Surprise Subscription Boxes!

Hello folks! 

I have been sending monthly (or thereabouts) newsletters - if you'd like to sign up, let me know by filling in the form on the contact tab - and have neglected the blogs here!

It has been a busy year, with new ventures and even more workshops, and I am thrilled that so many folk wish to get creative! I am especially thankful to the 'regulars', who attend lots of my workshops and have been improving their skills each time - there are some rather gorgeous creations appearing!

New venues this year include the Weekend workshops at the Yurt and Tipi Woodlands near Ross on Wye - wow, what a beautiful weekend. You can find details about it on my calendar tab, as there is another being held in October :) Your ticket includes 3 nights' camping in a yurt or tipi, 8 workshops, hot and cold drinks... and a STUNNING location. 

In addition to attending the River Cottage Music Festival, I was asked to run workshops at the River Cottage Food Fair in May this year. It was just as much fun, although we may have eaten much more ;-) What was lovely was on the first morning, a family running down the hill to join us, as they loved the workshops so much last August that they wanted to make sure they didn't miss out on getting places ! That really made my day! 

One of the new things I have begun this year is subscription boxes. There are some folk who LOVE kits and having a set pattern or theme, but whilst chatting to lots of you this year, some of you seemed to fancy just a box of fleece to 'play' with. So, monthly and quarterly boxes were born! They are £20 and contain approx 80-100g of local, hand-dyed and natural wool tops, plus extra textiles, textured wool and treats, and always one surprise! There is a suggested theme in case you need a start... so far they are proving very popular. If you'd like to know more, pop me an email :)

I am also taking the Workshop Wagon out and about to run free workshops this year, as I try each year... and I am fund-raising to buy wool so kiddies can experience creative sessions - if you would like to be part of this cause, please follow this link:  https://www.gofundme.com/accessible-workshops-for-all&rcid=r01-153299279667-424e0153e1d34d9d&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

This week I am mostly making up kits ready for the festivals - as well as hares, badgers and foxes, I will also have unicorn kits - I am excited about these! And I am creating a new, slightly smaller kit - lots of folk say that needle felting reminds them of doing voodoo, so you will find out what these kits will make at the Green Man Festival!

So, let me know what you are up to this month, and look forward to seeing you soon!

Discounts on workshops? - here's how!

Hello folks, I hope you are all staying warm and cosy in this chilly weather! 
I have a few folk who are keeping cosy by booking into my workshops - would you like to join us?

I love teaching and sharing techniques, and learning from my students too! The classes are always fun, and friendly -  it is wonderful to meet new people and share the warmth of creativity together ...

I would love to keep you updated with workshop dates, and one way of doing that is to join my mailing list.. I try to send out a monthly 'newsletter' with updates and info, as well as adding dates to my calendar.. and I'd like to offer you a 10% discount for your first workshop booking this year when you subscribe... what do you think you'd like to make this year? A landscape, a hare, perhaps a sleepy fox, or a vessel?

So, if you click the link on the home page which says 'mailing list, you can add your details there, and I will add your name. Or, if you prefer, pop me an email to emma@ffolkyffelt.com and request to be added - easy peasy!

I run workshops in Brecon, Talgarth, Abergavenny, Lampeter, Usk, Builth Wells, Hay, and from March, in Cardiff! I also travel to people's homes for small group sessions, and occasionally run workshops at my cottage... so you have a lot of options and can choose which type and location suits you best. Most workshops run for a day, for example, 10 - 3, and include lunch. Others run for a morning, afternoon or an evening. Occasionally I run two-day workshops, and accommodation is available nearby. You may like to join one of my short courses - usually 2 hours a week for 5 weeks. 

I am really looking forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at an event soon!

Kits for Creativity & Courses!

Well here we are in 2018! I am really looking forward to sharing more blogs, workshops, information and fun with you this year.

I am in the middle of putting together more kits, as they have been very popular - thank you to all of you who have bought kits at workshops or from my Etsy shop, or at a stand. 
One point to remember, is that to save paper, I don't print our the instructions - I always tell my customers that they can request them by email, or look them up on my needle felting blog or 'how to make 3D creatures' on the workshops tab, both here on my website :) You can print them off too.

