News and Announcements

Special Price of $70 for VFI Members

Posted by Sarah Louise Ricketts, Friday, 14th November 2014 @ 12:56pm

  • Get Your Making Mojo On!

    Doing It Right - Beginners' Feltmaking Class

    (Thursday, November 27, 10 am - 4 pm)

    Jan Everett and Sarah Louise Ricketts will be co-tutoring this class, which introduces beginners to the wonder of making all manner of desirable things in felt.  Abbotsford Convent itself gives the opportunity for a very special day, in which you can take in great surrounds and enjoy fantastic food and coffee, whilst learning the basic of feltmaking.

    Just for members of the VFI, the normal $90 fee is discounted to $70.

    Interested? Send an email to and ask for a registration form.

Fibres West 2015

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Tuesday, 11th November 2014 @ 9:45am

REMINDER- Open Day - Gotland Sheep and Fibre

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Tuesday, 11th November 2014 @ 9:39am

  • See and buy Gotland fleece

    Date: Wednesday 12/11/2014

    Address: 1730 Harrys Creek Road Marraweeney 3669

    Phone: 03 57908677

    Please contact me before hand if you wish.
    I'm 20 minutes out of Euroa and 2.30 hours from central Melbourne.

    Cheryl Crosbie

Learn to Felt

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Tuesday, 21st October 2014 @ 1:51pm

  • There is a beginners felting workshop "Felt With Attitude" being run by Feltwearable Workshops

    on November 27th Thursday at Abbotsford Convent, Collingwood. 

    Two lovely tutors Sarah Louise Ricketts and Jan Everett, all materials supplied, cost $90 with a discount to members of Victorian Feltmakers. 

    For more details email or phone Jan 0411 468 819

NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 14th September 2014 @ 2:32pm

  • CRAFT (formerly Craft Victoria) has launched NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market for the first Sunday of every month to showcase some of Victoria's best craft with “unprecedented access to trade and promotion of fine craft.” Queen Victoria Market is at the corner of Peel and Victoria Streets, Melbourne. Trading for Craft is open 9am-4pm.

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Artist in Residence Program Opportunity

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 14th September 2014 @ 2:25pm

  • TACTILE ARTS (formerly Territory Craft, located in Darwin) introduced an Artist in Residence program in the early 1980s.

    “Located just 5 minutes from the centre of Darwin in the parklands of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, our Gallery and studios look out across the aquamarine waters of Fannie Bay to the Beagle Gulf and are often visited by goannas, frilled neck lizards and birds of prey (all friendly of course!). The aim of our Artist in Residence program is to support an artist or artisan at any skill level and at any stage of their career to develop their practice through research, exploration and experimentation. The Artist in Residence will have access to a dedicated studio space for up to 6 months and the use of available equipment to enable them to work on their craft. The Artist in Residence will be given use of our gallery space to hold a solo exhibition of new work created during the residency. There will be opportunities to deliver public workshops based on current practice. This is a studio residency. We do not provide living accommodation but maybe able to assist you to find. Tactile Arts grants $500 towards exhibition expenses and any workshop tutoring will be paid. Past Residencies have included artists working in a variety of fields such as textiles, painting, collage, glass, photography, print making, sculpture and ceramics.” 

    Contact Danielle Cullen, Exhibition Coordinator on (08)8981 6615 or for further information.

Congratulations Dr. Martien Van Zuilen

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Sunday, 14th September 2014 @ 1:59pm

Felt United Day

  • Saturday, 4th October 2014 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: Abbotsford Convent in Collingwood

    As the theme for Felt United day this year is Peace we are going to have a little project for…

    • 5 people attended

FELTernative 2014 - Closes on Sunday 17th August

  • Saturday, 19th July 2014 at TBD
    Location: MEMO Gallery, Memorial Hall, 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville.

    FELTernative 2014 at MEMO Gallery.

     The VFI’s Member Exhibition, FELTernative 2014…

Australian Sheep and Wool Show

  • Friday, 18th July 2014 at 9am - 4:30pm Sunday, 20th July
    Location: Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo Victoria

    This is THE weekend for fibre lovers!

