Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hat ; "Desert Smoke #2"

Entered in the 2009 Royal Canberra Show, Felting Exhibition in the "Hand felted original item for the head" section is "Desert Smoke #2", a hat hand felted by Lis Mertens.

2009 Royal Canberra Show
Exhibition Park in Canberra
27,28 February - 1 March, 2009

2009 Royal Canberra Show

In 2009, there will be a new category for entries in the Feltmaking section of the Show, namely a "hand felted original item including recycled material(s)". Lis Mertens has hand felted this piece using an Indian silk scarf with a block printed pattern in traditional colours.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New Year, new work.

This image is of a handfelted merino wool and stranded embroidery cotton rendition of "Fire Scars on the Simpson Desert, N.T." as seen from a satellite orbiting the Earth.
It will be made into a vest and displayed at the 2009 Royal Canberra Show along with other work by Canberra Regional Feltmakers in the Special Challenge class with other articles depicting an individual interpretation of Astronomy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Vacation workshop

During the summer vacation, Lis Mertens ran a Beginner Feltmaking workshop in Braidwood. The group was made up of a mixture of adults and Primary-aged students. Most of the participants made a sample of felt large enough to be made into a hairband when finished. Some worked with a resist to make a round or square oven mitt. After lunch, students chose to make a range of items from bracelets to scarves. The emphasis of the workshop was to make well-finished felt items that students could use and all students achieved that objective.