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Summer Shawl

Summer Shawl

I make these shawls using Tussah silk hankies, which I laid out over the full length and width of my table. Next
merino wool is added followed by Blueface Leicester and Wensleydale locks,, plus mulberry silk. Once the laying out is completed I damped the shawl and leave it overnight to let the scales on the wool open ready for the felting process. This involves rubbing the shawl with a homemade olive oil soap solution. This helps the wool begin to bind together, one the materials become a fabric I then roll it up and roll it back and forth about 800 hundred times.
It is then laid out on the table and checked that all the fibres have felted/ locked together followed by gently fulling it.

Hailsham Art Trail 2022

Hailsham Art Trail 2022

Hailsham Festival Open Morning 3rd September, Vicarage Field, Hailsham 09.30 – 12.00.  A display of fused glass and Felt accessories, which will also be available for sale.  Please come and say hello to Jazz and myself and have a browse at our work.

Dippy Doodahs Tearoom 3- 17th September High Street Hailsham. A window and internal display of my own and other makers work which include fused glass, and textile creations. Dippy Doodahs is a Friendly local craft cafe with crafts for sale, regular workshops and drop-in sessions open Monday – Saturday 09.00 – 14.00 for teas, coffees, delicious cake, and light snacks.

Hailsham festival Information Centre 3rd – 18th September 10.00 – 16.00, Furniture Now, High Street, Hailsham. An exhibition of art by local artists including stained glass, lino cuts and wool paintings

Bluebell Barn Exhibition 10 and 11th September 10.00 16.00. An exhibition of professional arts and crafts, including pottery, glass, ceramics, jewellery, needlecraft, and wool art. Refreshments in aid of Friends of Eastbourne Hospital.

Gallery North Exhibition   17th September – 9th October 10.00 – 16.00 Daily.   A varied exhibition of art and crafts by members of Hailsham Artists Network and the regular resident artists. Gallery North is a community gallery in the heart of Hailsham.

Chicken Egg Cosy

Chicken Egg Cosy

Chicken egg cosies to keep your breakfast egg snug and warm. Available at Starlings Art & Craft Collective, Bexhill and Dippy Doodahs Hailsham . Wool is naturally insulating and thermal keeping boiled eggs ready to eat. A lovely Mothering Sunday and Easter gifts. Enjoy them!

Hi, I’m Valerie

I live in a rural market town in East Sussex, close to both the South Downs and the coast. I am a felt artist and I love making and teaching.  Find out more on my About Me page