Surprisingly I am ahead of myself time wise this morning. Both letters of acceptance for the Arts Act Grant and ArtL!nks Bursary completed, one wash finished and another ready to go into the washing machine, paperwork underway to sign off on the work completed with the Borris Active Retirement Group, washing up done and some pictures uploaded to Flickr, amazing considering it is still only 10.18 here in the land of the leprechaun’s! EDITED TO SAY that obviously this time saving was too good to be true!!! For some reason WordPress is behaving very strangely this morning and I can’t seem to get the images where I want them and the captions in the right place. Forgive the odd lay out of this post but hopefully you get the meaning!
My beautiful woven silk scarf from Tisserande
I promised you yesterday I would post about the wonderful swap package I recieved from Gill aka tisserande as part of the Spring Clasheen Crafty Swap on Flickr. The colours of the stunning silk scarf Gill wove for me look absolutely amazing when pictured beside the dark purple aquilegias and fresh spring greens of the honeysuckle. Until I read the little enclosed note I wasn’t sure what the fibre was but am happy to confirm it is woven from spun silk, bourette silk and sari silk, so soft against the skin and it drapes beautifully!!! The other goodies included some yummy fibres, amazing walnut dyed tussah silk, alpaca tops, bamboo tops and a nice creamy soya fibre. Gill also included citron flavoured organic chocolate, wooden buttons, a great French cookery magazine (yes, I can understand 90%!) and a lovely hand made card. Thanks so much Gill, I love it all!!! If any of you are interested in checking out Gill’s textiles you can visit her Etsy shop, you won’t be disappointed!
Over the course of the last 5 weeks I have been having great fun felting with the ladies of the Borris Active Retirement Group. We have covered topics including flat felting, ‘cords, balls and flowers’, simple felt bags using the resist method and nuno felt scarves.
Mary working the stem of her flower
For our last session today participants are going to be selecting from my stash of beads and buttons to complete the jewellery and other projects they have been working on over the last while and everyone will have the opportunity to felt one last flower or other small item as a wrap up to the course.
Dorothy and Betty rolling their scarves in harmony
I have had such fun sharing the joys of felting with the women (no men from the group decided to participate!) and considering none of them had ever felted before the work produced has been absolutely amazing!!! We have decided to have an exhibition and a ‘show and tell’ of all the completed work a little later in the summer. This will give members who were not able to attend an idea of what they were missing and our plan is to have another session of workshops later in the year as all the participants would like to take their new craft further!
Una working her beautiful silk chiffon and merino nuno felt scarf
These pictures of some of the women felting are from our session last week (thanks Michael from taking the shots) and hopefully I will have more to share with you tomorrow if I remember to bring my camera with me later today!
Anne felting her flower