My first felting workshop in Portugal is now open for booking and back home from Bansko, Bulgaria!

Booking is now open for my first felting extravaganza in Portugal, Karin has finalised the information flyer for the week long workshop and I have to say if I wasn’t going to be teaching there anyway I think I would be booking the week myself!!! I love the thought of spending time in a rural area of outstanding beauty, the big difference from where I live in Ireland is obviously going to be the hotter weather and the delicious fresh Mediterranean food, I’m very excited that we will be working with the wool from the rare Bordeleira sheep so all in all it will be a great experience! Please click on the link below to bring you through to the flyer, places are booking already so if you want to attend please email Karin asap!

Flyer Felt workshop

A Bordeleira ewe with her lamb


As you’ve probably already guessed we arrived safely home from our trip to Bansko last night complete with my new stove, thanks Alan for managing to dismantle it enough so that we could distribute it amongst our cases and only have to pay for one extra piece of baggage! We left our hosts at the Dedo Pene early in the morning having spent the last evening together at a fantastic surprise meal Lyben, Yulia and Bobi threw for us in their private quarters. The food, wine and chat flowed freely and reminded me very much of a typical evening in Ireland between friends, a lovely end to our successful business and holiday break!!! Thanks to everyone there who made us feel so welcome, I would love to return the compliment in the future and Yulia and I are going to talk about the possibility of organising a felting workshop in Bansko, watch this space!

Unfortunately I also brought back a stinking cold from Bulgaria in addition to the stove. I’m going to be felting several nuno wraps over the next few days so I’ll post pics of work in progress to Facebook and here, don’t expect much chat though because I think I’m running a fever and I really want to just get my head down to work and through off the cold by the weekend if at all possible.



We’re having an interesting time in Bansko, Bulgaria!

Sorry about the lack of posting over the last week or so, I’m in Bansko (Bulgaria) with Alan sorting out some business and catching a little time on the ski slopes! Internet coverage is not brilliant but I’ll be back to posting as normal next Wednesday. We’re staying at a lovely traditional restaurant and B&B called the Dedo Pene, we had some lovely meals here the last time we visited and staying here has worked well. Our big room has a lovely solid fuel stove and I have now actually bought one to bring home to Ireland for my studio! It runs totally differently to the traditional Danish stove I have already, there is a light metal bucket inside an outside enamelled casing, you fill the bucket with fuel and light from the top down. We are still not sure how it actuallyworks but one bucket of slag/coal stays burning slowly for over 12 hours do it should be wonderful to keep me warm while felting!!! Until Wednesday goodbye.