Shifting Shapes with Silk Hankies

3 day workshop by Nancy Ballesteros

27, 28 and 29 August 2016 9am – 4pm

Denmark Scout Hall, Brazier Road, Denmark

FIGS members $150, non-members $185

The journey in this workshop is to explore a uniquely tactile and 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 and silk fabric. Many different visual effects will be explored with the hankies. Emphasis will be placed on QUALITY FELT. Specific fulling techniques will be taught to ensure proper felting. Embellishment ideas will be explored as time allows, in particular creating straps and ties with thread we create ourselves.

Women come in a variety of body shapes.  How can one pattern suit everyone – it can’t! This is the reason behind our ‘Shifting Shapes’ patterns. The mission is to find a pattern that best suits your body style and shape. A few of our designs are based on simple wrap-a-round aprons and various styles of short and long tabards Scaled-up patterns will be supplied for tracing in various sizes. Participants are also welcome to work on a scarf/wrap option if desired.

Nancy Ballesteros has passionately worked with fabric all her life. She spent most of her childhood sewing and then was introduced to spinning, felting and dyeing while at university. These elements quickly took over as her life’s passion and she hatched a fibre business called Treetops Colour Harmonies in 1987. Since moving to Australia in 1990, Treetops continued to grow into a successful international web-based company offering felting supplies for discerning felt makers. She has taught felting for many years before taking a break to raise her two children and run Treetops. Since 2014, she began teaching again in Australia, Europe and the USA, mostly concentrating on unravelling the mysteries of working with Silk Hankies. Nancy was instrumental in developing the technique of Silk ‘Paper’. She has written about felting in numerous publications and participated in many workshops and master classes.,


Please contact Maggie Myers for more information and enrolments


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