Join a social day felting with fellow felters. This is a relaxed, fun time when CRF members can explore felting techniques, work on a project of your own choice alongside other felt makers and share ideas. There may also be collaborative projects happening. Bring your own wool and felting equipment.
Join in the Collaborative Coat making project if you choose.
The CRF shop is likely to be open.
Registration is essential
Payment for the day of felting can be done online when you register or by paying the invoice online, by direct deposit or by card at a Saturday meeting. The fee is to cover your share of the room hire costs for the day.
You can also just drop in to visit the shop or say hello. Please register but there is no charge for this.
What's happening at this meeting for members:
11am - 1pm
If you have any suggestions for activities for future general meetings, please email email@example.com
There is no additional charge for skillshare activities at general meetings. Just pay your usual $5 for attending the General Meeting. It would help if you can register for the meeting+skillshare so that we get an idea of how many people will be participating.
Cost is $5 which includes the lucky door prize (remember to get a ticket when you sign the attendance book). The fee is to help cover the room hire costs.
Registration is optional but makes it easy to pay. Payment can be done online when you register or by paying the invoice online or by direct deposit. You can also register and pay using the Wild Apricot Members app.
Another option is to just turn up and pay on the day.
Canberra Region Feltmakers offers one day workshops for those new to the ancient art of wet felting.
Participants will learn the basic skills of wet felting including: the process of felting, equipment required, planning, and designing a project, choosing fleece, understanding micron, how to select and apply embellishments, why wool shrinks, how to calculate fibre shrinkage and what makes strong felt.
This is a hands-on workshop.
Each participant will make a piece of wool fabric incorporating a variety of fibres and embellishments. The completed fabric piece may be used to create a special project.
Demonstrations and examples are used throughout the workshop.
Juliana was first introduced to feltmaking in 2016 and is passionate about creating unique, quirky and one-of-a-kind felt items. Living on a farm, she finds that a lot of her inspiration for her feltmaking comes from her surrounds.
Juliana has won many Grand Championships the latest being Overall Felting Champion Royal Canberra Show 2022.
With a background in teaching children and in adult education (including running craft workshops), Juliana has planned a fun day of feltmaking and looks forward to guiding you through the process.
Workshop level: Beginner
What's included in the fee: your pack of wool, one day workshop in small class, loan of some feltmaking equipment.
What to bring: please refer to the list of requirements that you will need to bring with you to participate in the workshop.
Backup plan if COVID restrictions are in force: if we are unable to run a face to face class due to COVID restrictions, participants will be offered an online alternative workshop using Zoom.
Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.
Hosted by Canberra Region Feltmakers, Felt Road is the 2023 Southern Hemisphere Felters Convergence. It will be held over four days in Canberra, the beautiful national capital of Australia. There will be keynote speakers, felting demonstrations, mini workshops and a felting challenge.
Catch up with felting friends and meet new ones. Learn new felting techniques and revisit some golden oldies. Dip into the Canberra region foodie wonderland, cool-climate wines and world-class art while you are here. Stay a little longer and soak in the sensory overload that is Floriade in Canberra.
Felt Road begins with registrations in the afternoon on Sunday 10 September followed by welcome drinks.
On Monday we get started on a four day program featuring keynote presentations by three textile artists: Helen MacRitchie, Sharon Peoples and Julie Ryder. In the tradition of Convergence, attendees are invited to volunteer to present and attend short sessions about all things felt during the four days. These might be demonstrations, mini workshops or talks. Helen MacRitchie will also run short workshops about a special knotting technique that she uses in her felt making.
A Traders Hall will give you a chance to add to your felting supplies and you can felt all night if you so desire in the Glasshouse.
Just to spice it up a little, there will be a collaborative challenge – something fun that Canberra Region Feltmakers have been exploring over the last year and are keen to share with you. We are also planning a pop up fashion parade as part of the Felt Road Dinner on the final night (Thursday 14 September).
See more about our keynote speakers.
The Pavilion on Northbourne is a late twentieth century hotel with rooms around two spectacular tropical atriums. There are plans to demolish and rebuild but in the meantime we are looking forward to enjoying the ambience and original glory of this building.
The hotel is located on Northbourne Avenue, 8 minutes drive by car from the city centre and 11 minutes drive from Canberra Airport. It has free on-site parking and is located on the Canberra Light Rail line that runs between the city centre and Gungahlin Town Centre.
Convergence attendees and partners will organise their own accommodation. We have negotiated special Convergence accommodation rates for two hotels:
Pavilion on Northbourne is the Convergence venue. Convergence rate for single or double room is $175/night. These rooms are clean and comfortable but a little older than some hotels in Canberra. This accommodation is very handy for people who want to felt all night in the Glasshouse. Breakfast is available from the café in the main atrium. https://pavilioncanberra.com.au/
Deco Hotel is a newer hotel a few doors down from Pavilion on Northbourne. Convergence rate for single or double Lux King Room is $209/night. The Deco Hotel offers better accessibility for those with mobility challenges. https://decohotel.com.au/
Your Felt Road registration includes
To register, complete the registration option on this page and pay the $100 deposit. The balance of the registration fee is due by 1 July 2023. The total registration fee is $650. People who were members of CRF on 1 January 2023 are eligible for a significant subsidy from CRF for their registration fee.
The Convergence venue is handy for exploring the city along with the Braddon and Dickson precincts which offer a variety of shopping and eating experiences.
Members of Canberra Region Feltmakers are working on a list of their favourite secret places of Canberra to share with Convergence participants. In the meantime, the Visit Canberra website has plenty of information about places to go and things to do in the Canberra region. https://visitcanberra.com.au/
For more information, contact us.
More details in November newsletter.
Cost is $5 which includes the Christmas raffle (remember to get a ticket when you sign the attendance book). The fee is to help cover the room hire costs.
Canberra Region Feltmakers Inc
Meetings: Scout Hall, Kett Street Kambah, ACT
(next door to The Burns Club)
Post: PO Box 455 Curtin ACT 2605
ABN: 16 718 242 055
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