Beautiful bags

Had a lovely class with Myfanwy Stirling in THE FELT STUDIO…More pictures to follow. Here is Debbie’s lovely red bag!

    

More pics from the bag class with Myfanwy. I think you will agree that everyone produced beautiful professionally finished felt bags. A tribute to their skills as students and Myfanwy Stirling’s great teaching and patience with us all.

        

   

 

 

 



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Bag Class with Myfanwy Stirling. Come and join us! Free DVD offer!


Class With Guest tutor Myfanwy Stirling

Come and join Myfanwy,myself and four other students (so far!) for a three day felt class .

If you book this week you will receive a free DVD Felting with Fabrics that I have made .Don’t miss this great chance for your  free DVD!!! Myfanwy is a lovely teacher with much to offer and a really unique textural style which is useful in all manner of felt making. Myfanwy has taught classes around the world and is really looking forward to joining us at The Felt Studio . Myf’s Mum Polly Stirling developed the technique “Nuno Felt”‘ -Myf has a great felt teaching (and creating) pedigree!

At   THE FELT STUDIO  50 McDowalls RD Yugar  QLD AUSTRALIA 4520

Bookings: email Wendy via the Contact us Page on the website.

June sat 9th/sun 10th and Mon 11th  2012  Queens Birthday long weekend….3 days.

“FELT BAGS” 3 Day Intensive Felt and Sew!      

Come and make your own perfect bag. Do you like  texturecolorbigsmallbusysimplesoft or all? This is perfect, to design and create a bag tailor made by you for you.

Bringing exciting lining fabric for inspiration helps kick off this three-day journey, which will encompass a range of textured felt layouts, felting techniques and then bag construction and embellishment. Over the span of three days participants will design and make their own felt fabric, then select one of myfanwy’s bag patterns to create. New and experienced felt makers and sewers are welcome in this workshop, which has the ability to cater for various skill levels.Some of the skills covered will be lining bags,using leather,closures and zips, pockets,creating texture,design and pattern ideas. SO much to learn!

    

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Felting in Melbourne

Well no rest for the wicked. Two days after Vilte’s workshop off I trundled to Melbourne to teach with Victorian Feltmakers (hats and slippers) and then a class at Precious Purl in Fitzroy(3d Cushions).Below are some photos from my trip.Had a perfect time.Lovely students and made me feel very welcome!I particularly love our slippers-they are always so much fun to teach!

 

    

      

 

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Vilte- 5 Days of Felting Workshops at The Felt Studio!

It is hard to believe our classes are over.What a great week it was. So many new techniques and so many beautiful garments and samples, beautiful shared lunches and fabulous company. How better to spend an Easter break?Vilte travelled all the way from Lithuania  and got to experience the Sunshine State in all it’s glory! We had a day at Stradbroke Island and then another day at the beach – note Vilte’s pink cheeks! . Here are some pictures from our week together. More photos will be  in the gallery section when I get a moment .

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

     

  

  



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Washing the Wool for Vilte’s class …………..

  

  

    

Some lovely new felt in black and white to inspire you and my finished pieces from Lizzies workshop. Vilte arrives in two sleeps! I have been washing wool and mohair and suri alpaca and having a jolly,smelly, woolly time! Often using processed merino wool means you miss out on the joy of cleaning and playing with greasy raw wool.It is very,very special.I think we take wool for granted!

The studio is all finished, bought the last trestle tables and a few chairs and we are all ready!


Don’t forget the two really exciting workshops coming up still have  some spaces left .Myfanwy’s bag intensive in June  and Pam de Groot’s two workshops in August . Details are in the workshop section on this website. Both Myf and Pam have taught overseas and are very respected felt makers. We are so lucky to have them come to Brisbane and particularly to the Felt Studio. My usual monthly classes have spaces for May /June and July. My teaching year ends in October -it is already April so be quick!

    

 



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Learning with Lizzie Houghten

This year I am doing three textile courses  for my own professional development and for fun! One with Lizzie Houghton,one with Lisa Klakulak (Felt and machine embroidery)and one with Dorothy Caldwell(Stitching).I have also just completed a screenprinting and collagraph workshop with Nancy Brown.This helps to keep the creative juices flowing!  It has been a few years since I did a workshop myself and it is such a treat .

