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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

Duration: One day

Price: £75

Book with: Annie Swarbrick
at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden (formerly Cycle Cafe)

Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT

Course Start Dates

Sunday 26th April 2020
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Sunday 28th June 2020

About the Course

Our full year of 100+ set workshop dates are on OUR website (purple tab) along with availability and how to book.
Next year’s extensive programme of Quirky Workshops has launched; often courses fill quickly as they make popular Christmas gifts. To be among the first to receive the new dates, please use the ‘Keep me Posted’ icon, at the top RHS of our website page. Thank you and Happy Crafting!

Please see our own website for the extensive workshops Annis runs here.

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.

More dates may be added, please check our website.

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?

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.

Want to review this course?

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

- - #25043

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.

- - #24994

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

- - #24984

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!

- - #24982

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!

- - #24981

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

- - #14037

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

- - #14036

Very enjoyable and relaxing day. Many thanks.

- - #14035

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

- - #14034

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

- - #14033

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!

- - #14004

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

- - #14003

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

- - #14002

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

- - #13994

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

- - #13993

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

- - #13992

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.

- - #13991

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

- - #13990

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!

- - #11961

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

- - #11812

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.

- - #6364

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

- - #6199

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!

- - #6183

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!

- - #6159

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.

- - #6158

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!

- - #6156

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
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