Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Friday 2nd of December.

As it is our Christmas function it is the only meeting of the year that is restricted to members only.

If you would like to see what the Bunbury Felting Group is all about then consider coming to see us at our first meeting for 2012 on Friday 3rd February 9.30am - 3.00pm at the Stirling Street Arts Centre, Corner Charles and Stirling Streets, Bunbury, WA.

Mystic Icon by Sue Seaman

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Alpaca Designer M Foss
Following yesterdays story of life on the farm,  congratulations to Maureen on a 1st Prize in the Brunswick Show with this beautiful nuno vest. 

Yes, it's alpaca of course!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Convergence - Drama in the Classroom - Life and Death with Alpacas

Were you in Maureen Foss' tutorial on "Successful Felting with Alpaca"?   

Maureen was in full flow explaining the intricacy of including alpaca in your work when her phone rang.  It was her family letting her know that there was an alpaca emergency back on her farm - one of her lovely alpacas had gone into labour prematurely and there were difficulties with the birth.

Maureen had to leave immediately (leaving Kerry to improvise and finish the tutorial) and drive home to take charge.  Unfortunately the baby did not survive.

Worse still, the mother's health declined after the birth and she lost weight dramatically.  A visit to the vet was arranged and mommy alpaca secured on the back of the trailer.  She seemed fine but between arriving at the vets and the trailer being parked she died.  The autopsy showed that the poor alpaca had a huge tumour in her abdominal cavity.

But there is a happy ending to this sad story.

Another of Maureen's alpacas has given birth.

Photo - Shane Foss
This is their new baby Carmen with her mum Chelsea. 

Carmen is Chelsea's second baby or we should say "cria" which is the correct term for a baby alpaca.

Maureen says "it's great to have another girl to add to our breeding herd, the second for this year, plus two boys so far.  We had a run of 12 boys in a row prior to this".

Photo - Shane Foss
If you want to include alpaca in your felting work you can purchase high quality product from Maureen's farm  - Rock View Alpacas. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Felt on Sale This Sunday

Visit our stall at the Stirling Street Arts Centre's Christmas Craft Fare

When:Sunday 27th November

Time: 10.00am - 3.00pm

Where: Stirling Street Arts Centre
Cnr Charles and Stirling Streets
Bunbury WA

We'll also be giving demonstrations of felt making.

Come along and join us for the day.

This is Stirling Street Arts Centre's BIG open day and craft fare.  There will be stalls galore,  music and entertainment, sausage sizzle, refreshments and lots , lots more. 
Free entry and parking.

See you there.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Hermes and the Seamless Felt Jacket

We love seeing what's happening in the high end of fashion and regularly read the fashion glossy magazines to enjoy the amazing creations of the European Designers.

We were rather amused to read in W magazine that French fashion house Hermes has discovered the unique qualities of felt garments and has created a seamless felt jacket as part of their autumn/winter 2011 ready to wear collection.

A Mongolian Felted Cashmere Jacket from the Hermes Autumn/Winter 2011 Ready to Wear Collection
 Hermes' new designer Christophe Lemair was amazed at the 3 dimensional qualities of felt  - no seams no darts.  Of course we can't help feeling a little superior having been designing seamless felt  jackets for years but are thrilled with Hermes discovering it. 

Read the full W magazine article here .

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A Convergence is Announced

Big news!!

The Illawarra Feltmakers have announced the dates of the 12th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence in New South Wales. 

Click here to get to their blog and read all about it.

Image from

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

More November Show and Talk

Another piece influenced by tutors at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence is this scarf by Lois O'Brien. 
Designer L O'Brien
Lois attended Karen Workman's "Amazing Scarves" tutorial and smartly made one to try out some of the techniques which is really the best way of recording the tutors information.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

More November Show and Talk

Here's some more felt creations; this time influenced by the talented felt sculptor Anita Larkin who was one of our super tutors at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence.

Designer V Hornibrook
Val made the rings following Anita's group lecture on her dry felting method and the bag at Anita's "Unique Felted Bag" workshop. 

As you can see the front pockets mean your keys and phone will always be easy to find.

We love the knot detail on the bags strap -

Strap Detail
 The three pieces look great worn together as you can see here -

Bag/Ring designer V Hornibrook
Anita Larkin belongs to the Illawarra Feltmakers group and they will be responsible for running the 12th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence in 2013.  Keep looking in on them here for news on that not to be missed felting event.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

More November Show and Talk

October was  the month for a feast of textiles across Australia with TAFTA holding their Geelong  Forum.

Jane was lucky enough to attend and made this stunning vest -
Designer J Patterson

Designer J Patterson

A base of felt bat with silk border and plenty of surface decoration.


Edge Detail



Monday, 7 November 2011

November Meeting Show and Talk

Kim arrived at the November meeting looking particularly gorgeous.  We all wanted to know about the stunning silk nuno top she was wearing.

Turns out it was a Convergence inspired piece.  She had gone to the "Seamless Garments for Hot Climates" tutorial given by Sally-Anne Hall of the Spirited Hands Studio.

Sally-Anne and her mother Susan Thompson know all about hot climates as they live in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson,  Arizona  which sounds pretty hot to even us West Australians.

The wool has been placed on the inside as you can see above.  The gorgeous silk purchased from Treetops Colour Harmonies in the Convergence Traders Hall.

If you want to learn more about these techniques make sure that you are at our February meeting  - 9.30am Friday 3rd Stirling Street Arts Centre.

See you then.