Felting is an ancient craft which is just as useful and relevant today as it was 3000 years ago. Wherever there are sheep and wool, societies have made felt. The art of felting is an inexpensive yet versatile and exceptionally creative activity.
The Canberra Region Feltmakers (CRF) was originally formed by a small group of people with similar interests. CRF is a very active group with now over 130 members from Canberra and the surrounding region. Members receive a monthly newsletter by email containing information about CRF activities and photos of members' work.
CRF maintains close links with many similar groups throughout Australia and overseas to share ideas and encourage cross-fertilisation. We are part of an international network of textile artist groups.
Our members are skilled craftspeople. Their work can also be seen at the annual exhibition which provides members with the opportunity to showcase and sell their work to the public.
Felting and other technical skills are increasingly left out of tertiary textiles and fashion courses. We welcome textile designers and others who want to learn the art of felting at CRF.
Post: PO Box 8024 Rivett ACT 2611
16 718 242 055
CRF holds monthly meetings (except December and January) at the Lions Youth Haven, Kambah Pool Road, Kambah ACT to enable members to work on joint projects and share experiences. Meetings typically include an activity related to feltmaking, a short formal meeting and then a visit to the CRF shop and library, all in a friendly and welcoming environment.
CRF holds workshops for beginners as well as for our more experienced felters. These are a great way to build skills and share knowledge about felting. Our workshops use the talents of locally-based felters and visiting artisans from many other localities and countries.
CRF runs its own shop as part of the meeting each month to give members access to equipment and materials at very competitive rates. The shop runs for a couple of hours at the end of the meeting. Stock varies from month to month but typically includes wool tops and batts in a variety of colours, silk fibre and other materials for surface decoration, scarves and fabric pieces suitable for nuno felting and dyes for wool.
Supplies for feltmaking can also be purchased from many businesses online.
CRF has a library of books, DVDs, magazines related to felting and textiles and hat blocks available for loan to members.
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CRF welcomes new members. Membership offers a number of benefits including newsletters, participation in meetings and the annual exhibition, discounts on workshop fees and access to the CRF shop and library.
If all this sounds interesting and you are not yet a member, please join us. Just download and complete the application for membership form (or use the Word version), send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to
Canberra Region Feltmakers Inc.
35 Henley Marine Drive, Rodd Point NSW 2046