About the Course
This is a beginners portrait workshop where you’ll make a portrait of your beloved pet or favourite animal that looks so good - you’ll be amazed at what you achieve.
Before you worry that you’re not good at drawing or painting let me reassure you that the step by step way I teach it, for beginners just like you, makes it easy but with incredible results that are so impressive. I’ve taught hundreds of people just like you to make great artwork.
With me by your side you’ll be able to:
- Easily trace your picture to fabric, so even if you can’t draw your portrait will look great from the start
- Choose and add colours with ease - it’s as simple as painting by numbers
- Master simple but striking needle felting techniques that add realism to your artwork - such as glassy eyes, real looking fur and so much character!
You’ll go home with a perfect needle felt picture, framed in a 7” hoop and ready to hang pride of place - I promise that everyone goes home smiling and super proud of their creation.
What to bring:
Bring a paper print out of your image that is no wider than about 7” (this is about an inch or two narrower than an A4 piece of paper]. You will use this print out to trace your image onto fabric to create your picture outline (I’ll show you how). This is the best option if you are not confident in drawing your picture accurately.
Or you can bring the image on your phone/tablet/laptop if you are happy to draw it free hand.
If you don’t have a printer I can print it for you and can help you with your drawing too. Don’t let this stop you having a go.
With a huge variety of colours provided for you to choose from on the day, you’ll be able to capture your image as true to life as possible down to the very last detail. I’ll be here to guide you step by step.
All other equipment's included, just bring your picture and enthusiasm and by the end of the day you’ll frame your masterpiece in an 7” wooden embroidery hoop.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
You’ll make a needle felt picture that will fit into a 7” round frame ready for you to hang up somewhere special.
Included in the price is a starter kit that you’ll use throughout the workshop and take home at the end of the day. It includes a sponge, needles, a selection of base material to start new projects, a 7” hoop to frame your work and a great selection of wools (in addition to your supply to choose from on the day).
Perfect for you to carry on your new found hobby when you get home.
What to expect of your day:
Join me in the picturesque village of Hatton where I'll be waiting to welcome you to a delightful day learning how to needle felt in the heart of rural Warwickshire. Workshops are held in a pretty all purpose craft studio nestled in a cottage garden and equipped with all the facilities you will need. It's a light and calming craft space where you can comfortably enjoy the whole day, and is a haven for you to learn in beautiful surroundings and friendly company.
Small group numbers ensure that you'll receive close guidance and personal instruction throughout the day so that you leave with the skills and confidence to continue your craft at home.
It’s a lovely way to spend the day, but don’t take my word for it, read what people have to say about workshops they have attended in my review section towards the bottom of this page.
On arrival you'll be greeted a selection of morning teas or freshly ground coffee before we get started. I provide cordials and soft drinks throughout the day with yummy snacks and fruit for if you're peckish.
You'll need to bring a packed lunch with you, which you can eat in the studio - or if it's a nice day we'll take it into the garden to eat at a picnic table. It's such a lovely spot in the summer!
Near Warwick, the village of Hatton is easily accessible with good main road links to the A46 and within easy distance of the M40, M1 and M6 There is also plenty of private parking. Alternatively the cottage is only a mile from Warwick Parkway and I can arrange for collection from the train station if you let me know in advance.
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