Come and learn about fleece and felt something beautiful. We mostly use local Shetland fleece, which we have sorted and naturally dyed using local and ancient imported plant materials. On our weekend courses you can choose to make one large item, such as a a wall hanging or a Mongolian style floor mat, or perhaps you prefer to make a smaller item such as bags, purses or brooches. We teach wet felting techniques; hand felting, rolling and throwing. I spent some time in Mongolia, learning ancient techniques of felt-making over there. You can then finish it off by needle felting in any details you would like. Whichever, techniques you prefer they are all great fun and produce wonderful results! All our courses are based in the barn at Crochail woods, which is 100 acres of managed woodland in Strathglass on the edge of Cannich not far from Glen Affric in the Highlands of Scotland.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included in the weekend, we also provide a delicious homemade lunch. Inverness can be easily reached by train, bus or plane and there are connecting buses on to Cannich. We are happy to pick guests up from their accommodation if they are travelling by public transport. If you would like to join us for the weekend, there is an excellent campsite down the road which has camping pods and plenty or space, as well as a list of recommended B&B's on our website. Our neighbors also have a yurt in the woods which guests can stay in.
Rosie Hazleton at Wild Rose Escapes
Wild Rose Escapes Higher Crochail Cannich, Beauly, Inverness-shire Highlands IV47NE
This two day wet felting course was outstanding, informative and great fun in a wonderful setting. Rosie is an excellent and welcoming teacher who is very encouraging and supportive in learning new skills. I would highly recommend this and will be back for other courses soon!
This is the second felting course I have done with the instructor Rosie and both have been amazing. The location is beautiful, the food provided is delicious and home-made and the teaching is superb. Rosie is very enthusiastic about felting and the natural processes (foraging for natural colours to dye the fleece) involved in the practice. Rosie made me feel relaxed and was very encouraging while I made my artwork. I came away feeling happy with my work, was given ideas about how to develop it further and felt confident I could continue wet-felting at home.
An excellent course. Rosie is very friendly and is very good at delivering instructions and giving support.
It was great to only have small group, as you were able to chat and receive the help. Everything was prepared and all equipment was available. It was good to see the processes involved to prepare the materials, I really appreciated the effort that went into setting up the course for us.
Lunch was also particularly good. The B&B was also recommended by Rosie and worth staying at.
I would highly recommend it to everyone. A very enjoyable weekend.
My friend and I attended the weekend felting course and both really enjoyed it. Rosie is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher, with exactly the right balance of input and encouragement to go with your own creation. I learned a lot in a short time and would feel confident enough to try to do some wet felting on my own. I hadn't expected to make something so large (a wall hanging) and loved the fact that there was an unlimited amount of beautiful natural hand dyed fleece to experiment with. We had a lovely lunch both days, sitting outside at the end of October in the beautiful Cannich countryside. Thank-you Rosie, would definitely recommend this course.
I loved the felting weekend, I am quite an experienced felter but still learned a lot and it was great to experiment with the beautiful naturally dyed wools with Rosie's relaxed and knowledgeable guidance. I would highly recommend the course!
I had never felted before and impulsively booked the 2 day felting course after seeing a tweet enthusing about another course at Wild Rose Escapes.
Rosie's greeting was warm and welcoming and the small group was relaxed and friendly. Rosie gave us many ideas for felting projects but was led by our individual interests. Her teaching manner is detailed but relaxed and once I had started it never crossed my mind that I was a complete novice such was Rosie's encouragement! Using the naturally dyed wool was a joy.
The weekend gave me skills, confidence and such pleasure. My wall hanging makes me smile and the winter evenings ahead will be very productive this year. I plan to return for another course next year. Thank you!
My friend and I went up for a weekend to the beautiful Highlands to take Wild Rose Escapes' 2 Day Felting course. Rosie is a fabulous host and teacher. We enjoyed learning about felting and the process of both wet felting and needle felting. The course is kept small so we have space to create! Every person on the course can choose what they would like to make and Rosie taught us and helped us along the way. We are so happy with our finished products and are looking forward to trying more felting projects on our own. Last year we attended the Natural Dyeing Course and loved that as well! Thanks Rosie!!!