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Our Workshops and skill shares

Skill shares are shorter events led by our members and focused on a particular technique or topic. We have face to face and Zoom versions but either way, information is shared, questions are answered and we all learn from each other.

Our workshops generally run for one or two days, which allows for extended development of skills and work on larger projects.

We keep our groups small to allow everyone to have some personal attention from the tutor. Our tutors are experienced felt makers from the local region as well as visiting tutors from other parts of Australia and the world. 

Places can fill fast so don't delay booking.

Upcoming workshops and skill shares

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Scout Hall, Kett Street, Kambah (beside the Burns Club)
    • 0
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     Felt Adorned : Jewellery (and Sculpture) on a Precious Scale

    This 2 day workshop is all about making felt on a precious scale!  Learn a variety of innovative techniques to make uniquely shaped components suitable for jewellery, small sculptural works, embellishments and more.

    Make ingenious beads (aptly named Scrunch, Spike, Dotty, Fangs, ColorCuts, and Twirls), cords and chains, sculptural closures. We will use fine merino wool and incorporate a range of novelty fibres, sumptuous silks and fabrics, wire and tubing, and recycled materials, to create felt components for one-of-a-kind pendants, brooches, necklaces, earrings, bangles, 3D sculptural forms and more, more, more…

    The motto of the workshop is: ‘anything is possible’; the focus is on ‘quality in creativity’. This is a hands-on workshop with in-depth demonstrations, attention to detail and lots of 'play time'.

    Whether you are interested in jewellery, sculpture, embellishments or mixed media, this workshop will provide much inspiration and technical ‘know-how’, resulting in inspired creations finished to a high standard.

    All levels of experience welcome.

    YOUR TUTOR:  Martien van Zuilen

    Martien van Zuilen is a fibre artist widely recognised for her technical excellence and design skills in the medium of handmade felt. Since the late 1980s, she exhibits her distinctive artworks nationally and internationally. Martien is also one of Australia’s leading felting tutors with an extensive teaching portfolio of national and international workshops at all levels of experience, across a broad range of topics. She is passionate about the role of the arts in community and counts herself lucky to be able to inspire others about the ‘magic’ of felt in all its forms. Based in Perth, WA, Martien has a full-time studio practice which she combines with her roles as Editor of FELT (Australia’s national felting magazine) and Convenor of Fibres West Inc. Her work is included in numerous international publications, books, and specialist arts magazines. Instagram: @martienvanzuilen

    Other information

    Workshop level: Participants must have completed a beginner course and be familiar with wet felting techniques.

    What's included in the fee:  Two day workshop in small class, a  materials pack and detailed notes.

    What to bring: please refer to the Materials list - Felt Adorned workshop 2022 that details the equipment/items you will need to bring with you to participate in the workshop. 

    COVID restrictions: If we are unable to run this course due to COVID restrictions, you will be notified and your workshop fees will be refunded. 

    Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.


Workshops for beginners are run 2-3 times a year. If there are no beginners workshops listed, add yourself to our Beginners Feltmaking waitlist to receive an email when bookings for the next beginners workshop open.

Waiting list

If a workshop is full you can still use the workshop booking form to put your name on the waiting list. If places become available they are offered to people on the waiting list in the order their bookings were received.

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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