Needle Felt a 'Freddie Fox' with Annis McGowan: a 'Quirky Workshop' near Penrith at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns at Ullswater

View from the Greystoke Craft Garden Cafe Tea Garden Back Lawn


An exciting new workshop with the very talented Annis McGowan, making this wonderful large Needle Felted Fox sitting some 16 inches high and looking forward to acting as sentry in your entrance hall!

Made entirely from natural and blended carded wool, of whites, glorious russets and reds, plus some Swaledale for added texture, to create a fine, plumped-up chest and an extra bushy tail, Freddie can grace a very special corner of your home. Annis' instruction and many resources will help you bring this lovely character to life.

Needle felting is the locking of the wool fibres together, through repeated stabbing with barbed needles. It sounds complicated, but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way. Although some sewing is required, this day is ideal for both beginners or those with experience of this new and inspiring felting felting technique.

Suitable for all abilities. However PLEASE NOTE: there are some fine details in this course and anyone who suffers from arthritis may struggle to hold the small needle. In addition, the process of needle felting consists entirely of continual quick short stabs with a barbed needle into a felted cushion - all day. Therefore, those with joint or mobility problems might struggle with this course.

During May 2020, we renovated an old hay loft and are now delighted to be able to host our indoor courses and workshops in this wonderful, new, light, airy and spacious, Covid secure ‘Swallow Barn’. Single tables are well distanced and tutor demonstrations live streamed onto a large screen at the front, allowing students to stay safe in their seats over the workshop day. Tables for 2 to 4 are available for bubbles. Fresh coffees, teas and a tasty 2 course lunch are delivered carefully and safely to your workshop table, or taken in the garden during summer months. We look forward to welcoming you here and hope you can find something that appeals.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

There will be a £35 materials charge, payablwe to Annis on the day

Included are Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely lunch served at your desk or in the garden.

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns

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Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:30am to 5:00pm)

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Ian Horn - - #29446

A thoroughly good day where I learnt loads and gained the confidence to progress on my own. Gill is a very good teacher and made the whole experience interesting as well as informative. We had a great mix of people on the course, who all got on well. I would highly recommend the experience for anyone.

Karen Sienkiewicz - - #29441

Great day with Gill (and Annie) making artisan bread and scones. We had such a fun day but very productive at the same time! The time just flew by helped by our fellow students being good fun too. Gill is a great teacher and definitely knows her soda bread from her scones! Would highly recommend the course, especially if the thought of making bread scares you a little as Gill makes it all look so easy!

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