Shibori Felt by Bernice Mitchell

Monday, 22 April 2019

Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers Convergence 2019

Southern Hemisphere Felters Convergence 2019

Here's a warm invitation to take part in Felting Frenzy 2019,
being held in Queenstown New Zealand, 22-27 September 2019.
3*accommodation - in house program
Great tutors - interesting Traders
Exhibition - Fashion
Plenty to share and celebrate!

We'd love to see you there!
(friends welcome too.)

Carole Hyndman:

Accommodation :

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Clematis Felt and Dye Scarf Workshop with Bernice Mitchell (Heartfelt Bernice)

Clematis Felt and Dye Scarf Workshop with Bernice Mitchell (Heartfelt Bernice)


Create a unique sheer silk tissue scarf using 50/50 Silk Merino blend fibre in my Clematis layout style, then paint your creation with dyes.
3 ladies enjoyed this class in Stratford last weekend and late last year a group of 11 felters in Masterton also had a great time with design and colour creating their scarves.

I'm travelling in the South Island soon and there are a couple of workshops happening.
If you'd like to join in one of them, there is one in Hokitika on 28 Feb and one in Mosgiel on 2nd March.
There is also interest in Timaru, which would have to be around 11/12 March, but please contact me if you're interested. Via contact the Conact by email link to the right of the page beneath the Editor..



Monday, 3 September 2018

it seems email has been disabled on the blog

sorry that you no longer receive emails when new posts are up.
This is completely uncontrollable by me, it's from the makers of blogspot. Everyone is complaining. I have now found I can add emails and so just spent more than half an hour trying to figure this out and adding dozens of email addresses, after spending mukch time last week figuring out how to do and doing a trial with 10 addresses of feltmakers I know.
Today I find, after said addition of dozens of email addresses, I MAY ONLY have 10 email addresses. So sorry, so frustrating!
Please just keep an eye on the blog for new info, I'll hopefully get some stories up soon, I've been super busy with Creative Fibre Taranaki retreat and exhibition and market.
Check out the fabulous exhibition at the Percy Thomson Gallery Stratford,


What:  Week One: Using acid dyes, dye your supplied scarf kit of merino, silk and embellishments. 
WeekTwo: Create a felted art scarf using your dyed kit, or purchase one of mine.
When: September 15 to dye scarf kit etc.  September 22 to create felt scarf
Where:  howifelt studio, 37 Hood Street, Whanganui
Cost: $120 for both Saturdays, or $70 for one.  Limited to 6 participants.
Contact: Karen Workman (06)9275299 02040740466

Saturday, 30 June 2018


 I am an interior designer looking at finding someone to create a large wool drape room divider for an interior project.
I have attached a concept if what I am looking for. These images are from international craftspeople. It seems to be that I should be able to find someone in NZ to work with. 
If you are interested in this please contact me,
Kind regards
Sonya Cotter

Thursday, 22 February 2018

COOTS Exhibition, Arrowtown 16 march - 15 April 2018


Central Otago fibre artists exhibit again this year, after the usual 2 years
creating new work, and responding to the challenges set by members.

Living in Lawrence (Angela)  and Alexandra, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Wanaka,
and south of Lake Wakatipu, they create work with a range of techniques and
materials, and exhibit only their own designs.

Formed in about 2002, and exhibiting together first in 2004, the group limits
itself to 12 members maximum, and during  most years now meet about
4 times, including retreats at Bannockburn where tutors may be invited,
and new techniques tried and shared.

Several members exhibit and are recognised nationally, also attending
international events and courses.

Angela is the main feltmaker, though others have used this too, but now
usually work in other fibre media. Amanda works creating layers of
machine stitching to form subtle and dramatic pictorial images, Jenny Tayler
uses strong vivid colour and increasing amounts of handstitching, while
Jenny Greer enjoys the book arts, with layered techniques. Anne is a
specialist papermaker, from plant materials when she gets the opportunity.
Most of the others work with fabric and stitch, usually machine piecing
and stitching of fabrics.

The last two years have seen experiments with indigo and other dyes,
which will no doubt be evident in the work presented. Like visitors to the
exhibition, I will no doubt be surprised by some of the entries.
We don’t always see each other’s work until just before the exhibition!

If you live near enough, why not have a day in Central and visit Arrowtown
while this exhibition is on?
For those further away, watching for previews and later reviews
shared on our blogs, Instagram, and Facebook may be the best option.

angmeecham  on Instagram is sharing all her  23 felt entries, so find a
young person to help you look for her photos, if you are not a regular user!
Search the other names online to find pages with their work and travels.
and Wendy on  The Tactile Journey blog, are two you may enjoy.
We try to have one of us on duty at the exhibition for most of each day,
to talk to visitors about the work. We would love to see you there!


Tuesday, 20 February 2018



Hi, I'm  Barbara King and I am a Creative Fibre member in Canterbury and belong to Southern Felters. I have approached Natalya in regard to her being able to hold workshops in New Zealand. Natalya did three workshops in Australia later this year and travels around Germany, Paris, London etc  teaching these classes.

