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From beach pebbles to the moon!

A small peek at some of our latest work.  It seems that the elements (no pun intended!) have influenced the themes of these pieces, with the moon and its pull and tug on the ocean being prominent in the artists’ thoughts.

In Asta’s latest piece, entitled ‘Squall’, she has used clouds of wool and silk fibres to great effect, recreating a brooding and tumultuous ocean bashing the shoreline,  in colours ranging from cerulean to deep indigo.

Section of ‘Squall’ by Asta Gauronskyte



Colleen was inspired by the phases of the moon in a series of two works, produced on hand made paper.  The colours used are tones of greys, plums and aubergine creating a atmospheric, moody, moon – sometimes bright but at other times brooding.   Colleen used dyes and metallic medium, hand and machine stitch on beautiful paper.  The framing on these pieces is well chosen to add to the unusual colour and tone of the work.

Section of ‘Phases I’ by Colleen Prendiville


And then to the calmer, lighter mood of Marie’s piece which draws its inspiration from the edge of the ocean – the beautiful glass stones or pebbles washed up on a shoreline in Portugal.   This work is delicate and beautifully simple with restful, pastel tones on a wet felted merino wool and silk ground.

‘Praia Dos Pescadores’ by Marie Dunne


All of these works are currently on exhibit at Las Rada Wine and Tapas Bar, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Snapshots from ‘Natural Phenomena’ Exhibition

Hi Felting and Stitching fans,

We are half way through our autumn exhibition at McAuley Place Arts and Culture Centre, Naas and we are very pleased with the interest in our work.  There are 15 pieces on display and in the catalogue and a few more made their entrance after the catalogue had gone to print!  There is great variety in the techniques used such as mono printing, applique, hand stitch, wet felting, machine embroidery and painting on fabric.

Here are a few snapshots:

A close up of ‘Astral Storm’ by Colleen Prendiville – applique and hand stitch on mono printed cotton.

A segment of ‘Harmony’ by Maria Dunne which consists of merino wool and silk fibres, hand dyed and wet felted.

In Flight’ by Elaine Peden is a hand felted necklace consisting of up-cycled fabric, mixed fibres, Japanese seed beads, faceted stones and antique buttons.

‘Lightening Strikes’ by Helen McLoughlin is ice dyed raw silk embellished with silver-coated copper wire.

Making Felt Flowers

by Catherine Dowling

Hope you are getting into wet felting and finding projects you can make quickly to get you going.

I made these flowers following the instructions on the video below.  If you make the stem a bit longer you can wind it around your wrist as a corsage or you could use it to decorate a simple pony tail. (Note when drying the flower, wind the stem around a cylinder to shape).  Enjoy!