It’s been a busy few weeks and with the holidays just a few weeks away it is only going to get busier! I have so much to share I’m not sure where to start…
There was the great shoe making workshop with Natalya Brahovetskya and the IFA region 12 ladies, led by Mandy Nash, they are such a cheerful and generous group I heartily recommend felting with them if you get the chance. I am also pretty chuffed with the ankle boots I made too, not sure about the blue laces but I have some purple ones on order.
I have already started the next pair of ankle boots and I’m planning a pair of knee high boots but I will save that for a later post…
I have been making some hats in preparation for the Christmas fairs, these were made from sheets of felt I made for other projects and never got round to using, the first is a flat cap
This one is reversible and uses some faux fur I found at Thread thanks to Kim of Flextiles for the free tickets 🙂 :
I finished a nuno felt collage that was started at a life drawing session at least a month ago, this piece measure approx 2 ft x 1.5 ft:
And of course I am still attending life drawing sessions although playing more with textiles than charcoal, this piece was charcoal and pastel:
I hope you are having fun with whatever textile endeavours you are following?
Peta Korb, one of my students from the last concertina hat class got in touch with some wonderful news. She won first prize in the Perth Royal Show for one of her gorgeous felted hats – how cool is that! I’m so proud I could burst! 🙂
With the online Concertina Hat course in full swing (there have been some amazing hats already and we are barely into week 2 of the felting 🙂 ) I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a few of the hats I have been working on over the past few weeks.
Madeleine from the last Concertina Hat Class forwarded some photos of her latest creation and it is so amazing I just had to share it with you! Her husband accused her of having “mad hatter virus” so she now has felters from around the world queuing up to catch her “disease”, myself included 🙂
There was such a wave of requests asking when the next class would run that we decided to bring it forward a couple of months. Registration is open now but due to my other commitments will close temporarily on Dec 30th and then reopen on Jan 27th. The course itself will run from the end of February through to the end of March, the specific dates, materials list and sign up form can be found on the Felting and Fiber Studio site:
I am feeling a little bit sad today, the second iteration of the concertina hat class has come to a close 🙁
It has been a fun 6 weeks with lots of lovely, creative, supportive, kind and talented felt-makers. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them all progress through the tutorials, injecting their own personalities into each hat (how else do you explain the variety of hats they produced?). All the hats were amazing (and a few people branched out in vessels and lamp shades too) so I will let their photos speak for themselves. These are the photos from students who were happy to have them shared online, in no particular order….
Didn’t they all do fantastically well? I am so proud of you all! 🙂
I was planning to run the next class in Spring 2017 but have just heard there are already more than 15 people on the waiting list so I expect we will run it a little earlier with registration opening at the end of January and the class running through March and early April. If you would like to receive early-bird updates of the next course dates please drop me line via the contact form on the right and I will add you to the mailing list.