Welcome to our new committee 19/20

Hello my name is Soosie Jobson and I am the new President of Feltwest.  Nice to meet you all.  It is lovely to be back on the committee after an absence of 3 years and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the new members from the past 3 years.  I have been a member of Feltwest (and a felter) for some 20 years and have spent nearly 15 years as a committee member.  I look forward to working with our new committee to facilitate all of the amazing events and gatherings that we hold throughout the year and welcome any input from our membership.  Please feel free to come and speak to me or any of the committee at any of our regular meetings with your ideas, thoughts r concerns.  We would love to know.

I look forward to seeing you at Toss n Tell this Saturday.

Our Team

President                                     Soosie Jobson
Vice President                           Jean Mckenzie
Treasure                                       Lenore Farfield
Secretary                                     Cynda Empsall
Workshop Co-ordinator         Renita Mroz
Online Communications        Liz Owens
Margaret Bryan
Sara Quail
Vimol Imsanguan

Sub  committee Team Members
Rep. at APCH meetings – Louise Nidorf
New member liason officer – Alison Gomes
Introduction workshops – Alison Gomes
Library – Jill Jodrell
WA Craft Fair – Jan Stroud, Jill Jodrell
Royal Show – Martien van Zuilen, Peta Korb, Jean McKenzie, Marion Finneran, Margaret Bryan

Workshop Review: 50 SHADES OF GREY (FELT!) – Wendy Bailye

Report by Jean McKenzie

On Friday 2 August this year thirteen very enthusiastic FeltWEST members gathered at Craft House to learn from a very experienced tutor. 

Wendy has over 25 years’ experience as a felter and has been co-editor of “Felt” magazine.  She is currently co-ordinator of the Australasia region for the International Feltmakers’ Association and runs her own business – The Felt Studio, in Brisbane. 

Over the 3 days of the workshop, which Wendy described as an “experimental class” (and boy, was it!), everyone settled down and worked, worked, worked: cutting, slashing, embossing, using different fabrics, yarns, threads, trapping different objects under silk or muslin.  I am sure she showed at least 50 different ideas, particularly on embossing.  I think everyone managed 4 to 10 samples each. 

Wendy was well prepared with comprehensive notes for everyone and a table full of samples to inspire participants.  She also brought along finished scarves to illustrate many of the techniques covered by her at the workshop. 

Wendy’s extensive knowledge and experience showed through in her presentation.  She was generous with her time to all participants; answering all questions and stopping to help where required.  This was reflected in the feedback given by participants at the end of the workshop.  All feedback was positive, as can be seen from these few examples: 

  • This workshop will keep me experimenting for a long time.  So many ideas and options.  Fun to be able to share with many creative individuals. 
  • Your guidance and patience in the class is much appreciated.  I will go away with a wealth of information that will be used for years to come.  Thank you, Wendy. 
  • Finally, someone teaching Sampling – what a great way to extend your own creative direction. 
  • Great inspirational workshop.  Able to adapt techniques shown into felting work, told to try everything, there are endless possibilities; some challenges; and results positive and/or negative are always a learning opportunity. 
  • Brilliant workshop – start of a wild and wonderful journey of exploration. Sampling = learning2 

Thank you, Wendy, for an amazing and informative workshop. 

FeltWEST May 2018 Meeting

 Saturday Felting 19 May, 2018.

Mini Workshop by Dale Rollerson – silk strippings and silk rods.

Dale Rollerson of The Thread Studio ran a mini-workshop/demo of silk strippings and silk rods.

They are both waste product in the process of spinning silk.

Silk strippings –  is cocoon waste that cannot be spun. It still contains the ceracin which acts as glue when liquid and heat are applied. It can be used to make silk paper and embellished with fibres, threads, guilding flakes, colour spray and even images from sheer paper serviettes. Dale demonstrated and showed various samples of her explorations with strippings including moulding, stenciling and embossing .

 

Silk rods – the waste that is cut from the spinning rods . These can be ironed open and separated and used to created or incorporate into more complex “paper” creations .

 

 

 

Dale inspired us to experiment having shown us endless possibilities and samples.

 

There was also a sales table of some of the product that she used and is available from The Thread Studio.

 

 

 

 

Meeting

Sue Eslick chaired the meeting as Karen Wood is away.

She welcomed the new members and confirmed the forthcoming workshops for July, August and September details of which are on the Feltwest website.

Martien van Zuilen’s July 6th + 7th  workshop will be about vessels, holding form and surface design. She showed some examples of her work .

 

Martien will also be running  the Mini-workshop on 16th June titled: Tunnels and Frameworks. She showed us a few samples , being a sneek peek of this exciting technique.

 

 

 

Unfortunately the Retreat has been cancelled and all members who enrolled will be re-imbursed in full.

We are going to the Royal Show – please join us.

We have been most fortunate to have been offered a sales stand ( at no charge) at the Agricultural Show in Claremont in September 22 – 29th.  All details re planning , volunteering etc to be finalised and confirmed. A sub committee has been formed.  Please start felting as we will be able to sell felted wear, check the rule with our committee, more to come.

A number of members will be participating in the Toodyay Fibre Festival on 3 June 2018, every one is welcome to come.

Mandurah is the place to be for art and creativity. Head down there at the end of the month – mid June to the Arts and  Culture Precinct where it is all happening.