I am at present doing a workshop(learning) with Lizzie Houghton from London.www.lizziehoughton.com

There are ten of us all having a wow of a time making felt and enjoying learning some new techniques.Here are some photos of some of the work and Pam  wearing one of  Lizzie’s gorgeous jackets .We are working in a very textural way and Lizzie has been a very inspirational teacher and has shared so many of her techniques with us for which we are very grateful. Thanks Lizzie!

I also just did a demonstration night at incube8r last week which was loads of fun…to read more

http://thegoodguide.com.au/2012/03/26/artfelt-creations-at-in-cub8r/

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 




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Viltes workshops all booked out…

We are fully booked for Viltes Easter class and eagerly awaiting her arrival.For those of you needing somewhere to stay  a new accomodation option is Blue Ridge Lavender Farm and retreat (Sounds lovely!) A lovely 20 minute beautiful easy country drive from here.

www.blueridgelavender.com
3336 Mt Mee Road Dayboro Qld 4521
ph 34251936  
Contact Sheree

There are still limited spaces in Myfanwy’s Bag class and Pam de Groot’s dyeing worksops . Pams work was just featured in a German Felting Magazine ! Well done Pam !We are so lucky to have such great tutors available .Please support them!See the sidebar for workshop details and please book early to avoid disapointment . Here is one of My’fs lovely bags.

Don’t forget I hold classes monthly at the Samford studio as well!  You can also book in for three days of the month and do an intensive feltly few days.One complete item per day.There are lovely places to stay as we live in the country (See sidebar!)- students are travelling and making a treat of it.Massage,mud wraps spa and felting !!

Next lot are in May  we don’t have a studio class in April as Vilte is here so classes are booking fast.

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New Melbourne Felt Workshop! Melbourne in 3 weeks Yippee!

I am teaching  two classes for Victorian Feltmakers-  Hats and Slippers w hich is nearing full classes  http://www.vicfelt.org/VFI_Workshop_Final_Program_2012.pdf.

I have managed to squeeze in an extra class at Precious Purl in Fitzroy which will be loads of fun.

http://preciouspurl-fitzroyoz.blogspot.com.au/

When:      Monday 16th April 10.30-4pm

Where:    Precious Purl, Mezzanine Level, 397 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Take tram 112 in Collins St, Stop17

 

Content:  Participants will make an exquisitely textured 3D Floral Cushion Cover using wool and silk fibres and fabrics,You will learn textural techniques, moulding of flower shapes and how to use a template!

 

for all details including cost, requirements and enrolment form.

http://preciouspurl-fitzroyoz.blogspot.com.au/ send them at    email pam@lara-downs.com.au and book directly with the girls  at PreciousPurl. I so love coming to Melbourne!

Get in early as this is my only teaching engagement in Melbourne other than for the Victorian Felters and places are limited!

 

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Spaces in Viltes Class due to cancellation and Sam’s new Wrap Rings


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My lovely son Sam’s Wrap Rings to secure your hair or felted wrap size approx 6cm across available at  http://www.onlineshop.wendybailye.com/products-page. Made from recycled skate board decks 100% handmade and recycled.Due to a late cancellation I have one space left in Vilte’s 2 day class 

 Beyond the surface: fabric manipulation in making nuno felt top

Friday 6th April Good Friday , April 7th  Easter Saturday . Let me know if you would

like to book in. The one day class on the 5th April  Has booked out sorry!

People have been wanting to book from as far away as Spain so don’t miss out on this last space!

 


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The Studio is now ready and there are spaces this month in classes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murray deserves a medal! From this to a fully functional almost finished space in just over four weeks! Compared to the grubby old garage I feel like I am in heaven! The new windows and doors are just lovely and open up the whole area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

The newly renovated Felt Studio is now fully functional!

Above is the first piece of felt for the year…a sample for my class next year at Koala Conventions.

The Studio sale went really well and we are glad it is over so that we can get on with things in a less cluttered manner.Thank you to everyone who came !We were so glad the rain cleared.

FELT CLASSES  have vacancies this week  on each day Friday ,Saturday and Sunday so if you have been meaning to come and do a felt class let me know and I shall book you in. The Studio is gorgeous and today I am going to make felt in it! There are no standard classes in April only Vilte’s classes-our special guest tutor all the way from Lithuania. So if you want to do a class before May now is the time to book.

Below are some pictures of things you can make in class.


Class 8 Nuno-scarf 3D option
Class 12Class 1Class 15Class 21

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