Dyed in wool for felt
Kindy mothers brunch
TRY your hand at felt making - an ancient technique discovered thousands of years ago and revived at the Douglas Arts Base - or wool dyeing using natural products at the next round of “come and try” workshops.
DAB will host fibre artist Lizet Fritjers, who said the oldest piece of felt was found in Central Asia and is dated at 5000 years old.
“Felt is the oldest fabric in history and it’s created from wool with soapy water and with movement - put that all together and it becomes fabric,” she said.
“It has become contemporary art and craft and people are exploring new ways of using it and combining it with fabrics, which is called nuno-felt.”
Students will create a finished felt article to take home. On the same day Lizet will host a dyeing workshop to introduce students to dying wool from natural products and produce dyes suitable for creating craftworks that are chemical-free.
“A long time ago people used only plants and earth for making colour and traded dye plants from Europe to India,” she said.
“Synthetic colours were discovered and took over and natural dye craft was gradually lost because you could get any colour anytime.
“More and more people are getting back into to it and trying to learn this technique again as it becomes more important with our environment to work with what we have around us.
“With natural dye, plants can give one colour in a season and another colour in another season and different colours if planted in clay or sandy soil - there’s a lot of variation which makes it really interesting.”
Both workshops are three-hour sessions to be held on Saturday, May 19, at the DAB workshop in Mill St, Mossman, and cost just $20 each. Felt-making in the morning and wool dyeing in the afternoon. To sign-up contact DAB on 4098 3337 or email@example.com CELEBRATE Mother’s Day while helping to raise funds for the Port Douglas Community Kindergarten with a brunch this Sunday.
The early childhood programme is run by volunteer committee members and local families and all money raised and donations will be for the expansion and development of the kindergarten.
The scrumptious brunch will be at the Sea Temple Resort and Spa and there will be some great prizes to win on the day in the Mother’s Day raffle.
The brunch will be from 11am to 1.30pm and tickets cost $25 for adults, $10 children five to 12 years and 0 to four years eat free, a welcome drink will be served a cash bar is available. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling 4084 3534.
New skills: learn how to dye wool and use felt