Retreat 2015 by Vianne Sleypen

This year the retreat was as usual a big success, although we missed out on some “dye hards”. It was a small group but nevertheless the creativity was full on.  Mary Ann started a wall hanging, hopefully for the exhibition next  year, she used several techniques on small pieces which she will bring together in a wall hanging.

Nancy did some homework to prepare for her upcoming workshops by making a blue tunic top in one piece. Gudrun also made a tunic top in warmer shades.  The Barkla sisters went wild in making garments and dresses.  New member Kelly loves her Alpacas so much that she brought bags of their hair to felt into a carpet .

A favourite item ( introduced by Karen ) was the ” toilet seat cover “, otherwise known as a collar style scarf. The pattern was copied by several participants and I am looking forward to the results @ the next Toss & Tell .   We had our Queen of making Rugs Liz Odd, who made a beautiful new one and showed us her first felted rug. I must say; she improved herself over the years.

‘Pom Pom Betty’, otherwise known as Beth, was busy making very unique scarves. Recycling older felt pieces and making strips of felt with pompoms on the end, stitched and connected with a brooch like feature.  As promised, Judith got her spoons out and played together with a house number. She nailed it again.

Katrina was so kind to explain her Art work which will be exhibited @  the Mundaring Art Centre and gave her secret away how she creates them.  This year the masseuse was great, hope to see her back next year.  A big thanks for Christiane who put a lot of effort in the organisation for this year, it was another successful retreat.

Hopefully more people will sign up next year and not miss out on all the fun and camaraderie, the more the better.