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Anita Larkin Workshop: Nature's Forms

Posted by Sarah Louise Ricketts, Thursday, 7th April 2016 @ 6:19pm

  • Join the fabulous Anita Larkin to look at the intricate and beautiful shapes to be found within natural objects. 

    A shell, a seedpod, or an image of a microscopic life form, can all be infinitely inspiring when you are make felted sculptural forms. Students are asked to bring as inspiration a shape that is found in nature. Anita will discuss approaches with you and help you learn various strategies for making those shapes in felt. Among the skills learned would be how to work with many resists at once, inserting resist pockets in the body of a felt, using thick pre-felts, felting around wire, and felting without resists by modeling directly in the hand. 

    Be inspired by the possibilities of shapes able to be made in felt.

    Early Bird to April 23/VFI members' discount $265
    After April 23/non VFI members $295

    Workshop on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 & 15, 9.30-4.30, at the Hartwell Church of Christ.  Be quick! Only 10 places and 5 have already been taken.

    For registration form:

    Note: This is a FELT|WEAR|ABLE presentation, not a VFI Workshop.
    FELT|WEAR|ABLE Workshops
    are convened by Jan Everett & Sarah Louise Ricketts.

Learn to Make Felt with Phyllis Hoffman

  • Saturday, 7th May 2016 at 9:30am - 4pm
    Location: North Ringwood Community House 35-39 Tortice Drive, Ringwood North

    Using fine Australian Merino wool tops you will complete a beautiful felted scarf in this…

Come and Felt Workshops with PHYLLIS HOFFMAN

  • Saturday, 19th March 2016 at 9:30am - 4pm
    Location: Bennettswood Neighbourhood House 7 Greenwood Street, Burwood Victoria

    Join a group of Felters from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. 

    Dates are set for each…

Phyllis Hoffman Workshops Expression of Interest

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Saturday, 20th February 2016 @ 9:24am

  • Expression of Interest

    If you are interested in attending a workshop on either or both of the following please call Phyllis Hoffman 0430 542 874

    Venue will be in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne unless there are sufficient numbers to make the workshops viable elsewhere. Dates will be set for the second semester of the Victorian School Calendar.

    Felted Lace with Pencil Roving (2 days)

    On the first day participants learn about pencil roving, using cheeses of pencil roving as well as how to make their own from regular wool roving. They will learn how to use it in a variety of ways including together with silk fabric. The end result can be a sampler scarf or a batch of samples of techniques.

    Based on the techniques from day one students will design and create a scarf or wrap using one or more of the techniques that they favoured or would like to explore further.

    Re-Fashion your Felt into Something Sensational (2 days)

    Bring all those outdated felted garments, ones that you love but no longer fit, or bring the scarves that you no longer wear or that piece of felt that you love but don’t know what to do with.

    In this workshop we will re-fashion those pieces of felt into something sensational for you to wear. By cutting them up and adding some knitting, crochet, hand and/or machine stitching and embroidery they will become your favourite garment again.


May Felting Frenzy

  • Saturday, 21st May 2016 at 9:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: Hartwell Church of Christ

    Hello Victorian Felt Makers

    Come and join our Felt Frenzy 
    BYO Lunch and all…

    • 7 people attended

March Felt Frenzy

  • Saturday, 19th March 2016 at 9:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: Hartwell Church of Christ 248 Highfield Rd Hartwell

    Hello Victorian Felt Makers 

    Our VFI year has begun ! Welcome to another year of…

February VFI General Meeting

  • Saturday, 20th February 2016 at 10am - 3:30pm
    Location: Hartwell Church of Christ Hall, 246 Highfield Rd, Hartwell 3124

    First social gathering of 2016 and shops open at 10:00 am. The General Meeting commences at…

3 D Boa and Collars with Dagmar Binder

  • Friday, 26th February 2016 at 9:30am - 4:30pm Sunday, 28th February
    Location: Hartwell Church of Christ Hall, 246 Highfield Road, Hartwell, Melbourne 3124


Lost Trades Fair

  • Saturday, 12th March 2016 at 10am - 4pm Sunday, 13th March
    Location: Kyneton Racecourse

VFI Camp Jungai Felting Retreat May 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th 2016

  • Friday, 13th May 2016 at 3pm - 1pm Monday, 16th May
    Location: 475 Rubicon Road Thornton

    This felting retreat is in a beautiful bush land setting with comfy areas to sit and…

WAFTA Juried Exhibition

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 3rd January 2016 @ 8:08am

  • To celebrate the first twenty-one years, WAFTA (West Australian Fibre and Textile Association) is inviting textile artists to submit entries for their juried exhibition to be held in June and July 2016

    Entries should explore and celebrate the emotionally evocative, tactile, sculptural and sensory qualities of fibre and textiles in the 21st Century. Entries close March 1st

    Entrants will be asked to push their practice to expand their engagement with the medium. The exhibition ‘twentyONE+’ will be held at: Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA from 17th June to 7th July 2016. 

