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March was all about pushing the boundaries of nuno felt and initial experiments display great success with this technique. Martina, Carol and Bronwyn led an informative and inspiring tutorial with their fantastic samples and individual ‘on the spot’ tutoring. Thank you all.

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Carol’s beautiful sample shawl

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Samples including felting onto orange bag

Carol has used her own alpaca fibres in many of her samples, and displayed much creative variety in all her displayed nuno felt.

We were all impressed with Martina’s exploration of nuno felting roses:

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Roses nuno felted onto fine white silk

And Pauline was on the ball as usual with a gorgeous finished sample:

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We had a flock of birds joining us in preparation for our contribution to the Artisans of Geelong Exhibition in April. Kerrie presented some options for making 3D birds in our first meeting for 2017 in February and the members have responded with gusto- they are beautiful.

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Some of the birds flocking together

And Gillian’s in progress:

Bird in progress

Our next 2nd Saturday meeting will be a Stitch & Share, perhaps of any intentions for your yearly project leading to our solo GeeTAG exhibition in 2018. If there are any suggestions for the 5th Saturday at Shearer’s Arms in April please email. Ditto with any finished samples of nuno felt and they can be added to the blog.

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There was an abundance of beautiful work on show from our productive members at our May meeting.

First up was Pauline with an explanation and great examples of Faux leather. This fitted in beautifully with our theme of recycling for our May postcards with the possible re-use of all those brown paper bags.

Faux leather box

Faux leather

Our other topic for discussion was felting. This arose from the tendency for people to gift me their accidently felted woollens for recycling. There were some lovely examples of needle felting and wet felting.

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A dressed Scallywag:

Skallywag - Benny is my name

Nuno felt patchwork

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Now onto the finished and in-progress pieces on display.

Firstly the April postcards where the theme was ‘Dancing the night away’ and ‘bling, bling, bling’.

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Dance of the 7 veils

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We had some icons appearing for March:

Cat icon

Bowie icon

We had book pages and covers from Jill:

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DNA Book 1

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Book 2

We even had a finished May postcard using recycled materials:

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Many of our members were inspired after the Velma Bolyard workshop and went home to spin paper and make more shifu:

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Wow, you are a talented bunch.

Next meeting is June with our 15 minutes of fame spot with Robyn and a theme of ‘Out of Africa’- sure to bring out the wild side!

 

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Our recent September meeting was named ‘Felted and shaken’ and we started with the eating of kinder surprise chocolates so as to use the small plastic containers for the shaking and felting of our wool tops into felt balls. As is the way with our group all manner of items were displayed, shaken and felted as an offshoot. It is wonderful how you get together with a group of like-minded people and the inspiration and ideas just flow! We were rolling, shaking jars with beads, shaking pavlova containers, and displaying some beautiful felted and nuno felted items.

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In process

Felted balls

Felted balls

We also had a go at starting nuno felting which was a long process not quite finished in the session, so if anyone has any photos of their finished product please email through and I will add to the blog post.

Nuno felting

Nuno felting

We looked at some examples of nuno and other felting some members had finished previously:

Felting prepared earlier!

Felting prepared earlier!

Other show and tell included a bollard in progress for our exhibition in October utilising all the hand stitches we have covered this year:

Bollard in progress

Bollard in progress

And some work Jill completed for the class with Kerrie and Jenny:

3D structures

3D structures

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For those at the meeting this is the finished sample of marble effect felting on cotton muslin:

Felting on muslin

Felting on muslin

And many of our GeeTAG members will know Shirley who’s exhibition is on in Queenscliff until September 30. Here is a picture I snapped today with her latest piece based on her brother shearing at the family farm:

ShirleyNext meeting in October is needlefelting.

 

 

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Many meandering books made their appearance at the March meeting, and each one was beautifully different.

Meandering books

 

 

Gillian brought along a couple more variations of the meandering book including a triangular shaped one:

Gillian's meandering further

Our 2014 projects for GeeTAG will culminate in a book of samples. Today we looked at making silk and felt pages for our books.

We firstly meandered on to a demo of silk paper making with a quick show and explanation of the different types of silk fibres and products.

Silk Paper with textile medium

 

Next Bronwyn showed some wonderful samples of her felting followed by a quick demo of the felting process.

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We were intrigued with the method for felting the beads into the page and nice beret modelling Beryl!

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This cool suction tool was for wetting down the fibres:

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Kerrie was a magnificent model also and demo-ed needle felting as another possible technique for making pages:

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Jill brought some wonderful show and tell:

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Hope you all have fun trying out some of these techniques and stitching on your pages.

Next month Pauleen and Pauline will be leading us in encrusting calico, look for the email with materials needed.

Encrusted calico

 

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Members were stitching all manner of arty pieces this month at our ‘catch up’ session.

Some lovely felting from last month:

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Shirley’s quilt for the ‘Alice in Threadland’ challenge at our upcoming exhibition:

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At our exhibition we have a great gift shop. Here are some items our group have been making to sell for the Guild:

bags

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Some of our members attended a fun day with the Trolly Dolly’s:

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And finally some fantastic etched metal books made by some of our members at a workshop with Jen Crossley

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Metal etched book 1

Our October meeting will be “Colouring Cloth”, watch out for the emails.

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Great results from the meeting this week with everybody having a go at felting vessels. It is extraordinary how many different forms were made from the one activity. 

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Excellent tutoring girls!

Shirley brought along her quilt from Ballarat Fibre Arts:

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confetti quilt 1

 

And Pauleen has been making some creatively coloured fabric (while on her winter visit north). These include rubbings and overprinting. Lovely colours Pauleen.

beautiful fabrics

 

It was a very busy meeting this month as we also played host to the travelling suitcase ‘Amina’ from ATASDA.

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TS5Great opportunity to see such a wide variety of textile works close up.

September’s meeting will be our bring, stitch and sew month. Don’t forget to bring those ATC’s for our display at our biannual exhibition and any extra items for the gift shop.

 

 

 

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Pauleen has been very busy while on her winter sojourn:

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Book cover, felted bowl (our August project), tea cosy for charity and knitted doll.

 

Pauleen beanieBeanie and doll(closer view)

Beautiful, thanks Pauleen.

 

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