Workshops 2018

needle felt badger by Olwen Veeversfelt flowers by Sarah Fisherwillow basket by Lois Grindey

For some of these workshops you may need to bring some of you own equipment (e.g. scissors) and / or materials; you will be advised of this when booking.

Please click here for a printable workshop booking form.

willow trug made by Mel BastierTuesday 5 JuneWillow Garden TrugMel Bastier
Make a traditional garden trug perfect for collecting flowers or vegetables from the garden. Using a variety of willow you will also be shown how to form a hoop and set ribs for this type of strong and functional basket.

Level: beginner or improver

Full day: £40

Materials: £5
wall-hanging made by Liz BeasleySaturday 9 JuneDecorative Wall-HangingLiz Beasley
Participants will learn how to warp up a weaving frame and weave with a selection of textured weaving and macrame techniques, to create a highly individualistic wall-hanging incorporating handspun yarns, fabrics and ‘found’ objects (buttons, driftwood, beads and shells, etc).

Level: beginner or improver

Full day: £40

Materials: £10
needle-felted badger by Olwen VeeversSunday 10 JuneNeedle Felted BadgerOlwen Veevers
Using needle felting technique and fleece from naturally coloured sheep, enjoy sculpting your own miniature badger.

Level: beginner/intermediate

Full day: £40

Materials: £5
felt beads made by Sarah FisherMonday 11 June - amFabulous Felt BeadsSarah Fisher
The tutor will show you a number of techniques for making felt beads using Merino fleece and the traditional wet-felted method. You can choose from a wide variety of colours; you should make enough to come away with a lovely necklace or bracelet, and have some over for earrings. If you wish, you can learn how to string them using a macramé method of knotting cord.

Level: beginner to intermediate

Half day: £20

Materials: £3
felt flowers made by Sarah FisherMonday 11 June - pmGorgeous Felt FlowersSarah Fisher
Learn a number of ways of making stunning flowers, using the traditional wet-felted method. The tutor will bring Merino fleece in a wide variety of colours, and you can choose the shape and design you want. Go away with two or three flowers, make into brooches or add stems and put them into a vase.

Level: beginner to intermediate

Half day: £20

Materials: £3
wool rug made by Sue ClowTuesday 12 JuneRecycling Wool Into RugsSue Clow
Explore the different rag rug making techniques of hooking, prodding, braiding and standing wool to recycle woollen blankets and garments. At this workshop there will be demonstrations of all the techniques. You will make finished pieces such as badges, trivets, pincushions and cushion pads. A colourful chance to experiment with lots of different tools and techniques.

Level: all

Full day: £40

Materials: £5
willow dragonfly and flower made by Nicky WaltersFriday 15 June - amWillow Dragonfly and FlowerNicky Walters
Using basic willow weaving techniques you will create a Willow Dragonfly and separate Willow Flower to display in your garden or home. All Materials provided. Some tools will be available to share but if you have them please bring secateurs and an awl or bradawl, plus an apron or old tea towel.

Level: beginner

Half day: £20

Materials: £3
willow amgel made by Nicky WaltersFriday 15 June - pmWillow angelNicky Walters
Angels are not only for Christmas! Using basic willow weaving techniques you will create a beautiful 50 cm / 18” Willow Angel to display in your home. Some tools will be available to share but if you have them please bring secateurs and an awl or bradawl, plus an apron or old tea towel. All Materials provided.

Level: beginner

Half day: £20

Materials: £3
needle felt pair of owls made by Hannah KempSaturday 16 June - amNeedle Felt a pair of Baby OwlsHannah Kemp
Learn to needle felt your very own pair of baby owls from natural wools. I will guide you, step by step, through a variety of needle felting techniques during this 3 hour workshop. At the end of the workshop you'll have your very own owls to take home, and if you catch the felting bug, you'll have the skills and knowledge to make more for your friends and family, or come back to make a moon gazing hare. All tools and materials will be provided.

Level: all

Half day: £20

Materials: £2
needle felt hare made by Hannah KempSunday 17 JuneNeedle Felt a Moon-Gazing HareHannah Kemp
In this workshop you will learn the wonderful technique of needle felting to create your very own moon-gazing hare from natural coloured wools. I will guide you, step by step, through a variety of needle felting techniques during this one day workshop. At the end of the workshop you'll have your very own hare to take home, and you'll have the skills and knowledge to make more for your friends and family. All tools and materials will be provided.

