International Felting Conference

3rd–6th May 2018, Landskrona, Sweden

International Feltmakers Association AGM & Conference

In May 2018, Skåne Hemslöjdsförbund (The Handicrafts Association of Scania) is hosting the Internaltional Feltmakers Association´s AGM (Annual General Meeting) and at the same time will host an international felting conference in Landskrona in the South of Sweden. The conference is open for all feltmakers.

The conference’s focus is to look at local resources and handcrafts, such as the different varieties of Swedish wool and local Skåne wool embroidery.

Skånes Hemslöjdsförbund is part of Svenska Hemslöjdsföreningarnas Riksförbund (The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies), a non-profit organisation founded in 1912 with the vision Handicrafts should have a natural place in everyone’s daily life. The association’s office, business premises and handicraft shop are located in Landskrona on the southwest coast of Sweden.

The International Feltmakers Association is the world’s oldest association for feltmakers open for members all over the world. Its purpose is to promote the interest and knowledge of feltmaking, exchange knowledge and ideas and let members keep in touch with each other. If you would like to join IFA you can find the application form here

Conference Cost
The fee for the conference is 3700 SEK for IFA members. The conference is open to all feltmakers but the price for non-members is 4150 SEK. IFA members have priority booking until 15th January 2018.

The fee includes three lunches, three dinners and a sandwich before leaving Sunday. It does also include one excursion with entrance fees, one workshop and all lectures. It does not include accommodation or workshop materials. Read more about travel and accommodation

Registration and payment
Booking opens here on 11th December. IFA members have priority booking until 15th January 2018.

Registration and payment
Booking opens on 11th December and you can only book online here.
Last day of entry was March 25.

Note: When registering as IFA member, you will need to enter your IFA membership number. This you can find on the reverse of the carrier sheet of Felt Matters or when logged in on your membership page of the website

The booking form will ask for information on your choice of workshops (three choices) together with special requests regarding food allergy etc. The last day for registration is 25th March 2018.

Bookings before February 14th should be paid no later than February 28th. Bookings made after February 15th must be paid 14 days from the date of the invoice. Bookings are confirmed once the invoice is paid.
Once you have completed your booking you will receive a reply by email, with further details. If you do not receive a reply, please contact

Cancellation Policy
You have the right to cancel your booking within 14 days without any cost. Further booking terms and conditions can be found at

You should have your own personal travel and public liability insurance. If you are an IFA member, your membership includes the public liability insurance.

Skånes Hemslöjdsförbund reserve the right to make changes in the programme.

Post-conference classes, May 7th–10th
The week after the conference Skånes Hemslöjdsförbund will arrange three more classes (in english), two on felting and one on traditional wool embroidery in Skåne. Tutors are Liz Clay, Heidi Greb and Eva Berg. Bookings for the classes are made separately. Read more here


Thursday 3rd May
14.00-17.00 Registration at Hemslöjden in Skåne located in Landskrona old railway station at Österleden 10. If arriving early, you can take the opportunity to participate in a 1.45 hour city walk, visit the Landskrona museum or the art gallery.

18.00-22.00 Official opening of the conference at Hotel Öresund, Lilla Carolina. Welcome by representatives of Landskrona City, Skånes Hemslöjdsförbund and the International Feltmakers Association. Buffet with the opportunity to mingle and meet friends, old and new. 
Annhelén Olsson, CEO Skånes Hemslöjdsförbund, will deliver a lecture and slideshow of Skåne’s rich textile tradition.

Friday 4th May
08.30–16.00 The group is split into two for the workshops and excursion. Half the group will make an excursion while the other half participates in a workshop. See separate information sheets.

16.30-18.00 IFA AGM 2018 at Hotel Öresund in Landskrona. Only IFA members

18.30-21.30 Dinner at Hotel Öresund. After dinner, Alan Waller will make a presentation ‘A Deeper Look at Wool’ and talk about the origins and development of the domestic sheep based on modern DNA research. Alan, who is born in the UK but has lived in Sweden for many years, is one of Sweden’s leading experts in wool and is very knowledgeable about the differences in wool from Nordic and British breeds.

Saturday 5th May
08.30-16.00 The group is split into two for the workshops and excursion. Half the group will make an excursion while the other half participates in a workshop. See separate information sheets.

18.30-21.30 Gala dinner at Citadellet. Here we enjoy a Nordic buffet. Citadellet, where the oldest buildings date back to the mid-16th century, is part of the Landskrona Castle encircled by a moat and stone walls built to defend the city. Citadellet is beautifully situated by Lake Öresund and, today, the area is a well-known recreation area. After the dinner Gunilla Paetau Sjöberg will tell us about her life and work as a feltmaker.

Sunday 6th May
09.00-12.00 Kerstin Paradis Gustafsson will present the exhibition of her collection of felted carpets from Kyrgyzstan and talk about her many visits to the country since 1990. The exhibition is presented at the Hemslöjden facitilies in Landskrona. 
Yvonne Habbe will tell us how her creative nomadic thoughts led her to felt a pot with enough room to accommodate herself. An extra, extra, extra large felting project!

12.00 – End of the conference. Sandwich lunch that you either can eat on site or take away with you if you have a flight to catch.

Download the programe as PDF


The excursion goes to the beautiful Bjäre in Northwest part of Skåne and a sheep farm in Örkelljunga. In Båstad, we visit the luxury carpet weaving studio that Märta Måås-Fjetterstöm started in 1919 where they still weave woolen carpets by hand to her designs. There will be a guided tour of the business and hear of its history. We will also visit Vävaren i Båstad, a small family-owned weaving company that weave home textiles in linen in the same way as in the 1940s. We will see the weaving studio and visit their shop. Lunch is served at the Orangeriet restaurant in the beautiful garden of Norrviken’s Trädgårdar that overlooks the sea of Laholmsbukten. After lunch, the journey continues to Bodil’s Bod outside Örkelljunga. Bodil Zadig and her husband have a flock of Gotland and Leicester sheep. Bodil will tell us about their business and serve us coffee. We will have the opportunity to see the sheep and their little shop with wool and sheepskin products.

Read more about the excursions here


The textile wealth of the Skåne region – presented by Annhelén Olsson

A Deeper Look at Wool – presented by Alan Waller

The Nomadic Way of Felt – presented by Yvonne Habbe

A Kyrgyzstan World Heritage: The Yurt and its Carpets – presented by Kerstin Paradis Gustafsson

From the sheep pasture to the National Gallery – presented by Gunilla Paetau Sjöberg

Read more about the presentations here


The workshops will be held in one of two venues:
1. Hemslöjden’s premises in Landskrona based in the old railway station or
2. Kulturskolans about 10–15 min walk from Hemslöjden/Hotel Öresund

All workshops will be in English.

Materials will be available to buy either directly from the tutor (cash only) or from the Hemslöjden shop (cash or card). You will receive more details after you have booked. The cost of materials varies depending on the workshop and is listed in Swedish Kronor (SEK).

Small, Multi Facetted Sculptural Objects – Yvonne Habbe 

Felt a Fleece – Erik Torstensson 

Felting with Swedish Wool – Vera Frederiksen Zhotkevich 

Traditional Wool Embroidery from Skåne – Eva Berg

Read more about the workshops here