Hi Everone I have been away over the last week to Hydeaway Bay in Queensland - what a beautiful place!
The students produced stunning work and I really hope they continue on their own felting adventure.
Here are some pics taken over the week.
We did 2 days of Patchwork felt where a study of colour of pattern was covered. Then we embarked of seamless felt and finally nuno where the scarves were just magic!
A few shots taken on early morning walks. A great way to start the day. I hope to live by a beach one day.
Have a happy week
Lots of Love
Well bookings are rolling in which is wonderful - with some classes nearly booked out - so thankyou!
Here are my new SQUARE HEADS! I just love painting them. It started as an exercise to stop doing the pretty girly face that I have been doing for years. Giving myself licesnse to use all the colours was the best thing because now I have plenty of reason to trial every colour combination instead of adhering to the traditional flesh tones.
Some are available now - ready to hang or applique to a bag or ipad cover or turn into a little purse or frame www.frostfair.etsy.com
What are you giving yourself licesnse to do in your creative endeavours?
certainly here - it's time to get felting!
Well it has been a really busy time since the last update! I have
been teaching a great deal which is my absolute delight as you know. A
new felt installation at Livingstone Primary School here in Melbourne
has been received by the community with delight.
Over the last few months I have been teaching away a great deal - the
poor studio is in a bad state and looks like a packing room not a place
to have fun in! I was lucky enough to teach at the Felt Retreat in
Ballarat for a week as well as workshops in Yeppoon, Bendigo, Drysdale,
Yarragon and in 2 weeks I will be back up to Queensland to the
Whitsundays. Can this really be a job?
Here at home in the studio, I will be teaching the
following classes over the next few months.
Beginners Felt If you are ready to dip your toe in the wool then don't
hesitate! Making felt is a very satisfying pursuit and the results are
Nuno Felting Techniques. This class will enable you
to learn several methods for creating beautiful scarves rather than
just one. It will run for 2 weeks. In Week 1
four methods will be covered where a sample of each will be
achieved. In Week 2 you
can select one of these to make a full size scarf.
continues to be so popular it is amazing how many breeds have evolved!
A 2 week class with plenty of scope for designing your own feathered
- This is a great class where I will be teaching the seamless technique
to create some stunning vessels. You may decide to create a bag,
vessel or other creature instead!
Fantastic Figures - I always love creating images of
the figure. This is a canvas and felt class where we make flat
character dolls for the wall. Loads of fun and always surprising!
ever cheerful Monsters will
also be on the agenda. You can't have too many in my opinion!
A new class Patchwork Felt. This
class is a series of 4 workshops. Understanding colour and pattern will
be the prime focus and how to achieve a stunning piece of wall art will
be our goal. Perfect for the beginner or more advances student. For two
weeks we will create a variety of patterned felts. By week 3 we will
arrange and piece them all together so they are ready to be felted in
Week 4. These pieces are quite large so class size will be limited to 3
Felt Folio 1 must surely be my most popular class. Now into its' 12th
year (golly!) it runs for 5 weeks with a new felting technique each
week. Felto Folios 2 and 3 can also be scheduled after number 1 has
LISTED BELOW ARE THE DATES
Collage Birds 12th and
19th (2 week class)
Beginners Felt: 14th
20th and 27th (2 week class)
Welcome to the New Year! I hope everyone has recovered
from this most unusual weather over the last few weeks and that all your
loved ones are safe and well.
I hope you are all ready to plunge into a wonderful year
of feltmaking. If you haven't started yet, then I hope this is your year
to have a go!
For all those new students that have enrolled over the
last few months, it has been a real delight to welcome you to the studio!
I look forward to seeing you again when you are ready for another
This is shaping up to be a very busy year for me, with a
lot of work away interstate as well as some exciting school jobs. So lots
more colourful woolly gorgeousness on the way! I have listed quite a few dates below for classes I will
be doing over the next couple of months before things get too
If you would like to learn a feltmaking technique that
is not listed, please do not hesitate to ask me and we will sort a date
out for you. If you have a few friends and would like to come as a group,
just let me know and we can find a day for you to come together.
I will be doing my first Felting Hen's Party in a couple of weeks - how
Whatever your creative endeavours for 2014 I hope you will find time to
do some felting - the most magical of all textiles With love Elizabeth
onto silk or cotton can produce a beautiful featherweight felt known as
NUNO. Perfect for a more glamorous felt. ideal for wearing!
happy monsters are such fun to make. You can make them as weird and as
odd as you like! Perfect for a beginner or more experienced felter, these
stitched characters stand about 40 - 45cm high although you could make
them in any size.
Felt is a super medium for creating flowers. They are easy
to wear with an outfit or to add to a handbag and I just love a whole
bunch in a vase! Further details can be added with cords and balls
for centres and stamens.
are so many amazing ways to embroider felt! This class will cover both
hand and machine work. A perfect opportunity to study ways in which to
bring a dull felt to life with stunning detail.
Suitable for the beginner.
felt birds cover a range of techniques that will enable you create some
stunning felted friends. You can make a whole flock for a wonderful
display. Weighing in at no more than a few feathers, they make the ideal
gift to post to friends and family!
started on felting is such a wonderful journey! During this class
you will get confident handling wool and discovering all the gorgeous
fabrics and fibres that you can add to create a beautiful textured panel.
We will also cover making balls and cords.
felt looks so mystifying – unlock the secrets of its creation! It's the
perfect technique if you would like to create a bag or figure or vessel.
Suitable for the student who knows the basics of felt making.
or bowls or vases in felt utilise the seamless technique. A wonderful way
to create a unique three dimensional shape.without any stitching at
Birds - A two week class $120.00 + $22.00 for materials
Time: 10 - 1.00pm March 4th and 11th
April 2nd and 9th
Decorating Felt - $60.00 + $22.00 for materials
Time: 10 - 1.00pm March 28th
Beginners Felt - $60.00 + $22.00 for materials
Time: 10 - 1.00pm March 18th BOOKED OUT April 11th BOOKED OUT
I will run another one soon!
- $60.00 + $22.00 for materials Time: 10 - 1.00pm March 19th
Russian Dollies - A two week class
$120.00 + $22.00 for materials Time: 10 - 1.00pm March 14th and 21st April 12th and 19th
At long last a piece of work that I have been doing with a school is complete and I couldn't be happier!
It climbs the stairs from reception to the first landing on its' way to the art room and library.
It has taken a long time to complete and I felt quite shivery with the thrill of seeing it upright in position.
Naturally I have been working on it on the flat surface of the studio tables - no wonder artists paint on an easel - the perspective is entirely different.
Of course we had to add some sheep - a little person in Grade 3 said " We have to have sheep Miss Armstrong out art is made out of wool!"
Is that entirely groovy or what?
Hope your week is going really well