Canberra Region Feltmakers has existed since the early '90s to support and encourage all those interested in this versatile and exceptionally creative activity. Although based in Canberra, our membership spans not only the local region, but Sydney and the rest of NSW, and also includes a number of interstate and international members. Read more about membership.

 

Rapt in Felt Colour Dance Fashion Parade and Bazaar 2019

This event will be held on 14 and 15 September in collaboration with Warehouse Circus.  This promises to be a different take on a fashion parade and entertainment.  Put the dates in your diary now.

4pm Saturday 14 September

2pm Sunday 15 September

4pm Sunday 15 September

Rapt in Felt exhibition 2018

Read our stories in the exhibition catalogue and watch excerpts of poetry being improvised based on stories of the exhibition in the Performance Project. Read Harriet Elvin's speaking notes for the Exhibition opening

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Non-members are welcome to come along to one meeting to 'check us out' and may also attend our workshops.

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Felt by Bernadette Sheahan

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Tuesday Drop In Days (with Canberra Spinners and Weavers) - 10am - 3pm and 5.30pm-8pm on Tuesdays at Textile Works.

Felting Fun Evenings 5.30pm-9.00pm (first and third Thursday each month) at Textile Works

Sunday Drop in Days, 4th Sunday of the month 1pm-4pm. Come along and learn other textile techniques including rug making and braiding.

CRF/CSW fun day - Saturday 30 March 10 - 3pm   Funky Hottie Covers for our Exhibition in June-$5 on the day for members, $10 for non-members) 

Felt fun day - Saturday 12 May 10 - 3pm  We will make juggling balls and other items for the fashion parade with Warehouse Circus ($5 on the day for members, $10 for non-members)

 

Textile Works Gallery
     
      "Adorned - Exotic Textiles" Exhibition
      29 March - 28 April (members only)


      7-24 June     'Funky Hottie Covers'.

This joint exhibition is a fundraiser for CRF/CSW. Hot water bottles with covers are donated to CRF/CSW for sale by silent auction. Must be bright! Must be fun!!! May be handed in at any meeting up until end of May.
     
      2-28 July            'Colour Dance’.  

Think wearable art! Think colour! We are looking for that mad piece of wearable art that you have always wanted to make but have been too frightened to try or perhaps too modest to flaunt! These pieces can also be entered into the fashion parade after the exhibition.

 

Latest news

CRF at the National Folk Festival

19 April 2019 - 22 April 2019

Canberra Region Feltmakers participate at the National Folk Festival (NFF), an annual event which is always a great success.  This year we will run workshops as part of the NFF programme.

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Jindy by the Sea

15 July 2019 - 22 July 2019

This annual event for Canberra Region Feltmakers used to be held in Jindabyne but now happens at Tuross. Members can book in to attend for individual nights or the whole retreat. A week of feltmaking in a fun, informal atmosphere. This is not a formal workshop but an opportunity to share ideas, techniques and stories.

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Craft and Quilt Fair

15 August 2019 - 18 August 2019

Come and see our work at the Craft and Quilt Fair 15-18 August 2019. Talk to felt makers. Watch demonstrations. Find out how to get involved with our group.

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Workshops

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Delicate Fitted Nuno Vest/Top

27 March 2019 - 28 March 2019

In this two day workshop you will cover, quality and creativity, achieve accurate pattern construction to create a durable garment. The first step is to plan and construct a personal plastic pattern for a vest or top or tunic. May, will show her unique method of laying the fibre in special direction using fine merino to achieve a lasting garment.  This takes little longer but well worth the time. During discussion on the final afternoon tutor will talk about quality finishing of the garment after felting.May 3

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Beginners Workshop

13 April 2019 - 13 April 2019

Canberra Region Feltmakers offers one day workshops to introduce those new to felting to learn 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.

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Nuno Wrap

11 May 2019 - 11 May 2019

In this one day workshop you will be making an elegant Nuno felt wrap, using a lightweight silk fabric background and pre-felt merino wool shapes in a pleasing design. The borders will be framed using pre purchased wool batts. This is an elegant wrap for evening occasions, or lightweight for travelling.

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Textures and Patterns in Nature

12 October 2019 - 13 October 2019

A workshop to explore the colours, patterns and textures in the natural world that can inspire your felt work. Join Wendy on a sampling journey creating from natures palette. You will have the freedom to explore and create with Wendy and her years of experience guiding you. She will share with you creative ideas, tips and tricks using wool fabrics, threads and yarns, to create wonderful surface designs and textures. These surfaces can then have added embellishment at home, with stitch - either by machine or hand and beading. A demonstration of free machine stitching will be given. You will be encouraged to bring personal source materials such as your own photos and drawings to enhance the creative process. This workshop is designed to free and enhance your creative felt making potential.

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The Art of Embossing

14 October 2019 - 14 October 2019

This class is a creative, process oriented workshop designed to develop your felt making skills in a playful, experimental manner. You will make a lovely lightweight embossed scarf and some great samples. You will learn about embossing and a multitude of techniques that extend your textural skills. We will limit the colour of the materials used in class to black and white which means more time can be spent on the processes rather than having the distraction of colour. This enhances rather than limits your learning potential. Wendy will bring embossed and laminated surface samples to inspire you in shades of grey! You will go home inspired and with a great new skill set to fire your passion and creativity. You are guaranteed a vibrant, informative learning experience and will go home with a wonderful embossed scarf or wall hanging and a hearty collection of fabulous samples.

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