Felt hat, group photo from Annette’s first workshop, blogs …..

I have had some really busy days in a row (what’s new) and another five days of madness to follow before I can settle down to a couple of exhibition proposals that I need to get written before the middle of April.  Last week I participated in two different workshops relating to blogging and social media one of which was organised by my friend Cathy, the director of ArtL!nks.  I know that I have mentioned ArtL!nks before but if you live anywhere in counties Carlow, Wexford, Waterford, Wicklow or Kilkenny I urge you yet again to register as a practitioner, the service is brilliant, the support on offer is great and everything is FREE or in the case of workshops heavily subsidised!  The intermediate blogging course was brilliantly facilitated as usual by Ken McGuire and hopefully I now have discovered even more ways to have fun whilst blogging!  Now off my hobbyhorse and on with the felting …..

Working the hat inside out once the resist was removed

Working the hat inside out once the resist was removed

Continuing on with my felt hat, once the ‘envelope’ of fibres started to curl up and I could feel everything coming together nicely I cut open the bottom edge of the package and removed the resist.  After this it was just like working and fulling a vessel, sealing the cut edges, working the section where the fibres had encircled the resist, shaping and shrinking.

Clare modelling my hat!

Clare modelling my hat!

I now need to just full it a little more on my head in order to get a perfect fit.  Probably I am either a week too late or nearly a year too early because it strikes me now that it would have been perfect for our local St. Patrick’s Day parade, ah well, there is always next year! 

Happy felters at the end of Annette Quentin-Stoll's first workshop!

Happy felters at the end of Annette Quentin-Stoll's first workshop!

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3 thoughts on “Felt hat, group photo from Annette’s first workshop, blogs …..

  1. Hi love the hats –did a course with Chad Alice Hagen on hat making a couple of years ago and learnt lots about folds and rolls and pleats and getting hats to fit. If you ever have the chance to book here go for it she is amazing and introduced me to the best felting tool in the business– a biscuit container lid from the old fashioned ‘Tupperware’ biscuit containers —awesome! head over to http://feltingfibres.wordpress.com and I will put some piccies up of this amazing tool.
    Chrissie

  2. Hi Nicola,
    I just love to get your newsletters with all the beautiful felt work. They are so attractive and pretty and inspiring!
    I know how much delight must go into the creations of such beautiful pieces!

    Love from Mary

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