Goodbye to old friends, hello San Fransisco!

My wonderful time spent with Sharon, Emma, Mark and Chris in Loomis has finally come to an end.  The Tin Thimble is truly a family run business and everyone who passed through the gates during my visit was friendly, fun and fired up with fibre and fabric fever.  Sharon and I stayed felting until almost 12pm each evening, when you are with someone like minded it is definitely hard to take a break and we both wanted to spend as much time sharing our experiences and having fun while felting together!  I REALLY enjoyed both the complex felt bag and the nuno mosaic workshops, most of the participants actually attended the two courses so by the end of Monday night we were really like one big happy family, all be it a rather tired but happy family!!!  Here is a picture demonstrating how amazing the nuno mosaic scarves turned out, Susan had to fly and catch a plane but hopefully I will have a picture of her gorgeous piece as soon as she gets home and has time to photo it.

MArni, me, Sharon, Jenine and Brenda showing off their beautiful nuno mosaic scarves!

You can also see some of the complex bags although not all were totally finished at the end of the workshop; there is a LOT of work involved in designing and felting a project such as this and Sharon’s is the only fully felted one in this picture, it is GORGEOUS!

Onwards to San Fransisco, amazingly gleaming in the sun when I arrived and the warmest I have ever experienced here to date.  I really need to stop talking for a day or two (my voice is on the blink!) and fully prepare for an action packed weekend at Knit One One in Berkeley and Urban Fauna Studio in the Mission District, SF.  We kick off the weekend with an evening felt jewellery class in Knit One One, if you are thinking of participating please SIGN UP NOW because we need another two people to make the night work and tomorrow is obviously the deadline for sign ups!

World Felt Day will be brilliant, my first return workshop will be taking place in Urban Fauna and I am so excited to be sharing loads of interesting techniques for creating unusual felt accessories, CLICK HERE if you would like to join us.  On Sunday we have another workshop at Urban Fauna, this time felted vessels and the place to SIGN UP IS HERE!

Off to bed now (aka having a glass of wine with Jamie and Blas before I head off!) so I leave you with some more fabulous photos from the wonderful workshops at Tin Thimble, another update tomorrow.  They may be all over the shop (Irish for all over the page!) but I know you’ll forgive me since the felt is definitely drool worthy!!!

Brenda's silk laid out and ready to cover with two VERY light layers of merino

Modelling the completed nuno mosaic scarf!

Susan including beautiful hand dyed silk in her lay out

Patti and Sharon concentrating on laying out their silk

Jenine throws a pose!

Marni with her amazing first piece of nuno felt!

Fabulous texture from different weights of silk and a gorgeous vintage scarf

The beautiful Sharon from The Tin Thimble with her really amazing wrap

Patti added a romantic ruffle to the edge of her wrap

Announcing evening felting workshop for Berkeley and American trip update!

I am SO excited to be finalising the plans for my wonderful Fall trip to the United States! Meeting blog readers and strengthening online friendships will definitely be one of the highlights of the visit. I can quite understand how online dating works because I really feel that I ‘know’ many of you already from all our correspondence back and forth across the waters and I am sure the reality will actually surpass the virtual world that using the internet fosters!!! I would also like to say that before any of you start to panic Rex, (and the house), will be very well looked after by my mother, Alan and a selection of friends while I am away on my travels. I am also going to be getting some work done in the garden while I am away in preparation for a FANTASTIC vegtable garden next year.

Now I would like to update you all about how the workshops are panning out and announce an additional date and venue to add to the schedual, how exciting is that?

Firstly I will be flying from Dublin to San Fransisco on Wednesday 22nd September and travelling on to The Tin Thimble in Loomis CA for the start of my American felting adventures! On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th I will be facilitating a Complex Felt Bag workshop and on Monday 27th the workshop will be exploring the beauty of Mosaic Nuno Felt, click here to link through if you would like to book a workshop at The Tin Thimble.

Arriving back in San Fransisco from Loomis I will be catching up with Jamie and Blas from Urban Fauna Studio and nuno felting friend Nancy Schwab prior to my first workshop at Knit One One in Berkeley. This exciting addition to my workshop schedual is a four hour Jewelery Making Workshop taking place between 6 and 10pm on Friday 1st October, this should be FUN so please click here if you would like to join us on the night!

World Felt Day on Saturday 2nd October sees me returning to a venue organised by Urban Fauna Studio where we will be discussing and creating all sorts of funky Felted Accessories (I have so much to share re.the felted accessories it will be difficult to know where to start!) and on Sunday 3rd Felted Vessels will be the topic. I am really looking forward to returning to Urban Fauna because last year’s Nuno Mosaic workshop was an absolute blast and the scarves created were absolutely amazing, click here if you would like to book a workshop in San Fransisco!

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, MI is the final venue of my trip and we kick off there with a Complex Felt Bag workshop on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October, this class is now totally booked out. If however, you live within striking distance of Kalamazoo and would like to participate in my final workshop I think there is still a place left in the Felted Accessories workshop on Monday 11th October but click here to book asap as I don’t expect this to be available for much longer!

I am sure that you can all see why I am so excited about this trip, I LOVE teaching and meeting fellow fibre enthuastics so I just know that we are all going to have an amazing time at the workshops!!! For some reason I seem to be having problems blogging this morning, text jumping around the place etc. so I am just going to upload this now and hopefully add some pictures to tempt you tomorrow or later this evening. ‘Till then …..