The boots and shoes made in the workshops are just like any outdoor shoes or boots you would buy, solid soles with heels, heel boxes at the back, innersoles, tongues, laces etc.

There will be 2 5day boot and bag workshops in Christchurch and one 3 day shoe workshop in Blenheim in the 3rd week of October.
If anyone is interested in attending or arranging workshops in their areas, please contact me  via email

Natalya Brashovetska- Proposal for Master Classes

Master Classes Options

1.                  "Boots and a bag" – 5 days. Christchurch
2.                  “Shoes on a block". 3 days.  Blenheim

 The specifics of making felted boots is complex and requires few days. Boots must be completely dry in order to continue working with accessories and to assemble all boots parts, sole, heel and insole. This is the reason I run master class creating two products boots and a matching bag. We first felt boots, leave it to dry, meanwhile felt a handbag. When the boots are dry, we then spend one day to finish boots and a felted bag installing all accessories.

PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA EMAIL: if you are interested in attending a workshop and require further information. I have lots of photos from Natalya. Her Facebook page is GriNat and that is also her Etsy name should you wish to look at more of her work.
It is anticipated that the 5 day workshops will be approx $650 and the 3 day one approx $550. This is very cheap for a workshop of this calibre with the materials included (apart from any embellishments being silk, shoelaces etc that you may wish to put on your boots
Thank you for your time.
Barbara King

You get to keep your shoe last and awl. With the shoe last you can make slippers, boots and shoes without having to finish felting on your foot and we all know how difficult that is!

About Natalya: I was born in Ukraine and have been living in Cyprus over ten years. I have always been creative and was making clothes even when I was a child. 
 Currently, I work as a medical theatre nurse during the day and feltmaking occupies nearly all my free time. I am a self-learner. However, I have been also attended master classes which help me to polish my feltmaking skills developing my style and own technique which I have been teaching in various European countries.
Feltmaking for me is not just a hobby it is a life style, which helps me to control my stress level due to extremely tense work I do and connect with many talented feltmakers around the World. It lets me to express myself  and fly my creativity, creating not just beautiful but functional footwear. I also like to create matching items, such as footwear, bags and scarves. 

Wool and feltmaking became a major part of my life. My world of wool has no limits for me and my creativity, just unfortunately, there is limit in time. I can confidently say that I am experienced and highly skilled craftsman, feltmaker and a shoemaker. Quality is a major and first priority for me. Felted shoes must be very durable. This is not an easy process, often no one believes that my shoes are handmade.
I have also been searching a long time how to create comfortable shoes. After numerous experiments, I found this method, which I also teach during my master classes.
Amongst all feltmaking articles I have been designing and creating, felted bags and especially boots became my passion and  became a priority amongst other felted items which I am able to do very well.  When I started felting, my goal was to create not just beautiful shoes but functional and durable. For this purpose, I developed my own technique. It is a balance of classic shoemaker craftsmanship and felting. With my technique, you will be able to perform all the steps of creating shoe without involving a shoemaker, achieving orthopaedic shoes.
 I also have been designing and created felted clothes, bags, shawls and scarves using various felting techniques during self-learning and learned while undertaking few master classes learning from the best well known feltmakers and designers.
I have been promoting feltmaking and sharing my knowledge and experience running various feltmaking workshops, master classes  and taking part in various exhibitions.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Elaine & Kath's Felt & Knit Exhibition, Napier

 There are still a few days to visit Elaine McGregor and Kath O'Halloran's exhibition at CAN in Napier. Closing 2nd Feb so be in quick to catch a look of their wonderful felted and knitted creations.
You may find a wonderful new creation for yourself.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Places still available in Charity's Long Coat Workshop

Hi Felters
there are a few places left on Charity's coat workshop show below. I need confirmation really soon to ensure the workshop goes ahead, so please contact me asap if you're interested.
The cost is $475 which includes the workshop, and accommodation and meals Thursday to Sunday (byo breakfast). It's live in so you have access to work as much as you like on your creation.
Hoping to hear from one or two more of you :)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Charity van der Meer Long Coat Workshop 2018 NZ

Hey fabulous felters, the delightful Charity van der Meer (aka Sharit Meer) is planning a trip to NZ in April 2018.
We are planning a
 LONG COAT WORKSHOP Thurs12th - Sunday15th April 2018 in Eltham, Taranaki..
This long coat workshop runs over 4 days and you will learn to add flair to garments, using pleats and godets to make a beautiful coat. You will design your coat to suit your own body shape, using Charity's design expertise.

The workshop is limited to 12 students and I'm taking expressions of interest now.
The cost is estimated at around $475 including tutor fees, accommodation, all coffee/tea and lunch and dinner Thursday - Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
Materials requirements to be advised.
email me via the Editor email

Bernice Mitchell
Heartfelt Bernice