A One-day Feltmaking Course to Make a Fabulous Felt Hat in the Beautiful Forest of Dean.

Students hard at work creating fabulous originals!


Come and make your own beautiful felt hat. Whether you dream of dreadlocks, your own festival hat, beret, or any other shape, you can come along and have a go at creating it.

You will be shown how to design your own hat, working from a basic template, which you can then personalise by adding flaps, flowers, tassels, bobbles or any other decoration you can think of!

Due to Covid, this course is now one to one, or for two people from the same household.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and home baked snacks and lunch including soup or salads made from our home grown organic vegetables (in season).


Christine Waygood at Christine Waygood. Contemporary Textiles.

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Kent Cottage
Blakeney Hill
GL15 4BS

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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Caroline Prosser-Lodge - - #38227

I had a great time making my unique wet felted hat with Christine! The day was enjoyable throughout, very relaxed. Lunch included, a very sociable time.
Amazing to see the felting process turn gradually little shreds of wool into a wearable garment.
Many thanks to Christine and her husband.

Response from Christine Waygood. Contemporary Textiles.:

Thank you Caroline.
I had a great time too. I hope you'll enjoy wearing your hat, and look forward to seeing you again when you need a pair of slippers . Do come over to see us when the studio is open in July.

Leonie - - #35764

Had a fantastic time with Christine as a surprise present from my sister. I'm not a crafter but had great fun with the felt-making process from start to finish and made a rather good hat even if I say so myself haha. Christine was great fun and the whole day was relaxed and enjoyable - highly recommended!

Drusilla Kenney - - #35761

We spent a thoroughly lovely day with Christine, playing with colour and texture, chatting, laughing and creating, with frequent coffee and tea and an excellent homemade lunch.

From my original enquiry - this was a special surprise birthday present for my sister - Christine was enthusiastic, helpful and accommodating. We are both crafting novices. Christine was happy to be flexible and we made our final decision on the day to make felt hats (but were tempted too by the slippers and bags on show). Although we both chose the same style as inspiration, our results were totally different and utterly personal.

We have made very special memories with Christine - and very special, individual hats!

Hester Wain - - #26566

Fantastic day making hats! Nothing like what I planned, but turned out better!
Will be coming back to do more.

Andrew Terry - - #26565

Amazing what you can do with a bit of fluff!
Blue and pink stripes or spots with tassels!
Fabulousness personified!!

Elke Treherbert - - #19509

It was my first felting experience and it was great. Christine is an amazing, inspiring, knowledgeable teacher. As first-time felter I benefited massively from Christine's experience. We not only made our hats, beyond that is was a real eye-opener what you can do with felt in terms of patterns, material-mix, shapes, and uses.
It is a very intimate learning environment giving each of us time to try and get help. There is no rush or pressure, just a wonderful day of hand-crafting in a beautiful setting with people sharing the same interest. I enjoyed it a lot and will come back for another of the courses. Elke, Treherbert

Response from Christine Waygood. Contemporary Textiles.:

Thank you Elke!
It's been great having you on my courses. I hope I'll see you again.

Angela Andrews - - #16841

Thank you for a fantastic day.
I look forward to wearing my hat when it's dry.

Helen Ide - - #16840

I just want to thank you for an amazing day! The way you teach is so much fun and I’ve learned loads. you have the patience of a saint . I must also thank you for the fantastic extra bits you added to my hat you must have a sophisticated mind!!!
What a wonderful lunch, your lovely husband did you proud, please thank him again for me.
I will be back to learn more next year so till then take care and have a great holiday.
Helen xxx

Allison Bucknell and friends - - #11243

Really good interesting and fun day-amazed at how much we achieved.We all enjoyed our day, and were quite impressed with our respective titfers. Allison.
A great day- 4 hats achieved,all different. What an achievement. Frances
Thank you for a great day- and a great hat! Honor

Clare Spencer - - #10947

Whether someone wanted to make a beret, a beanie or a bonnet, Chris helped us all to make our wishes come true. Highly recommended.

Marion Bartholomew - - #10946

I would just like to say what a wonderful day I had with Christine , making a felt hat.
Four of us students altogether, with three of us makng hats, and the other one making a nuno scarf.
All so fascinating, with lots of banter between us, and such a fab lunch made by Christine’s hubby, not forgetting Christine’s homemade ‘FlatJacks’!

Lynette Bennett - - #10945

Well what a beautiful day with Christine, course hat making was easy to follow and with an outstanding result in my beautiful hat. Would highly recommend anyone to go along and try this wet felt making. Lovely lunch provided was amazing. Thank you so much for a stress less and relaxing day. Xxx

Colette Kresse - - #10944

I attended a felt hat making course and enjoyed every part of it. The start with great coffee. Christine warmly explains every step and diplomatically explains should you make a mistake! Not that I did!! Flapjacks for mid morning and a fabulous homemade, with homegrown ingredients, lunch just topped off the experience with lovely people. All that and a hat!

Jo Preece - - #9805

Fabulous day... relaxed and creative!
Just what was needed!
Lunch was lovely-an added bonus!
Will be in touch very soon for school and ladies club day.
Thank you so much.

Lucy Martin - - #9804

What a super day!! It was so much fun,and so relaxed all at the same time!
I will be back very soon. And a beautiful lunch.
Thank you so much.

Claire - - #6049

A great day where I made the hat I really wanted - each time I go I learn so much more in great surroundings, a friendly atmosphere with expert tuition and guidance from Chris.

Kim Barrett - - #5640

Wonderful fun with Christine, excellent teacher, and great product (hat) to take home at the end of the day. I'm now addicted!

Kim Barrett

Annie Tyhurst - - #5639

Beautiful way to spend a day - felting, lovely food, and wonderful company.

Annie Tyhurst

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