For our online AGM & Conference 25 March 2023, we commissioned talks from three expert feltmakers: Janna Turner, Jane Fox and Judy Preston. Members can view the videos on the IFA YouTube Channel from the links below.

Our first presenter Janna Turner demonstrated how you can wash your own wool and fleece at the kitchen sink: Washing Wool with Janna Turner 

You can also find Janna’s instructions for Washing Wool and Curly Wurly locks below:

Washing Wool
Washing Curly Wurly Locks

Our second talk was by Jane Fox, Northern Ireland-based feltmaker who enjoys experimenting and exploring the many techniques of feltmaking: Using Carders in Creative Ways

Our third presenter, IFA Regional Coordinator Judy Preston, shares top tips on colour matching plus a series of exercises to help develop an understanding of colour theory. Judy also shares a Region 9 project using Kandinsky’s Circles painting as a starting point and for inspiration:
Colour theory and tips on colour matching


For our online AGM & Conference 26 March 2022, we commissioned talks from two acclaimed feltmakers from Australia and the USA.

First, we heard from Wendy Bailye, who gave us her talk about her approach to creativity in feltmaking. She has also provided a useful Information sheet for you to download. To watch her video, click on the link below.

Connect, Experiment, Invent, Create. Make felt that is uniquely yours.

Later in the day, we heard from Pat Spark, a veteran feltmaker (her words), writer, editor and teacher in Oregon, USA. Here, she shares some of her tips and tricks for making felt as you get older. To watch her video, click on the link below.

The Ageing Feltmaker


In the first of our new series of virtual talks, Laura Mabbutt, the IFA Exhibition Officer, talked to us about her creative path.

5 June 2021 Talk by Laura Mabbutt | IFA Exhibition Officer

Our second talk features Canadian feltmaker, Fiona Duthie, in a Q&A session about her Creative Sparks project.

27 June 2021 Fiona Duthie Creative Sparks Talk

Our third talk features our chair, Mandy Nash. Her talk focuses on the theme of our 3rd online exhibition, Flora and Fauna. In it, she gives suggestions and ideas to inspire and help you create felt for the exhibition.

24 October 2021 Mandy Nash | Flora And Fauna

Our fourth talk features Fiona Kerlogue, former curator of the Asian and European Anthropology sections at the Horniman Museum, talking about the story of Mary Burkett (founder of the International Feltmakers Association) and the Felt Collections at the Horniman Museum.

11 December 2021 Mary Burkett and the Felt Collections at the Horniman Museumtalk