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Crafts Afloat - Felting Workshop aboard a beautiful narrowboat studio in Hebden Bridge.

Crafts Afloat - Felting Workshop aboard a beautiful narrowboat studio in Hebden Bridge.

Course Provider: Crafts Afloat

Contact Name: Melanie Louise

Telephone: 07779041237

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Callis Gardens - Floating on the Rochdale Canal!
Woodland View
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire

Course Length: One full day workshop.

Price: £70

5 star rating, 2 reviewers.

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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


Crafts Afloat - Exciting art and craft workshops aboard a beautiful narrowboat art studio on Hebden Bridge!

Full Day Workshops start at 10.30am and finish at approximately 4.30pm.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of textiles skills including wet felting, needle felting, hand stitched embroidery, free motion machine stitching and machine embroidery. You will be given the option to create a piece of felted artwork, a purse or an A5 book cover.

Firstly you will choose from a selection of beautiful, brightly dyed Merino wool, Alpaca or wool from British sheep, that are naturally coloured and just as lovely. All wool fibres are purchased from the wonderful Wingham Wool Works.

A flat piece of felt will be made using the simple wet felting process of manipulating and matting fibres together using soapy water and a bit of elbow grease!

In the afternoon, extra detail will be added to the felt using needle felting and machine embroidery. Most workshop participants opt to create a beautiful piece of felted art, some prefer to turn their felt into a more functional item. The choice is yours!

The boat is equipped with a selection of best quality Merino wool, yarns, threads, buttons and beads. Four fantastic sewing machines, run from solar power are available for your use.

The workshops I offer to individuals and private groups, are designed for art and craft lovers, beginners or experienced crafters, and for those who simply want to enjoy a creative day out. The workshops have proved popular with mothers and daughters and family and friends who wish to spend some quality time together. The narrowboat studio is a wonderful space, specifically designed to help you unwind, relax and get creative. The boat seats a maximum of 4-5 people depending on the workshop or party.

I am currently running full day workshops in Felted Textiles, Mosaics and Beginners Glass Fusing. I run one workshop in each specialism per month for individuals to book onto, with extra dates available for private full boat bookings.

What's included in the price?

Workshops include morning pastries with cups of tea and fresh coffee. Lunch is served at the Olive Branch restaurant, where you can choose from a delicious selection of Turkish salads, wraps or ciabattas served with a soft drink or a glass of wine, to help get the creative juices flowing! Tea and coffee are served throughout the day with sweet treats and cake in the afternoon. After a day of Creative Escapism with Crafts Afloat you will feel relaxed, inspired and a little bit spoilt!
No extra costs, all refreshments, lunch and materials included in the workshop price.

Want to review this course?

I can't recommend Melanie's workshops onboard the lovely Crafty Snail narrowboat highly enough! I have taken her workshops in both felting (with a friend) and mosaics (with my husband) and have all thoroughly enjoyed them, coming home at the end of each day with pieces of art we were proud to put up on the wall despite being complete beginners. Melanie herself is a fantastic teacher and a pleasure to spend time with and the workshops are incredibly good value, especially when you consider the lovely lunch, drinks and snacks included. Treat yourself or someone you love to a relaxing crafty day in beautiful, unique surroundings now!


Having attended 2 felt crafty days, I would highly recommend Melanie's workshops. I was a complete beginner and came home with 2 felt pictures, having been guided carefully at each stage of creating the natural world scenes from scratch. It was great to have a very small group on board the Crafty Snail, with plenty of room to work despite the narrow space, and a lovely choice of materials to choose from. The supply of warm drinks and goodies to nibble on helped the concentration, whilst the woodburning stove kept us cosy. We enjoyed a delicious meal at the Olive Branch during lunchtime before returning to find our pictures ready for the next stage of creation. I found both occasions full of inspiration and they built my confidence in art and craft.


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