I would love to know if there are any particular kits you would like to see, or if you like my current selection? You can find them if you have a virtual wander around my Etsy shop (link on home page, or here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FfolkyFfelt), and I am very happy to hear your thoughts! Perhaps you could think about whether you would treat yourself, or a friend - who would you gift one to if you bought one... what would like to make? 

I always include a wooden handle with the felting needle in the kit, as it helps you hold the needle for longer. Mine are extra long so that you can turn the needle around and slot it inside the handle - this helps it last longer, and you don't risk being poked by it when not in use! 

The wool I use is predominantly from Wales, hand dyed. I prefer to use suppliers who are all small businesses/smallholders/sheep farmers - I really like to know where my wool comes from where possible! Plus, we are all supporting each other in our little businesses!

Last year, the most popular kits were for hares, followed by robins, then squirrels, foxes, landscapes and Cwtchs. Many were bought at stands and festivals, some after workshops, some online - what I love about the kits is to hear how excited everyone is when they receive them, and sometimes I am treated with photos of the new creations! 

I am looking forward to seeing your new makes this year, and don't forget, if you have any special requests, do let me know!

Woolly Winter Workshops and Wonderful Wommissions!

Well, typing 'commissions' just wouldn't follow all that lovely alliteration, would it! ;-)

SO, this winter is stuffed full of fabulous workshop dates, please pop along to the tab 'workshops' and check out the calendar to see if you would like to come to any of them, some are fully booked, some have a few places left ... thank you to all of you who have booked so far. 
We have workshops in Builth Wells, Abergavenny, Talgarth, Lampeter, Newport, Tredegar House, my cottage, Monmouth... and I am pleased to say that I have dates booked in 2018 as well.

There are also some artisan markets and craft fayres that I will be attending with felty gifts for sale. I am organising two of the events, one in Brecon and one is Hay, both of which are raising funds for local charities, so please do come along or just share the links , thank you! 

I am VERY excited to announce that I have been accepted for a stand at the Contemporary Textiles Fair in Teddington in March! I am bus planning some new designs and makes for that! I have also been asked by River Cottage to run workshops at BOTH their music and food festivals now, so I will be there twice next year, which is just wonderful and I am going to be announcing a rather special surprise for the May event soon...

Last month I received a lovely email from Barbara, in Italy , who found my Facebook page, and fell in love with Blodwyn, the life size sheep head I created a couple of years ago. Barbara chatted to me about her preferred breed of sheep, the size of its head for me to make etc, and when we were both happy, I began to make it! Just as I was nearing completion, Barbara messaged me excitedly as she had also spotted one of my 'Dryad' feltscapes, and asked if I would mind making another to send with the ram she had ordered!  I was thrilled to make both these pieces... they are now completed and winging their way over to Italy - can't wait to see pics of them when they are at 'home'.

I hope you are all wrapped up warm and look forward to seeing you soon! 

 

August fun! Green Man and River Cottage...

What an absolutely amazing month August was!

I would like to give a HUGE hug and many many thanks to my friends who support me at Green Man throughout the busy workshops by day and the dancing by night! I love you all to bits!
And a special thanks to my youngest daughter for her patience, assistance, and laughter too! 
It was so wonderful to greet old friends and regulars at my marquee, and to meet new friends too. The workshops this year were to make a 2D Green Man/Woman portrait, in honour of the 15th Birthday of the Festival. 24 AMAZING needle felted portraits were created over the 4 evenings, and I have to say - WOW, they were ALL gorgeous.
Fiona, who runs the festival, had a VERY hard time deciding on the two favourites... and each of you picked will have a felting kit sent to you by me, so please email me with your postal address! Sonia and Rosie - congratulations!! Your portraits are posted in this blog, so please contact me asap... big thanks to Fiona for taking the time to view all the photos and to choose.
Another wonderful morning was the moment a lovely couple sauntered past my marquee, did a double take, ran up to the Stag of the Stubble, and fell in love, buying and taking it there and then, and we had such a great 'love-in' at 9.30am :) It is such a lovely feeling when someone loves your creations!
Thank you to everyone, friends, family, crew, visitors, customers and students, for a fabulous time!

