A Weekend of Felting in Quebec

Our guest artist/author is Cathy Wycliff sharing her experience of
felting at Meech Lake, Quebec, with Fiona Duthie, October 3-5, 2014.

When I heard about the opportunity to felt with Fiona amidst the Fall splendor of Quebec province, I did not hesitate to sign up for this class! There were eight female students and Fiona, and the weekend was informative, fun and felt-a-licious! Not too many photos taken, and no long walks as previously imagined, simply because we were too busy felting.

The country cottage where we stayed was just outside of the Galatin National Forest, a beautiful area just twenty minutes from Ottawa. In the first photo, you may see a small boathouse in the background, which was just by the side of Meech Lake. It was a bit chilly for a swim, and besides, we were too busy felting!

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I took a minute the first afternoon to shoot these photos, and I was playing around with capturing the hanging bird chimes on top of the tree.

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A quick photo of the planter, and then onto felting.

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We learned how to make two different projects:  a nuno tunic (choice of white or black) and  a lampshade (varied sizes and wool choices).

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The lampshade is not totally finished.  It needs to be ironed and steamed, then a final shaping. It was made to be a pendulum light, hanging from the ceiling. For blog purposes only, the lampshade is sitting atop one of the posters on my 4-poster bed.

With 8 different women felting, you would think there would be some uniformity in what we chose to make, but I can tell you that each project was different, and each was amazingly beautiful and well-crafted. There were white tunics and black tunics, tall lampshades and wide lampshades. Embellishments were as varied as the attendees.

Most of our meals were at the cottage and we all pitched in to make it work. Some cooked, some loaded dishes and others provided scintillating conversation over mugs of coffee and tea (and at times, glasses of wine). One lovely lady who did not stay at the cottage brought fresh croissants and scones one morning. We and several local ladies celebrated Felt United on Oct. 4th at the cottage by making a very large piece of “Peace” felt.

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On the last eve, some of us took Fiona out to dinner at a marvelous nearby fish restaurant. If you ever have an opportunity to take a class from Fiona Duthie, I highly recommend her–not only as an instructor par excellence–but as a wonderful human being.

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19 Responses to A Weekend of Felting in Quebec

  1. Lyn says:

    What a lovely way to spend a weekend and you’ve got two great items to remember it by (but a shame you didn’t get a dip in the lake eh?).

  2. Jane says:

    That all looks absolutely blissful Marilyn. Glad you managed a few shots of the beautiful surroundings to show us between your happy felting. What a wonderful place to be felting.

    I am too far away to go in person to Fiona’s workshops but I have just started one of her on line workshops. Happy Felting

    • Jane says:

      ops sorry ! that should of been thanks Cathy.

    • luvswool says:

      It was absolutely heavenly, Jane! I hope you will enjoy Fiona’s on-line class, as I did when I took her Surface Design Class on-line. I learned so much, and I am sure you will as well.

  3. josiedb says:

    What a great way to spend your weekend. I do hope one day I will have the opportunity to do a retreat like this. thanks for sharing

    • luvswool says:

      You are welcome! It’s a joy to be able to share your art with like-minded people, and I do hope you are able to experience a similar retreat some day. The Fiona Fall Retreat at Meech Lake will take place again in 2016!

  4. Teri Berry says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time Cathy and I love your wrap, with the wonderful little pops of colour. Are they cut outs from Fiona’s colour carving technique?

    • luvswool says:

      Thank you, Teri. Yes, you are correct…the pops of color are cut outs from Fiona’s carving technique. It was fun to see how that technique was interpreted by others. One lady made a giant carving which extended from one side of the tunic to the other…quite dramatic!

  5. Judy says:

    It looks like you had a wonderful time with a lovely creative and talented teacher. Very pretty projects. On your black nuno tunic are those wee sparks of color wool felted beads?? They are fantastic pop of color.

  6. luvswool says:

    Thank you, Judy. It was very special. The wee sparks of color are actual carvings of wool, which I first learned in Fiona’s on-line Surface Design class. I highly recommend this class!

  7. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Cathy, your projects turned out great. I can only imagine how busy and exhausting the weekend was constantly felting. A happy exhaustion considering such wonderful results.

    I apologize for the typo, it should be Gatineau National Forest not Galatin.

    • luvswool says:

      Thanks so much, Marilyn! It was very busy and exhausting as well, but I made up for that by retiring early in the eve.

  8. ruthlane says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I thought it was weird about the Galatin National Forest because we have one of those here in Montana. 🙂

  9. luvswool says:

    We had a terrific time! Lovely people, wonderful food and scenery, fabulous felting. I can now brag that I have been to both the Gatineau and Gallatin Forests!

  10. It looks like you had a great time. Felting and learning in a group is so much fun. Fall is beautiful in Gatineau.

  11. luvswool says:

    We did have a wonderful time in a truly beautiful place.

  12. zedster66 says:

    It looks like a great place and sounds like you really enjoyed it, Cathy 🙂

  13. luvswool says:

    Yes, thanks, truly enjoyable, and I did learn a few new felting techniques as well.

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