My very full life!


This year has been a great year but very full! So full that I have been neglecting my website SO much it is embarrassing. My May newsletter is still sitting here! Now that is bad. I actually wrote it in May and then did not send it, mainly because I did not have time to resize all my images. Having your own business can be very challenging time wise. It takes me so long to do the computer work and the business side of being a full time artist. Time that takes me away from making.

So the year went a little mad with felt workshops in Central Australia at the Beanie Festival, then teaching at an Embroidery Conference in New Zealand and then a 9 week holiday with a little felt sharing along the way. Iceland was the first stop.What an amazing place. I invested in some fish skin leather and am looking forward to making some Icelandic inspired work.We met some amazing people and saw some beautiful places.

My lovely friend Anna and I by the North Sea in Iceland!

Some felt panels I made for friends and family we stayed with.

Hodda’s little house in Iceland










We visited Singapore then Iceland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man, London, Liverpool, Wales, Ipswich, The New Forest and the Isle of Wight.What a fabulous  time! We stayed with some fabulous old and new friends and family. 







Inspiration everywhere, especially in Ireland and the Isle of Wight!


So the best news is that the end of the year is quite busy too.

 Wild Things  DECADENCE  2018








We are thrilled to let you know about our latest Wild Things Exhibition of locally made textiles. Our handmade textiles are becoming ever more collectable and popular as the appreciation of handmade items and affordable, unique art grows exponentially in our community.

An exhibition of contemporary textiles and a celebration of ten years exhibiting at Richard Randall Gallery! Wild Things is the place to purchase a unique selection of wonderful handmade textile treasures created by local Brisbane artists Sharyn Hall & Wendy Bailye.

Some very special pieces have been created for this event, hence the name DECADENCE, also referring to our tenth year of creating for Wild Things …. this wonderfully creative event is not to be missed. So, come along and celebrate with us.


All made with priceless individuality and an emphasis on natural materials. Beautiful textiles with a contemporary twist.

Held at the Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

21st November – 30th November 2017. We are open for TEN days!

Opening hours: Weekdays: 9am – 5.00pm and Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm

EXTENDED DATES for 2018 – Ten days to shop as this is the Tenth Anniversary of Wild Things.

TIME TO ENJOY – spend time in the gardens, lunch at the cafe and then shop for the perfect gift


Our date saver for 2019 is 26th Nov – 8th Dec 2019 ….pop it in the diary but do check in on the website before in case we have a change of plan!

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Latest work

Sometimes when I am at home and not travelling I get to make felt. ..just for fun! Thanks Daisy for being my model! I really enjoyed playing with these pieces in the studio. My next trip is to New Zealand in a week or so.

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Beanie Festival Alice Springs

A highlight of my year is teaching at The Beanie Festival in Alice Springs , Central Australia. Oh what fun we had! This year this quirky creative festival turned over nearly $200,000 and over 4000 beanies were sold. Amazing! Dates for next year, 2019, are  28th 29th and 30th June .There are usually classes either side of the festival that you can book into.

I taught some short 2 and 3 hr classes and a full day of hats and one of teacosies.

The winning Peoples Choice beanie handspun dog hair!

Trying on Beanies..lots of fun!

Some of the amazing Beanies at the festival

Beautiful surroundings-Alice Springs






Teacosy workshop

Sometimes you just have to wear your teacosy!


Pod class


Flower class

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Teaching felting at Titjikala community in Central Australia

Nora wearing Hazels emu hat and Jeffery wearing Sandra’s cockie hat.

Well this is my very busy time of year when I teach away a lot. I have had the most wonderful trip to Central Australia teaching felt hat making with women from Titjikala community. This is a remote community in the Simpson desert out from Alice Springs, Central Australia. I feel deeply privileged to have been asked to teach these wonderful artists and to spend time together  making hats and developing friendships and skills.

We were making hats for the annual Beanie Festival in Alice Springs.Most of the ladies had b=never made wet felt before and certainly not a wet felted hat.They did an exceptional job!


Sandra’s wonderful hat!

Cora and her beautiful hat

Jennifer quietly got on with things and made two wonderful hats.


Sandra’s second hat

Marie made hats and bags with lovely intricate patterns

Nita did some fabulous work and particularly loves to needle felt.

Lovely Dilly bags

Snake bag by Jennifer

The Titjikala “hat making mob” and me!WHat fun we had.

Patricia and her honey ants hat!

My favourite photo! Cora and her perentie hat.

Angelina and her lovely hat.

Sandra and her wonderful “Cockie” hat.

Jeffery jumped in for a photo opportunity in my hat

Next trip will be to the Beanie Festival in Alice Springs. Really looking forward to that!

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Mary Hettsmanspergers jewellery class

We have a wonderful class coming up March 24th-28th with Mary Hettsmansperger in Brisbane at the Felt Studio, the class is now fully  filled! Mary is an amazing author, jewellery maker and creator as well as a fantastic tutor.  Here is a link to her images   

Click here for the Felt Studio flyer  Mary Hetts flyer Images

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New work for the New Year

Some new work inspired by my holiday to Stradbroke Island. Handmade felt and free machine stitch.

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The Garage Sale-Clear the clutter!

Sharyn Hall and Wendy Bailye’s famous craft and textile sale is on again!
Saturday February 3rd     2018   
at 50 McDowall’s Rd Yugar (a suburb of Samford)
7.00 am -4.00pm
Miscellaneous studio ephemera: Papercrafts, fabrics, buttons, beads, fibres, findings, tools, hand dyed fabrics and scraps. Leather, silk fabrics for dyeing, balls of yarn….Lots and lots of stuff! Interesting textiles. Cottons and threads, knitting needles, discounted felting supplies, frames and canvas’s, books, magazines, arts and crafts material. Plants and herbs including dragon fruit cuttings,giant perennial basil cuttings, bromeliads and Australian native tube stock and feature trees.
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It is a New Year!

