Clear the clutter studio sale on rain or shine

Saturday 25th Feb…..Don’t let the rain stop you from getting some textile bargains!Yes it is a little wet but the garage sale is all under cover! The studio is nearly all done but looks like a bomb has gone off . Hopefully by tomorrow it will be all in order! You won’t need a boat but you will need a brolly from the car to the sale and sensible shoes !!Bring your green bags or some large plastic bags to keep things dry……..See you tomorrow!

In another world

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Myfanwy Stirling Guest Tutor.Book NOW!


With Guest Tutor Myfanwy Stirling

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….

“FELT BAGS” 3 Day Intensive Felt and Sew!       7 spaces left. 

 

Come and make your own perfect bag. Do you like  texture, color, big, small, busy, simple, soft 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 level



 

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Lovely new wrap clasps

I just wanted to share  a photo of my son Sam’s latest  makings. Sam has just finished his 4 year degree in Industrial Design and is enjoying having time to make a few things in the workshop. He has started his first  job working in design at West End. He has made these lovely scarf clasps out of recycled timbers  and is hoping to sell a few after so long being a poor student!  I absolutely  love  them (even without parental pride and bias) and will be getting him to make some for my wraps.These ones are suitable for silk scarves that are lightweight and are about 2inches in diameter with a three inch pin.The green one is a little smaller.

So if anyone is interested in his recycled  handmade clasps please email me.They are $25.00 each posted.They are numbered 1-4 from left to right! The fifth one is still under construction!

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Vilte Workshop update-a space or two!

 

There is still one or two spaces left in Viltes class.. there are a couple  of spaces in the one day class and one space in the Sunday/Monday class has just come available ( as of feb 6th)and I am only too  happy to take names for a waiting list just in case there are cancellations .Have posted my standard Samford Studio Classes now so have a peep to see what is coming up-it is on the navigation panel to the right ! Studio renovations are coming along nicely ….It is a nightmare how much stuff there is after 20 years of living in the one house!

 

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Guest Tutor August 2012 Pam de Groot

Pam will be doing a Guest Tutor workshop in August 2012 at  The Felt Studio. I for one am very excited. We are coaxing her from the beautiful Blue Mountains area of NSW.

The class will be in August between the 8th/9th /10/th Natural Dyeing and 11th/ -12th Nuno felt and dye with shibori techniques. Full details are in the workshops pages of this website on the right navigation bar . Email me with expressions of interest .

 

Some of Pams dyeing.This type of dyeing we will do a sample of but the wrap will be like the one below

A little bit of stitch and some natural dyes 3 day class

Some of Pam's lovely work 2 day class

 

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Update Vilte’s Class

Viltes two classes have booked out so quickly .We have decided to put on one more one day class.It will be an intensive class- a little bit longer than our other classes 9 plus hours! Vilte has confirmed it  will be on Thursday the 5th of April.

It may be a little more  price wise because of the longer hours .I will post details as soon as they are finalised. This class will focus on making a  scarf that uses both fabric manipulation techniques and the fibre manipulation techniques with
fibres  such as bamboo and ramie and silk  . .The finished product will be a scarf.

    

  




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Happy New Year and a Felt workshop with Vilte from Lithuania in Samford!

The New Year is here ! This is the first time for many years that I have actually felt relaxed before my holidays. So after three weeks camping on glorious Stradbroke Island and one week at home all by myself  I am entering a new year feeling wonderfully enthusiastic for what may come to pass in 2012.

Shortly I will post the dates and topics for my classes for the new year.

The most exciting news so far this year is that I will be hosting a wonderful workshop with a lovely felt maker from Lithuania ,Vilte,whom I have long admired

.(SORRY THESE CLASSES  HAVE BOOKED OUT BEFORE I HAVE EVEN SENT OUT MY NEWSLETTER-

These are some of her beautiful creations.I would like this to be a beginning for getting some international tutors to visit Brisbane-sometimes we seem to miss out! Please support this event so that I have the courage to plan more! Here are some images of Vilte’s-her website blog is viltefelt.blogspot.com/ I would love to have at least two or three international tutors come each year.We would be doing light felt that suits the tropics.

In order for this workshop to go ahead I need expressions of interest ASAP. Please email me wendy@wendybailye.com if you would like to attend .

It will be held in my refurbished (i.e. Tidy and suitably enlarged for the occasion!!) Samford venue The Felt Studio in Queensland ,Australia.Yes I am finally taking over the whole under house area! I think Murray always suspected that may happen!  If you are coming from interstate there are some lovely places to stay locally – you would need a hire car as there is no public transport to Samford.

