Now that wonderful Japanese felter Leiko Uchiyama has moved next door we’ve started planning a series of workshops to deliver together designed to compliment our individual strengths. Our first three day felting retreat will take place at Clasheen from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November inclusive and this will be the first time in Ireland that Leiko is offering a full workshop to learn her ‘pine needle’ technique! She’ll be teaching this on Tuesday (and Wednesday morning/afternoon for larger projects), I’ll be concentrating on naturally printing/dyeing on Wednesday then felting large nuno wearables and household textiles using the tumble dryer on Thursday, fine felt without fabric or cobweb felt is also an option with this method. The emphasis on all three days will be learning new skills, creating beautifully felted and finished pieces inspired by nature and having fun in a relaxed, peaceful, rural setting. Simple, tasty home cooking will be the order of the day and shared rooms are on site in comfortable farmhouse accommodation! A maximum of 5 residential places are available for the retreat but we will also be able to accommodate a few additional participants for the printing/dyeing day on Wednesday. I’ll post the prices etc. over the next day or two, stupidly I left them at home and I’m now in Duckett’s Grove and felting here for the rest of the day.
I’ll leave you with an image of a simple necklace I made this morning. I liked this tiger wire fitting which I bought last year in CA so now need to research the best place to buy these at a competitive price in Ireland.
How exciting…….you have not stopped “thinking and doing” for quite some time. There are not enough hours in your day. Cannot wait to see the pictures!
One day I will make it to a CLASHEEN workshop!!!
Ohh, it the necklace and top are really beautiful! Not familiar with any wires but a jewellry friend in the UK has recommended http://www.wires.co.uk/ (although tiger wire does not pop up in search, they might have something of use for you).
Oh. I Will hopefully have the chance in the spring. Maybe we Can join a rekreativ with Leiko and a trip to the sherif of sSuzannas sheep. ( no s I know)
How wonderful that you and Leiko are neighbors…What a fantastic combination for workshops. I’m sure that it will be a wonderful workshop and your location is an inspiration for marvelous creativity. Can’t help but come away with beautiful felt creations.