‘Pick up your Needles’ and yesterday’s nuno felting workshop

Before I post about the brilliant nuno felting day we had here at Clasheen yesterday (promise to continue with the complex felt bag weekend tomorrow!) just let me remind you of the event where I will be facilitating the wet felting workshop next weekend.

PICK UP YOUR NEEDLES –  a fun day of fibre craft!

Sunday 21st Feb – The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow

1 Day Workshop @ €55 incl all materials and complimentary tea/coffee and homemade cookies throughout the day!  Full payment taken upon booking through www.theyarnroom.com.

KNITTING: Beginners will learn the basics of knitting and start a project. Improvers will learn to design a unique hat, work on finishing techniques or learn cable and lace stitches. You can also bring along any knitting project that you would like assistance with.
Tutor: Stephanie Kennedy

CROCHET: Beginners will learn the basics of crochet and start a project to work on at home. Improvers will learn classical Tunisian crochet and start a bag or a hat in this exiting technique. You can also bring along any crochet project that you would like assistance with.
Tutor: Irene Lundgaard

WET FELTING: Felt your own fingerless mittens! In the AM experiment with different colour combinations of fibre and in the PM design and make a gorgeous pair of warm fingerless mittens. Suitable for both beginners and improver felters.
Tutor: Nicola Brown

PICK UP YOUR NEEDLES but DROP THE SPINDLE FIRST!: Make smooth and lumpy-bumpy yarn from commercial and raw fibers using the drop spindle; preparing raw fleece for spinning or dying and spinning wheel demonstration. No experience necessary but you are welcome to bring spindles, wheels or fibers you already have.
Tutor: Catherine Cronin

Should any of you following my fibre adventures be anywhere near Tinahely on 21st these sessions are a fabulous way of getting your fibre fix at an absolutely rock bottom price and in the company of many interesting, funny and talanted people!  Why not drop along and check us out???

Sylvia's fabric, merino and glass brooch

Alison's fabric, merino and glass brooch

Now on to this weekend’s workshop!  I had a brilliant time yesterday with Sylvia, Alison and Ann as we explored the basics of nuno felting a scarf.  To get the day off to a cracking start everyone made a brooch incorporating fabric, merino and a small glass nugget.  What is absolutely fascinating to note is how different all the brooches turned out to be considering that the fabric was cut from the same length, the glass nuggets were the same colour and only the merino was a different colour in each of the experiments!  We spent a long time examing some of my own nuno felt and talked about the pluses and minuses of using various types of natural and artificial fabric.  Eventually Ann decided to work with one of Lyda Rump’s beautiful hand dyed silk chiffon scarves while Sylvia and Alison both choose larger lengths of dark violet and turquoise silk respectively. 

Ann with her stunning nuno felt scarf and fabric, merino and glass brooch

Until I went outside with Ann and Alison to take some pictures of their work I had no idea that Ann was wearing this apple green top under her fleece.  Look how perfectly her nuno felt scarf compliments her colouring and really looks fresh and springlike against the apple green top!  Alison decided to make her scarf for her mother (but possibly she may keep it for herself!!) and was concentrating on texture and movement within the design.  Check out my Flickr photos to see her wearing the finished scarf but for the moment here is a shot of the beautiful finbished texture. 

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