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Make a needle-felt Herdwick doorstop, 2 wise owls or a gorgeous bunny at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns

Herdwick Doorstops in Needlefelt with Annis McGowan - a Quirky Workshop at Greystoke Craft Garden

About the Course

Covid19 update: we hope to resume all 'in person' courses in late July 2020. During lock down, we've upgraded a listed barn into a beautiful spacious workshop studio, enabling courses to take place with 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. It's possible usual catered lunches may not be included for summer courses, depending on circumstances at the time.

About the workshops:
We will be making a different animal at each workshop, including hares, bunnies, owls or a Herdwick doorstop.
Make sure you choose the correct day for the animal you wish to make, see the website above for more details.

Annis will arrive with everything you need to create and learn to carefully needle felt the soft blended Herdwick wool mix to make a fabulous Herdwick sheep. She is highly accomplished in needle felting and her work is for sale in local galleries in Cumbria. She also sells needle felt kits online.

This type of felt is produced by locking the wool together through repeatedly stabbing it with your needle, it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

Following Annis' careful instruction you will leave at the end of the day with your very own unique hand made real adorable animals.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside on the Tea Lawn as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

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 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.

There will be an additional charge of £30 for the Herdwick sheep.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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

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In-person course
- - #25043

A very fullfilling, enjoyable course. Annis is a great tutor, very supportive and enthusiastic. Anne at Quirky Workshops is inspiring, arranging these courses, providing the venue and great lunches. 5 plus stars all round

In-person course
- - #24994

Yet another great day out at Quirky workshops!
Annie is a wonderful and welcoming host, nothing is too much trouble for her. The home cooked lunch was delicious, this time served in the very welcoming kitchen.
What a patient lady and tutor Annis is. I broke so many needles! My Herdwick doorstop is fabulous and now has pride of place.
I would not hesitate to recommend this course.

In-person course
- - #24984

Fabulous course. Very patient and clear instructions. All easy steps leading to a beautiful doorstop to take home. Delicious home cooking in a beautiful relaxed setting. Couldn’t be better

In-person course
- - #24982

Annie's courses are always brilliant in this wonderful venue, and this is no exception. Annis is patient and helpful, providing all the materials for a very reasonable price, and her precise instructions and use of 'stage' examples in the process of building the sheep are excellent for novices and more experienced needle-felters alike.
I would recommend this course and venue without hesitation, and plan to be doing more to build up my menagerie of needlefelt animals!

In-person course
- - #24981

Thoroughly enjoyable day in a lovely venue with great company, and food.
Annis was an excellent tutor, and we all went home happy with our herdy doorstop under our arm, I look forward to returning!

In-person course
- - #14037

Great workshop, lovely lunch and teas. Brilliant teacher - thank you.

In-person course
- - #14036

Fabulous day, fabulous food. What more can I say?!

In-person course
- - #14035

Very enjoyable and relaxing day. Many thanks.

In-person course
- - #14034

Excellent day - good atmosphere - good food - good workshop - thank you to all involved.

In-person course
- - #14033

Fantastic workshop - lovely patient teacher and lovely subject. Beautiful lunch and hospitality. 5* thank you.

In-person course
- - #14004

Really enjoyed the day ... thank you so much for your patience and help to ensure we all came away with a lovely herdy. Will be back!

In-person course
- - #14003

Brilliant fun and delighted with my Herdy! Thank you Annie for your fabulous hospitality and Annis for your patience and sharing your expertise.

In-person course
- - #14002

I have had a fantastic day. Annie was wonderful and I can't wait to come again for the hare workshop!

In-person course
- - #13994

Only boy again, always. Brilliant, informative and lovely grub, thank you so much. Baaa.

In-person course
- - #13993

A fantastic course run by the brilliant Annie. Will be back to do the hare next year. Great food too!

In-person course
- - #13992

Such an interesting day and a new skill learnt. Annie was excellent and such a talented person!

In-person course
- - #13991

The most fantastic day at the Quirky Workshop and to round off the great company, lunch and coffee with a super herdy doorstop. Annie you have been amazing, thank you so much.

In-person course
- - #13990

Great fun, wonderful tuition, good food and a lovely gift to take home!

In-person course
- - #11961

Had a fabulous day today at a needlefelt workshop. Gorgeous setting and simply fantastic hospitality. Gorgeous home baked food eaten in the lovely Annie's kitchen. Workshop was great, teacher was fab and my hare now has pride of place. Thank you all!

In-person course
- - #11812

It was a fantastic day. Annis was a great tutor. Can't wait to go back and do more. The hare is next!!

In-person course
- - #6364

An excellent course that was a lot of fun, as well as packing a lot into the day to make a great Herdie doorstop. As ever the setting of the Quirky Workshops at the Cycle Cafe was welcoming, with a delicious lunch.

In-person course
- - #6199

Greatly enjoyed it although it was sometimes a bit difficult following instructions from the other end of the table

In-person course
- - #6183

Had a wonderful day, I have no hesitation in recommending this course, was great fun learning a new craft amongst like-minded people, eating lovely food and sharing banter in a perfect setting. Annie is awesome and the Quirky workshops at the Cycle Cafe are a real treat day away from it all, can't wait to return!

In-person course
- - #6159

I have been on a number of courses here and they have all been excellent. My herdwick doorstop is lovely and even admired by James Rebanks of "shepherds life' fame. The food is lovely too, I always eat too much!

In-person course
- - #6158

What a great day !
The venue is lovely, with a great atmosphere. The course was excellent, all the materials required were provided. The tutor showed all the steps and no sewing is required. We all went home with our own doorstop - wonderful.
There are so many courses available, I will be returning.
Vouchers are available which make great gifts.

In-person course
- - #6156

Excellent and fun course. Great tutor with easy to follow steps. Amazing lunch and treats during the day. One of many great courses offered by the cycle cafe st greystoke. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and would even attend this course again!

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