Felting with glass nuggets, Sigrid Bannier workshops and Seanchas Festival

To answer a question about working with glass nuggets or indeed stones or other found objects in felt, Lyda uses a great method to ensure that they stay in position.  Previously I have felted with glass but found that it tended to move within the felt layers therefore I could never quite predict what the end result would look like.  Lyda’s method for the bags was to lay out and wet layer one, lay out and wet layer two, position the glass nuggets, cover them with a wad of dry wool from layer two and then needle the dry wool into the wet layer to secure the glas in position.  Then you lay out layer three, wet and felt as normal.  This works like magic!  Tomorrow I will continue to write about the progress of my felt backpack but for now I just want to update you all about Sigrid Bannier’s workshops and let everyone in South Eastern Ireland know about a sustainable feltival where I will be teaching felting workshops at next weekend.

Sigrid’s workshops are filling up nicely but there are still spaces available on any of the days from Wednesday 5th until Sunday 9th August.  We have been chatting by email and Sigrid is very flexible, if anyone is interested in a specific workshop but not available on the advertised day just let me know and we will be able to fit you in with your chosen topic on one of the other dates!  Check out some great images on the gallery pages of Sigrid’s new website, if you click on any of the images a slide show will start.

This weekend sees the first running of a new sustainable festival called Seanchas which takes place near Adamstown, Co. Wexford from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July.  I will be facilitating the adult felting workshops on Saturday and Sunday, you can check out all the info about the festival and the great activities on offer via the website.


4 thoughts on “Felting with glass nuggets, Sigrid Bannier workshops and Seanchas Festival

  1. Wow, you make this felting craft process so intriguing and thrilling. I think it is exceedingly accentuated by your writing and documentation skills. Your wealth of experience almost makes me want to move to Ireland. You have attended so many workshops, classes, symposiums, and have artistic support. It is so rousing and stimulating for an unusual, rainy, summer day in otherwise hot dry Kansas. Isn’t it amazing how little a tip renders such huge successful results? It amazes me! The idea about the glue is fabulous, and I think I will try it with a bit of a modification, a 75%water to 25% glue, to see if it will hold shape without making the vessel totally hard. I am buzzed to get to the studio and try it. It occurred to me that maybe some internal support would hold the shape, like horsehair or the support used in millinery construction. If it is not too late, can you photograph some the glass jewels that you embedded in this great bag? I’d like to see their shape pre-felting.

  2. Good morning Nicola,

    That’s a great tip about keeping the glass in place. I’ll have to give that a try.

    Wow! Sigrid’s felt work is fabulous. You have so many fantastic felting opportunities in your area. I’m turning green again! Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge with all of us.

    Hope you’re having a great week.


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