When we started our project our aim was to carry the ancient skill of making felt into the new millenium.
We started our project in November 1998.Our workshop was in a magical setting, a canvas covered area in a wood with a tepee complete with fire and the sun streaming in through the branches.Perfection.
It was there that we learned not only new skills of working with wood, sawing,using a plane, sanding,drilling and cleaving the oak wood for the ring, but also a deeper appreciation of our woodlands.
The yurt frame was made from a windblown Scottish ash tree and the roof wheel from oak under the expert tuition of Mark Humphreys.We learned the art of steam bending wood and marvelled at the patterns and shapes of the steamed ash in its rigid jigs.It was finished by January 1999.
When it was completed we all agreed that the frame was such a beautiful structure.We celebrated our success by sleeping in our new 9ft high abd 14ft diameter home with a canvas cover ..it was a beautiful frosty night with a star studded sky and the memory of that night will always stay with each of us.
This much loved panel was created in Alves,
Inverness by Jennifer Wilson .
Childern from the Hamilton and District Branch of
young Embroiders,third year Art pupils from Abronhill High school,
Cumbernauld,Hannah, Matthew and Grace Ridley,Emily and Benjamin Shaw
made birds,bugs fruit
and leaves for the sky panels .
This panel was made in Calafornia by Christie Dunning,Polly Giacchina,Sara Matta, Diane Gage, Antonia Cosentina, Chari Myers and Carol McKie-Manning
This panel was made in Ayrshire at the Dick Institute by Jennifer Alexander, Liz Brown, Fiona Moir, Janet Renouf-Miller and others.
Created in Edinburgh by Ann Williams,Maureen Macalister and friends
Panel created by Express Group Fife
lead by Alison Brough
Created in Portskerra, Sutherland by Jacqueline Walters
Pat Mackenzie , Violet Kirkwood, Marilyn Caddell, Dorothy Duncan,
Janette and Eleanor McKeown, Janice Ridley, Sonia Shaw and Jenny Mackay made this panel in Lesmahgow
Christina Sargent made this stong panel with Snow leapords
in South Ronaldsay, Orkney