Christmas Party 2015

A wonderful time had by all!

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Hanky Panky with Nancy Ballesteros by Marion

Amazing colours greeted us as the silk shimmered on a table covered with scarves. Every scarf had a label with instructions on what silks were used, what length was required, how much wool was needed and other details how the scarves were felted. This gave felters great guidance for their own scarf making. Each scarf featured different materials from silks to lace and the all important silk hankies.

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After a warm welcome Nancy took us through a mind boggling journey of the many different applications of the silk hankies.  As each scarf was unique and there were countless ways to shape and apply the hankies and other materials. Nancy explained how to felt the scarves with simple easy to understand words and accompanied not only with samples, but demonstrations on how the silk hankies were best felted. All participants sat wrapped in awe, longing to follow in Nancy’s foot steps. Nancy brought what seemed her entire supply of hankies in all imaginable colours and offered to bring whatever wool was needed by the participants for the next day a great additional service.

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Saturday after a short recap all felter’s enthusiastically  went about designing their scarfs I felt that everyone had, by now, a very good understanding on how to apply the silk hankies. Nancy constantly visited each and everyone, gave advise and a helping hand were needed.

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Fabulous designs took shape over the course of the day. Everyone had a great time laying out and felting the scarfs and they were all rolled in the afternoon. To finish off Nancy showed us how to felt the scarfs using a glass washboard.  I felt it was a wonderful workshop which was very well prepared, instructions were easy to understand and follow we all enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot.

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October Toss n Tell by Lyn Blasgund

Sue Espie gave us a wonderful demo on how to make delightful angels out of roving.  Great for gifts or Chrissy tree decorations.


Toss n Tell

  • Thanks Jeanette for covering for the library.
  • Helpers are needed to assist the tutor at each workshop and expressions of interest should be provided to the Workshop Coordinator, Sue Eslick. In return for being at the workshop, the helper will be expected to assist with setting up tables, organise tea/coffee, write a summary of the techniques taught and take photos.
  • The Felting Frenzy is from 30 October to 1 November. We need some volunteers to unlock and lock the hall. Please bring a plate of food to share and come along and felt to your heart’s content.
  • The Fremantle Arts Centre Bazaar is on from 4 to 6 Get your felted items together for sale and submit them at the November Toss n Tell to the sub-committee.
  • The November Toss n Tell is the last one for the year and will be the Christmas party. Bring a plate and a hand-made gift for Santa surprise (optional).
  • Soosie talked about ‘Inspiration’ in relation to next year’s Feltwest exhibition at Gallery Central. Have a look at the articles on the website.
  • Artisans open day with Elizabeth Morley and friends at 136 Deeble Rd, Coolup on Sunday 22nd Nov 10-4pm. Entry with a gold coin donation.
  • Louise advised that Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) rent out gallery at a reasonable cost and have occasional exhibitions worth seeing.
  • Sue Eslick mentioned that Barrack Street Jetty Market is having a 6 week trial starting today; stalls include craft stalls.
  • Soosie Jobson showed her macro pollen sculpture.
  • Sara Quail modelled her magnificent shawl and wrap made during the Fiona Duthie workshop at the recent Fibres West.
  • Judy Barkla showed beads made at Nancy’s recent workshop.
  • Katrina Virgona modelled her bangle.
  • Pat Kendall showed us her colourful pieces made to wear at the Feltmakers Convergence held in Auckland.
  • Sue Eslick has completed yet another fabulous bag and explained how she completed the decoration.
  • Kerry Bertucci presented her beautiful hummingbird from the Complex 3D workshop.
  • Nancy Ballesteros gave us an overview of the very successful Bali Retreat.
  • Louise Nidorf showed her encased objects made at Judi Barkla’s workshop. Lovely.
  • Marion Wolter showed us her white and grey sculptured 3D piece.
  • Jeanette Humphries displayed her white wool and muslin top, decorated with colourful wool threads.
  • Alison Gomes modelled her red jacket made at the Fiona Duthie workshop.
  • Sue Harrington presented her sculptured tomato.

Looking forward to everyone attending the Christmas party. Its always lots of fun (and good food).

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Marion Wolter

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Kerry Bertucci

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Pat Kendal

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Jeanette Humphries

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Sue Eslick & Louise Nidorf

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Sara Quail

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Alison Gomes

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Katrina Virgona & Judy Barkla


Sue Harrington




Inspiration? by Vianne Sleypen

As a Hairdresser I find it easy to create something new, to start a haircut and finish it to mine, and the client’s satisfaction.  That it the easy part because for several reasons; there is someone sitting in the chair who can talk – they can provide feedback or preference, has a type of hair, […]

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Inspiration – what, where, how & why? by Soosie Jobson

This is a relevant article from our MACRO|micro Exhibition on Inspiration Inspiration is an elusive muse.  When is strikes it is powerful and driving.  When it falters it is depressing and nagging.  So what is “Inspiration”?  It is the driving force behind creativity.  It is the unstated, undefined thing that springs into our heads.  Suddenly […]

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Meditation Beads review

The September Meditation Beads workshop with Nancy Ballesteros was both incredibly inspiring and relaxing in equal measures.  Day 1 introduced participants to new ways of thinking and working with nuno felt, pushing the boundaries of traditional nuno and making a rich highly textured cloth from fabrics that we never dreamed of felting before.  Day 2 had us cutting, stitching, embellishing and creating a broad range of beautiful textile beads.  Nancy brought along an expansive collection of examples of beads and materials to get the creative juices flowing, and also showed us different options for cords to string the beads along.  It was a fabulous, very enjoyable workshop, thank you Nancy.  Here are some quotes from participants:

‘this has truly been two days of non-stop knowledge and production.  The atmosphere has been very welcoming, fun and relaxing’. 

‘I learnt so much, Nancy is a fabulous teacher and takes time to talk and advise each participant’.

‘Nancy’s workshop is the best way to get inspired’

‘The tutor has amazing skills and talent which are so well transferred to class members – from an awe-inspired class attendee.’

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