As promised, here's the link to the newly added second week residential felting extravaganza at Dominio Vale do Mondego in Portugal this June. I've also updated the workshop page here on the website to reflect everything that is happening over the next few months, currently I'm planning a trip to teach in Canada again this Autumn so if you're interested please shout out loud now and email me. I don't plan an instant reply (with my impending trip to Texas, California, Michigan and Kentucky happening this week it's full steam ahead as usual at Clasheen) but I do promise to respond as soon as my feet hit the ground!!!
On Thursday last week I got a lovely last minute commission to felt a baby's blanket. This will be used as the base for an embellished family tree and will also be displayed at Nadia's wedding at the end of May. Thanks Nadia for such a charming request, I can't wait to see how you stitch or print the names of your family members to the tree! Here's a picture of the completed piece as it left my studio this afternoon.
Back from a couple of days R & R in Austria I have just finished lining the bag that I have been working on for my first swap as part of an online Flickr group ‘Bag Lady Swaps’. The challenge was to create a bag using any technique that you had not previously used or something that you felt uncomfortable doing or lacked confidence in trying. As I have mentioned before sewing is just not me but I hope my partner will be happy that I took on the challenge! Firstly I created a nice piece of felt with her favourite colour blue as the background. I tried to make the blue look watery and the surface design of white and pale pink waterlillies was added using some hand made lustrous silk and merino wool pre-felts, the lining is a striking rich blue silk. I really enjoyed creating the felt for this bag and intend making a larger wallhanging in the same theme, as soon as the package is posted and I know that Sylvia (she lives in Denmark) has recieved it I will post some images here on the blog.
Tomorrow morning I will be recording an interview about my experiences with blogging, this will be published later this month in an on-line Podcast. To be honest I really need to update my knowledge about all things relating to social networking and am really excited to have booked in to Podcamp, an ‘unconference’ taking place in Kilkenny on 27th September. Why not check it out and see if you would like to join us!