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Making Felted Boots from A to Z

Interested in participating in a masterclass suitable for beginners and experienced felt makers?  One of our members, Asta, has invited Natalya Brashovetska to Ireland in September to lead a workshop making felted boots with rubber soles – for further details see poster below:


Exhibition in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare in August 2018

We are really pleased to finally share with you a project that we have been working on for about a year.  We are collaborating with Eleanor Swan, Ceramic Artist and Jocelyn Stephens, Fine Art Printmaker to create a collection of work specifically for exhibiting in Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.  We will exhibit the work in the Stable Wing in August this year with kind permission from the OPW.

We are very excited to be exhibiting alongside such talented artists as Eleanor and Jocelyn and we are all very busy working on our various pieces inspired by the wonder that is Castletown House and Parkland.

More updates will follow with information and photographs of the creativity in action!

See full details in our press release below.


For more information on Castletown House go to their website http://castletown.ie/


A Minecraft inspired coat to match those boots!

Remember those amazing felted boots we featured a few weeks ago – well now Asta’s daughter has a coordinating coat with Cloud the Cat on it!

Child's coat by Asta Gauronskyte, element15

The coat was a joint design project between Asta and her daughter R.    It is heavily influenced by R’s love of the game, Minecraft.  Cloud the Cat is the official pet of the husband and wife YouTube team, Pat and Jen,  PopularMMOs and GamingWithJen.  They are Minecraft gamers who posts battles, Let’s Plays, and other Minecraft related videos for their loyal fan base.   Obviously, R is one of those loyal fans!

Well done Asta and happy wearing R!   There definitely will not be one like it in Ireland or elsewhere!



Get Knotted

Now the ‘Get Knotted’ in our title is not an instruction to get lost, but rather how Dee Kelly felt when she had completed her latest piece of art.   Dee, master of all things stitch, has written for us about creating her beautiful piece ‘Sliabh Alainn’:

For the last few years I have submitted textile art pieces to the Kilteel Arts Festival, which takes place at the beginning of February in celebration of St. Brigid’s Day on 1st February.  The Community in Kilteel do tremendous work each year organising this event, so it is great to see support coming from near and far.

Now you would imagine that having the date in mind each year would give me plenty of time to get organised, but oh no, of course I leave it until the week before the festival and then end up stitching late into the night.

One of my pieces this year, was small in size, only  6” X 4”, but large on the amount of stitch involved in creating it!!

'Sliabh Alainn' by Dee Kelly, element15

‘Sliabh Alainn’ (Beautiful Mountain) was inspired by the beautiful colours in the landscape around where I live.   I started with a rough sketch onto a piece of cotton and then stretched it into an embroidery hoop.  I randomly selected one of the outlined shapes, and using three strands of embroidery thread, I started to embroider French Knots, working the knots very closely together, until that section was completely filled.  I changed the colour of the embroidery thread and moved onto the next section, continuing this way until the scene was completed.

Sliabh Alainn work in progress

The back of the work was kept as neat as possible, so that there is no bumps for mounting and framing.  I think the reverse of the piece looks like an abstract art scene and could possibly work as the right side. 

After working hundreds of French knots, I know what I would say to anyone suggesting the back of the work is better than the front – “Get Knotted”.

Dee’s creativity can be seen in the flesh in our current exhibition in Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, Naas.

'Sliabh Alainn' by Dee Kelly, element15






Spring has sprung in new exhibition in Las Rada, Naas

There is new work by element15 on the walls of Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar this week just in time for Easter.  The themes of Spring and Easter are strongly represented in this body of work – even if Spring does not feature much in our weather!

One piece entitled ‘Independence’ by Asta Gauronskyte, features beautifully felted Easter Lilies and was inspired by Irish history and the Easter lily as a symbol of the Easter Rising.  Asta used Tirol wool, Merino tops and flax fibres which she felted using wet felting technique.

'Independence' by Asta Gauronskyte, element15


Catherine Dowling was having fun when thinking of a name for this piece :  ‘Seeds, Shoots and Leaves’!  It is a vibrant and colourful welcome to Spring bursting forth and the cycle from seed to plant.  Wet felting and dry felting techniques were used with Merino wool to create this piece which was embellished with free form embroidery and seed beads.

'Seeds, Shoots and Leaves' by Catherine Dowling, element15

‘Seeds, Shoots and Leaves’ 

The dark purple of spring flowering Tulipa Leontien was the inspiration for Barbara Seery’s piece entitled ‘Leontien’.  White linen was dyed using the ice dying method and free machine embroidery used to create the illusion of tulips.

'Leontien' by Barbara Seery, element15


The snow obviously left Asta with time on her hands as she has produced a second piece for this exhibition.  This large scale felted work was created using Merino wool, Wensleydale curly wool, flax and silk fibres.  Machine and hand embroidery, glass beads and natural stones were used to great effect to embellish this homage to the natural world.

Diversity by Asta Gauronskyte


Above is Asta’s ‘Diversity’ and Colleen’s ‘Lullymore West I and II’

Kathrina was thinking of the rhythm of the ocean and the colours of the ocean floor when creating her piece entitled ‘Coastline’.  It is hand felted using dyed Merino and Wensleydale wools, embellished with a selection of dyed silk fibres and silk chiffon.

'Coastline' by Kathrina Hughes, element15

More images from the exhibition next week.   In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter!

If you get a chance drop into Las Rada to see the exhibition in person – and to sip one of their lovely wines with tapas!  Heaven!  https://www.lasradas.ie/