Sunday, 18 June 2017

Winter Morsels in June


Here we are in the middle of the year - midwinter!  Hard to comprehend. Outside the Sunday afternoon sun is shining warmly and brightly in the South West. In another hour the cold will descend upon us, but who can complain with such sun-filled days?  This is Winter after all. However there is a bonus - being or living with a Felter has its definite seasonal [and social] advantages! ........

Just in time for the weather it was Natalie's workshop turn in April....... She was armed with plenty of information for newcomers, and hints for the more experienced to refine our HAT MAKING skills. This workshop was detailed and carefully planned and the outcome facilitated more professional results and stylish hats... Thanks Natalie!

Natalie coaxing the fibres on a resist.....

Wetting and working the felt.... 

......and this is how it should look after the resist is taken out

...shaping on a hat block...

Ren checks out the stylish result


May revealed the secret of those chic and trendy BOHO wraps. BFG members had the fabulous opportunity to learn how to construct one of their own. Mother and daughter team Denise & Natalie were on hand to show us how..........first whetting our appetites with a showing of some delicious completed work!

Ahhh...such well chosen combinations!

        
Natalie shows.....
....Judith admires!
Denise displays a stunning green shawl......
Natalie showing us another way to go!

Denise carefully lays  out the wool 

...another shawl detail



                         Sue#1 shows another wrap                    New member Kylie uses the technique to make a wall hanging

 

    Dale gets into it..............................................watch out for BFG members results at the next meeting!



We had a welcome visitor from Perth. Tutor and Felt maker extraordinaire  Soosie Jobson presented a second workshop "Reef Dwellers"  during the May weekend. 

Sue#2 checking out the marine species with Soosie
Kylie produced a quirky mermaid

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE CREATIONS.........................................

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..........More enlightening techniques in June
Sue#1 demonstrates  silk paper making

More June news to follow................................

BFG  Members Listening and learning

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A Peacock Post




Calling all BFG Blogger fans...........introducing myself  ************Peacock with the news of the month......
I first have to report a very personal tragedy has occurred. I have not yet been given a
 name. Someone of my standing, as one has come to accept, should be invested with a stupendous, and astonishing title.

My members, as you can see below, who I might say, have had the temerity to inscribe their names on my exquisite tail. They still have left me the undistinguished label of 'PEACOCK'. In this obscurity I was taken out for my first appearance on Saturday 22nd April at the Balingup Farm Field Day. 
So dear readers, as you might imagine I am somewhat miffed! I, however, shall let you know when my investiture is imminent, which I expect to be very soon. Otherwise I shall have no option but to let out my famous cry.......on the other hand, that would be....may I say, a little......unseemly...for a PEACOCK of my standing! The upholder of the BFG banner!

                                                    

In the meantime I shall do my duty as chief PEACOCK Reporter........
The Field Day proved to be a beautiful sunny Autumn day, with extremely good crowds. A number of our members worked very hard in presenting BFG's work, both under the BFG canopy, and especially on the runway. Our Group Leader, the accomplished Colleen, masterfully described our pieces on parade, with members and friends strutting their stuff on the catwalk.......

........Thanks to models [L to R] Emma, Sue #2, Diana, Kim and Rachel

Diana showed her colourful cape and.......

Penny's luxuriant part nuno felted jacket which......

...........she serenely modelled.

Emma showed her stunning Boho scarves......

.........with expert aplomb 

...a sparkly black one too!

...an olive green one......

....and in buff pink!

Kim displays her versatile silk/felt tunics......

....in many colours


...and models Jane's striking jacket........

.........Ren's deep blue eye-catching vest

...and a 'singing' blue/green jacket.

Rachel exhibits Sue#2's unique "Ebb and Flow"  head dress......

.....and flowing gown.
She changes into Sue#1's mysterious "Starry Night" costume.......
                                                 
 ..........and sweeping mantle.

Emma this time shows Colleen's engaging dress and handbag, adorned with hand hewn wooden disks



Sue#2 wears her mad "Magpie" hat

....and her tactile forest green cape

.....and earthy scarf.....

...her own charming tunic.

She adorns herself with Jean's glowing rose-coloured scarf......

....and Kayleen's snug & alluring piece

...and jewel-like stole

and finally she wears Lee's glamorous apron
That is not all fellow Bloggers......there's more news to come but this PEACOCK must get his imperial head under his wing for the night...until the next post Kee-Ow Kee-Ow.........Kee-Ow Kee Ow!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

From the Mad March Hare month!





Hello dear Fellow-Felters.........So it is March already! 

March is an appropriate title for this apparently 'Mad-March-Hare', whose had a little lacklustre performance on the Blog....My excuse....... being a way from home base too long!

Never fear dear Readers ! Do not be too downhearted as there is a lot of accumulated and exciting news from BFG..........
As you will see the Felters have been busy over the holidays [and beyond].

If you have been following our Facebook page you may also have gleaned a few new offerings.
Here are some of the members happenings ...a good start to the year of the Rooster 2017.... she crowed from the rooftop!

FEBRUARY MEETING


JANE DEMONSTRATED DORSET BUTTONS
........Just what we need to tizzy up a felted creation!
 




LATE LAST YEAR BFG INVESTED IN AN ASHFORD DRUM CARDER SO in 2017.............



Lee shows Dale how its done
Natalie blends two colours



THE GIRLS ARE WORKING VERY HARD ON OUR NEW MASCOT............

Denise and Natalie needle felt some feathers
....and Rosemary

...and Sue#2 as well!
Some of the beautiful results  
....and more






















BUT THE PEACOCK STILL REMAINED IN THIS STAE IN FEBRUARY.......


He was slowly coming along in anticipation of all those brilliant feathers!
...........and from the other side


SHOW AND TELL PRODUCED SOME EXCITING WORK FROM...........
Sue#2' - a preview to our 'Above and Below' exhibition in April
....created at the Pam MacGregor workshop in January
 

.....another teapot
   


.......and yet another teapot
 

.............a completed starfish from Colleen








MARCH MEETING

Kayleen demonstrates her Embossed Nuno felt scarf

Sue#1 and Kim observe



MORE COMPLETED WORK FOR THE 'ABOVE and BELOW' EXHIBITION..........











Diana's busy swans
Dale's vegetable exploration
Sue#2's w



      
Colleen's work



Kim's poetic offering

Sue#1 Ecosytem

Carol's humour shines through with her galahs 

Natalie's amazing nesting birds

........and another stylish teapot 
.......a split scene from Judith



......feathers are increasing in number
...and becoming more amazing


and ....DRUM ROLL.... The Peacock sans tail!...
[Could be part of the reason for the late BLOG dear friends........]
CHEERS UNTIL NEXT TIME