 

Toss n Tell


Liz – enjoyed the challenge of bead making at Nancy’s workshop and showed her  lovely creations,

 

 

 

Peta‘s – beautiful blues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara – showed some of the bags and scarves that she has been tirelessly working on for her stall at the upcoming Toodyay Fibre Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry – showed us her sample “Spikes” for the next extension workshop on Tuesday 3 July. (sorry no picture will post on website soon)

Martien – showed her work called “Standing Tall” which consists of 5 blue felted vessels that will be on display at the exhibition – Beyond the Seam” on at a gallery in Mandurah (no pictures til  officially unveiled). Thank you Martien.

 

Pat – showed her beautifully styled turquoise machine knitted jacket.

Sue Eslick – made a cheeky blue beret. A most interesting shape.

 

 

 

 

Marie is experimenting with clay to make a washboards for the palm, which will be highly glazed to be like glass.Watch this space.

 

 

 

 

Marion show us her result from Katia’s Online workshop, her view is some part require Katia in person, but great result anyway Marion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peta’s Korb’s – needle felt Bilby’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Marion and Sara for report & photo’s.

catch you next month.

Liz

FeltWEST April 2018 Meeting

 Saturday Felting 21 April, 2018.

Mini Workshop by Nancy Ballesteros – 9 different ways to layout felt.

Nancy provided a number of charts as a visual example of the layouts, to show direction of laying.

The dots and an arrows to show the direction of laying. The denser end of the wool will be at the dot, and it will be thinning in the direction of the arrow. The next thick end will be laid approximately halfway along where the previous piece is starting to thin. This process will even it out.

 

 

 

Nancy used a paper chart with directional arrows while laying out the felt so that onlookers could see more clearly what she was doing. Obviously when doing this for a method using more than one layer, this will become obscured, so you could use a ruler as your direction guide.

Nancy used 10 grams of wool & produced a sample 40cm x 40 cm for each layout method to provide a clear comparison.

Changing your usual method of laying out can be quite challenging, as it is easy to get into a pattern of doing the same thing.

 

 

Nancy suggests splitting the wool into 8 lines length ways where it naturally divides, pulling from the middle of the length, not the end. Lay it out thinly, so that you can see through it to the bubble wrap underneath. (Australia has a reasonably mild climate, we don’t need to lay out thickly as in Canada or Russia!)

 

 

Why would we use different methods?

Different methods produce different qualities in the felt. The layout you choose will depend on what you are hoping to achieve, which is governed by what you are going to make with the felt. Does it need to drape to fit the body for example? Diagonal layouts can be really useful for draping in clothing or sculptural pieces. Methods covered were:

Horizontal:   Turn over and rotate 90 degrees between layers.

Diagonal:   If you want a really sharp edge with this method, try laying a continuous strip along the edge.

Cobweb:   Don’t pull fibres apart, keep in one piece.  Not very strong for a garment, but suitable for a scarf.

Spiral:   Good for coasters.

Radial:   Good for flowers, may not sit flat. Don’t allow the middle to get too thick.

Herringbone Chart 3:   Provides beautiful elasticity & drape

Basketweave Chart 4:   Provides beautiful stretch & drape with more stability than herringbone, with less apparent rows.

 

Running Bond Chart 6:   This avoids the “row” effect that happens with layout No 1. It will shrink more in 1 direction than the other.

Random, Chaotic :   Makes a really stable fabric, good for 3D forms. Aim for uniformity of thickness to maintain even shrinkage.

Regardless of the layout method used, Nancy suggests : If using a dryer to assist with the felting process, use it on the cold setting, wrap the felt piece in a towel, tied up, and sealed in plastic. The dryer is for friction, not heat. In order to achieve a very strong felt (in spite of fineness), allowing the wool to dry and re-wetting it and fulling it again, sometimes 2 or 3 times can be useful.

Toss N Tell

 

 

Peta showed her completed satchel from the leather workshop, and her work from Lieko’s workshop the Shell and the Cucumber layouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sue also bought along her satchel completed at the leather workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stacy has been doing an online workshop and has produced a number of beautiful pieces of clothing.

Review of Leather workshop with Hammered Leatherworks

12 Feltwest members attended this workshop, where we got to use leather tools and materials that most felters were not familiar with.

The purpose of the workshop was to cut and attach leather fittings and hardware to make the piece of very strong felt into a useable bag. Participants were required to bring a piece of felt with them, suitable to be made into a messenger bag/backpack. This involved specialised tools, supplied by Bec, who taught the participants how to use them. Below is a summary of some of the tools and skills learned in the workshop.

A strap cutter was the first tool used. The width on this can be set to enable cutting of different width pieces as required. Alternatively, a rotary cutter can be used along a straight edge.

A quilting square is used to measure straight lines and angles.

A diamond pointed stitching chisel is used to make holes in the strap preparatory to stitching, as the leather is too thick to pierce while stitching.

Fittings (ie rivets, eyelets, buckles etc) provided were of solid brass.

Buckles require an inch length of strap to go through the buckle and allow for a bit of movement. The tongue on the buckle needs a slot to allow it to move and work effectively. A special ‘oblong’ punch is used to make the hole. If the strap for the buckle is to be adjustable, 10 holes would be good, approximately an inch apart, starting 2 inches from the end.

 

Saddle stitching is a very secure type of hand stitching that works well on leather. Waxed linen thread is the best choice, as it is waterproof, and won’t be eaten away by the tannins in the leather. Saddle stitch starts like running stitch, but when you reach the end of the stitching line, you work back the other way to fill in the blanks.

Bec is very competent with using tools and understanding how leather works. She is a clear communicator and a patient instructor, thankyou Bec for leading us through the use of unfamiliar tools and equipment to make a wonderful felt and leather bag. The workshop went overtime, and some of the bags are not yet completed. Feltwest has purchased a set of leather tools and the bags can be completed at a Feltwest Tuesday or Saturday meeting.