The workshops will be two x two day workshops and we are thinking that the Easter break  April Fri6(Good Friday/ Sat7  and  then Sun 8/Mon 9.These dates need to be confirmed. We may put on an extra class if needed.

Some more details for you all…..Vilte and I only started the conversation yesterday so it all fresh and new! The first workshop is more on using fabric and fabric layers rather than wild fibres the second day is wild and wonderful using different wools. I have sourced long lustrous locks of gorgeous sheep and other wild animals to play with! I am able to supply all materials or you can bring your own.I will send out a list that you can order from and your supplies will be ready and waiting in class.

BOOKED OUT!  TAKING WAITING LIST 

Friday 6th April and Saturday 7th April 2 day – felting a top with nuno manipulation technique

Description of the workshop program:

Day 1 – working on samples using different  fabric manipulation techniques.

Day 2 –Discussing the samples, choosing the techniques for a personal top design. Sketching a personal design of the top. Counting patterns. Beginning to lay out the top and felting it. Finishing tips.

Working hours per day – 6 hours + time for lunch break

Please note that workshop program might be adjusted to suit the needs of participants.

Sunday 8th April and Monday 9th April 2 day workshop – Wild fibers in modern couture. Drapable accessories

Description of the workshop program:

Day 1 – working on samples using raw fleece from various breeds of sheep or other animals as well as different untreated natural fibers (silk, flax, banana fiber, bamboo, etc). You will learn how to felt with raw wool and create drapable and live felt, how to create different textures with different wool (long, curly, fluffy…). You will learn how to create a material with new visual and sensual properties using different natural fibers and then manipulate it making the wild fibers speak in 3D form as well.

Day 2 – Discussing the samples, choosing the materials for a personal design of a shawl or other drapable accessory, anything that reinforces the free flow of wild fibers and wraps each body in very individual way, creating a very personalized look. Preparing prefelts for manipulation from fibers and beginning to lay out the design. Felting and finishing tips.

Please note that workshop program might be adjusted to suit the needs of participants

 

The cost will be approximately $280/p (inc GST)  max per 2 day workshop plus materials-12 students max per class. The two classes we are planning are: Felting a beautiful top using  fabric manipulation techniques and

Wild fibres in Modern Couture -felting with raw wool and creating texture with silk and fibres .

Please email me with your preferred date and if you would like to do one or two workshops.It will be first in first served! More details will be posted .

I have sourced some gorgeous very reasonably priced Australian raw fleeces straight from the farm-I even know the sheep’s names!!Also we will use some exotic fibres so it will be a great chance to learn to use new materials.I am really excited about it!

    

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The End of Year is Nigh!

Please note my shopping cart is closed for the month of December.If you require one of my DVD’s please contact     www.artwearpublications.com.au

Thank you to all those who attended Sharyn and my “WILD THINGS “‘ Exhibition. It was a fabulous three days and we were very chuffed to see you all there.We love our end of year exhibition and sale and it is only possible with your support. Thank you SO much from us both.We now both have space in our heads and studios to create some more wild things for next year.We have set our date a little earlier for next year . WILD THINGS will be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of November at the Richard Randall Gallery Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. POP THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY NOW! It will be on at the same time as the Orchid Society Show in the Auditorium  which will be a nice change from the woodworkers show.Unfortunately we couldn’t have it at our usual time.

It was so lovely to see my work popped on bodies and looking lovely-much nicer than on a cardboard stand or plastic body.My work is art to wear and so it needs to be worn.Will be setting new classes for next year by the end of January-so keep your eye on the website.I have popped a few photos in for you of our exhibition,enjoy!

    

  

 

 



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New photos from today’s photo shoot

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The end is nigh!

The end of my working year is fast approaching.I am preparing  for  my exhibition at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens in a few days.Hope to see you all there.It is exciting and challenging all at the same time.

Thank you to all of you who have given us feedback on the shopping cart addition to the website-seems it is all in good working order and hopefully you find it easy to use .Please note the cart will be closed for the month of December.

Below are some images of my work for the exhibition.It has been a steep learning curve .In the new year I will have many new products and my felt work available for online purchase which is exciting.Yesterday we took a whole heap of gorgeous photos with my friend Daisy as the model.It was so lovely to see my work on a real live person. So often I see my work in a plastic box or folded in a corner on a bench.The best it gets is on a plastic dummy covered in black! To see it presented beautifully on a body was just wonderful.I sometimes take the beauty of felt for granted and then I remember when it is on someone just what a beautiful thing it is and how fantastic it is to work with such a lovely medium.I felt very blessed yesterday-it was a lovely day.

 

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