    Online entries open 1st January, and close on 1st March. Entrants should submit photos of the completed work with the entry. 

    For full details of the conditions of entry see

    NOTE: WAFTA wants everyone’s work to be seen, so will be holding a ‘Salon de Refuses’ – a second exhibition – so all pieces entered will be exhibited. The ‘Salon de Refuses’ will be held in August 2016.

Timeless Textiles 'Brooching the Subject ' Competition

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 3rd January 2016 @ 8:04am

  • Fibre artists are invited to enter a “brooch” into ‘Brooching the Subject’ exhibition @ Timeless Textiles Gallery in July 2016. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded. 

    Entries close February 26th 2016

    Entry conditions: Artists can submit a brooch to be worn (approx. 15x15cm) or a wall brooch (approx. 50x50 cm). Limit of two entries/ person. Brooches need to be made using a fibre material or a fibre art technique. 

    For an Entry Form outlining all conditions, please contact or 0408483913.

Petite Miniature Textiles – Biennial Exhibition - Wangaratta Art Gallery

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Friday, 25th December 2015 @ 7:39am

  • Time to start thinking creative about 2016 - a year for textiles.

    The fifth biennial Petite – Miniature Textiles exhibition goes from strength to strength, with artists from around the country participating in this project, displaying contemporary textiles that are no larger than 30x30x30cm.

    Techniques and themes exploring everything from the joy of pure colour, texture and decoration, through to more serious contemplation on environmental and social issues and elements that propel textiles into the realm of art.

    Submissions must be received by 5pm Friday 18 March 2016. Email submissions WILL be accepted.

    More information

Felt Frenzy

  • Saturday, 16th January 2016 at 9:30am - 3:30pm
    Location: Hartwell Church Hall Milverton Rd Hartwell

    Seasons Greetings to all Victorian Feltmakers

    The first Felt Frenzy for 2016 will…

Solo Exhibition- Natural Progression- by Diane Mattiske

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 25th October 2015 @ 5:24pm

  • Please join Diane, a member of the Victorian Feltmakers for the Natural Progression Exhibition.

    12-25 November 2015

    Where: Chapel on Station Gallery, crn Station St and Ellingsworth Pde, Box Hill 3218 

    Hours: Tues- Fri 11.30am- 3pm; Sat 1- 4pm; Sun 4.30-7pm

    Contact Gallery:
    03 98905810

    Opening Night: Thursday 12 November 6-8pm

    Artist Talk: Sunday 22 November 4.30pm-7pm



Expression of Interest in the VFI's 20th Birthday Book

  • Saturday, 14th November 2015 at 12am - 12am
    Location: In cyberspace on Paypal, most likely

    This year, the VFI will produce its first published book - to celebrate its 20th…

2016 Wool Competitions

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Thursday, 22nd October 2015 @ 9:02am

FeltWearAble Workshops - Fiona Duthie

Posted by Jan Everett, Sunday, 13th September 2015 @ 6:10pm

  • There are still a couple of places left in the Felt Damask workshop being run by FeltWearAble Workshops with Fiona Duthie the tutor. 

    Felt Damask explores developing a sophisticated, overall surface design pattern on our felt using different inclusion materials for emphasis. You will create highly wearable art pieces that are elegant and timeless and utterly unique. Materials for inclusion, motif and stencil patterning will be covered, as each participant develops their own repeating design pattern. A tunic, caplet or vest can be made in this workshop. 

    Saturday 7th November 1pm - 5pm, Sunday 8th November 9pm - 5pm.

    Cost $195 Location Hartwell, Melbourne.

    Contact for more information


Gotland Wool For sale

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 23rd August 2015 @ 3:19pm

  • Cheryl Crosbie of Granite Haven Llamas will be at the Melbourne Show on 19, 20 and 21st of September and Cranbourne Black and Coloured Wool Show on 27th September.

    Cheryl will be having Open Days for purchase of gotland fleece on 7th & 8th of November or by appointment.

    Address: 1730 Harrys Creek Road Marraweeney 3669 

    Phone: 0357908677 


20 Years of the Victorian Feltmakers - Open Day

  • Saturday, 24th October 2015 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067 - The Linen Room

    Entry is free

    Fabulous felt, fun, friendship and fashion typify the Victorian…

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