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.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Something Fishy Going On

Bunbury is a regional  port city of Western Australia situated 175 kilometres south of Perth.  It is protected from the Indian Ocean by the Leschenault Inlet, which opens to Koombana Bay a popular swimming and sailing spot.

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Not surprisingly our watery surroundings often provide the inspiration for some of our felt creations.

Take this small sample for example, created many years ago by Gloria Truman -

More recently Lorraine McArthur made this sampler at a FeltWest workshop run by Catherine O'Leary

Good felt requires the fibres to meld right the way through the fabric and Lorraine passes this test with flying  fish colours!

Lorraine can do big fish as well as she shows with this chair -

Now for more underwater creatures - this jelly fish created by Val Hornibrook-

Look at the detail -

If you want to be inspired by water then there are plenty of things to do around the coast of Bunbury.  One of the most amazing local attractions are the dolphins of Koombana Bay.  Such a big dolphin population has resulted in the creation of our Dolphin Discovery Centre - Australia's first dedicated research centre.

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Here you can organise to swim with the dolphins.  An amazing experience and definitely one to do when you finish felting at the 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence in October 2011.

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Looking forward to seeing all your watery work there.

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