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Members receive our journal, Felt Matters quarterly.
Back issues of the journal are occasionally available for purchase.
When displayed, prices include postage & packing.

Issue 125, December 2016

Issue 125 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of November.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

Enjoy!

Felt Matters, Issue 125, £15

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 124, Sepetmber 2016

Issue 124 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of August.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

Enjoy!

Felt Matters, Issue 124, £15

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 123, June 2016

Issue 123 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of May.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

Enjoy!

Felt Matters, Issue 123, £15

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 122, March 2016

Issue 122 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of February.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

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Issue 121, December 2015

Issue 121 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of November.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

Enjoy!

Felt Matters, Issue 121, £9

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 120, September 2015

Issue 120 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of August.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

Enjoy!

Felt Matters, Issue 120, £9

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 119, June 2015

Issue 119 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of May.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

Enjoy!

Felt Matters, Issue 119, £9

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 118, March 2015

Issue 118 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of February.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

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Issue 117, December 2014

Issue 117 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of November.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

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Issue 116, September 2014

Issue 116 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of August.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

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Issue 115, June 2014

Issue 115 of Felt Matters was posted to IFA members at the end of May.

Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published.

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Issue 114, March 2014

Issue 114 of Felt Matters has been given a fresh new look! Take a peek at the contents page to view the articles, interviews and felting information we've commissioned and published to provide you with 40 pages of inspirational reading.

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Issue 113, December 2013

  • Liz Clay reports on her residency in Felletin, and reveals the exciting outcomes that can develop when aspects of felt making and weaving are combined.
  • Anita Larkin gives us a round-up of the Feltportation Exhibition, held as part of the 12th Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers’ Convergence in New South Wales.
  • Did you know that Britain is the country with the largest variety of sheep breeds? Ellie Langley explains why.
  • Designers Teresa Searle and Jill Denton share their different approaches to transforming vintage or discarded items in glorious new accessories.
  • Find out what’s coming up at the 2014 AGM in Switzerland next April, including outlines of the workshops on offer during and after the event.

Felt Matters, Issue 113, £9

Members price available in the Members' Shop.

Issue 112, September 2013

  • This issue we focus on the work of artists in Russia and have an article by master feltmaker, Alexander Pilin.
  • Find out what happened at Feltrosa 2013, the Italian feltmakers’ annual gathering.
  • Members from Region 13 bring us reports from Scotland and the felt museum in Mouzon, France.
  • Learn how to make ‘penny mats’.
  • Get ready to be part of the IFA’s brand-new exhibition.

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Issue 111, June 2013

  • The spotlight this issue is focused on the sheep breeds and feltmakers of Switzerland – venue for the 2014 AGM.
  • Find out what happened at this year’s AGM, held at Wonderwool Wales.
  • Read workshop reports from members in Tasmania.
  • Elsewhere, theatrical costumier Anna Sargent writes about her prize-winning hat.
  • Rosalind Johansson meets an expert yurt maker and shares her experience of weaving in Kyrgyzstan.

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Issue 110, March 2013

  • Find out what’s coming up at the 2013 AGM at Wonderwool Wales.
  • Philip Randall reports on the demise of felt making in Afghanistan, due to conflict and climate change.
  • The very different approaches of UK-based feltmakers Sue Walton and Ritva Roesler demonstrate the potential for combining wool with other materials, from ceramics to metal.
  • Exhibition Officer Mandy Nash shares her experience of a visit to the Felt Museum on Mouzon, France.
  • Enjoy workshop and exhibition reports from the USA and Australia.

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Issue 109, December 2012

  • Get the latest information on the IFA’s AGM 2013, held to coincide with Wonderwool Wales, and book your place now.
  • Discover how to use Facebook to promote your feltmaking business.
  • Find out what members have been getting up to at IFA workshops across the UK.
  • Be inspired by artist-makers from California, China and the Netherlands.
  • Enjoy Gladys Paulus’ amazing bird and animal headdresses.

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Issue 108, September 2012

  • Find out how you can contribute to the IFA’s latest travelling exhibition, ‘Leaving Your Mark!’, and see some of the contributions that were on show at the IFA’s AGM in Bath.
  • Enjoy reviews of the latest Feltrosa meeting in northern Italy, an exciting felt symposium in Lenzen, Germany, and a stunning fashion show at Scythia 9 in the Ukraine.
  • Members in Scotland write about the visit of HRH Prince Charles to the Scotsheep event in Ayrshire, and there are updates from regions across the UK.

A quantity of this issue of Felt Matters has been made available. The price includes packing and postage worldwide...

Felt Matters, Issue 108, £9

Members price available in the Members Only shop.

Issue 107, June 2012

  • This issue is dedicated to delegates’ reports from the AGM and the accompanying workshops held in Bath on the theme of ‘Pushing Boundaries’.
  • Read about the exhibition of Kyrgyz textile art and design held at Scotland’s late-lamented Collins Gallery.
  • See what’s coming up in the Netherlands, where leading felt makers are planning an innovative show this autumn.
  • Discover how IFA member Helen O’Hare set about constructing a large-scale funeral pall for Belfast Cathedral to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic.
  • Enjoy reviews of brand new books of the art of felt making.

