What is a feltmakers convergence?

A Convergence is a gathering of felt makers, and the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas is the underlying theme. The Southern Hemisphere Feltmakers Convergence has been happening bi-annually since 1990. Each convergence is a little different, reflecting the fact that a feltmaking group in a different location hosts it entirely voluntarily. A convergence is an amazing event and some feltmakers have been attending them over many years ensuring lifelong friendships. The convergence program differs from year to year as it is traditionally largely made up of feltmakers who volunteer their time to share their knowledge, ideas and experience of feltmaking. A convergence attendee can expect many inspiring tutorials, workshops, opportunities to display your work, a fashion parade, installations, community group projects, lectures, professional development, informal demonstrations, a place to felt to your hearts content, traders trading their supplies, many networking opportunities, and much laughter and camaraderie with other feltmakers. It is a whole week immersed in the wonderful stuff of felt. Eat, sleep, and drink felt if you are that keen! It covers every aspect of felt making and is suitable for all levels of experience, wherever you are at with your own feltmaking journey. The 12th Convergence will be held in The Illawarra Region of NSW Australia, 1st-6th September 2013. It will be hosted by The Illawarra Feltmakers inc. Come along, learn, share, felt and have fun.

Applications for enrollment are expected to go out October 2012. If you would like to be on the email list please let us know. 12thfeltconvergencesh@westnet.com.au

Things to do, places to see

Things to do, places to see

            Within a ten minute drive of our venue, The Tops Conference Centre at Stanwell Tops, there are attractions such as Symbio Wildlife Park, Articles Art Gallery, bushwalks, Bald Hill Lookout near the hang gliding take off site, Stanwell Park Beach, Kelly’s Falls and a Hindu Temple.  This area is known as the northern end of the Illawarra.

            Go a little further, but still within an hour’s drive of The Tops; visitors have numerous spectacular beaches, The Royal National Park, the picturesque Southern Highlands with Wollondilly at their foothills and the city of Wollongong.          

            We suggest that if you can plan a few additional days in our region you will be pleasantly surprised. Wollongong has been much maligned over the years for its industry and port based history but the area is much more than that. Surrounding our city are beaches that have recently been voted some of the best in the country. The escarpment, with its sheer drop as an ever-present background, offers spectacular views and beyond it is the beautiful rolling countryside of the Southern Highlands.

            All this comes with accommodation for every budget, good food and plenty to do, be it for the physically active or those interested in a more leisurely pace.

            The following links are a good start for making discoveries that will hopefully enhance your Convergence 2013 experience.

Visit Wollongong, gateway to the South Coast:

Northern Illawarra Tourist Trails:

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area - Walking | NSW National Parks:

Grand Pacific Drive - Sydney to Wollongong and Beyond...

South Coast Accommodation:

Free Gong Shuttle Bus | Travel Info | Wollongong.com:

Welcome to the official Tourism Southern Highlands website · Home:

Visit Wollondilly:


Free maps can be found at

Look for ones that cover Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. Those last two regions are just to our south


Other sites to check out are:


for travel plans and times, accommodation, hire cars, things to do


for houses, units and flats to rent


For camping facilities & cabins



For more tourist parks as well as houses, units, and motels


http://www.stateparks.nsw.gov.au Check out the Killalea State Park in Shell Cove


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