A FROSTY morning didn’t deter our local felting enthusiasts from gathering together to create some quirky pieces through a Needle Sculpting workshop in Delegate on Saturday.
Held as part of the Art Escape program at the Delegate School of Arts, the fun workshop attracted five participants, one travelling from Candelo for the session.
There were newcomers to felting sitting alongside the more experienced, and while there were many more keen to get stuck into the day, the season’s illnesses left them sadly waiting until next time.
For those who did make it, Tabitha Zarins proved a friendly and enthusiastic tutor, expertly guiding all through the different stages of the felt sculpturing process.
Happily all of the materials needed for the sculptures were supplied as part of the workshop, with Tabitha using the wool from her own sheep for the creations.
There was much frivolity as the faces began to develop and laughter at the expressions that were played with, and each maker returned home with a unique sculpture.
They gave tremendous praise for the day, which proved both fun and enriching.
Tabitha said she too was very pleased with the workshop and enjoyed seeing the pleasure that creating these characters gave each of the participants.
The visiting tutor also commented on the picturesque scenery within our region and how much she enjoyed visiting.
Tabitha informed the participants about the Towamba Felting group of which she is a part, and this will now allow local felters the opportunity to meet with other like minded “woollies”.
This connection between regional felters is just another positive benefit of the Art Escape workshops, all of which have led to stronger rural networks within the art community.