Friday, September 7, 2018

A lot to learn at today's felting day

 Betty Abbot showed us how to make silk paper, japanese i-cord and the various ways she adds interesting colours and textures to her felt as she makes it.  We also did our own felting and had a go at making silk paper.

Jane Dolan lost in her silk scarf selection
Betty with some of her delights
Silk paper making

Betty's felt
Betty's felt with knitting

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Betty has offered a silk paper demo a the next felting day Saturday 8th September

During the cowl collar workshop Betty Abbott shared some silk paper with her fellow felters and was surprised we didn't know much about using silk paper in felting.  Betty has offered to do at short demo at our next felting day (Saturday 8th September).  She will make up a bucket of paste and let people take a container home to do their own in the next couple of days.  One litre of paste will make at least 2x 45cm sq sheets of paper.

Betty used a lot of yarn in felt decoration/design.   She plans to bring along some of that to share so  people could see possibilities for stuff they probably already have available at home, but hadn’t thought of using.  She will also bring some fancy yarn for people to use too.   

What to bring
If possible bring along a crochet hook any size between 3 and 7 mm.

To make silk paper requirements would be a covered container to carry wallpaper paste – such as icecream or large yoghurt, a selection of silk sliver, a cheap paint brush 5-10 cm wide, half metre piece of shade cloth or insect screen – Mitre 10 Mega in Harewood Rd have two widths in stock at between $4.50 and $6.00 per metre approx which will give 2x50 cm sq or 4x50cm sq pieces, which will make 1 or 2 sheets of paper at a time, a plastic undersheet and a dozen hinged clothes pegs/bulldog clips. Insect screen is $6.11 per metre.

Betty thinks the demo/workshop will take about an hour.

TAFAN is alive and well

Update from TAFAN Committee

We are pleased to announce that the planned meeting to wind up TAFAN has been cancelled. Thank you to all the Guilds that have rallied around and nominated members to represent them. And of course, thank you to those who have volunteered their time to carry on the valuable work done by the outgoing committee. We now have a full committee and we intend to continue with renewed energy.

As the new Chairperson I would like to thank Julie, Ros, and Linda for all their wonderful work and would like to assure them that their efforts were certainly not in vain.
Your new committee is
Chair   Barbara Johns
Secretary   Julia Fomison
Treasurer   Sandra Holden

Janet Chisnall, Pat O’Donovan, Victoria Halliday, Jane Dolan, Lee Harper, Ann Bradley, Pauline Cosgrove-Haggerty, Jane Skipper, Margaret Logan and Yvonne Jordan.

The incoming committee is pleased to announce that we will be continuing with the combined exhibition at the Linwood Community Arts Centre and the Declutter Sale and will be holding both next year. If anyone has any ideas that would help make TAFAN more relevant to the Guild members please feel free to contact me.

Barbara Johns

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Exciting news - Fiona Duthie workshop in NZ

From Fiona Duthie's facebook page....

New Zealand Workshop!
I'm so excited to be heading back to Nelson, New Zealand for a workshop in April 2019!
Big Ink: Surface Design and Garment Construction
April 11-14, 2019
I'll post all the details soon. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please send me an email!

Fiona is a wonderful tutor and she makes fantastic felt items.  See

Monday, July 23, 2018

Southern Felters Exhibition

Our exhibition went up on Saturday.  Its looking great.  Its open 7 days a week, whenever Christchurch South Library is open.  Final day is Friday 10th August so make sure you get along for a look.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Southern Felters Exhibition

Come and see our SOUTHERN FELTERS exhibition at Christchurch South Library

Saturday 21 July to Friday 10 August

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fibre Creations
14th to 23rd September 2018
Canterbury Museum

The Canterbury Area branch of Creative Fibre are currently planning their exhibition at Canterbury Museum.  Members of Creative Fibre are invited to enter their fibre creations.  The deadline for entries is Friday 7th September.  If you aren't a member of Creative Fibre I urge you to join, if only for their fantasic magazine. Members should have received a copy of the conditions of entry and the entry from from Creative Fibre, Canterbury Branch.  If you haven't email