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Issue 106, March 2012

  • This, the last Felt Matters before the 2012 AGM, features an article by Heather Belcher, keynote speaker at the event.
  • We turn the spot light on members of IFA Region 7 and explore the innovative work of Region 2’s Chris Lines.
  • The Australian felt maker and fibre artist Pam de Groot reveals how she creates subtly beautiful fabrics and garments.
  • Find out about felting with alpaca fleece, ‘painting’ with fibres, and making textured panels with members in Spain and the Netherlands.
  • Discover how an encounter with one small furry animal led to the creation of a menagerie of needle-felted creatures.

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Issue 105, December 2011

  • Read reviews of shows in Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and Lithuania.
  • Get the latest information on the IFA’s AGM 2012, including the series of workshops planned for the event.
  • Discover how one felt maker has made use of traditional Kyrgyz patterns and techniques in her own work.
  • Get money-saving gift ideas from South Africa.
  • Ellie Langley focuses on the Merino sheep in her last Baa! article for a while, and raises important questions about the production of super-fine wool.

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Issue 104, September 2011

  • Annemie Koenen and colleagues report back on their efforts to reintroduce felting skills to Armenia.
  • Read about Barbara Keal’s quirky and original headwear, which has been taking the fashion world by storm.
  • Enjoy a virtual trip down the Artistic Felt Path of northern Italy, where felt and nature go hand-in-hand
  • Find out what members have been up to at workshops in France, Latvia and across the UK.
  • The secrets of laser cutting and making delicate ‘seed pods’ are revealed in step-by-step detail.

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Issue 103, June 2011

  • Fashion from Japan features in an article by our cover artist, Leiko Uchiyama, and a review of exhibits of work by designers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo.
  • Find out how Sarah Brooker 'paints' with fibres to create vivid artworks.
  • Catch up on events around the regions with reports from Regions 2, 10 and 12.
  • IFA President Mary Burkett introduces us to the explorations of Gertrude Bell and felt in China.
  • Ellie Langley focuses on the Hebridean in her fascinating series on sheep breeds.

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Issue 102, March 2011

  • Discover Sue Walton’s evocative, Victorian-inspired creations that combine felt with textiles and embellishments.

  • Enjoy reviews of textile events in New York state, Canada and South America.

  • Find out what’s planned for the IFA AGM and workshops in April.

  • Read reviews of Stephanie Bunn’s Nomadic Felts, which is featured on the cover of the journal.

  • Make a date to visit the UK leg of the ground-breaking exhibition, "The Climate is Changing!"

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Issue 101, December 2010

  • Cathy Unwin goes behind the scenes at the British Museum to examine some historical felts.

  • Valerie Graves describes how a happy accident led to the birth of her quirky and characterful felt hares.

  • Discover how a painting by David Hockney was translated into felt for a public art commission in Yorkshire.

  • Find out how felt makers in Sweden have used industrial felt to create decorative bodices

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Issue 100, September 2010

Special 100th issue.

  • Melanie Bermingham discusses how the development of Felt Matters from its early days as a photocopied newsletter to today’s full-colour journal has mirrored a growing sophistication within the felt making community

  • Elis Vermeulen explains how she created her striking installation of a felt boat in an abbey in the Netherlands

  • Ellie Langley puts the focus on sheep farming and felt making in Finland, and questions the relevance of the forthcoming Wool Week in the UK

  • savour the work made at international felt making conferences and workshops in Sweden, Hungary and Australia

  • find out how UK felt makers have contributed to the international textile project, Afghan Inspiration

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Issue 99, June 2010

  • read in-depth features about the opening of the IFA’s latest and perhaps most significant international exhibition, The Climate is Changing!
  • enjoy photographs of Feltrosa 2010 and the fabulous felt creations made at the workshops
  • discover how young designers are using felt in bridal wear and to create stunning jewellery items
  • in other sections, one felt maker reveals how she overcame serious handicaps to continue felting, and a complete felting novice shows how thick felt pads are helping to protect donkeys’ backs in rural Ethiopia

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Issue 96, September 2009

  • read reviews of the Cooper-Hewitt’s ‘Fashioning Felt’ exhibition in New York as well as the Feltrosa event in Italy and Felletin in France

  • find out how members can share resources to set up regional workshops

  • discover how one maker created a piece of handmade felt 6 metres in length!

  • enjoy our new regular feature on sheep breeds, which this issue focuses on the Wensleydale

  • find out how you can submit work for the forthcoming international exhibition, 'The Climate is Changing!'

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Issue 95, June. 2009

  • read Mary Burkett's article on the IFA’s 25th Anniversary

  • find out how to get involved in our international exhibition on the theme of climate change

  • enjoy reviews of events from Japan to Switzerland

  • learn about feltmaking in early modern Europe

  • discover how moths inspired one felt maker to create quirky and original 3-D designs

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Issue 94, March 2009

A DVD was sent to all IFA members with this issue of Felt Matters.

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Issue 92, September 2008

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Issue 91, June 2008

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