A sheepy friend in Norway.We met in a paddock when I was walking to work at an Eco Village in Lygra. I thought she was beautiful and she thought I was interesting! I have just completed my latest Newsletter. Phew, that took some doing! I had done the whole thing and then realised the format I had used did not transfer well to mobile devices so had to do some last minute modifications. Oh I do find technology challenging at times! I am so looking forward to my cruise teaching adventure to Singapore. I have not actually been so far up north and am going to love seeing a more northerly aspect of the fabulous big continent we live on. Airlee Beach, Port Douglas, Cairns, Darwin and then to Singapore.Very excited about spending some time with the other cruise teachers.We always have a wonderful time and meet new friends as well. I found this lovely quote today.The sentiment is one I agree with wholeheartedly!  "I don't like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life." Frank Stella  My creative work has taken me to some beautiful places in the last few years, where I have met some amazing creative people and made life long friends. Here a few snaps.                                                                     Alice Springs                                                                         Scotland                                                                            Uluru Jondaryan Woolshed  Taranaki NZ                                                             On the way to Canberra                                                                Northern England                                                           Cruising the Sounds in NZ I am feeling very blessed indeed to have been able to travel and work in these wonderful places. Sometimes it is just so busy and life so hectic that I forget to appreciate how amazing it is to do what I love! Thank you to everyone who makes this possible especially my family who put up with me being absent quite a bit (even when here in person, I still manage to be absent as well!!)
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Finally some time in the studio!

I finally feel as if I am a little more grounded in my work! Enjoying playing with some samples for my classes in 2018 in Central Australia. These are just samples, playing with colours and types of stitch and thickness of pre-felt and differential thicknesses.They are not pieces I am necessarily happy with at all yet.They are just play things/learning devices at this stage and the beginning pieces of a bigger jigsaw puzzle that is still evolving- like those jigsaws with no edges!! Some parts I feel I overworked and over stitched I learnt something there! Some parts the colours disappeared completely. The naturally dyed pre-felts and fabrics I put in do not show up well at all .They need to be darker. I also discovered I like them rolled. I also discovered the pods would look better with some shadowing behind.So the journey goes on! One of the blessings of my work is getting to travel and teach and Central Australia is my all time favourite place. Something resonates with my little heart there.I will be teaching in Central Australia in June this year and in 2018. Pop to my website to see full details of my classes around Australia.  
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Happy New Year!

Felting at the local Kindy Above is a felted wall hanging made by 18 lively four year olds at The Pines Childcare Centre. We had so much fun! The end of my year was a bit of a personal roller coaster and I have been unable to do many of the tasks that I usually have done by now. So I do apologise if you have been looking to see when my classes will be this year! I just had to jump off the merry go round and attend to family matters as a priority. The new year promises to be full of adventure it seems with my usual teaching trips away and some home time in the studio. My 2017 Workshop Calendar for the year is now on site and I am stepping up for a wonderful year ahead. Some new evening classes are taking shape and I have finally organised some play days for a few special students who come regularly to the studio  classes. Below are some of Pamela. A. MacGregor's gorgeous pots from her  website. I was blessed to get to spend about 10 days with Pam and she taught from the Felt Studio for three fabulous days.Pam loved her time here and of course the shared lunches on workshop days were a hit as they always seem to be! Pam said they are the best lunches she has ever had ! No pressure now girls! We all had a terrific time and learnt such a lot.We had a gorgeous day trip to Stradbroke Island with some of the NZ girls that were here for the class. teapot2 SpacedOut2015 UnderTheInfluence 2017-01-09 15.37.47 I have been pottering about in the studio. Here are a few sample pieces... Bailye_ (2)_Shades of Grey Scarves 2017-01-28 15.04.28 2015-09-21 11.17.30
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A little history…

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Interested in the history of Organised felt groups in Australia? Here are  two interesting articles. I am writing an article for the International Feltmakers Website and the article will be linked to this page. Where did it all begin? The … Continue reading

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Creativity is overrated!

