Fall Felting Retreat- Quebec

The dates
and details are set for a relaxing, revitalizing, energizing fall
felting retreat – I am so looking forward to this event! 
The retreat will run on October 3, 4, 5, 2014, at Meech Lake, Quebec, just outside Ottawa.
All of
the details are described below…please just contact me if you have any questions. This retreat will fill very quickly, so do reserve your space as soon as possible!

Shadow Felting: Friday, all day, and Saturday morning.
Working in layers of silk gauze and fine merino wools we’ll create highly refined, drapable textiles.  This strata effect adds depth and interest to the felt surface, building up shading and shadows in both neutral compositions and those highly coloured. We’ll also cover the colour carving technique to add bold rifts within the surfaces. Techniques can be used to create either a scarf, shawl, or tunic/shell top. 

Felt Illuminated: Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.
Warm, Soft, Comforting- everything we think of in wool- but with an edge
when used in lighting design. The wool fibre patterns are accentuated
through shading, unique to this combination of fibre and illumination.
The learning challenges in this class are to measure and make resists to
construct a 3-D felt form to exact finished dimensions and to create
lightweight, structurally strong felt that illuminates beautifully
…Combine fibres, multiple layers,  felt lace, prefelt, colourwork and
stitching to construct a striking interior design piece.

Saturday Evening during the retreat: Ottawa/Gatineau Felt Gathering
Saturday, October 4th.  6pm-10pm
Felt United Project plus social gathering…..more details to follow!

General Information:
We will be working together in a very beautiful and peaceful
setting….encouraging the feeling of a true retreat time, with immersion
in our
environment and craft.  In the evenings
we can continue felting, talking fibre and creativity, or simply enjoy
quiet space.  There is basic onsite
accommodation for up to five people, or you can attend on a day basis. All participants are welcome to stay or join in for the
free felting time.  Please contact me for
more information if you need accommodation. 
Retreat fee is $375.00.
Included is a hearty, local Fall lunch on each
day.  We’ll do our best to accommodate
special dietary requests- just let us know and we’ll see what we can do!  
Materials lists will be sent out with registration information or you can have the materials provided for a $65.00 materials fee.
About the space:
The retreat will be held at a beautiful cottage set on three
forested acres on Meech Lake in Gatineau Park. There is plenty of room for
people to work comfortably, and to find a quiet space as they desire. The Fall
colours will be at their peak (hopefully!) and we’ll be able to work either
indoors or out, with a lake and forest view to inspire us.  As time permits, participants can walk along
the lake, go canoeing, or take a hike up the hill beside the creek on the hundreds
of kilometres of trails than run from the trailhead next door. This is a place
that is very special to me, and it is my favourite time of year to be there- I
am looking forward to sharing it with you! 
The cottage is only 10 minutes from Chelsea, which has some very nice
restaurants and café’s, and 20 minutes from Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. 
About the retreat schedule:
The class time will be from 9:00am- 5:00pm.
A  full, dynamic and energetic session,  balanced by some slow time through the day to enjoy
the surroundings, journal, stretch, and relax. 
Free felting time in the evenings are often a very rich part of the
retreat experience;  to deepen our
relationships, discuss the technique shared through the day as well as our
own fibre experiences, or just chat over a bottle of
wine.  Evenings are open to everyone
participating in the retreat.
Please email me if you would like to reserve a space. Your space will be confirmed on receipt of the full fee via
PayPal or cheque.  The retreat has a maximum attendance of 8. Payments must be received in full by September 13th.

I look forward to felting with you this Fall!

Warm wishes,


  1. Kat Gilmore August 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I must go, I will go!!!

    • Fiona August 20, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      One space left, Kate! We do offer a retreat here every two years…so if not this time, maybe next….or somewhere else!

  2. Els August 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh …..
    (wouln't it be nice …. 😉 !)
    All the best Fiona

    • Fiona August 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Dear Els! I wish you could come to this place- I think you would love it!
      We'll just keep felting together, over the internet! xo