from a silk lap.
Sue Harrington shared with us some dye books she had found recently that had belonged to her mother and grandmother while clearing her father’s house.
Virginia Campbell displayed her stunning scarf she had started at Alison Gomes’ nuno felting workshop. Remember Alison has another workshop coming up in April!
Jill Jodrell’s necklace was also started at Katrina’s workshop and finished at 3am in the morning. It looks as if everyone who did Katrina’s workshop came away with some stunning pieces.
Judith Shaw had made a mask by placing wool over a wooden hand carved mask from Lombok. She explained that almost anything can be used as a mould and it can be finished off with diluted PVA glue. As usual she had wonderful advice for using up bits and pieces of your stash.
Soosie Jobson gave us a quick rundown on her workshop, Studio Detritus, which is to be held on March 1 and showed us what can be made from bits and pieces you have collected. The best thing about Soosie’s workshops is that you don’t have to buy anything – just use what you already have.
Multi-tasking as the FeltWest librarian Chris Gray also managed to make a necklace under the tuition of Sue Eslick at the meeting which was proudly worn and shown off.
That’s all for this month. Remember to keep checking the website for updates on upcoming workshops.