July workshops and saffron wrap plus a rare recommendation for the weekend!

This July I am teaching 2 workshops in the wonderful new space at The Yarn Room in Ashford, Co. Wicklow.  ‘Revisiting the Basics of Wet Felting’ takes place on Saturday July 16th and ‘Nuno Felt Scarves’ the following week on Saturday 23rd, full details available by clicking on the relevant links.  This is a great opportunity for anyone living within striking distance of Ashford to have a really fun day out, beautiful Mount Usher Gardens are opposite this amazing, yarn and fibre filled shop/studio,  Avoca Handweavers run the restaurant there, what more could one want???

Saffron wrap

I finally exhausted all the dye from my large dye bath and ended up with this softly coloured saffron wrap.  The lighter coloured section is how it looks in reality and not a reflection on the camera lens, I held the centre of the scarf in the dye bath for longer than both ends and the tips of the cords then were returned to sit in the dye for the longest time until no more colour appeared to be left.  The tones are not as saturated as the jacket and bags but the softness is really appealing, I LOVE this dying lark now!!!  In order to get no obvious lines where the colour graduates I keep moving the piece up and down where I want the change of tone to be and just keep an eye out to make sure I am getting subtle variations and not a hard line or stripe, hope this helps Nessa!

The Tall Ships in Waterford 2011

Finally as I head off to make Cristina’s bed and pack my bags, a rare recommendation not felt related, I always try to keep this blog to topic but for once I just can’t hold my whist!  Visit the Tall Ships Race and Festival in Waterford this weekend if you are anywhere near Ireland, it is just an AMAZING experience!!!!!  Alan and I headed down for the opening evening last night expecting to amble around, enjoy some food and head home after a couple of hours, as well as doing all of the above we attened an amazing (and free!) Bryan Ferry concert (there are 4 stages playing wonderful artists) and stayed until the incredible firework display was over at about 11pm, magic!  Check out the website for a full list of the weekend events.  Car parking including a catalogue and shuttle bus only costs E10 per car, incredible value and how special it will be to see all the ships sail off for the race on Sunday morning???  Not to be missed if at all possible I think, enjoy.

Off to pack now for Felt in Focus, will keep you all up to date via my phone!

3 thoughts on “July workshops and saffron wrap plus a rare recommendation for the weekend!

  1. Good morning/afternoon,

    Hope you have a fantastic week. So glad that you’ll be keeping us updated on your Felt in Focus doings. Always wonderful to learn new techniques, meet new friends and reconnect with old. Have a great time.

    Love the photo of Alan. Good to see him here in your column;-) We’ve been to South Haven, Michigan when the tall ships have been there…Really spectacular to see.

    Happy travels to you.


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