Finishing off your cushions and scarves

Decided to post a note about finishing off your Textile Art Festival projects that were not quite finished at the end of class.The class ended not quite how I would have liked it to-it is the first class that I have taught that didn’t end on time(something i like to do!) so I do apologise.  It was a  very hectic end to fhe class and I would have liked to have spent more time with you individually to finish off .

CUSHION -Keep working your cushion in the plastic sheeting or rolling on itself with the petals inside the roll at all times with or without plastic depending on how hard and stuck on your flower is.(stitch if necessary at end)Keep shaping it back into a square shape and remember that the direction you roll is the direction that the shrinkage will occur. )….A little extra bar soap rubbed on the felt can help at this point. Keep rolling until your cushion measures a little larger than 50×50 cm this will fit the insert nicely and also ensure there is no pilling or minimum pilling when the cushion is being used. Check it is not felting to itself on the inside and that the petals are the shape you would like.Stretch the petals width wise and shape them as you go.Stretch the overlap so it overlaps nicely.Put your hand inside the cushion and stretch the edges outwards from the inside  so they lay straight. Straighten from the outside aswell.Rinse in water with a dash of vinegar .Spin your cushion when finished on the spin cycle only (not wash!!) to remove excess water or roll in a dry towel after wringing out by hand.Then finish shaping .If you would like to bring your cushion in to show me tomorrow  please do .I am at the Artists at work area all morning till 12.00 or  if  you need advice email me .Dont forget to send me a picture!

Scarves.Remove your plastic resists and work your scarf by rolling it on itself until you get good crinkle and the felt is hard .Stretch the petals to shape .Keep checking it does not felt to itself.Rinse in water with  a dash of vinegar and then spin as above.Send me a photo when you are finished I’d love to see it and I will post them here on my blog…

Thank you all for attending class .I think your colours were beautiful and I look forward to seeing them all finished.Though hectic at the end  I was impressed that the template work had no ridges  around the edges which is often a problem with beginners and template work.The rubbing  in wards only towards the middle ensures that this does not happen.If you had a flower that didnt attach this sometimes happens and you just need to stitch it on .There is no rhyme or reason just sometimes happens so just stitch it on at the end..If I didnt say goodbye or thankyou I apologise and say it now!! Wendyx

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Funghi for the Textile Art Academy

Sometimes you do some odd things as a feltmaker!  Today was spent volunteering some time at St Peter’s Lutheran College at Indooroopilly .We made felted funghi to adorn the trees at the Textile Art Academy where I will be teaching at the end of  June.

It was a great couple of hours and the funghi really looked great -the girls did a great job.Make sure you look at the trees in the courtyard when you call in to the open day.The Schools art group will be putting the installation up.

  Here are some photos.

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Lots of exciting classes in June …. Book Now for Samford Studio Classes – Thursday June 2,Friday June 3rd, Saturday(twospaces left) June 4th and SPECIAL EXTRA CLASS Sunday June 5th (two spaces left). 

For details of my upcoming workshops with the Textile Art Festival –  This event is on  the June long weekend.The Textile Art Festival is a great event and you get to attend two events for the price of one as the Scrapbook Expo is on the same weekend.This table runner is one of the projects .

Textile Art Festival
June 11 – 13, 2011, Saturday to Monday
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
Open 9am to 5pm daily

TEXTILE ART ACADEMY is also on in Brisbane and I will be teaching two one day classes .Techno coverup(laptop bag/phone cases etc) and Tree of Life wall art piece(see photo.)It will be held from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June, 2011.This week long event will include a comprehensive program with some of the tutors visiting Brisbane for the first time, and will be held at St Peters Lutheran College, Indooroopilly. Visitors are welcome to drop by any time during the week and especially on Open Day (Sunday 26th) when there will be lots to see and do. Hope to see you at one of the classes!

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May Felt Classes….

Four lovely days in the studio with some delightful students,lovely lunches on the verandah and beautiful felt at the end.What a great week.Below are some  of my students work from our Sunday class .This class saw this Andrea’s lovely Hippy Happy Dangly Hat finished …it was a two day project and I think you will all agree turned out really well.Two great hats in blacks red and greys a pair of slippers  a lovely bag and a muslin wrap.Teone was busy filming a little felty documentary as we worked and managed to make a hat as well! I finished off a bag with silk velvet and stitch…From Saturdays class ,Bronwens blue wallhanging was based on a turkish tile design.Lovely!


