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Long time no chat!

Apologies for the long gap since our last post.  We are looking forward to a creative 2019 – but we have not been entirely idle since last year – we have just been a little quiet on the website and blog!  Hannaleena has been keeping our profile up on Instagram so you can also follow us there too on element15textile 

Some of us have been travelling ….. Australia…..India……and more.  

Some of us have started studying again ….. National College of Art and Design….. Crawford College of Art and Design…..

Some of us have given workshops….. felt hat making…….

Some of us have been ill…..

Some of us have exhibited and sold our work……

and most importantly of all, most of us are still creating, learning, sharing and looking forward to a productive 2019!  We are having a planning sessions this week to work towards our next big project.

I will post some images of new work next week but, in the meantime, these lovely pieces have gone to new homes after exhibiting at the Kilteel St. Brigid’s Arts Weekend last month … 

After LaFranchini I, Kathrina Hughes

After La Franchini I, Kathrina Hughes
Shadow, Helen McLoughlin, element15
Shadow, Helen McLoughlin,
Squall, Asta Gauronskyte, element15
Squall, Asta Gauronskyte


Craft Fair – its not too early to order gifts for Christmas!!

Asta has asked us to let you know about the Craft Fair she is hosting at her studio next weekend.

It is running from 2nd – 4th November – full details of times are below.   There will be lots of items suitable as Christmas gifts – linen aprons, oven gloves, tablecloths, Christmas stockings, cushions, Christmas wreaths, felted scarfs, slippers, hats, wall hangings and small mixed media pieces.  Orders can be taken for most items.

Asta will have the kettle on and the coffee pot warming to welcome you.   You get the added advantage of a scenic drive to a beautiful country location on these bright sunny days.

Every shade of grey!

We are thrilled to hear that an image of Asta’s work is being published in an inspirational new book – “Worldwide Colours of Felt”.   This beautiful book contains over 800 images by felt artists from all over the world, divided into 10 different colour chapters. We can’t wait!   It will be available from early June from http://textiellink.nl/en/worldwide-colours-of-felt.

Here is your preview of Asta’s sleeveless coat which looks amazing and would be lovely and warm for these chilly days!

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Asta made the coat using nuno felting technique.   The pattern was drawn and cut from plastic sheeting.  Then silk chiffon was laid on the plastic pattern and a tiny layer of wool and decorations were laid on the top and worked into the silk to create a very fine felt.  The decorations consist of different types of silk chiffon , lace, silk fibers, knitting yarns, a bit of linen fabric and silk pongee layered on top and worked into the felt.  Some of the silk chiffon bits were different colours (left over scraps).
Asta used prefelt for the bottom part of the garment (with the holes) and under it she put a layer of wensleydale curly, unwashed, uncombed, raw wool.
After the garment was finished she decided to go for various shades of grey instead of the multicolour piece it had become and put it all into the dyeing pot……. where the different fibres took the wool dye to varying degrees giving a lovely overall colour effect.  I am trying to resist using the term ‘fifty shades of grey’!   As you can see in the image below, the linen fabric stubbornly resisted any attempt at dying it with wool dye!
You can see more of Asta’s work on our Gallery page.    Well done Asta!