    The Australian Sheep and Wool Show is on at…

Australian Sheep and Wool Show

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Thursday, 17th July 2014 @ 9:24am

  • Dates: 18- 20 July 2014

    Location:  Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo Victoria  

    Since 1877, the Sheep Show has been showcasing Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers and now attracts thousands of fans of woollen fashion, food and fibre.

    You can view fine woollen designs at the Australian Wool Innovation fashion parades, see ‘wearable art’ and other amazing entries from top Woolcraft competitors.

    Getting there: Sheep Show bus meets V Line melbourne inbound trains daily in morning and shuttle to showgrounds for $2.00 Gold Coin donation and returns in afternoon to meet V Line Melbourne bound trains

    See you there at the VFI stall

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CrossXpollination, Colac

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Tuesday, 27th May 2014 @ 5:12pm

  • CrossXpollinatioN 2014 - Love, Loss & What I Wore

    Last year we had an “Oh Wow!” reaction to the theatre-lit exhibition in our enormous Civic Hall – a quirky mix of farmer’s armour, floating art garments, evocative quilts and more. This year our Civic Hall will again host a collection of exhibitions including works by Catherine O’Leary, Dijanne Cevaal and Ilka White, wearable art around the theme “Love, Loss & What I Wore” and a touching and beautiful installation. Other activities include: • A program of inventive workshops by great tutors. • “Love, Loss & What I Wore”, wearable art exhibition at Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre 28 June – 13 July 2014. • “Made with Love”, exhibition of textile and fibre works of excellence at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, 28 June – 13 July 2014 (10-5 weekends only). • Artist talks and networking suppers at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, 5 and 12 July. • WAM Wearable Art Market in the foyer of Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre 28 June 2014 • Plus loads more… Check for updates, more information or book workshops at Call us on 52329418.

    Kind Regards, Carole Redlich For the CrossXpollination team

27th Annual Strong Wool Sheep and Wool Fair to be held 4 May 2014

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Friday, 14th March 2014 @ 10:10am

  • The Strong Wool Breeders Association Inc. have included a Woolcraft Feature in their annual fair.

    The Feature includes:

    • An item in pure wool
    • An article in pure wool
    • A scarf in pure wool

    Entry forms available from the Secretary.
    Mobile: 0417305264

    Entries close 25 Aprl 2014


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Newsletter from Wangaratta Textile Arts Association Inc.

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Thursday, 27th February 2014 @ 1:59pm

  • Please find attached the latest newsletter from the Wangaratta Textile Arts Association Inc. responsible for the biennial Stitched Up Festival featuring:

    - Upcoming textile exhibitions in Myrtleford, Shepparton, Brighton & Melbourne

    - A preview of the Winter Events in and around Wangaratta

    - Snippets from some of our local retailers

    - A Friend membership form

    Wangaratta Textile Arts Association Inc.Newsletter Feb 2014 final.pdf


Open Day - Gotland Sheep and Fibre

Posted by Maggie Hollins, Wednesday, 26th February 2014 @ 4:35pm

Begin in Felt - Creating Samples - Workshop

  • Sunday, 13th April 2014 at 9:30am - 4:30pm
    Location: Church of Christ Hall, 248 Highfield Rd (crn Milverton St) Hartwell. Vic 3124

    A workshop for beginners in felt and those looking to build on their skills. Createing samples…

General Meetings

  • Saturday, 6th December 2014 at 10am - 3pm
    Location: Hartwell Church of Christ Hall, 246 Highfield Rd, Hartwell 3124

    The December meeting will be shared Celebrations Lunch.

    Social gathering and shops open…

Camp Jungai Felting Retreat 2014

  • Friday, 23rd May 2014 at 3pm - 2:30pm Sunday, 25th May
    Location: Camp Jungai, 475 Rubicon Rd, Thornton (two and a half hours no rth of Melbourne) Melways Map ref 910 U9

    This event is for VFI Members only. 

    This weekend is centred around felt making in…

Printing and Painting on Felt - Demonstration with Gayle Burgess

  • Sunday, 16th March 2014 at 9:30am - 4pm
    Location: Church of Christ, 248 Highfield Road (Cnr Milverton St), Hartwell Vic 3124

    Gayle in her textiles & paintings, or combination of both, is motivated to create beauty…

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