March 2017 Toss ‘n Tell
Christine Wheeler gave a very insightful talk on how to restore your favourite handmade felted garment after many years of wear. She showed us her jacket that she had restored.Christine also showed us her beautiful shawl . She combined fabric with and fine merino wool and silk using an attractive colour palette of reds.
Sue Swain spoke about her recent workshop that she ran on “Wearable Art” and mentioned that she would be repeating it again in April. She also showed samples of the type of garments that can be designed. Sara Quail and Alison Higgins showed us the garments that they had made in her workshop.
Sara Quail had various samples that she had been working on with the intention of using the ideas in larger projects viz. a handbag strap. Also samples for padded surfaces using foam filling – to be used in floor mats or rugs.
Wimon wore an attractive bag and explained how she had made the bold, strong corded strap that was attached.
Marion had made an assortment of vessels following a workshop that she attended run by Martien van Zuilen. She explored various materials and techniques which included stitching, padding, resists, cutting, silk paper and the use of merino wool vs Finnish wool.
Marie displayed a sample in which she started with a wet-felted base onto which she applied a needlefelted design and finally wet-felted the piece.
Alison Higgins showed us her neck warmer felted in white with a charming orange and green organic design.
Kerry had attended the Pam McGregor workshop and showed her finished teapot that had delightful little birds nesting on the branches of the “treepot”.
Katrina had also attended Pam McGregor’s workshop and her one was a dramatic teapot in black, shades of grey and red.
Alison Gomez showed us her latest wall hanging with striking geometric shapes on a dark background in fine merino wool and silk. Her work, as always, is of a very high standard.