Monday, 25 May 2015

We were fortunate to have the very well know felter Pam de Groot show us how to dye pre-felts and use them to design and construct a felt bag in her 3 day workshop. Despite two tents being blown upside down in the storm on the first night we all really enjoyed ourselves. As the bags are finished,we will post more pictures.

Class of 2015

Margaret's bag almost finished, just waiting for the handles.

Valerie's finished bag, awaiting the leather handles.

Kayleen's over the shoulder bag.

Sue#2's finished bag.

Colleen's shoulder bag.

Jane's bag

Maureen's bag made with Alpaca wool

Ren's bag

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Common Threads Wearable Art Competition - Showcase and Award Ceremony. 2nd May 2015

Saturday 2nd May saw the Showcase finalists garments on stage and the winners for the various categories, Kerry taking out the overall prize. 
Follow the link Common Threads Wearable Art entries to see all of the amazing entries for this years competition. All these photos were taken by the official photographer Tristan Judd on the judging day back in February.

 Icosahedron by Kerry Gelmi Weighted Untruths by Sue Smortnwaite Foundation Garment by Jacqueline Gibson
Bunbury Felting Group entries by Kerry Gelmi, Sue Smorthwaite and Jacqueline Gibson

Kerry on stage 

The Merry Month of May

Wow what a busy and exciting start to the month it has been so far....

Friday 1st May
At our monthly meeting Kim demonstrated how to make nuno felt pre-felts as illustrated in Catherine O'Leary's book. 
Kim demonstrating how to make nuno felt pre-felts

Karen showing us her amazing jacket (using the nuno felted pre-felts) that she bought from Catherine O'Leary.

May Show and Tell

Colleen's bag 

Karen and Kim's bags

Penny and Lorraine's bags

Brenda's slippers

Sue#2's hat

Ren and Jane attended a 3 day workshop with Pam de Groot and made these amazing dresses

Detail of the layers and the dyeing on the dresses

Penny's wonderful chalk artwork on the boards at the Stirling Street Arts Centre

Saturday 2nd May
Was the Final Showcase event for the Common Threads Wearable Art Competition in Mandurah. CONGRATULATIONS go to Kerry for winning the overall show prize with her garment Icosahedron.

Kerry and Sue#2 with Jackie's model on stage after the show and Sue#2's garment on stage. (images for Icosahedron and sue's garment on stage are from the STRETCH official facebook site)

The garments are now on exhibition at CASM, Ormsby Tce. Manudrah along with other garments from the competition.

Then from Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th May, 9 of us attended a 3 day mosaic felt bag workshop with well known felt artist Pam de Groot. 
More photos of the workshop to come............

and that's just the first week of May!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Balingup Small Farm Field Day, 18th April

The Balingup Small Farm Field Day is a great venue. This year we decided to showcase chairs and accessories as our part of the fashion parade. People were again impressed with not only the quality of our work, but the versatility of felt.

We also say a huge thank you to our model Victoria Gelmi and to Aden Gelmi for taking all the photos of the fashion parade.

Lorraine did a wonderful job as compare 

Jeans stool, hat and wrap and Sue#2's chair bag and hat

Penny's chair and bag and Kerry's stool and Lorraine's wrap

 Ren's poppy chair and Kayleen's stool, bag and scarf

Colleen's chair and wrap and Sue#1's chair, cuffs and headband

Lorraine's chair

Victoria modelling  Lorraine's large pink and blue wraps and Maureen's pink scarf

Colleen's scarf and Maureen teaching two little girls how to make felt balls

Thank you to the members (and some husbands and sons) that helped out with the stall during the day and for contributing to the fashion parade.