Then.. on to River Cottage 3 days later, with my lovely fella, to run more workshops at this amazing little festival. We had a stunning time! We met some folk from last year, we made lots of new friends, we met our favourite band AND they dedicated a song to us, and we were wowed by the creativity of all those who took part in the workshops each day too. AND one of my new 'students, a total newbie to needle felting, made me a little sleepy fox as a thank you for introducing her to the joys of felt making! I wear it as a brooch, makes me very happy! I am posting a photo of this too :)
A big thank you to all the organisers and all the visitors for making this weekend a special one!
HUGE cwtchs and thanks to my amazing man for all his support and for looking after me and for all the fun too!

Each visitor to my Felty Emporium is special to me, you are all full of warmth, curiosity, fun, love and enthusiasm... sometimes I remember names but I remember you even if I forget your name ;-) ... thank you so much for all your time, laughter, custom and hugs!

Brecon Womens' Festival; Artisan Market

I was really chuffed to be asked by a friend who is one of the main organisers of the BWF, to run their craft fair 3 years ago, to take over the organising of it, so she could focus on the running of the exhibition. 
We have held it at The Muse, the Guildhall, and St Mary's Church. Lovely venues and great days - but the number of stallholders wanting a pitch has exceeded the size of the venues! 
Then this year, the town has been talking about how to increase tourism, footfall, improve local economy and bring the community together. This triggered off a series of thoughts in my head... I also wanted a bigger venue and to expand the craft fair into a community event. I wanted an Artisan Market that could include arts, crafts, local food produce, local businesses run by women, local charities and community stands too. Maybe some buskers would entertain too? The ideas came thick and fast and I just hoped it wold all come together
So in February, I took a leap of faith and hired the entire Brecon Market Hall! I had a month to see if the tables were booked before deciding if it was viable or not. Within 2 weeks it was fully booked and I had a reserve list - I was gobsmacked!
Musicians and choirs and poets offered their time too - and suddenly there were 45 stands over 60 tables, a group of pupils reading their own stories, poets, buskers, the Alive and Kicking choir, and the cafe run by Usk House Hospice .... 
The atmosphere was lovely, the public gave amazing feedback, the performances were fantastic (especially the brave and brilliant year 7 pupils!) and the stallholders asked when the next event would be! I was totally blown away by the talent, the high quality crafts, the warm and friendly folk, the lovely visitors - and ... the Hospice have estimated raising £400! 
The Fab Four who run the Festival and Exhibition (Leigh, Nicky, Hilda and Karin) have also suggested I join their team , which is a real honour.
So a HUGE thank you to everybody who supported the event, and here's to next time.

The Brecon Womens' Festival is organised to coincide with International Womens' Day. It runs for most of March, and the exhibition of 35 female artists is on display n the Andrew Lamont Gallery in the Theatre.
 

Green Man 2016 - The Walter Experience!

This year's Green Man Festival was, as always, immense fun! I would like to say a very big thank you to my lovely volunteers who helped all the amazing workshop participants who took part in the busy and fabulous workshops! And, THANK YOU to everyone who visited the Felty Emporium to purchase, to chat, to discover, and to make!

This year we did something different, and decided that to make lookalike Walters in needle felting would be fun! Walter is the right-hand dog of Fiona, the festival goddess. Walter helps run things, and is the most-loved Jack Russel of Wales when he is here.

So, each day, a very small and intimate group of intrepid novice feltmakers, sat around my table and created their own Walters. I asked Walter and Fiona to choose a winner from the creations, and then I could send that winner a needle felting kit!

I have to say, everybody did brilliantly! So a huge congratulations to you all... and I am thrilled to day that this moring, Fiona and Walter thought long and hard, and chose TWO winners! Rebecca, aged 40, and Grace, aged 11! WHOOHOOOO! Please can you lovely folk email me your postal addresses, so that I can send out your kits to you? 

Please visit my Facebook page, FfolkyFfelt, to see the highlights of the wonderful four days we all spent together in the Fantastic Festival! And feel free to leave comments here too :-)

HUGE love and cwtchs to all.................              xxx