The ac­ci­den­tal fel­ter

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION - Moya Stevens

DOU­GLAS Art Base (DAB) in Moss­man is ex­pand­ing its reper­toire, with the in­tro­duc­tion of felt­ing by way of classes and ex­hi­bi­tions.

Marg Lynn has re­cently set­tled in Moss­man and has 14 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in felt­ing and teach­ing its many meth­ods.

“I got into felt­ing by ac­ci­dent in that I ac­ci­den­tally bought a book in a rush as a gift for my grand­son and re­cloth­ing alised he wouldn’t be in­ter­ested in felt­ing, but I was.

“I tried it and loved Marg said.

Felt­ing is the art of mat­ting, con­dens­ing and press­ing fi­bres to­gether and can be used to make a range of items in­clud­ing toys, cloth­ing, jew­ellery, hand­bags and scarves.

“It is a very old craft and art form and has been used for many cen­turies by peo­ple such as the Mon­gols for their yurts and the Peru­vians for their it,” and hats,” Marg ex­plained.

DAB has held two sets of felt­ing classes for be­gin­ners and sev­eral of the stu­dents’ fin­ished prod­ucts are on dis­play along with some fea­ture items by Marg Lynn.

“I have en­tered some of my pieces in com­pe­ti­tions and have been awarded cham­pion in the Royal Ade­laide Show and at the Bendigo Wool and Sheep Show,” she said.

“Any nat­u­ral fi­bre can be used but I par­tic­u­larly like us­ing Merino wool be­cause it’s Aus­tralian and I of­ten in­cor­po­rate silk which gives a smooth and shiny fin­ish to ar­ti­cles.

“And you don’t throw any­thing away be­cause you can al­ways use left-overs, in­cor­po­rat­ing them in other items.”

The craft can be in­ex­pen­sive and the items pro­duced can be both dec­o­ra­tive and prac­ti­cal.

There are sev­eral meth­ods of felt­ing in­clud­ing wet felt­ing, dry nee­dle, nuno and no­ton felt­ing, all of which can be taught at DAB.

“We hope to run more classes in the new year,” Marg said.

The dis­play of felt­ing con­tin­ues at DAB, Mill Street in Moss­man un­til Tues­day, Novem­ber 29.

It is a very old craft and art form and has been used for many cen­turies by peo­ple such as the Mon­gols for their yurts and the Peru­vians for their cloth­ing and hats Marg Lynn

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Marg Lynn, Inger Rowe and Cher­ryl Wells

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