Needle felted dogs and cats with Josephine at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge

Needle Felted dogs and cats made by students


A full day workshop with fibre and mixed media artist and tutor Josephine Gornall.

Discover how to make a gorgeous little needle felted dog or cat of any breed or type using just a felting needle to felt natural wool fibres together. Discover how to put these all together, do body shaping and make ears to bring your mini pet to life. How to blend colours, make textures and features to create the unique character of your dog or cat. Complete by adding glass eyes and a nose.

Bring along a photo of your pet if you would like to make a little replica that needs no feeding or walking! Or create your own fantasy or cartoon style dog or cat.

Private bespoke workshops are available for families and friends in my studio. From two people upwards. Please get in touch to discuss possibilities.

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 use of equipment supplied. Small class. Suitable for all including beginners.

Teas, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

The workshop is held in Josephine's warm studio in the lovely Birchcliffe Centre a converted chapel in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Free car park.
Hebden Bridge has a Railway station and buses stop right outside the centre.


Josephine Gornall at Phinefibre


Birchcliffe Centre
Birchcliffe Road
Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users


6½ hours (10:30am to 5:00am)

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Veronica May - - #35299

A surprise 1 to 1 class due to cancellations. The experience was a very high standard with excellent teaching. I felt that all my questions on how to do the felting were answered . The teaching was far above what i had expected. I left feeling accomplished with a dog that my family said resembled my photos.

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Georgina - - #27159

A great course in a nice environment, which provides the basic skills to start needle felting animals. I really enjoyed the day and look forward to making more animals.

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Lisa Morley - - #26368

Fabulous day with lovely people in a relaxed setting. Learnt a lot and actually produced a half decent dog at the end of it! Thoroughly recommend.

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Lindsey Steele - - #20880

A really good introduction to felting. A wonderful venue and knowledgeable teaching. Jo was very patient and the end result was beyond what I expected. encouraged me to try another dog at home

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Karen - - #19997

No cheating here! Learn how to tranform rolls of carded wool into sturdy freestanding models without the need for pipecleaners or wire! I felt like I was sculpting with wool, and it was totally absorbing and therapeutic (we could barely stop for our lunch break!). As a total beginner, I was amazed with what I achieved under Jo's excellent guidance. I learnt that although you can buy any number of needles and needle felting gadgets, in reality, you don't need much more than a couple of needles, a felting mat and some wool. I feel that I now have the confidence to tackle my own projects and can't wait to get started. The course is extremely good value and in the 6.5 hours, all attendees completed their projects and were delighted with the results. No extra charge for materials, and you can bring your own lunch, which suited me. I would highly recommend this course, Jo is a great teacher and I'm keen to try one of her other courses.

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Janet Greenwood - - #19964

This was an excellent course ... Jo gave us all plenty of tips and ideas with clear instructions at each stage. She also balanced this by allowing each course member to have the freedom to create their own individual ideas.. and offering advice and support along the way. A wonderful relaxed studio atmosphere too I had a great day...

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Jane Craven - - #19460

Fantastic tuition, great atmosphere, thoroughly enjoyable course. Venue was easy to find with plenty of parking, beautiful building, hot drinks, fruit and biscuits provided by our lovely instructor Jo, will definitely attend more of Jo's courses, I was a total beginner but now have confidence to felt animals at home, brilliant!

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Kim Metcalf - - #19427

This is a great course if you want to have a go at this craft for the first time, or even if you have done some before. With Jo's expert guidence you can leave after the single day with a finished animal - made to a high standard. Jo's method is very sculptural so you gain confidence in building your model from the ground up - no cheating wires or frames that you would find in starter kits ! Its a great way to spend a day, very good value, a great teacher and a lovely venue. Highly recommended.

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Kari Birch - - #18327

I'd been longing to have a go at Needle-felting for years. I couldn't have picked a better course.
Josephine is a truly excellent tutor. She saw us through all of the difficulties and we came out with a meaningful end product! You couldn't ask for better.
I'm going to continue practice on my newly acquired needle-felting skills at home. I will be looking out for more courses with Josephine.

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Jo Phillips - - #18318

Had a brilliant time last Friday on needle felting course with Josephine in Hebden Bridge, great course, good atmosphere, lots of fun and laughs. It's inspired me to have a go at needle felting at home and will maybe go back for another course in the near future.

In-person course
Phill - - #18310

Spent a lovely day with Jo learning the basics of needle felting and having a play at creating a little dog. Really pleased with the result which is entirely down to Jo's brilliant tuition skills rather than anything to do with my ability. It's certainly made me determined to practise some more on my own and then book myself on another one of Jo's lovely courses. Would recommend everybody to give it a try.

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Lynne Booty - - #18153

Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Never done needle felting before. Was a nice relaxed atmosphere, had an enjoyable day & went away with a needle felted dog that resembled my own dog.

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Adele Edgar - - #15775

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, loved my felt dog, great to spend a day in Hebden too.

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Melanie - - #15048

Josephine's course are great, I loved the needle felting. As a teacher she is friendly and knowledgeable and creates a lovely creative atmosphere. Hebden Bridge is a great town, filled with inspiring art and crafts so it is a great place to spend the day making and creating . Highly recommend.

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