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Rapt in Felt Exhibition

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Rapt in Felt Exhibition
Canberrans will have the opportunity to view the magical qualities of the world’s oldest fibre – man made felt, when the Canberra Region Feltmakers hold their annual exhibition from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June.

The Canberra Region Feltmakers have been presenting the Rapt in Felt exhibition since 1997. Both local and interstate felters will be exhibiting and selling their work. Some of these exhibitors, Michelle Slezak, Gaida Cirulis, Jackie Hartley, Liz Evans, Betty Hudson and Helen French, are well known felters in the region. This exhibition follows on from another successful display of felt at both the Canberra Show and the Folk Festival.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 31 May to Sunday 3 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm daily, with a fashion parade on Friday and Saturday at 12.00 noon and a fabulous felt frenzy buyer’s bazaar will also be operating.

Canberra Region Feltmakers President, Maggie Whyte says: “We are very pleased to be holding the exhibition again this year and we encourage those who have not seen it before to come down to the CSIRO Discovery Centre and see why the interest in felting is growing in the Canberra region all the time.”

Australian merino wool is the best wool to use for feltmaking. Australian feltmakers specialise in producing light wearable felt by incorporating silk in their garments. Decorative elements like yarns and other natural fibres can be included in the felting process. Further decoration to finished garments can be achieved with machine embroidery, beads and feathers. Clothing is not the only thing that can be created from felt – bags, sculptures, hats and a variety of fashion accessories can easily be created.

Felt is our oldest textile. Felt is made with wool, water and pressure. Until recently feltmaking had become a forgotten art, but is now enjoyed by a wide variety of people of all ages. Felt is so versatile! You can make it thick or thin to create unique clothing, footwear, rugs, hats, furnishings, sculptures or wall hangings. Felt yurts (tents) are today still being made and lived in by nomadic tribes in Europe and Asia. The Canberra Region Feltmakers were formed in December 1994 and usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Lions Youth Haven, Westwood Farm, Kambah, on the Kambah Pool Road. There is a wool and fibre shop and a well stocked library. Workshops are also conducted and everyone is welcome to attend them. Visitors are welcome to attend the meetings – come and see what felting is all about. Or visit our website www.crfelters.org.au .

For more information, please contact:
Maggie Whyte
President
Canberra Region Feltmakers
Ph: 6281 0988
maggieandfish@hotmail.com

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