I feel as if Carmen and I have just completed a felting marathon. I am actually working full steam ahead for next week’s Green Energy Fair but as we had a bank holiday in Ireland today, felt was on the adgenda! It is really great to share ideas and fibres with other felt makers and today we completed an amazing selection of items. Carmen made a beautiful vessel and then I showed her how I had made some bracelets and a felt ring, away she went! A glass of wine and a veggie lunch later we really were gripped by a creative surge. At the end of the day I had made, strung and sold a beautiful necklace for a commission plus sold a second necklace I had made in the same colour scheme. Bangles or bracelets were really my thing today and this evening 9 completed bracelets lie drying on my kitchen table. I used some gorgeous orange, plum and wine coloured merino wool and highlit certain areas with wine and orange mulberry silk. The results are almost flame coloured, as the fabric is drying the silk is shining even more. Carmen worked mainly in natural colours and made some really interesting bangles and a ring, decorating several of the items with beads made in contrasting colours, great work.
On Sunday 20th April I returned from a fantastic residential weekend at Avondale House, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow with Feltmakers Ireland! This was a wonderful opportunity to interact and learn from experienced textile artists in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere. Altogether nine members attended and created an amazing variety of finished pieces and samples using the most ancient and up to date techniques, wet and dry felting, embroidery, embellishing and working with water soluble fabrics.