Happy New Year.

My year started quite tumultuously with my website being compromised and no longer able to be accessed so apologies if you tried to access it form the 27th December until now. It was a tense time and I realised how much I rely on my website for a smooth sailing  working life! This event resulted in my website blog posts from late in the year until now being deleted. Not the worst thing in the world but a little annoying- better than losing the whole site! Needless to say stronger security has been added to my website hosting. I also have a new addition to the site where you can subscribe to my newsletter. Please do !

We had a lovely family Christmas and enjoyed our wonderful children and grandchildren. It is a special time of year!

Had a lovely photo shot with Vicki Yen from  Vicki likes to tell a story with her images and I can highly recommend a sitting with her.

 We spent our usual holiday at Stradbroke Island, always a source of great inspiration  for my work. I loved the patterns in the sand. Who knows what this will inspire and when!

Another trip just before Christmas was to a wonderful Gallery.Below are some images from Margaret Olly’s studio..makes me feel better about my house clutter. Her house and been relocated to The Tweed Gallery. It was a lovely place to visit and the food is remarkable at the cafe! 

 The next workshop in the studio is a wonderful jewellery workshop with Mary Hettsmansperger in March  She is going to do some felt specific techniques as well as her usual beautiful work.

Mary Hetts flyer Images Click here to see the flyer for her workshop. 

I will also have one workshop in my studio in March. Please email me if you are interested. It will be the only Brisbane class for the year as I am traveling and sharing my felting interstate and overseas.

Well I will keep you posted on what else is happening as things develop!



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Teaching , travels and beautiful boots!

Above is a picture of my brother Garry’s dad. The photo is taken on their property at Casterton. They had trained the sheep to pull a cart and Garry’s Dad was eager to be pulled about the paddocks. Just part of a fabulous woolly family history I have discovered! Isn’t it a great photo?

The next two images are students work from my three day Shades of Grey in 3 dimensions class at the studio.

Have had a busy time with my travels to Melbourne then Central Australia and then a fabulous workshop in Western Australia.I fell in love with the South West! My father in law Des came from Kojanup and I spent a little time there which was lovely. My host was wonderful and took me sightseeing even though it was a fairly rushed working trip.

Then our much-awaited Felting Convergence in Toowoomba and Natalya Brashovetska visiting and teaching felt boot making from Cyprus. Natalya originally comes from Ukraine, as with many Eastern European countries, a place with a wonderful history of traditional  felt boot making. She shared her techniques which are very modern, innovative and interesting.

10 students came to the workshop which was, I think, a perfect number. It was such a busy time most days starting at 7am and sometimes not finishing till 7 at night. Very dedicated students I must say and the work showed their attention to detail. I think everyone was exhausted by the end but felt very chuffed with their fabulous boots and bags.

Feltmaker, Chris Lines and her husband Steve, came for a social visit before Convergence. We met in the UK when I was teaching a couple of years ago and I always admired her work. She is a marvellous feltmaker from the Isle of Wight in the UK. We are hoping Chris can come back to visit and teach here soon. Here is a link to her work. Chris taught classes at convergence which were very well received. If you are interested in a class with Chris email me to put in an expression of interest. Below is one of my pieces from Chris’s faces class and one of the other participants faces as well.We learnt such a lot.

And two of Chris’s beautiful works….

My annual textile exhibition with Sharyn Hall is fast approaching. Can you believe it has been 9 years since we first started working together? We are excited to have our flyer finished at last and look forward to popping copies out and about around Brisbane. If you know of anywhere we could pop flyers let me know. I can pop some in the post.

We will both be busy preparing after a hectic year! Here are a few of Sharyn’s lovely images.

Next year we have Mary Hettsmansperger visiting and teaching from the USA.

She will teach from the studio for 5 days. Very excited to have her visit. She will be teaching a combination of three classes with a special emphasis on using felt and textiles in pieces. Please email if you are interested. We have 7 bookings so far and can take 12.

Well that is about it for now. The studio calls.

Yes and don’t forget blessed are the feltmakers!

Wendy xxx.




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Felting, felting and MORE felting!


Had a great weekend at The Fibre Expo at Mt Coot-tha. Sold a lovely piece to Elizabeth and need her to email me about her piece as I have lost her contact !!It is all mounted and ready to send. Memory of Place, below, is one of all time favourite pieces.

The middle of the year is always my busiest time in my working life. It seems that June, July and August feature prominently on my felting schedule. I am often teaching away and that makes life extra busy!

I have just returned from Alice Springs where I taught at the Beanie Festival. It is a beautiful part of Australia. I am about to head to Melbourne to teach with Feltwearable. Two classes,  hat making and flower/fripperies (got to love that word!)

Then to Western Australia to teach a three day class Shades of Grey in the Third Dimension  with Great Southern Workshops . Traveling and teaching keeps me fresh and inspired…but quite busy.

I have been working on pieces for The Ekka – our Royal National Show, always a great pleasure!It is my twelfth year of exhibiting. Feeling very chuffed to have won Best Exhibit Felting this year.

Also working on pieces for Fibre Expo and The Natural Fibre Expo at the Ekka AND exhibition pieces for Entangle at their Heart Felt exhibition. To say it has been busy is an understatement.

Some pieces I have been working on…


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