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Beautiful Silks Cancellation


Just letting you all know that  my Beautiful Silks Classes in Melbourne will not be going ahead.I do apologise to all of you who had said you were coming and interested but it is circumstances beyond my control and I only found out today.I will still be teaching in Melbourne with Victorian Feltmakers however and also happy to do a special class in Melbourne if you have a venue . Let me know if you are interested  in the classes and we will see what can be arranged.Just wanted to let you know as I have just sent out my newsletter with my class details to you all.

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Reversible textures





Here are some of my latest felting projects. The muslin wrap is a beautiful texture and the back is gorgeous and muted,the front very bright .I love the contrast…..And an old favourite Tree of Life  felt using batik fabric,threads ,silk mohair and merino.

I have just done my newsletter for MAY .Please have a look to see what is happening and get a few felt hints!I am busy working on my DVD  Felting with Fabrics which will be published in June all being well! It is a challenge I can tell you!!I want to be seriously photoshopped one minute and happy just the way I am the next!!Talk about contrary!








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Easter Bloggings

Hundertwasser inspired wrap detail


Today is Easter Saturday and I am happily sitting on the verandah with my trusty laptop enjoying the sights and sounds of Autumn . The birds are singing and all is well with my world.The perfume from a newly burst forth palm inflourescence is drifting my way on a warm breeze.It’s a good life.   

I have been busy in the studio and feel as if I am beginning to get my creativity back it’s definitely been on holidays! 
We also have a new addition to the family-a 1974 York Caravan.Our initial idea was to have it for extra accomodation for wwoofers / and interstate felt students but it is SO cute we will just have to register it and go on little trips -it is in perfect condition and just lovely.
I have been reading a lot about Hunderwasser lately -he was the most amazing man and my all time favourite artist.Look him up if you want to be inspired.He was born in Austria and actually died on the ocean liner the QE 11  when it was docked  in Brisbane in 2000.He was an artist ,ecologist and architect.

Our "new" caravan


Hand felted wrap using many shades of green and grey and chartreusse silks

My Garden is autumn here and the gardening work is in full swing.


 I have started production of the first DVD in my new series of DVD’s  The Creative Feltmaker . It will be called “Felting with Fabrics.” There will be three projects and it is a DVD in a workshop format.It will be especially helpful for those of you who like to learn by watching  and will be great for teachers.It’s like having a workshop with me in your loungeroom!  

 The production  is a steep learning curve but very fun.If you would like to reserve a copy just email me.  

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Slow Felt

Well it has happened.After not making felt for what seems like an eternity I have got back on the horse! I made a lovely piece of felt for a friends wedding a month ago and other than that I have made nothing for over four months.So the work load was starting to mount and I thought I had better get on with it.After such a long break it was a bit challenging.I remembered my advice to students”Just pick a colour and start””Don’t worry you can’t do it wrong”etc etc.It seemed that that never applied to me and all of a sudden I was there-feeling a bit nervous about starting a project!Anyway I made some samples for classes at the TEXTILE ART FESTIVAL,a bright table runner and a three dimensional nuno flower wrap.I will be teaching both of these classes.Details will be available in the next month or so .

I have some beautiful grevillias out in the garden at present so I thought I would put a couple of photos of them in as well.Enjoy!There are also a couple of photos of my studio.

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End of March Blog


Scarf using one ply fine wools to draw lines and filled in with colour

Well it is the end of March and classes are finished for the month.We had a fantastic week of classes with many beautiful projects being made.Thankyou to my lovely students who always manage to inspire me with their fabulous fresh ideas.We always have the best time and the finished projects amaze me-especially the “uncreative ones” -you know who you are!!! 

Next month Easter gets in the way of classes so the next round of classes is the first week of May.I have vacancies on the Thursday 5th and with heavy bookings the other classes have one space each left. I have also put on a sunday class (Mothers day May 8th)which has one space left . I am considering putting on a Wednesday class if you are interested please email me.My camera is obviously buried under some jetsam in the studio as I can’t find it so I have put an “old”photo up for you this week. 

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Hi there everyone. There are still some spaces available in this months Samford Studio felt classes,though there is only one space remaining for the Saturday class . The new projects available  have been well received. Why not make a Happy Hippy Dangly Fowery Hat. (!!)This is a two day class where you make a gorgeous hippy hat adorned with flowers and dangly dreadlocks.One of these hats was just photographed for Grazia Magazine(see my last blog entry for a picture). The other class that is proving popular is the Reversible Sari Wrap-which utilises old sari silk…Take a look at the Samford Class dates and items to make at the right of this page on the sidebar.You might find something you’d love to learn to make!Can hardly wait to get classes started-I have had a lovely break though.

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