Yesterday I had a great day at the Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS in Dublin. Carmen and I left at 7 o’clock to beat the worst of the traffic and we arrived at the RDS by about 9.30am. Because we were both doing a stint helping and demonstrating on the Feltmakers Ireland stand we were lucky enough to get in free! It was a great day. I had never actually been to any big fibre event before being so new to felting but Carmen had prepared me well!! What surprised me the most was that I did not go too mad buying things, I have a habit of jumping in like there is no tomorrow and I could have ended up with a truck load of bits and bobs that never would have been used had I not restrained myself. The absolute best stands for me to pick up more unusual items were Art Van Go and Twisted Fibres, both had BEAUTIFUL fibres for felting (or any other type of textile art) and I was smitten. It was great to see Stephanie from the Yarn Room in Co. Wicklow absolutely snowed under with customers, I really didn’t get any time to chat to her properly as obviously sales take priority over everything else! So, what did I buy? Pink Pig notebooks to embellish with felt for Christmas presents, handmade paper to make gift tags and cards, 2 beautiful wooden stamps, gorgeous hand dyed silk roving, seed beads, 2 huge buttons, a piece of coarse scrim to felt into a wall hanging, some findings for jewellery making, wire for using with beads and finally some more Pink Pig notebooks! The Feltmakers Ireland stand was totally mobbed for all of the day. If people have never seen felt being made before the attraction is usually instantaneous, many new people joined up and many old friends visited the stand. I was delighted to meet some people local to the South East and I think that all the upcoming courses on the workshop page are going to be totally full before long judging by the interest at the show. It was lovely to met some people who are following my activities on this blog, I hope that you all had a great day in Dublin!
The dates for the 2 felted rug workshops with master Turkish feltmaker Mehmet Girgic have now been set. The first dates are Friday 16th to Sunday 18th January and the second workshop takes place from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd January inclusive. Places are limited to 10 participants per course so if you are interested please contact me as soon as possible. Check out the workshops page for information re costs and venue.
Please also note that the 5 week beginners felting course that I am teaching will now start on the first Thursday of November. Apologies for any confusion caused, I forgot that I would be working on the Feltmakers Ireland stand at the Knitting and Stitching show at the RDS next Thurdsday!