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Felt Matters

Felt Matters (formerly Echoes) is a 40-page, full-colour journal published 4 times per year in March, June, September and December. It has been the voice of IFA members since 1986 and began at a time when the art of feltmaking was virtually unknown in the West.

Initially produced as a newsletter, it has grown over the years with members contributing articles on many topics from ethnographical felts and traditional skills, to contemporary and experimental feltmaking, the creation of garments, accessories and large-scale installations.

Reports of workshops, symposia and international events regularly appear in the journal, as do reviews of books about feltmaking and related textile techniques. The importance of the IFA’s role to educate and inform is never forgotten, and we strive in the journal to bring you information on best practice from classrooms and community centres across the globe.

In 2014 a new editor, Joan Gordon, and designer, Caed Parker, were appointed to refresh both the content and style of Felt Matters. Recent issues have shone a spotlight on feltmakers in other countries and explored topics as diverse as photographing felt to indigo dying. The editor welcomes submissions from both members and non-members. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with an outline and to receive a copy of the guidelines for contributors.

The journal accepts advertising from suitable companies and individuals. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for rates and copy deadlines.

Felt Matters is available in the shop.

Some further information

Felt Matters is published on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December and members always receive four copies of the journal each year. In order to allow time for posting, we check to see who is a member (and therefore will receive the next Felt Matters) on the 20th of the preceding month.

Some examples...

  • Join on 19th February - your first Felt Matters will be March's issue
  • Join on 20th May - your first Felt Matters will be June's issue
  • Join on 21st May - your first Felt Matters will be Septembers issue
  • Join on 21st August - your first Felt Matters will be December's issue.

If you join the IFA and do not want to wait for your first issue of Felt Matters, you might be able to buy the current issue and some back issues at the IFA shop.