Felting, embellishing, ‘Craft in the Classroom’

FELTING AND EMBELLISHING COURSES Check out my new workshops page for all the information and to book your place at the upcoming Sigrid Bannnier, Mahmet Girgic and Sheila Smith workshops.  Both Sigrid’s and Sheila’s dates are confirmed and places are limited so please move quickly if you want to reserve a spot!

Over the last few days I have made a couple of new style scarves using some pencil roving that I bought from Wollknoll.  The merino actually costs quite a bit more per kg when bought this way but more than makes up for this extra expense by the time saved when laying out the wool.  I am really looking forward to getting stuck into things this week, it will actually be the first week in my new found career that I can devote totally to felting.

Yesterday I attended an information day in Tallaght organised and run by the Crafts Council explaining an initiative they organise titled ‘Craft in the Classroom’.  This is an excellent scheme offering to partner artists and craftspeople with schools and teachers in primary schools.  The selected schools offer residencies to the selected artists/crafts people and then they work together with the children to explore and create some amazing art work across the various disciplines.  I am definitly going to apply to the scheme and try to obtain a residency, it would be a  great way to expand my practice and I would really enjoy working with young children and see what ideas develop from there.  This year the residencies will take place in either the West Dublin area or in Co. Leitrim, watch this space to see how I progress!