Making Felt with Kids

Woodford Folk Festival Children’s Festival 2017

I like to deliver workshops for all ages and use wool & simple materials, some sourced from the cupboard and the op shop. This workshop will produce various wearable soft accessories, made with flat felt and rolled felt threads.

My helpers Jaap and Kate are friends I work with often at local community festivals and events. We used our imagination and make felt with meroino fleece.

I planned 6 different projects – one for each day

  • armband of colour – layers of tops, prefelt
  • plaited armband – plaited cloured tops
  • pictures with shapes – prefelts on a rectangle
  • rainbow snakes – coloured tops, wrapping
  • spotted butterfly – coloured prefelts
  • spider longlegs – coloured tops, alpaca

Created with merino wool to make flat and rolled felt with soapy water. Many children and parents/children came back to to make felt throughout the festival.

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make felt not war…Mieke


Reflections on ContextArt 2017

Traditional ways of cloth and basketry

have connected the maker to the earth and rituals over

the ages. In this tech age we still need this connection to

sense of place to make meaningful contemporary art.


I chose 2 workshops at ContextArt 2017 by Judy

Dominic who takes two ecological principles – recycling

and reusing seriously in her work.

#1 ‘Bogolanfini’ (mud dyeing) 2 days

#2 ‘Pushing Basketry boundaries’ (weaving) 3 days

In the workshops I will expand my dyeing and weaving


It was a great experience to learn from Judy, a

master in her field and to spend quality time with her. Her

many layers of experiences included learning Mud cloth

in Africa, on site weaving in community collaborations in

USA & NZ with a genuine passion for the environment.

I immersed myself with a group of very experienced,

dyers and weavers who came from

the Blue Mountains and all corners of Australia.

Judy was very generous with her knowledge in visual learning,

discussion times and making.

The intense week workshop gave me space to find where

I are positioned in my art practice. I found it important to

concentrate, write and be open to new ways. I produced

some small works but importantly I have fresh insights in

why I make art.

As a professional artist it is important for me to play with

multi medias, exhibit sometimes, mentor, belong to an

interest group and work independently.

I was generously sponsored by Janet de Boer OMB

as the Flying Arts QRAA textile winner 2016.



Support with an RADF grant allowed me to have a refreshing

road trip to and fro to the Blue Mountains and a very

comfortable little house for us and THANKS to my

husband/driver Jaap.

recent works


2016 – winner of the Qld Regional Art Awards 2017 Textiles

‘It was just after dusk and the quiet had begun to descend’

Wool/silk felt, dyed with ironbark leaves, iron bolts/washers

This handmade felt is a simple circular shape that surprised me when I hung it on a white wall to photograph.  The piece transformed into the intrinsic notion of a moth.

The textures and colours are reminiscent of the beautiful surface marks made by the scribbly gum moth on its host tree.

Only a quarter of moths in the natural world have been named. It’s an unseen world and we need to respect its diversity.


2015 – LOCAL NOW a survey of artists of the region, Ipswich Art Gallery

‘Sclerophyll traces’ Installation, collected eucalypt leaves/wire/metal parts eco dyed print on woolen blanket, thread 6mt W x 2.5mt H (2015) and ‘Visit my Process’ Mp4 (2015)

The opportunity to move away from the default and push out of picture mode has been exciting for me. The making of drawings and sampling have become open ended. They have given me freedom to repond to place – dry forests, catchments, fauna, harvest, shelter for man and beast, vastness and fire. For this piece I have gathered natural materials for eco dyeing, so collaborating with nature to reveal the beauty of the unseen.

The Knot Fibre Festival

has now been completed!
What a great little festival it proved to be.heart flower heart the Knot poster-1-final flat_web Programme_august The Knot Fibre Festival logo2 orange black Programme A_final flat_web
THANKS to all the tutors, volunteers, artist and community we will reappear in 2016.
see the Facebook page for all pics and videos.
Direction: Mieke & Dorothy

Presented by: ArtsConnect Ipswich Inc
Supported by a RADF Grant.
A Partnership between the Queensland Government and the Ipswich City Council.