When: 1st & 3rd Saturday each month (Except December & January)
10am to 3pm.


$5 for venue hire ( includes free tea & coffee)

North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre,
28a Meehan Drive.

Annual Membership fees: Adult (17 and up) $40.00
Student / Youth (6-16 years) $25.00

What to bring: Please bring everything you need for felting & your lunch & drink

theillawarrafeltmakers@gmail.com or
The Illawarra Feltmakers Inc, P O Box 4247, SHELLHARBOUR NSW 2529

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Monday, 8 July 2019


Beginners’ Workshops for 2019 will be held on 4th May, 7th September and 2nd November. Cost is $80.00 and includes all materials and a felting kit to keep.

 Venue: North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre; 28 Meehan Dr, Kiama Downs. NSW Bookings essential: Numbers are strictly limited.

 Payment will secure your place in the class.  Contact Eleanor to book: by emailing theillawarrafeltmakers@gmail.com or
phone 0419 973 957 

This workshop is being run in conjunction with The Illawarra Feltmakers Inc Over the course of the day you will learn how to lay out fleece, the felting process, how to calculate shrinkage rates, and most importantly how to recognise when your felt is fully felted. You will also learn how to incorporate textural materials such as fabric and threads. We will also touch on the use of resists to create a seamless hollow. All materials will be supplied and will include everything you need to start on this wonderfully creative adventure. You will also receive comprehensive notes to take home along with your finished pieces. Felt is not confined to clothing and industrial purposes; it has sculptural qualities that allow your creative potential full reign.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Beginners Feltmaking Workshops 2018

North Kiama Neighbourhood Centre; 28 Meehan Dr, Kiama Downs

Bookings essential: Numbers are strictly limited. Payment will secure your place in the class. All materials and equipment provided. Bring lunch.

Cost: $110 includes all materials and equipment.

Contact Anita to book: anita@anitalarkin.com   0416148202  
This workshop is being run in conjunction with The Illawarra Feltmakers

            Saturday 3rd November 2018   (10am - 3pm)
You will learn essential skills in the ancient craft of feltmaking. The class begins with making a small flat felt piece that incorporates textural materials like fabric and lace.
This will be followed with learning how to use a resist between the layers of wool in order to create a seamless hollow vessel.
Anita will share with you how to make a pattern for a resist. You will be amazed at the feltmaking process, and the potential it holds for creative adventures.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017


To all feltmakers, knitters, spinners, weavers and lovers of wool and fibres,

The Illawarra Feltmakers Inc will be hosting the
2018 South Coast Fibre Muster on
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August 2018
at the Gerringong Town Hall, Fern Street

Traders attending include:

Belisa Cashmere

Come in Spinner


Glenora Weaving & Wool


Looms and Spinning Wheels

Petlyn Fibre Products

Reynolds Yarns

Virginia Farm Wool Works

Waratah Fibres

Yarn Hub

2018 Fibre Muster - Best Sheep in Show Competition

Email theillawarrafeltmaker@westnet.com.au for an entry form and

  • Make your own sheep, or an item with a sheep theme, to be
    part of the flock at the Muster; Live sheep cannot be accepted due to
    quarantine regulations;
  • Maximum overall size for individual entries: 30 cm x 30 cm x
    30 cm; Maximum overall size for group entries: 60 cm x 60 cm
    x 60 cm;
  • Any technique (e.g knitting, weaving ,felt, crochet) using a minimum of
    50% wool (not acrylic yarn) or natural fibres;
  • Limit of one entry per person or per group;
  • $2.00 fee per entry;
  • Prizes for each category: Open, Junior, Group sections; +
    Peoples’ Choice Award; 

Monday, 1 August 2016

South Coast Fibre Muster- Aug 12 & 13 2016

Get ready for a weekend of fibre delight!
Come along & see
  •  best sheep in show
  • Demonstrations
  • Wool lovers
  • Handmade garment & accessories
  • Traders & Suppliers
  • Local fibre groups happy to share knowledge

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

2016 Exhibition

Reflections Exhibition

June 8-13, 2016, Old Fire Station, 40 Shoalhaven St, Kiama
(cnr Terralong and Shoalhaven Streets)

An exhibition  showcasing artworks using felt as the primary medium. Come along & be  introduced  to the wonderful world of felt

Reflections conjures up images of sound, light, heat, colour, movement, water, mirrors, shimmering and glitz as well as more abstract ideas. It can also encompass thoughtfulness, meditation, reconsideration, resonance, perception, observation, reflections of a journey, life, holidays.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Martien van Zuilen’s workshop

The Illawarra Feltmakers Inc has invited Martien  to conduct a workshop in felted jewellery making. The details are as follows:

Jewellery Adorned –Felt Sculpture on a Precious Scale Workshop with Martien van Zuilen – 16th & 17th May 2015

This workshop is for those with intermediate to advanced skills. Cost is $250.00.

A deposit of $100.00, payable on submission of the enrolment form, will secure your place. The balance will be due 9th May 2015. How to pay options are noted on the enrolment form. Bookings are strictly on a first come, first served basis and a Waiting List will be maintained if necessary.

Participant numbers are strictly limited to eleven.

The workshop venue is the Shell Cove Community Centre, cnr Southern Cross Boulevard & Hinchenbrook Drive, Shell Cove NSW 2529. The times will be 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday 16th May and 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday 17th May.

Please note: All workshop related enquires and  for enrolment forms please e-mail to Diana Henderson at tifworkshops@westnet.com.au 

Monday, 26 January 2015

First felt day for 2015 & beginners Workshop dates

Our first felting day  for 2015 will be Saturday February 7th.

Beginners Feltmaking Workshops in 2015 with Anita Larkin

Learn fundamental feltmaking skills with Anita Larkin, one of Australia’s best-known feltmakers, for only $85 a class!

Bookings essential: Numbers are strictly limited. Payment of $85 will secure your place in a class. All materials and equipment provided. Bring lunch.

Contact to book: anita@anitalarkin.com 0416148202

About Anita: www.anitalarkin.com

Shell Cove Community Centre: cr Southern Cross Bvde /Hinchenbrook Dr

Felted Jewellery February 21st (10am - 3pm)

Feltmaking is a fun and sumptuously tactile craft. Anita will teach you techniques of making solid felt forms such as beads, discs, earings, bangles, rings and cords. Students will then be guided into developing their own designs, felting forms together into wonderful felted jewellery pieces and/or little textile sculptures. A wonderful introduction to feltmaking, and the wide range of shapes possible in felt.

Felt a Hat July 4th (10am - 3pm)

You will have a fun day learning the skills of how to make your own unique felted hat. Anita will share with you how to make a pattern for a resist and calculate ‘shrinkage’ for your hat. Learn the resist method of feltmaking, in which students will be working directly from the soft tufts of wool into a beautiful felted hat with your own hands. There is no sewing. This method of making a felted hat is magic!

Felt a Scarf - Nuno Felting October 3rd (10am - 3pm)

You will learn how to make a fine felt scarf that incorporates fabrics into the body of the felt. This is
called Nuno felting. Experiment with felting directly into the body of various fabrics to create unusual textures, rippling and ruching of the fabrics occurs naturally during this process. This is an inspiring day full of colour and texture. Discover how to blend colours in wool together as well as the possibilities of delicate lightweight lace felts. Seen them in the boutiques? Now make your very own!