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Felt Lace: An exhibition by the International Feltmakers Association

October 4 @ 10:30 am - October 28 @ 4:30 pm


Felt is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind, predating weaving and knitting. In Turkey, the remains of felt have been found, dating back to at least 6,500 BC. During the last twenty years it has experienced an exciting reinvention and become a world wide, artistic phenomenon.

Felt Lace is an exhibition by region 5 members of the International Feltmakers Association. It was inspired by the museum’s lace collection and by the history of lace making in Olney and North Buckinghamshire.

Through a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques, the pieces in the exhibition illustrate the versatility of felt and how it can range from something that is practical and hard wearing to something that is delicate and ethereal. Lacelike effects and gossamer thin materials are achieved through combining wool with other materials and fibres. This is illustrated in the range of wall hangings, vessels, and clothing on display in the exhibition gallery.

The exhibition is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays and on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be attended by some of the artists/makers themselves who will be delighted to discuss the pieces on show, and introduce you to the work of the International Feltmakers Association.

Bamboo Stream (Osvalda Warner)
Lady in Red (Osvalda Warner)
Felt Lace: An exhibition by the International Feltmakers Association


October 4 @ 10:30 am
October 28 @ 4:30 pm
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