January felting workshops at Clasheen, Lyda Rump’s visit and reversible nuno wrap/short skirt

Now that my heat is operational again I find out that for some reason my workshop page here on the blog was on the blink, it never rains but it pours!  Anyway, I have just spent the last 90 minutes (yes, the computer is slow as well!!) uploading info on my first January workshops and letting people know the dates, titles and price for the two Lyda Rump workshops taking place from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th February.  I have decided for my own workshops to start with simple fingerless mittens on Saturday 16th January and this will be followed up by an introduction to nuno felting the following week,  Saturday 23rd.  The mittens are an excellent three dimensional project and the nuno felt introduction is a great way to try out various natural fabrics and see how they interact with wool during the felting process.  The last Saturday of the month I am thinking of a full day workshop, probably a warm winter scarf using the softest merino or else a nuno felt scarf as a follow on project to the nuno felt experimenting session.  Lyda Rump will be with us at the beginning of February and I am extremely excited to be able to felt with her once more .  I urge you not to miss these dates if you want to improve your felting, Lyda is a BRILLIANT artist and teacher!  More information about these workshops will be uploaded by the end of the week, just sorting out the final details.

Today I made a reversible wrap/mini skirt and I am thrilled with the result.  For ages I have been looking at some gorgeous deep purple fabric which I have had sitting in my stash but was just too nervous of having a disaster and wasting it that I never got into gear using it at all!  It was part of the lining from a lovely silk and cotton skirt that I had (but was not wearing) and when I deconstructed the garment I had a neat semicircular piece of fabric perfect for today’s project.  I used this as the base for my wrap and incorporated short fibred merino, silk fibre and some of the gold printed purple silk/cotton skirt material into the top layer.  Due to the semicircle shape of the fabric it was a little difficult to roll, tomorrow I will upload some pictures and explain the process further.  Off now to light my stove!

3 thoughts on “January felting workshops at Clasheen, Lyda Rump’s visit and reversible nuno wrap/short skirt

  1. Good morning Nicola,

    I’m going to be sitting here right next to my computer to wait for your next post. I can’t wait to see your new skirt. O.K., well I might get up long enough to go in and raid the refrigerator, and the coffee pot!

    Today will be my first day with absolutely nothing to do since the start of the holidays. I’m getting my wool out and felting something. Don’t know what yet, but I can’t wait to start the day. Hope I remember how to felt:-)

    Wish I lived closer…I’d sure love to attend both your and Lyda’s workshops.


  2. Hi Nicola

    great to hear about the courses, especially the fingerless glove one- Boyana’s gift from you looked amazing. Can you list your courses on the artlinks.ie noticeboard, people are just starting to surface again.

    My site has had a makeover at long last, still fiddling with it but much happier with layout for my work

    talk soon

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