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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Off to Alice


Heading off to Alice Springs to teach.

So excited to be traveling to such a gorgeous place.

I love my journey there.

Each year I come back more inspired

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Samford and Surrounds Arts trail and Open Studio

How DO you make handmade felt?

Ever wondered how handmade felt is made? Well, this could be your chance to find out! The Felt Studio will be open this weekend and next (the first two weekends in June ONLY) as part of the Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studio event organised by Creative Samford Inc. At the Felt Studio, learn how this fabulous ancient craft is now inspiring contemporary artisans.

Feltmaker Wendy Bailye will be showcasing her felt work from her studio at 50 McDowall's Rd Yugar, Queensland. 10am - 4pm.

Wendy has been making felt for over 23 years and teaches her craft around Australia and Internationally.You will be assured of a very interesting visit.

Take a drive to the wonderful Samford Valley, enjoy some of the local cafe fare and make a wonderful day of it.

Please like and share this post if you can. It helps to get the word out and our wonderful artists appreciate your support. There are over 30 Artists involved in this years trails.

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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 ..so 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. www.wendybailye.com  
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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. www.wendybailye.com Felt by Wendy Bailye http://www.wendybailye.com 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

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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