Istvan and Trees arrive in Ireland, a special 4 days of felt related activity is underway!

It’s official, felt masters Istvan Vidak and Trees Coussement have arrived in Ireland!  Carmen and I returned from collecting them at the airport last night at 11pm and then I spent until 2.40am cooking at Clasheen, whew, I will sleep well tonight.  This morning I drove back to Carmen’s to collect Istvan and Trees and we went together to meet up with Jeremy Hill at the wonderful Norman Gallery where an exhibition of their work will open later tonight.

The Norman Gallery is the perfect setting to show off these beautiful felt bags

I helped Vidak and Trees organise the felt and I have to confess to buying one of Istvan’s stunning decorative bags too!  After meeting the workshop participants and grabbing a quick lunch it was back home for me to finish fitting the units in the back kitchen.  Now I just need to tidy the bedrooms where 3 of my friends will be staying then it’s off to the train station for me and flying to Birmingham at 6.30am with Alan for the weekend!  Tomorrow while Alan is at a meeting I am going to head to a textile market I discovered on a search for saris and the like to nuno felt with!  On Monday I will meet up with Carmen, Istvan and Trees again and get the chance to see some of the beautiful work felted over the next 4 days.

While I am away Rex will be in seventh heaven with all the house guests and loads of walking.  Possibly I won’t get to do much over the internet until Monday evening but I do promise to upload a few pics via Facebook if I get a chance to catch my breath and find some yummy fabric!

Istvan and Trees joking in front of the beautiful bag I bought

Friendly faces and Clasheen Christmas Swap update

Having fun at the Kozo opening

Having fun at the Kozo opening

The smiles say it all!  Thanks to Remmy Quinn for taking this picture of us at the opening of the Winter Exhibition at Kozo last Saturday.  I have to say that it is one of the only nice pictures of all the Browns together, me on the left, my mother in front wearing black, my sister Lizzy in red and my sister Suzanne beside her also in black.  Check out my Flickr images to see a couple more images that Remmy took at the exhibition including one of my work.

Swap partners have been assigned for the Clasheen Christmas Swap and are as follows …..

Juniejo swaps with Clasheen
ScrapStampSew swaps with Dara
Jean swaps with Martina
Carmen swaps with Shemacgo
Gingersnap Hollow swaps with Vicky Plum
SmitoniumAndSonata swaps with Annabie

REMEMBER that we are swapping either a handmade Christmas ornament or a handmade Christmas gift, a seasonal receipe and a little extra surprise. Packages need to be sent by Friday 6th December and everyone MUST post pictures to the group pool when their package arrives.  Have fun!