Wendy makes space!

Life is amazing,exciting and full of change . Have been feeling for quite a while now that I need to have a break from teaching to concentrate fully on my own work. As you all know I love teaching and I love my students ,so this is a difficult decision but also not so hard because I know it really is  time .

So I have decided.

I am ceasing monthly teaching in my studio from my July 2013 classes.I will still be teaching  for Toowoomba Spinners and Weavers in August and in Noosa in September .

I will also still be teaching for Koala Conventions and my cruise class in 2014.  My guest Tutor classes will stay the same.

So wish me well….I  will  keep you up to date with my work through my blog as always! I am making space and making a slight change of direction for a bit.I do not know what is around the corner but I know intuitively I need to make the  space  and see what comes.It is exciting and it’s a little scary. Wish me luck !!

 

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Felt Flower Designs

Have a look at Felt Flower Designs our new flower design video. How to make flat flower patterns and designs using wool tops to go on solid felt or nuno felted items.Patterns used on the following items.

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Colours of nature

Some natural dyeing from my garden……Eucalypts and rose and fern ,onion skin and grevillia…..

 

 

 

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Back from ” The Centre”

Just back from Central Australia! What an experience,walking ,walking, climbing and more walking….and a bit of eucalypt dyeing ! Murray and I were mistaken for serious mountain climbers much to our amusement!!! Did a lot for my self concept ! I am going to put the photos of our big climbs on the fridge to remind me of what it feels like to exert yourself . Amazingly good, i.e. after you get your breath again and realise you didn’t die in the process.

10 days in the “wilderness” in our little campervan. Now I have 150 emails to sort through- but it was worth it …so many beautiful colours and textures . I  had to buy a crock pot to do some dyeing in the camper… it was on special for $15 and I could leave it simmer all night-made the camper smell cosy and stewy with onion skins and eucalyptus-my husband just rolled his eyes!! There was  Eucalyptus Cineria growing  EVERYWHERE so I just had to dye .There were no second hand saucepans or, metal pots in Alice Springs op shops and I looked everywhere…seems they are at a premium there .

My lovely  son just moved out so a new crock pot will be handy for him.My big news is I am now officially an empty nester! Woo hoo!  Am I supposed to be this excited? A new phase in life begins.

 

 

 

 

 

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Whats happening?

Please note my online store is closed until the 23rd May and I will not be answering emails until then. A little break from Felt Land

An awesome film clip on how to tie your scarves …so creative!!Enjoy!

Click here ….HOW TO TIE A SCARF

A few new pieces of mine and a few oldies …..

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Our first You Tube Video!!

We have just uploaded a new You Tube Video on how to make a solid felt flower…technology is wondrous.

Thank you to Hannah French for her photography and technical skills that enabled this to happen…finally!

Hannah is looking for more textile contacts for her work so please email me so I can pass on your contact details .

 

Click here for the link….

 

 

 

 

 

Or watch here!

Stay tuned for the  next you tube clip .It will be Felt Flower Designs..This is a quick show and tell of basic layout techniques of flower designs for solid felt or nuno felt designs.

 

 

 

 

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Some more photos and Monet!

Nothing like a huge project for a beginner feltmaker! Wendy Wilson came to me for three days of classes for a special class to construct a monet style wallhanging…We had a ball. What a learning curve!I think she did a wonderful job.Andy came and helped with tweaking the design and then rolled it…A big effort    

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My Favourite artist Hundertwasser inspires me again!

 

A vase of poppies in my bathroom inspired yet another still life.....I like the mosaic vase.I have had this fabric waiting for just the right project!

Its been a bit busy …here are some photos of what I have been up to! So much to do and the problem is I love it ALL  so it is hard to cut back and say no .At least I am not doing things I dislike! Have had a lovely time doing a wedding dress with my lovely friend Lucinda. We did the dress together and she got married last Saturday.She looked amazing and the dress was really beautiful on her! We rubbed it to fit on her body and so it was just the perfect shape-felt is a wonderful thing! Fibre Fest has come and gone. My piece “Hundertwasser Again”  tied as the Peoples Choice Award which was lovely.It is about 2.2 meters long!

