Sunday afternoons spent crafting, drinking tea, nibbling on a cheese platter and sheltering from the rain are just IDYLLIC, and this month’s Crafternoon was no different.
This month we welcomed back Russian felt artist, Lucy Stocks, for a second felting workshop, this time taking our skills a step further and creating a pouch. We learnt how to combine fibres, layers colours and adding design elements like initials and shapes, using a resist technique to stop two sides of an item from sticking together, and adding buttons, felt balls and loops to fasten.
Lucy also showed us examples of nunofelting (where you felt onto a thin fabric like a scarf), wearable felt items like slippers and hats, and some of the amazing structural pieces she had created from all types of fibres and wool. Lucy is so passionate about felting, she told us that sometimes she can’t sleep for thinking about the things she wants to make! It was awesome to welcome back such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor for our workshop.
Our gaggle of lovely ladies were a really wonderful bunch, everyone was encouraging and helping each other, sharing cups of tea and nibbles, and I think everyone was quite impressed with what they produced. There were some lovely details and colour combinations. Our youngest participant even created a flower from a neat trick marbling felt together in a cord then snipping it to create swirled coloured beads- thanks for the tip Lucy!
It was divine to be nestled into a room being creative on a Sunday afternoon while the weather poured outside, and we can’t wait for another cosy afternoon in July for our Mixed Media Collage Crafternoon!
This time we’ll be at the base of the Grampians in Dunkeld in the lovely Off The Rails Gallery, surrounded by paint, paper, inspiring artworks and lovely humans, headed up by Artist, Alyshia Bensch. You can discover more about it on the blog post, and stay tuned on the Facebook event for more snippets of Alyshia’s work!