Level: all

Fully day: £40

Materials: £2
embellished felt hat and scarf made by Su PascoeSunday 17 & Monday 18 JuneEmbellished Hat & Matching Ruffle ScarfSu Pascoe
You will learn how to create a totally unique hand felted hat using a resist technique with embellishments of your choice.
On the 2nd day, after your hat has had a chance to dry, you will finish it with hand stitching of brim braid and internal hatband. You will also have the opportunity to design and create a matching ruffle scarf/collar.
All materials can be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own. For something being worn next to the skin I would advise only using Merino wool tops.

Level: improver, intermediate and advanced

2 days: £75

Materials: £12
free-form crochet by Margaret HughesTuesday 19 JuneFreeform CrochetMargaret Hughes
Crochet is infinitely flexible. In this workshop you will explore various ways of working completely free of both patterns and instructions. If you already change patterns, or if you simply know a lot of different techniques and want to use them in more imaginative ways, then this is the workshop for you. We shall look at the basics of how to make freeform garments and accessories in the morning. In the afternoon you will begin your own freeform item. Depending on how large a project it is you may or may not finish it on the same day, but you will have fun and new worlds of crochet inspiration will open before you. You will need a wide range of wools, as well as several hooks with which you are comfortable. This workshop assumes you can crochet and are at least at an improver’s level or better. It is not for beginners.

Level: improver, intermediate and advanced

Full day: £40

Materials: £6
willow hare made by Mel BastierFriday 22 JuneWillow Hare SculptureMel Bastier
Learn how to make your very own willow hare, a perfect garden sculpture. You will be introduced to several willow weaving and sculpting techniques to help you create this lovely sculpture.

Level: beginner or improver

Full day: £40

Materials: £5
willow basket  made by Lois GrindeySaturday 23 JuneSmall Round Willow BasketLois Grindey
I discovered basket making by accident, a present from a friend. That was 30 years ago. I make baskets using techniques that have survived for hundreds of years and traditional patterns. Every basket would have had a specific use, a standard size and shape, and used for fruit and vegetable picking, grain and fish as well as domestic use and feeding animals. Too many to mention. If you'd like to learn how to make yourself a small round basket using these same methods, then come along for a day's workshop.

Level: beginner

Full day: £40

Materials: £5
felt picture made by Ali ScottSunday 24 JuneCreating a Felt PictureAli Scott
Learn the basic ‘wet felting’ technique to create a simple design or landscape using Merino wool tops, fibres and yarns. Pre-felts can be made during the workshop if needed to incorporate into your final piece. Bring a photo, drawing or image for inspiration, a carrier bag to carry wet work home and an old sponge and towel to keep your work area dry.

Level: all

Full day: £40

Materials: £5
nuno felted scarf made by Su PascoeMonday 25 JunePatchwork Nuno Felted ScarfSu Pascoe
Learn the technique of Nuno Felting, embedding a patchwork of silk pieces into a felt background using the finest merino wool tops. Make yourself a unique and colourful scarf to match any outfit! All materials can be supplied. Advise that only lightweight silk is used for this workshop.

Level: improver, intermediate

Full day: £40

Materials: £9
crochet by Margaret Hughes

crochet by Margaret Hughes

crochet by Margaret Hughes
Tuesday 26 JuneReading Patterns / Joins, Borders & EdgesMargaret Hughes
Reading patterns: Can you already crochet but have trouble reading and understanding patterns? Or are you terrified of the diagrams that come with many patterns? This workshop will show you how to understand both the words and the diagrams/charts that come with many crochet patterns. At the end of the workshop you will understand and be able to write and chart your own patterns. We shall make a simple bag as part of this workshop.
You will need 50 gm of wool with which you feel comfortable and at least one hook, preferably a 4.5 or 5 mm – or larger.


Joins, Borders & Edges: You have spent ages making a lot of squares, or all the pieces for that sweater you really like. But how best to join them all together and finish them off? This workshop will show you how to join pieces invisibly and with decorative joins. It will also introduce you to a few borders and edges.
To get the most out of the workshop please bring with you some pieces of work which you want to join and/or edge. We shall be working on your own projects throughout the workshop. Please bring a range of different matching and contrasting yarns.

Level: improver, intermediate and advanced

Full day: £40

Materials: £6

Individual tutors may be able to offer additional dates if bookings exceed the maximum stated for workshop date listed.

Demonstrations will also be taking place during the Festival on particular days

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