Canberra Region Feltmakers

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Our Workshops

Our workshop tutors are experienced feltmakers from the local region as well as visiting tutors from other parts of Australia and the world. Our workshops generally have a limit of 10 participants to allow everyone to have some personal attention during the day. Places can fill fast so don't delay booking.


Upcoming workshops

    • 9 May 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Textile Works, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 10

    Registrations for this workshop have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    In this 3 hour workshop participants will cover the following techniques:

    (a)   millinery sewing techniques;

    (b)   joining millinery wire and hand sewing the wire onto a felt edge;

    (c)    curving grosgrain ribbon and hand sewing the ribbon inside a crown;

    (d)   trimming a brim edge by hand sewing either grosgrain ribbon or bias fabric.  This is to cover the millinery wire; and

    (e)   sewing a felt band to a brim edge by hand.

    This workshop focuses on hand sewing using small invisible stitching.  Participants will be making samples so felt hats are not required, however if you have made a hat that you would like to work on please bring it along.

    Workshop fee

    Members $65 (members need to log into website to get this price)
    Non-members $80
    A 50% deposit is payable at time of booking. This can be paid when you book or later by direct deposit or in person at a CRF meeting. You will receive an invoice for the balance approximately 6 weeks before the workshop.
    See the Workshop Terms and Conditions.

    Level: Easy

    Tutor: Robyn Toohey

    Robyn has been designing and selling millinery style hats for 14 years and has a Certificate 3 in Millinery.  She has attended three International Millinery Forums in Wagga Wagga and attended workshops with well known International and Australian milliners.  Studying with milliners working in the industry gave her the opportunity to use fashionable millinery fabrics and to learn many new techniques.  Robyn designs bespoke millinery hats for the spring/summer fashion season, formal and special occasion wedding/bridal fashion and race wear. One of her millinery designs won Fashions on the Field at Queanbeyan Races and another hat was a finalist in the Black Opal Fashions on the Field.

    Robyn joined the Canberra Region Feltmakers (CRF) in 2011 as she wanted to make her own felt hoods which gave her flexibility over the fleece, colour and design. She has attended many felting workshops, learning new techniques with both International and local tutors and is experienced at felting with either merino or alpaca fleece.

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Textile Works, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 5

    Registrations for this workshop have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Canberra Region Feltmakers offers one day workshops to introduce those new to felting to the basic skills needed to start creating your own beautiful felt pieces. Each tutor brings their own skills and creativity to their workshop for beginners.

    You will learn the skills of laying out wool, wetting down, rolling, fulling and most importantly, how to tell when your felt is fully felted. By the end of the day you will have created your own felt piece to take home.

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


    Workshop fee

    Members $90 (members need to log into website to get this price)
    Non-members $100
    The workshop fee includes your pack of wool.
    A 50% deposit is payable at time of booking. This can be paid when you book or later by direct deposit or in person at a CRF meeting. You will receive an invoice for the balance approximately 6 weeks before the workshop.
    See the Workshop Terms and Conditions.


    Tutor: Robyn Primrose

    Since childhood and the dress up box, Robyn Primrose has always loved colour and fabric. She cannot remember when she did not do something creative. After playing with 3D pieces in clay and metal, Robyn studied painting and drawing in Brisbane in the mid 1980's, which led to working with silk and then feltmaking. Since moving to Goulburn in the early 2000's, Robyn has pursued felt making with a passion. She loves the tactile nature of felt and the way that, no matter how well you plan a piece, it always takes its own direction. Robyn's personal challenge is to make felt as fine as possible without comprising its strength and durability to create wearable garments that flow with body movement and incorporate silk, cobweb style and fine layers.

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Textile Works, 19/70 Maclaurin Crescent, Chifley ACT
    • 10

    Registrations for this workshop have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    In this fun workshop you will learn how to make brooches using zippers and fleece.

    You will learn the process of making a suitable design for your brooch and how to deal with preparing and stitching the zipper to your backing cloth. Methods of colour mixing the fleece will be explored and then how to control the fleece while needle felting it into the spaces of the design. Finishing of the brooch with a suitable backing cloth and attachment of the clasp, completes the process.

    Workshop fee

    Members $120 (members need to log into website to get this price)
    Non-members $150
    A 50% deposit is payable at time of booking. This can be paid when you book or later by direct deposit or in person at a CRF meeting. You will receive an invoice for the balance approximately 6 weeks before the workshop.
    See the Workshop Terms and Conditions.

    Level: Beginners

    Tutor: Alyson Robinson

    After training in Melbourne as an art and textiles teacher in secondary schools, Alyson taught mostly art and followed her military husband around eastern Australia and to Malaysia. On the way she was able to expand her knowledge and experience in all things textile, through various groups like the Creative Group of the Embroiderer’s Guild in Adelaide, Fibres and Fabrics in Townsville and the ACT Textile Art Association. Designing, knitting and sewing garments is a passion, but there’s also been dyeing, printing, needle-felting, fabric manipulation and embroidery used in images and sculpture.

    Jewellery making has complimented a special outfit, whether she has been using ceramics, enameling, beads, silver or textiles.  Needle-felting is a relatively new strand to Alyson's jewellery making after discovering zipper brooches on Pinterest.

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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