  My Newsletter for September is here.I am finally feeling on top my paperwork! Newsletter-Sept-2016 Sometimes I feel so creative that I cannot settle on what to make.Too many options. It seems others have this problem too! At my wits end the other day I googled "What to do when you have too many ideas?" A veritable feast of articles came my way. Well it did help to know that others have the same problem! Here are some things I have been making lately. Teeny ,tiny pods and amulets. Felt by Wendy Bailye 2016-09-07 12.23.08      
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New Zealand and Alice Springs

Just back from teaching trips to these two amazing places! Here is my latest newsletter to catch up on all my roamings! Students work Alice Springs ,Spirit of the Center Wrap. 2016-06-28 15.50.16 2016-06-28 15.59.53 2016-06-29 10.30.19 New Zealand Students work.... 2016-07-21 15.04.08 Wendy and Wraps The Class
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Some new work….

Some new embosssed work details with machine stitch ...2015-07-30 09.42.10 2016-06-07 09.06.58 2016-06-07 09.05.55 2016-06-07 09.08.32
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Classes coming up!

Only a few spaces remaining! Pam is joining us from the USA for this very special class! PAMELA A.  MACGREGOR    A Study in Three Dimensional Felting    (USA)                                                                                   January 6/7/8 2017 Design a felt sculpture, vessel, or perhaps a teapot. Learn how to form spouts, handles, well fitted stoppers or manipulate a simple pattern into a beautiful sculptural form. During this 3 day workshop each participant will explore interesting surface designs suitable for their individual work as well as study new approaches to sculpting felt. This is an intermediate to advanced workshop.   A thorough skill in using a resist pattern and basic wool layout is a prerequisite. Email for full details. carnival teapot side 2 300 dpi copyColorado Cutthroat Trout Teapot front copy Still a few places remaining for Trace Willans workshop in August 2016. Artist Statement Natural Mixed media samples for the class below- FullSizeRender (1)
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Class Calendar May-November

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Class Calendar May-November  is finally confirmed. A few of you have been waiting on these dates. CALENDAR I have teaching planned for: June, Alice Springs: A teaching trip for the Beanie Festival where I will teach a few  classes during and after the festival.

July in New Zealand, Embroidery Conference Warwick, July  28-31st Slippers and Pods  Jumpers and Jazz    festival  August 18th -21st Guest Tutor at the Felt Studio Trace Willans -Natural mixed media…4 days of natural dyeing and mixed media application. Indigo, leaf dyes/eco dyeing on paper and fabric. August 26th - 28th 3 day Felt Intensive with Wendy Bailye. Choose from “the list of classes” available on my website. One two or three days.2014-08-05 13.14.01 Melbourne : September 9,10 & 11 . I will be teaching a two day 50 Shades of Grey Class and a one day class TBA! October 28th/29th /30th  -  Shades of Grey: Three day  3D sculptural felt class with Wendy Bailye. Take your 3D work to the next level! Learn to use templates, make slippers, pots and pods, hats, experiment and have fun in 3 dimensions…. This is a full three day class and a follow on from our Shades of Grey class at the beginning of the year.Tuition Cost:$300. A full materials kit  is available for this class.Details TBA.

Wendy Bailye Bag Pod Handfelted New pod for my exhibition. I was also still hoping to schedule a felt play day later in the year but seem to have run out of dates! Next year might be better! A day where you pay a small fee and can play in the studio on small project of your own in a group setting.I will not be teaching as such but here to advise you on your own small projects if needed. If you can’t make it to a class don’t forget I have a range  of online classes , DVD’S and CD roms available in my Etsy shop . and my  Hat Academy Classes  . Thank you all for showing an interest in The Felt Studio. Remember Blessed are the Feltmakers! for details.

Have been playng this week with my shades of grey again! Spots, I love them!

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Three new classes coming up!

Had a wonderful class this week 50 Shades of Grey Felt! Everyone made something different. A very creative bunch of women! Here are just a few images
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Scarves from Shades of Grey Class with Wendy Bailye at the Felt Studio

Bag from Shades of Grey Class with Wendy Bailye at the Felt Studio

  2016-03-05 15.46.02 2016-03-05 16.20.052016-03-05 15.49.02 2016-03-05 16.23.352016-03-05 15.57.482016-03-05 16.13.55 The next round of classes for you here.Please go to the workshops page for the working links,these are just photos and the links don't link!!! Wendy Bailye Intensive edited PDF 4-page-001 Rachel Meek Workshop Flyer Edited pdf-page-001 Traces Workshop dates: August 18th -21st  August  2016 Trace Willans Workshop    
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