Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS to our former Group Leader Colleen Castledine on her Judges Choice win at the annual Fire, Fibre & Fine Arts at Stirling Street Art Centre. Please refer to our Facebook page for a photo of her amazing work. I am unable to post it here at the moment and shall post this well deserved winning piece of work as early as is possible. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A Cape Town Blog

After a huge 'run around' to get onto this account, here I am again with much relief. Google you are annoying at times!! As, I believe it is  in WA, cold and overcast, it is the same here, the only difference being that much needed rain is in the air on this Southern tip of Africa.......just the kind of weather for felters....Laurence is taking a short holiday back in Australia so this keeper can let you have a peek from down here, and send you BFG news and check out the Cape Town felting/textile scene for you.

The Felters were set to work at the July meeting by Jean who demonstrated her stunning double layered neckpieces.
Photos still to come..........watch this space!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

LAURENCE

                                 This is indeed an auspicious PEACOCK occasion.....
                                                          
                                                   LAURENCE is my name

                                         Has that not got a beautiful sound to it? 

Dear Natalie won the prize for coming up with my name. What a clever girl she is! Thank you, thank you Natalie! Other names were okay like  -  Percy, Percival, Bollo, Peter, Prince, Fabio, Leonardo  -  but did not suit quite as well.....I am so excited! I can hardly keep my feathers on!  

I don't really want to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak, but I have to tell, that I am named after a certain flamboyant, eccentric, celebrity designer, who appeared on our Television screens recently......He is ever so British and I can't help feel so PROUD to be associated with him. 

                                        I just know that I shall live up to his name so....

                      PEACOCK LAURENCE IS MY NAME!!


Now........
To get on with my real job of reporting all the latest news............sorry about all that, ahem...strutting & keowwing!

July has been a very busy month starting with our AGM

It was time for the old committee to step down after two years of excellent service.
At the meeting our Group Leader Colleen Castledine thanked the outgoing committee for their support and work & two years of hard work

2015 - 2017 Committee
Colleen Castledine                       Group Leader
Penny Elliott                                 Secretary
Kayleen O'Loughlin                     Treasurer
Ren Devery                                   Librarian
Jane Field                                      Buyer
Margaret Murphy
Maureen Foss


The New Committee was voted in for 2017 - 2019

Kayleen O'Loughlin                      Group Leader
Colleen Castledine                        Vice Group Leader
Dale Green                                    Secretary
Jen Thomson                                 Treasurer
Valerie Rowe                                 Librarian 
Maureen Foss & Judith Smithin   Shop Coordinators
Colleen Castledine                        Outside Tutor Workshop Coordinator

Natalie Jackson                              Stall Coordinator

There have also been a number of non committee positions nominated

Penny Elliott continues on as Facebook/Blog Administrator & Coordinator of Exhibitions.
Valerie Rowe will be the Instagram Administrator.
Lee Nash & Jean Braund are Joint Coordinators of the annual camp
Jean Braund is organiser of refreshments for monthly meetings

With all these capable people around for the next few years we can expect to continue successful and exciting times.

With a deep bow to those appointments....Congratulations to all and a big LAURENCE peck on the cheek to those lovely generous ladies.

 LAURENCE B.F.G.[Beautiful, Fine, Game-Bird]

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to our talented member Sue Smorthwaite for getting a special mention in the highly competitive Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2017, for her wonderful hare POOKA entered in Magical Worlds











Monday, 3 July 2017

Monday Musings

Being a Monday, and having been in the midst of Monday chores, as many of you no doubt have been ....BEWARE or DELIGHT......A new take on "House Cleaning"  by Andrea Graham.
She is a fascinating multi media artist but is a great Felter..........
Check out where the love of Feltmaking [& not so much, housework] can lead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btQnP9Tw75Y
Happy Felting............

Thursday, 29 June 2017

June Meeting: A 3D Panorama & Silk Paper

In June........

Sue#1 treated us to a silk paper demonstration


Colleen's showed us how, with Picture Panoramas..........


Sue#1 makes silk paper
Colleen's sideways canola fields



Close up and upright of canola fields
Trying with other colours and other attachment methods


.......An African landscape...Rhino hiding maybe behind the trees!





Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Soosie's Reef Dwellers workshop

6th and 7th May saw some amazing marine inhabitants come to life. Soosie Jobson presented 'Reef Dwellers' workshop

Soosie and sea horses
Colleen and her fish

Dale has a different fish

Jean gets some tentacles going
The beginnings of Kayleen's mermaid



.......and shows a successful result at the June meeting

Kylie makes a mermaid


Sue#2 and her tentacles
........Something fishy too Sue



Lee fixing tentacles
Sandra rolling, rolling. rolling...............
Thanks Soosie
BFG Participants with their'Reef Dwellers'
L to R: Sue#2, Jean, Kayleen, Colleen, Dale, Lee, Kylie












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 and 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.........................................

Related Poem Content Details

There's a certain Slant of light, 
Winter Afternoons –

..........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!