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Toss n Tell – 16 March 2019 – Playing with Silk Hankies with Nancy Ballesteros

March 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Toss N Tell


16 March 2019


9:30am – Doors open

Please write your name in the Attendance Book and put $2 into money box towards tea, coffee, milk, biscuits and venue hire and take a raffle ticket, which puts you in the drawer for FeltWEST credit voucher.

Nancy’s TreetopTop Colour Harmonies will have a pop up shop in the main hall from 9.30am. There will be a selection of Silk fabrics, miscellaneous remnant pieces of silk fabrics, superfine merino wool fibres and bombyx silk tops.

10 am – 11.30 am –  The Mini Workshop is Playing with Silk Hankies with Nancy Ballesteros


Nancy Ballesteros will be demonstrating how to create a variety of different visual effects with the Silk Hankies.  Feltmakers’ first impressions of hankies are usually one of frustration; we will aim to transform your experience.  Explore a unique abstract painterly-like method of working with Silk Hankies.  Silk Hankies possess unique properties which create gloriously lustrous and textural surfaces when laminated with minimal amounts of superfine merino.






Silk hankies traditionally have been underutilised as a source of silk by felt makers. You may ask “what is so special about a Silk Hanky”? A silk cocoon is spun by a caterpillar as one continuous strand of silk.  Each hanky is made from a degummed silk cocoon that has been pieced and stretched over a square frame, layer upon layer. These hankies therefore have the amazing property of being very strong and behave as a continuous mass, the fibre have not been cut like in a silk top.





Materials to Bring:

  • Silk Hankies – roughly 10-20gms, a couple of colours could be fun
  • 25gm or so of Superfine Merino Wool tops 19micron or finer
  • A4 Pieces of Tissue Silk Fabric, Paj, Silk Mesh or similar fine fabrics – optional
  • Normal Felting equipment – several A4 samples can be achieved in the afternoon if you would like to give it a go.

Treetops will have a pop-up shop on the day. We will have Silk Hankies on hand to purchase. Small 15gm bundle is $9.50.  There will also be a selection of Silk fabrics, miscellaneous remnant pieces of silk fabrics, superfine merino wool fibres and bombyx silk tops.


The shop will close for the duration of the mini-workshop and open again 11.30 – 3pm.







11:45am to 12.30pm – Lunch and sharing felting news and new work.

12.30pm to 1:30pm – Library & Bookings will be open. 

12:30pm to 4pm – Felting time – more time for you to continue practicing what you learning in the morning, or work on your own felt project.

4:00pm – Pack n Clean

4:30pm – Close


March 16
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Alexander Park
Menora, Western Australia 6050 Australia
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