Bird Mask Workshop with Gladys Paulus
Last week I attended a wonderful four-day Bird Mask Workshop with Internally renowned feltmaker Gladys Paulus at Big Cat Textiles in Newburgh near Perth.
Gladys has been high on my list of tutors I’ve wanted to work ever since I started felting. Her three-dimensional work is exceptional and she is such a warm and generous tutor.
Layer one of my bird mask
I chose to make my mask using Bergschaf fibres and originally he was going to be a red kite……I soon realised I wasn’t going to achieve that aim in the time we had so he morphed into a generic bird of prey! Apologies for the fuzzy images but with a four-day schedule time was always going to be tight so photography wasn’t high on my list of priorities!
Sandra making her Blue Jay
Diana working on her Cockatoo
Caroline shaping her mask
Liz was always one step ahead of the group!
Sharnie working on her Lapwing
We all learnt such a lot in the four days and everyone came away excited and very pleased with their finished piece of work…..
A gaggle of bird masks!
My bird of prey mask
Thanks to Gladys for an inspirational workshop and many thanks to Alison and Netty at Big Cat Textiles for looking after us and being such wonderful hosts!
This week I came across a fabulous Mixed Media Necklace tutorial by Australian feltmaker Wendy Bailye in Felt magazine.
I love “statement” jewellery so couldn’t resist having a go at this project. I’ve used a combination of Merino and Bergschaf fibres with found items, perle thread and black annealed wire.
This one is an Autumn themed choker necklace combining one of my Lutradur leaves with Merino fibres…..
My latest art quilt has been made in response to the Cranwell Contemporary Group challenge titled Escape. When the theme was announced my first thought was of “escaping” to the Scottish Highlands……this area has to be my absolute favourite away from it all destination in the UK.
I worked from memory, rather than looking back at photographs, as I wanted this piece to suggest a mood and a feeling of being in this area and not a specific, identifiable place. The colours are very neutral and muted, built up using Inktense paint, layered fabrics, Mulberry bark and silk cocoon strippings to create a textural surface. The finished quilt is 28” wide x 40” high.
My first stint at tutoring a residential weekend came to a close this afternoon with the final show and tell at Cober Hill. It’s been a terrific three days spent with the 18 creative ladies from the East Yorkshire Embroidery group. They don’t shy away from putting in the hours and the effort to learn a new skill but at the same time they certainly know how to enjoy themselves! We’ve had lots of chat, lots of laughs and the ladies have produced lots of wonderful work. It’s worth remembering that for many this was their first attempt at feltmaking……..
A huge thank you to Maggie and Carol for giving me this opportunity and I hope to work with you all again sometime in the future.
This weekend I am up in North East Yorkshire teaching wet felting at the E.Y.E.s (East Yorkshire Embroiderers) annual Residential Weekend Retreat. It’s being held at a wonderful venue called Cober Hill, overlooking the North Bay Area of Scarborough.
Out of the 18 ladies attending sixteen are creating wet felted pictures while the other two are here doing their own thing. We met up on Friday afternoon and after a brief introduction got straight on with planning our designs and laying out our fibres.
After a three course dinner the ladies were straight back in the studio and hard at work rolling, throwing and generally fulling their work.
I’d been warned that some of the group would be working all hours and I found myself staying in the studio until 11pm with Ruth who was the last woman standing!
This morning I heard one lady was in the room and working at 6am……I certainly wasn’t!!! Most of us resumed work straight after breakfast adding needle felted elements and beginning to free motion or hand stitch into the felt.
There is some fabulous work being created and I reckon we are going to have a really impressive “show and tell” tomorrow lunch time! Watch this space…….
Nuno Felting day two at East Keswick and the ladies used view finders to identify areas for adding stitched detail to their Felted work…..
There were some wonderful designs taking shape as areas were enhanced with stitch…..
Thanks to Nicola for hosting the workshop and to all the ladies who took part and created such wonderful work. I shall look forward to seeing some of you again on my return visit in September.
Weve just finished day one of a two-day Nuno Felting Workshop at Simply Stitch, East Keswick and what a productive day we’ve had! 10 ladies are taking part and today they experimented with different lightweight fabrics, combining them with Merino fibres to produce beautiful new Nuno fabrics.
And a few close-ups showing the wonderful textures achieved….
Tomorrow we will be using apertures to identify areas to be embellished using hand and/or machine stitching.
Looking forward to taking part in the Arts and Craft event this Sunday at the Walled Garden Baumber where I will be exhibiting some of my textile art and felting projects.
A selection of Tyvek brooches I’m working on for the Baumber Walled Garden Arts & Craft Event on 27th May.