Convergence is a gathering of felt makers and sharing knowledge is the underlying theme. It is four full days of immersion and indulgence in every aspect of felt making suitable for all levels of experience. Anyone interested in felt making and textiles should attend. There is no need to belong to a formal textile organisation or felting group. Just come along, learn, share, felt and have fun.

Bunbury Felting Group - 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence ABN 62663714697

The 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence was a fabulous five days in October 2011 at Bunbury Western Australia.

The Convergence may be over but we are still felting so please join us at the Bunbury Felting Group blog.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our First Blog Give-away!

We have been writing this blog for over four months now and to celebrate the ever growing number of readers we thought we would thank you by giving away a copy of the latest issue of Felt Magazine.

Regular readers will know that we love this publication and Issue 3 is full of projects, information and pictures of wonderful felt.

To win all you need to do is put a comment on this blog post so press the "Comment" title at the bottom of this post and write your note to us.  There's no need for you to put your personal contact details on.  Just write your name and if you are the lucky winner you will be asked to email us your postal details.  We will post the magazine anywhere across the globe so if Felt Magazine is not distributed in your country this is a great opportunity to read it.

The winner's name will be drawn in 3 weeks time and will be published on this blog then.

Best of luck.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Felting Fashion at Work

After our 21st of June post on Lizzie Houghton's excellent book "Felting Fashion" we received an email from  blog reader and felter Shirl in Carterton New Zealand saying how much she loved the book and how it had inspired her to make some amazing jackets using the tips and techniques in it.

High praise in deed we thought and we had to see the results. So here is one of Shirl's beautiful creations a la Felting Fashion -

Shirl says that the photos were taken on the only sunny day they have had in quite some time!

Shirl tells us that the jacket is made from a coloured merino fleece with silk chiffon , silk organza and strips of silk scarves inlayed in a nuno technique. Silk tops were used scattered over the surface for added effect along with some orange and oatmeal coloured merino in fine wisps.

It is fabulous and we are very impressed.  Now, where did we put that book?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Raffle Winner

The latest raffle to raise funds for the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence was for a bag full of beautiful Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory products worth over $70.00

The lucky winner has now been drawn and it is Judy Ballantyne from Augusta. We hope you enjoy your prize Judy.

A big thank you from us to Jenny Tate who donated the prize to the raffle and of course to everyone who bought a ticket.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Amelia Project Part II

After our 11th of June post on the lovely Amelia Bearhart we were thrilled to receive an email from Pat Old of Tauranga in New Zealand.

Pat tells us that she originally made Amelia back in 1994 with help from Marion Valentine who made her clothes. Then many other felters from around New Zealand added accessories so that Amelia looked her very best to represent the New Zealand felters that couldn't attend the Bunbury Convergence in October 1994.

Amelia has been with Pat ever since. Pat says she is a little bit moth-eaten and showing her age but in Pat's words "it might be that many of us are"!  No comment Pat, we think she still looks great.

Pat  tells us that Amelia has been branching out and spindling.  This is not surprising as her creator Pat Old is a very talented textile artist and President of New Zealand's Creative Fibre.  Pat is also the author of "In A Spin", a book all about her greatest passion - spinning.  We are pleased that she also is hooked on felting and clearly she did a great job with her protege - Amelia.

Amelia still has her diary which has comprehensive notes of the 1994 Convergence and also her travels around New Zealand over the following year.  We are looking forward at getting to see this diary and wonder who's names will be in it! 

If you have any stories to tell about the first Bunbury Felting Convergence in 1994 email us at .

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Welcoming Treetops Colour Harmonies to the Traders Hall

As you know from the pictures on this blog we love colour, so we are particularly pleased to welcome Treetops Colour Harmonies to the Traders Hall at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence.

The above really says it all, but for those of you who like to know the detail  Treetops Colour Harmonies supply hand dyed superfine merino tops in colour harmonies and co-ordinating solid colours as well as machine crafted superfine merino Nuance wool.  

They also specialise in silks and supply hand dyed tussah silk tops, bombay silk tops, silk textured waste, hand dyed tissue silk fabric and paj silk fabric.  Sounds like everything a felter needs.

There's lots more good stuff including books (we have just ordered Judith Pocs book - "Gentle Threads") , sample packs for those of us who can never make up our minds, plus useful information.  The "Fibre Facts" section includes instructions on how to make silk paper  so bookmark their website now as a useful resource.  

We love businesses that are run by people who are passionate about their products and Treetops Colour Harmonies is run by the talented Nancy Ballesteros - a very experienced felter.  We are looking forward to visiting her stall in the Traders Hall at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence Bunbury October 2011.  In the meantime, you can do  a little Internet shopping by clicking on the link in our Traders Hall section on the right hand side of this blog.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Raffle Winner

As many of you are aware the 11th Southern Hemisphere Convergence Committee have been raising money for the Convergence with raffles organised by Helen O'Neill of Sals Wool Den.

The last raffle had a fabulous prize  put together especially for those interested in wool and included Annette Quentin Stoll's quirky book The Felted Play,  a hand dyed network felt scarf and lots of lovely Maybrook Farm wool.

The lucky winner has now been drawn and it is Monica from the Denmark Spinners.  We hope you enjoy your prize Monica.

A big thank you from us to everyone who donated a prize to the raffle and of course to everyone who bought a ticket. 

If you would like to contribute an item for a future raffle to help us raise funds for the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence then please contact .

Saturday, July 10, 2010


We often notice themes develop in our felting.  At the moment we seem to be covered in spots!  Yes they are popping up everywhere as you can see -

Designer C Castledine

Designer C Castledine

Designer B Warner

Jacket Detail - B Warner

Designer C Castledine

Designer M Richmond

They must be contagious!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Welcoming ArtWear Publications to the Traders Hall

We are very pleased to welcome the busy ladies from ArtWear Publications to the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence Traders Hall.  Traders Hall will be open daily during the Convergence and will showcase all things felt and  textile.

ArtWear Publications are the publishers of the wonderful Felt Magazine and if you haven't bought one before then rush to your nearest newsagent to get the latest issue - pictured above. It sells out quickly but digital back issues are available from ArtWear Publications. We literally devour our copy from cover to cover folding down corners of the pages of projects that we are going to do.

Just to keep themselves busy they also publish the Embellish and Yarn Magazines and we have been told they are planning a new book. They also sell silk scarves just waiting for you to felt and dye.

We are looking forward to visiting their stall in the Traders Hall at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence in Bunbury 2nd - 7th October 2011.  In the meantime, just click on the link in our Traders Hall section on the right hand side-bar of this blog to visit them now.

If your local newsagent doesn't stock Felt Magazine we have a few copies of the latest issue available for sale - price $9.95 plus postage.  Email us at if you would like one (remember to let us know your location so that we can confirm postage costs) and we will let you have details of how to pay.

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