Welcome to the second issue of Cocoonnections!
Here you'll find images of some of my
new work, news about the Australian workshops I gave recently,
and the one I attended in Canberra, given by the renowned English Feltmaker,
Jeanette Appleton. There is also information about upcoming
events, marvel at the new "Pieces of the Month", ponder a
thought and find my latest story, ' Inside
Out' in "Through the Warp".
We'd love to hear what you think
See my two new pages of
selected pieces that I've
'Piece of the Month'.
At regular intervals I will post a piece that has
been made at one of the workshops!
See the two new
Through the warp.
One of my own stories for telling in mask, as my adventure into writing
"As the mind explores the symbol, it is
led to ideas that lie beyond the grasp
See the Workshop Overview
and see the new Calendar
for 2002, which lists
"Past Times", Cooma, New South Wales.
G A Y A N D M Y S E L F
Bowers for 2-leggeds and Unfettered
Both these needlefelting workshops ran
as a result of the hard work of owner, Gay
Epstein and her assistant, Linda. My sincere thanks go to them!
Gay's beautiful location in Cooma provided an ideal environment for
fun and learning with exceptional groups of women. Both the Pieces
of the Month are from ladies who attended these workshops. Their
work, and that of all participants was quite outstanding!
1. Bowers for 2-leggeds:
and see more...
2. Unfettered Felt:
and see more...
Sandie O'Neill so kindly answered
the call I put out on the internet when I knew I was visiting Australia.
She arranged for an enthusiastic group of most talented people to be
introduced to this exciting new form of felting, including her young
"Three participants take major honours at
the Canberra Royal Show!"
read and see
As in life, my three-month adventure in New South Wales, Australia
was full of highs and lows! My mother and I had some lovely excursions
up and down the coast as we looked for places she might like to live;
my two sisters looked after me exceptionally well and I was
reacquainted with my nieces and nephew which was such a delight!
I managed to drive on the correct side of the road (most of the time!).
which came perilously close to my sister's home, were a stark
reminder of the incredible power of the natural world (although
many fires had been set) and nature's amazing ability to regenerate.
Not three weeks after the fires were extinguished fresh, green grass
had replaced acres of blackened earth. The images of total devastation,
coupled with the eerie beauty of burnt orange leaves and a fallen
tree with flames licking up inside the trunk will remain with me for
a long time.
I had the great pleasure of taking part in Jeanette Appleton's Colour
and Design workshop organized by the Canberra Felt Group in January
introduced us to a variety of techniques, which included felting sheer
fabrics onto merino roving. The texture that resulted was very exciting!
We also experimented with inlay techniques and hand stitching both
at the prefelt stage and on to the final felt. This was new to me
and I was delighted with the way the stitches warped after fulling
(the stage of felting that hardens the felt). It was a wonderful two
days with a most gifted and kind instructor and hospitable and talented
I gave three needlefelting workshops during my stay and met some truly
exceptional people, some of whom travelled hours to come and learn.
Many very special friendships were made! I also had the great pleasure
of meeting Christine
Sloan from The Old
Schoolhouse Wool Workshop in Gerringong. Her store is magnificent,
with wonderful felted merino and voile shawls and vests. By chance
Tasmanian feltmaker Denise Pilkington was visiting which was an additional
treat for me.
Storytelling was not neglected! I gave
a session at my sister Jackie's pre-school. What a delightful
group of young people who were spellbound both by my Christmas stories
and my accent!
I stopped off in Vancouver, B.C. on my way home to await the arrival
of a new grandchild! Colton Raine came into the world right on cue,
only a few days after my arrival! I also had the pleasure of enjoying
my two other grandchildren, Riley and Mia, not to mention my son Rob
and his wife Denise! Now I'm back home in Ontario, trying to adjust
to a thirty-degree plus temperature change and resuming my work with
The Creative Cocoon…
on events in which I'm taking part.
to Needle Felting:
Barrie Newcomers Group,
Thursday, March 14, 2002. 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For more information contact:
Yonge Street Mission After School Club,
March 21, 2002.
*My exciting news...I'm studying again...
Expressive Arts Post Diploma Certificate,
Sandford Fleming College,
Haliburton, Ontario, Canada.
April 22 - June 14, 2002:
Arts enhances our ability to more deeply understand ourselves and
others and the world around us through the exploration of creative arts
as music, movement, visual and narrative arts. Through the power of
expressive arts promotes self awareness, growth and life enhancement."
very excited about taking the eight courses that make up the syllabus.
believe they will fit perfectly
into what I'm trying to accomplish through The
enriching the programs I develop. I look forward
what I learn into the work
I do both professionally and personally!
Studios In The Hills'
the guest of Kai Liis McInnes
18 - 20, 2002.
Developing a Personal Mythology:
School for the Arts.
1 - 5th, 2002.
and registration: phone 705 457 1680.
conjunction with the exhibit from Afghanistan.
information coming soon.
An Introduction to Needle Felting.
exciting retreat features a number of quilting and related arts.
Alverno Retreat Centre,
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada
23 - 25th, 2002.
the Calendar to read more...
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