Soosie opened the workshop by talking about the
importance of connecting with what we love and bringing this passion into our
work. She stressed that it is the
stories behind our work that makes them truly resonate with us, transporting us
in time and place and connecting us with others.
Soosie brought along her award-winning Campfire
Beanie and read the story that had inspired it to demonstrate this. Participants had been invited to bring along
something that they loved as a starting point for their work over the weekend.
During the first day of the workshop Soosie talked about exploring design themes then went on to demonstrate transfer printing, stenciling, direct painting onto felt and masking as well as the use of embossing powder. Participants then had the opportunity to explore these techniques on felt samples, vessels and other finished items they’d brought along.
The second day of the workshop started with a bit
of bling – applying foil to felt. Soosie demonstrated ways
to achieve a variety of stunning effects with foil
sheets, from subtle to seriously shiny.
During the day she covered more design
theory including the magic of numbers. Using odd numbers,
Fibonacci and fractals and how these also occur in nature.
Another transfer technique with fabric
crayons was explored creating more wonderful surface design options.
Stitching and beading methods were covered
in the afternoon with Soosie demonstrating 4 of her favoured
stitches and a few beading basics. Participants
then spent a relaxing afternoon continuing to
embellish their various felt pieces.
Interspersed with all the various surface
design techniques and theory, Soosie also shared
tips on laying out, fulling and shrinkage. Participants finished
this workshop armed with an arsenal of techniques and samples to
give them embellishment ideas for a long time to
30, 2019 saw the start of a three-day workshop with Pam Hovel who is an
accomplished innovative textile artist living in rural Victoria. Her work is
influenced by her surrounding as can be seen in her choice of wool, colours and
methods in her Earthy Felted Vessels.
the three-day workshop participants were treated to the delights of felting
with Pam, who gave clear instructions and offered continuous guidance
throughout each day. Starting with the drafting of patterns for vessels, Pam
also covered different layout techniques and a variety of surface design
elements through to the finer points of finishing each piece.
was a delightful tutor, generous in her time and teaching of her techniques
ensuring everyone created several unique vessels they can be proud of, showcasing
all the techniques learned over the three days.
techniques and extra tips Pam gave throughout the three days were exactly what
everyone wanted based on their comments:
Just what I needed to learn
The perfect workshop for me, I have
wanted to know how to create precise vessels for a long time
These are the techniques I need to
take my felt work further
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.
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
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
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
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.