Whisper Project from Region 18 – Canada
International Feltmakers Association
by Yulia Royzrakh
1M ago
The Whisper Project begins with a group of photographs, one for each chain of five or six members. The first person in the chain creates felt inspired by the photo. They then photograph their piece and send it to the next in the chain. This image inspires the next felt art and so it goes through the chain. Nothing but the photograph is sent. No previous work or the original photo is shared until the end when PDF is revealed at the zoom party. All participants were surprised and delighted to see the results! This project could be launched with any regional group. It is virtual so it can easily ..read more
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PHOTOGRAPHY ARTICLES from Felt Matters Archives
International Feltmakers Association
by Yulia Royzrakh
1M ago
The Felt Matters Archives, curated by the International Felting Association, features a series of articles centered around the theme “How to Photograph Your Work.” This intriguing topic has inspired our latest blog post, particularly relevant for those looking to enhance the publish ability of their work when submitting photos for our upcoming Online Exhibition. Our inaugural post in this series delves into a photography article penned by our chair, Mandy Nash, originally published in FM149 in December 2022. EDITING YOUR IMAGES WE ALL THINK WE ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS NOW WE HAVE INSTANT ACCESS TO T ..read more
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Video of the IFA 2023 swap photos
International Feltmakers Association
by Henny van Tussenbroek
3M ago
Curious about the results of the IFA 2023 felt swap? Good news, the video with over 100 photos of felt brooches is ready for viewing. If you are a member, log in and find the video in the members’ section under “Felt Swap”. Not an IFA member (yet) but interested? Then check it out on the Instagram account “Internationalfeltmakers”. Have fun watching! Henny Article by Henny van Tussenbroek International Officer The post Video of the IFA 2023 swap photos appeared first on International Feltmakers Association ..read more
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Creating yellow colour for the jacket.
International Feltmakers Association
by Nadja Rein
6M ago
Don’t you just love the warmth of yellow colour?! To me this is like the colour of sunshine, and I simply love it. Then again I have never met a bland colour in nature. They are full of different hues, which create the richness we love so much. Today I would like to talk about my approach to ‘mixology‘ and creation of intricate colours with depth and highlights. And to do this I will use one of my recent creations, the yellow jacket, as an example I wanted to create a jacket with a rather subtle decor. So playing with colours was the obvious choice for me. First I think of which wool to use. I ..read more
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IFA FELT SWAP 2023
International Feltmakers Association
by Communications Officer
9M ago
Felt connects, let’s swap again! The fourth IFA felt swap is organized for 2023. In all of the previous times more than 100 IFA members have participated, which is a great result. I hope for many participants this time as well. After all, swapping your felt work is a fun way to connect with another IFA member. Following Light, Weave and Structure, the theme of this year’s felt swap is BROOCH. When making a brooch, you can use many techniques. Wet felting, dry felting and all kinds of ways to make your felt exciting. The size of the brooch is up to you. Whether you are a beginner or more exper ..read more
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Wool is not an allergen and does not have to irritate skin
International Feltmakers Association
by Cathryn Fritz-Jung
9M ago
While at a fiber fest recently I had someone stop by at my booth claiming she was allergic to wool. Although the belief that wool can cause allergic reactions has been proven not to be true, many people still hold on to the belief that can. She then suggested that it possibly she didn’t have an allergy but rather skin irritation whenever she wore wool. Skin irritation due to wool is a frequent occurrence when wearables are made from wool that is too coarse for wearables. You see, it is not the “scales” on wool that cause skin irritation but rather the girth of the fiber is to blame. I suggest ..read more
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Effects of pH on Felting of Superfine Merino Wool
International Feltmakers Association
by Communications Officer
10M ago
The article “Effects of pH on Felting of Superfine Merino Wool” written by Nancy Ballesteros from Australia has been used as part of a feature written for Felt Matters June 2023 issue. It is something which I believe will be of interest to many of our members…. We all know that felting requires agitation, lubrication (soap), water, and heat. The article focuses on the effect of lubricant on Superfine Merino felting. Soap allows water to penetrate wool, swelling cuticle scales and making fibers more elastic. A soap’s pH influences felting rate by changing elastic properties of ..read more
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European Felt Days 14th  – 16th April in Felletin, France
International Feltmakers Association
by Communications Officer
11M ago
From the 14th to the 16th of April, the picturesque town of Felletin in France played host to the 7th European Felt Days, an event dedicated to the art of felting. As a feltmaker, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend this event after four long years. Felletin is located near Aubusson, renowned for its tapestries that have been declared as “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. The event was filled with exciting activities such as the Défilé and Feutre de Scene exhibition at the grand Gothic church of Notre-Dame-du-Château and the Salon des Createurs. Masterclasses ..read more
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Second countries representative in region 17
International Feltmakers Association
by catherine
11M ago
I am pleased to let you know, region Australia, New Zealand & Asia has a second countries representative. Next to Wendy, Soosie will represent the IFA in this region. They will send newsletters and organise zoom meetings for the members together, which is great news. I wish them both success and a lot of fun. Article by Henny van Tussenbroek International Officer The post Second countries representative in region 17 appeared first on International Feltmakers Association ..read more
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My favourite Embroidery Stitches Book | Annemie Koenen
International Feltmakers Association
by Annemie Koenen
1y ago
Dutch feltmaker, Annemie Koenen, has developed this complete course of hand embroidery on felt which she delivers online every year from September to early December. The course is for anyone who wants to build up their embroidery skills from scratch and/or wants to delve deeper into the matter. The parts can be followed independently of each other. Beginners start with part 1. Advanced students can enter part 2 or 3. As the course is repeated annually, you can follow the next part another year. Part 1: 10 lessons Part 2: 7 lessons Part 3: 7 Lessons Participants can obtain a participation certi ..read more
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