My  still life went off to a new home which then  inspired me want to make another one!

Classes at Noosa Regional Gallery  are now live on their website and bookings are being taken.

Here is the link to the pages: https://galleries.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=workshops

Go  to the workshop you want and click on the link to make your booking.You then just need to call the gallery on 5449 5340 to pay with your card.

How easy is that ? Classes are starting in May 10th and 11th….lots of lovely items ,check out the link above for details.

I have some vacancies this weekend for my studio classes so if you want to come make felt there are spaces on Friday and Sunday! Must tootle have been on computer ALL day. Unbelievable!

 

 

My Jacket inspired by my Mums painting pallette.

 

Lucinda's wedding dress, hand felted by Lucinda and I -a real team effort!

Lucinda’s wedding dress, hand felted by Lucinda and I -a real team effort!

The front of Lucinda's wedding dress

 

 

STOP PRESS!!!! Does  life get any more exciting than this !!

How exciting-all my dreams have come true! I will be teaching felting on a cruise to New Zealand in February 2014  -I  am SO excited !! Come join me and make felt, watch the ice show on the boats rink(,yes I am serious!) or you could work out in the gym after class and go for a long jog on the running track with me-or you could just relax and watch the ocean rise and fall  !!It is a very big boat!! Must get that passport updated……………

http://www.needleworktours.com.au/2014-brochure

 

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Fibre Fest You Have to Come!

Fibre Fest 2013: An exhibition by members of Qld Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Ltd

Dates                1 – 3 March, 2013

Times               10am – 4pm Fri & Sat, 10am – 3pm Sun

Opening           7pm Fri 1 March by Jenny Woodward, ABC Weather Reporter

Venue              Brisbane Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane

Entry                Adults $3 children under 12 free

Contact            fibrefest@qldspinners.org.au  or Natalie 0422287358

Details:

From 1 to 3 March 2013, Qld Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists Ltd,
biennial  exhibition will again be celebrating excellence in all fibre arts.

While the diverse techniques on display are based in tradition, the directions contemporary artists take them in are anything but old fashioned.
Spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting, crochet, braiding, basketry,
papermaking and bookmaking – they’re all represented and you’ve never seen
anything like them before.

In addition to the exhibition there will be a gallery shop and
demonstrations catering to all ages with activities for the younger visitors.

7pm Friday 1 March 2013 Event will be opened by ABC Weather Reporter, Jenny Woodward.

2.30pm Saturday 2 March Dr John Hains will be speaking about the making of his Turkish style carpet celebrating his rural property “Tolderodin” (known locally as “Running Creek”)

The quick version: He made the Spinning wheel, spun the wool, dyed the wool, designed the carpet, started weaving it …. then his 3 yr old grandson cut the Warp threads …. you’ll have to come to his talk to hear the rest.11-1 Sat & Sun Joan Apthorp will be showing our younger visitors how to spin their own piece of yarn to make a bookmark. It may be wool or it may be something very different!

Further details can be found at:  qldspinners.org.au or by contacting fibrefest@qldspinners.org.au

I will be demonstrating felting at Fibre Fest on Saturday at 12.30-4.30

 

 

 

 

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Jorie Johnson from Japan at The Felt Studio

Stop Press …Unexpectedly and wonderfully , Jorie Johnson will be joining us all the way from Japan for a special class at the end of  October , stay tuned for details! Please email me if you interested in being part of the class -I am sure it will fill quickly.

You may be familiar with her lovely book pictured below. To see Jorie’s work please go to  www.joirae.com and read her very impressive biography on  www.joirae.com/bio/index.htm     Jorie is a very well known and experienced world class textile artist and designer and I hope you can join us for her class.It will be a thrill!

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