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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

    • 16 Jun 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Textile Works Meeting Room, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 4
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     WORKSHOP 

    This is a repeat of the workshop scheduled for 29 May.  In the workshop you will use almost felted prefelts or softly felted pieces to create free form cut away felt.  You will cut and sculpt interesting shapes which can be appliquéd to stretch garments or can stand alone small artworks/adornments.

     

    a follow up workshop for those interested in learning machine appliqué techniques is scheduled for 20 June.



    OUR TUTOR

    Chris White has a background in garment design and custom manufacturing in her small business. Follow her passion in this workshop, making cut-away felts to create new appliqué embellishments which can be added to existing stretch garments. This method can be extended to making borders, scarves, jewellery and trims.

    Other information

    Workshop level:

    From advanced beginner. You should have done a beginners workshop before registering for this one.

    Materials list

    Basic felting equipment for a small project, extra towel.

    Scissors, a medium general cutting pair and a small sharp pointed pair.

    Practice pieces of felt for cutting, from leftovers, roughly A4 but odd shapes can be fun too.  An old piece of blanket or wool fabric is OK.

    A piece of felt for your project, about 50cm x 50cms about 80% felted but should be a little bit spongy. Can be used to decorate a garment, stretch, knitted or woven or pieces. Your felt could also be a stand-alone collar, scarf or neckpiece.

    You may have time for more than one project.

    Sewing machine in good working order, your sewing equipment with thread of suitable colours for top stitching. For hand stitching bring thicker threads and suitable sewing needles.

    Garment of choice for reinventing.

    Layout

    The felt layout starts with a medium thickness of dark contrast wool tops or prefelt. The second and third layer should be in a design and colours suitable for your project. Coloured prefects work well.  After cutting and felting to finish, the under colour will surround your cut work giving a profile to the design.

    COVID plan: CRF has a COVID plan in place at the venue. If we are unable to run a face to face class due to sudden COVID lockdown, participants will be offered the alternative of an online workshop using Zoom.

    Don’t forget to bring your lunch and snacks.

    Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.

    • 20 Jun 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Textile Works Meeting Room, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 2
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     WORKSHOP 

    This is a follow up to the Appliqué workshop, where you will appliqué your felt to your purchased garment. The additional materials and equipment list will follow.

     


    OUR TUTOR

    Chris White has a background in garment design and custom manufacturing in her small business. Follow her passion in this workshop, making cut-away felts to create new appliqué embellishments which can be added to existing stretch garments. This method can be extended to making borders, scarves, jewellery and trims.

    Other information

    Workshop level:

    From advanced beginner. You should have done a beginners workshop before registering for this one.

    Materials list

    To be provided. You should bring a purchased stretch top.  Chris will also have some stretch fabric to sell.

    COVID plan: CRF has a COVID plan in place at the venue. If we are unable to run a face to face class due to sudden COVID lockdown, participants will be offered the alternative of an online workshop using Zoom.

    Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Textile Works Meeting Room, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 14
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     WORKSHOP 

    Members of CRF and Canberra Spinners and Weavers are invited to a workshop with textile artist Maris Herr as a catalyst to creating collaborative textile works for our Transformations: Hanging By A Thread exhibition for Design Canberra in November.

    The one question Maris is asked all the time is 'How do you come up with your ideas?' generally followed by a lament that 'I could never come up with that!' It would be great to be able to say that her designs spring into her head fully formed, she can only wish it were so. For the most part, they are evolutionary with one idea feeding another. For the rest, it is a combination of things, a phrase here or a colour combination there and she is off and running or she will get half way through a piece and another ten variations on the theme will emerge.

    Over the course of the day Maris will be sharing some of the tips and tricks she has used over the years to get past the staring at the wall stage of planning work for an exhibition. Exploring what it is that motivates you, be it a situation, a colour, a mood, a feeling or media. All of these are valid reasons to create. You just need to decide where to start.

    This workshop will guide you to develop your ideas, enabling you to start creating afterwards. Participants are also welcome to collaborate making work, starting from ideas developed. There will be other meet up sessions later where pairs and small groups can discuss their progress on specific works.

    OUR TUTOR

    Growing up in a fabric and fibre oriented household, there was never any doubt that Maris Herr would work in textiles. The only debate was what area of fibre fluff or thread would be settled on.

    Returning Wagga in 1990, after a stint in the rag trade, Maris enrolled at Charles Sturt University, completing a BA in Visual Arts majoring in Textiles. After completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, she worked as a Textiles/Design and Technology teacher at a local high school until the end of 2019.

    After so many years of teaching Maris did think that when she left school that she would have the luxury of studio time… She is now concentrating on the publishing side of Textiles Anyone, studio jewellery work and a new venture into laser cutting. So much for retirement.

