This was the first workshop I gave in Australia! Needlefelting is not
that well known there, so none of the participants had used felting
needles before. And several of them had never even worked with fibre!
But you would never have known it!
We began with a simple three-dimensional project in which an egg-shape
was transformed into turtles, cats, and all manner of other beings.
Special brought objects like shells, buttons, feathers and tiny mirrors
were imaginatively incorporated into flat pieces.
In the afternoon we tackled creating a bower. Bower Birds construct
elaborate structures to attract females. Our intent was to create a
bower that would attract what we'd like to have in our lives. I provided
pictures of a number of different shaped bowers (kindly supplied to
me by Gerald Borgia, a world renowned Bower Bird expert) that helped
inspire the truly magnificent results! The bowers combined the skills
we'd practised during the morning session.
My sincere thanks to the owner of Past Times, Gay Epstein, and her assistant,
Linda for all the work they did organizing and promoting this workshop.