Here is an image as promised showing my completed Valentine’s Day rug. When I say completed, I still need to shave the piece to sharpen up the colours and hopefully this will allow the mulberry silk on the bird, heart and borders to really glow when catching the light. If you check out my Flickr photos you can also see a close up shot of the bird.
I had a fantastic day yesterday at Tinahely Arts Centre participating in the brilliantly organised ‘Pick up your needles’ event organised by Irene from Wanda’s Wonders and Stephanie of The Yarn Room fame. We met at about 9.15am and organised our relevant areas, felting, crochet, knitting and spinning. A lady had travelled all the way from Co. Westmeath to tutor the spinning group and it looked absolutely fascinating but amazingly slow, something I would definitely like to try in the future but I guess I mightn’t have the patience for it!! My group of ladies (where were the men??) numbered 12, initally the maximum was meant to be 10 but 2 more people BEGGED to join and we decided that I could try with 12 as Maria, Stephanie’s sister could help me out if things got out of control. In the event everyone was very interested and I really enjoyed the experience. We started the morning with a piece of flat felt, a couple of the participants had some previous experience but most of them had never felted before! I paid particular attention to how everyone was laying out their fibres; I really believe that if sufficient attention is spent learning a few simple techniques when starting to felt it is so much easier to progress to more difficult projects as time goes by. WONDERFUL pieces were made and I think that everyone was delighted with the morning’s work, pictures will be emailed to me and I promise to put some up on the blog as soon as I get them. In the afternoon we progressed to 3 dimensional felt and again it was just fantastic to see how everybody’s pieces turned out. We had several bowls and many bags, all created using the resist method and using either oval or circular templates. During the week I am going to write a post explaining how to make cords for handles, some of the ladies made clutch bags but some want to add handles at home. I know that we will have some follow up sessions and I am definitely looking forward to sharing more techniques and tips with the ladies. It really was a GREAT day, such fun and enthusiasm!
Keep an eye on the blog this week, I announce more workshops here at Clasheen, new services on offer and International tutors programme for the Spring.