    It has now been five decades since Maris' introduction to the sewing machine and over that time her love of Textiles has changed but never dimmed. From dressmaking to felting, knitting to sprang (yes, it is a real thing) she has sampled many media and techniques. Today, her primary medium is silver and other metals, often incorporating fibre and stitch.


    Other information

    Workshop level: All levels, this workshop is about ideas

    COVID plan: CRF has a COVID plan in place at the venue. If we are unable to run a face to face class due to sudden COVID lockdown, participants will be offered the alternative of an online workshop using Zoom.

    Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.

    • 1 Aug 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 5 Sep 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • Online and where you are
    Register

     CANFELT ALONG 

    We are excited to bring you this new concept combining fun, a little mystery, some novel felting techniques and the opportunity to display your work in an exhibition. Here is a chance to try something a little different.

    How does it work?

    Each week, for five weeks, you will be given clues by a different feltmaker for making wild and wacky beads for a necklace. The clues will include short videos demonstrating techniques or written notes and photos. You will be able to ask questions if anything needs extra explaining. There are no set times. You can work on the project when it is convenient to you.

    While these clues will take you through the overall process, there will also be the opportunity to use your own design creativity. This is not an exercise in everyone creating an identical item although there will be similarities.

    The profits from the Canfelt Along will be provided to the organisers of the Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers Convergence following the Felt Road convergence planned to be held in Canberra, ACT Australia in 2023.

    Materials

    Before the Canfelt Along for Convergence begins you will be given a materials list including some ideas for colour combinations. Many of the materials can probably be sourced from your stash. 

    Skill level

    A basic knowledge of how felt is made is assumed. The instructions will be in English.

    Registration

    Registration is essential. Entry in the exhibition is included. This event is open to all felt makers.

    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Textile Works Meeting Room, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 6
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     WORKSHOP 

    Ever wondered what felt is and how it is created?

    REGISTRATIONS OPEN

    Canberra Region Feltmakers offers one day workshops introducing those new to wet felting to the basic skills needed to start creating your own beautiful felt pieces.

    In Basics and Beyond your tutor will guide you through techniques for laying out wool, wetting down, rolling, fulling, creating 3D shapes and most importantly, how to tell when your felt is fully felted.

    After introducing you to the magic of felt making, your tutor will assist you to create a unique project to take home.

    We look forward to sharing the magic of felt making with you.


    YOUR TUTOR: Lynn Petersen.

    Lynn has been a feltmaker for 20 years. What she loves most about felt making is that it is a very forgiving art form and often surprises her with unexpected results.



    Lynn has worked with a wide range of people to help them discover the joys of feltmaking: from workshops at the National Folk Festival, demonstrations at the Kingston Bus Depot Markets, classes with school groups and leading community felting projects to create large scale works including banners, a 'nesting tree' and a reading cubby. Her current interests include exploring how felt making can intersect with other art forms - particularly live theatre and film making. 

    Other information

    Workshop level: Novice, 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 this 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 restricitions, participants will be offered an online alternative workshop using Zoom.

    Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.

    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Textile Works Meeting Room, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 0
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     WORKSHOP 

    Explore felt lattice and lace

    In this workshop suitable for feltmakers of all levels including beginners, we will experiment with the network felt method to make a scarf of your own design that is light weight and surprisingly warm.


    Network felt is a fun wet felting technique used to create felt with deliberate holes. It is also called felt lattice or felt lace and your explorations with line and embellishments can take it way beyond a simple felt lattice if you choose.

    We will begin by laying out wool to create a lattice pattern. To this we will add your choice of yarns, prefelt, silk or plant fibre. We will also look at incorporating light weight silk fabric and making felted fringes. By the end of this workshop you will know when your felt is properly finished.


    OUR TUTOR

    Sharyn Steel started felt making 10 years ago and loves to share the tactile nature of this craft. She enjoys the versatility that felt making offers and the way it can be incorporated into her drawing and graphic design practice. Sharyn has also worked professionally as a workplace trainer and facilitated many adult training sessions.

    Sharyn was Felt Champion of Champions in 2020 at the Royal Canberra Show and has received first place for many of her entries in the Felt section over several years.

    Other information

    Workshop level: Beginners and up (completion of a Beginners Felt workshop would be helpful)

    COVID plan: CRF has a COVID plan in place at the venue. If we are unable to run a face to face class due to sudden COVID lockdown, participants will be offered the alternative of an online workshop using Zoom.

    Cancellations: see Workshop Terms and Conditions.

Beginners

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:  19/70 Maclaurin Crescent,  Chifley ACT

Post:  PO Box 455 Curtin ACT 2605

ABN: 16 718 242 055

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