Life with Cancer

It is difficult to write this but I feel that I must share my experiences as part of my healing process. In early July, I found a lump and went to visit my doctor. A mammogram, ultrasound and a core needle biopsy revealed that this was Stage 3 breast cancer. 6 Days later I found myself in hospital undergoing a radical mastectomy. 9 Lymph nodes were also removed during the procedure.
The lab results showed that this was not a standard type of breast cancer but an extremely rare form, called Metaplastic Breast Cancer. Which is not actually a breast cancer, but a type of Skin cancer that happened to grow within my breast. My doctor informed me that there are no known successful treatments for this type of cancer, therefore he does not recommend further chemo treatments. The chemo could possibly do more harm than good. I will also be meeting with my oncologist in a few weeks to discuss more details of this type of cancer and treatment options.
If there are no successful treatments that modern medicine can provide, my best and only alternative is to look into holistic types of healing, using natural and organic foods, exercise, meditation and faith.
Due to the surgery, I have limited use of my right arm, so am unable to do any craft or textile work until my arm strengthens and heals.
I have had to cancel and postpone any workshops that I had scheduled. If you have booked a workshop with me, I will keep you updated on my progress.
I will continue to post updates to my story from time to time on my All Fiber Arts website.

Paivi

Learn to Felt a Small Case

Learn to wet felt a small case or wallet to hold your eyeglasses, Iphone or other small treasures. This workshop is designed for the beginner feltmaker. You will learn how to use a resist to make a seamless bag. A resist is used in felt making as a form to create the basic shape of the bag. Once the case has partially felted, the resist is removed and the additional felting is done to further shrink the wool.

Felted Small Cases
Felted Small Cases

Beginner Wet Felted Small Bags and Cases Workshop
Course Length: 3 hours
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Course Fee: £35.00
Materials Fee: £5.00

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
The Materials fee covers sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional felting wool for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.
All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Wet Felting Workshops

Felted Easter Eggs Workshop Learn to make Easter eggs with needle and wet felting methods.
Felt a Picture Workshop Learn the basic steps of feltmaking by making a picture.
Felt a Small Case Workshop Learn to felt a small case for your Iphone or sunglasses.
Felted Oven Mitt Workshop Learn to felt an oven mitt using a resist.
Felted IPad Case Workshop Learn to felt a case or bag for your IPad or tablet.
Felted Cloche Style Hat Workshop Learn to felt a cloche style hat using a resist.
Felted French Beret Workshop Learn to felt a beret style hat using a resist.

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Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