Needle felt a Wired armature animal
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About the Course
A two day workshop learning to make a wired skeleton armature of an animal and then needle felt onto it to make a realistic, moveable animal. Though a challenge, it is suitable for beginners or experienced needle-felters. Day one will be working on making the skeleton and the basic body shape, Day two top coat fur, features, feet, eyes and expressions so you should go home with a beautiful finished piece.
If you have a particular animal in mind that you would like to make, then please let me know in advance of the workshop so I can bring the right images of the skeletons and colours along. If you are not sure what to make or don’t mind, I will bring materials to make a hare.
I run these at various venues, Hereford, Crickhowell, Malvern, Kenilworth etc see website for next listing. Karin Celestine of Celestine and the Hare is an author and artist. She has a series of children's books featuring her needle-felted creatures and makes felted animals which she sells online and in galleries. An experienced teacher, she also runs needle-felting workshops for adults to find their own style and creativity whilst making an animal. Check my listings on my website for other upcoming dates or to go on the mailing list for future dates. A small group setting 8 max. Book via my website.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All equipment, materials and drinks are included. Bring a packed lunch or there are cafes nearby.
Kits to take home will be available on the day to buy.
I did the two day workshop at Blue Ginger Gallery, Malvern, and started as a complete beginner. Karin gave excellent step-by-step instructions to get us started with the wire armature and first filling stages then let us carry on at our own speed. She shared her wealth of expertise generously and gave as much or little help as was requested. I was delighted with what I was able to achieve by the end of the second day and certainly feel confident enough to have a go myself with more projects. It was a treat of a weekend - lovely company, relaxed atmosphere, absorbing creative projects and an excellent tutor.
Evelyne - - #13881
All the steps to enable you to start from a reel of wire, a bundle of wool and a felting needle, and finish by creating a recognisable and characterful animal of your choice; with the intention that you will be able to create almost any animal by yourself in future (and explanation of why cats are so very difficult). Clear explanations of the basics, and those tips that can lead to an excellent end result. All in a relaxed, very friendly and supportive atmosphere - and with the excellent Blue Ginger gallery cafe on site for lunch and snacks (don't miss the cake).
Alice - - #13850
Yet another fantastic workshop! Karin is patient with her students and shares her wealth of experience . You always come away with work to be proud of and new friends.
Penny miltiadou - - #13845
I attended the 2 day course held at Blue Ginger March 2018
It was fantastic!
Karin is a gifted and wonderful teacher and we, on the course were all able, no matter what our previous experience or expertise to make wonderful animals.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Karin to anyone and everyone from an absolute beginner like me to a master.
Attending on the course was enriching and inspiring and I cannot wait to attend another.
Lesley - - #13843
Fantastic course, as Karin is a marvelous teacher. It was friendly and relaxed and easy to pick up the different techniques. As a complete beginner I made something I was really pleased with. I would highly recommend the workshop.
Louise T - - #12649
What a wonderful teacher, this is my second course now with Karin and each time I have made something that I am so proud of. She is patient, kind and humorous and very encouraging. I thought that I was unable to do anything craft wise and was scared to go on my first course but Karin explained and encouraged and I was delighted with the creature I produced, so much so I booked on a second course and am saving up for the next
Mary Baker - - #12548
Fabulous course from a fabulous instructor.
Everything you could possibly need was supplied in abundance alongside tea, coffee and lunch.
We received expert tuition in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere which was key to me as a 'newbie' creating my first felt animal way above the standard I thought I was going to achieve.
I have found a new passion and look forward to making more furries.
Debbie Hill - - #12533
This was my second course with Karin. The first was a one day course to make a hedgehog. I had never tried needle felting before and was delighted to take home not just a hedgehog but a beautiful little creature with his own personality. The two day workshop learning to make a wired armature animal was amazing! Karin is a brilliant teacher and such a lovely person to spend time with. I created a wonderful hare - far beyond anything I thought I might achieve - and learned so much. A wonderful workshop which I highly recommend. Thank you Karin. I really look forward to doing another one.
Barbara Rees - - #10372
Amazing! Brilliant! Such fun! I cannot recommend this 2 day needle felting course that I have just taken with Karin enough. Wish it hadn't finished and I was spending more time learning with her. Will definitely do another one with her and am now completely hooked!!
Diana Dench - - #10356
A wonderful experience. I was a complete novice she taught me so well and gave me confidence to really own my creature. I never expected to be able to produce such a wonderful animal. I am known to be clumsy but with Karin's gentle guidance i am thrilled with the end result. I didnt want the 2 days to end and am now awaiting the chance for another workshop. Do go if you get the chance
Mary Baker - - #10355
What a fantastic way to spend a weekend! The workshops were great fun but also really informative and very well supplied with quality materials and tools. Karin made sure everyone got to create their own character and took special care to ensure we all felt supported with our ideas. The workshops are well structured so you quickly build your confidence. This was my first foray into felting but I'm looking forward to doing another workshop weekend.
Ellie - - #9357
Just been on another course with Karin. I feel like I learn something new every time and once again I have come away with something I am truly proud of. Karin is able to pitch the course just right for all students so it doesn't matter if you have not been before or you have been a few times. She is so encouraging it makes you want to keep going after the course is done.
Karen Corfield - - #9356
I absolutely loved this two day workshop! It was just wonderful in every way. Karin Celestine's teaching was fantastic and my bear is so much more beautiful than I thought I would ever achieve as a beginner. She really encouraged all of us to find our own way of expressing what we wanted. Her technical knowledge of different wools and techniques was superb and fascinating - I learned all sorts of things! I left having bought a little kit to have a go on my own, but I can't wait for another workshop!!
Tamsin Rosewell - - #8163
This two-day course was my second try at needle-felting with Karin. The first time was a one-day course making a hedgehog, and I was sure I would go home with an unrecognisable blob, being all fingers and thumbs generally. But instead I had a wonderful day and took home a beautiful hedgehog made by me! This time I went ambitious and made a dragon! This is the confidence Karin gives you that you can do it, even if you're an absolute beginner and certain that you don't have a creative bone in your body. She's a wonderful teacher, a warm and humourous lady and I'm telling you, not only will you have a lovely day, you will also find yourself to be more creative than you thought.
Laura Jones - - #8154
A friendly workshop with skilled tuition - with no experience at all in felting techniques I came away with a characterful, structured weasel of great charm! We had great fun, while acquiring new expertise - we were all encouraged to select an animal of choice, they were all different, and had plenty of support to achieve a representational figure with plenty of expression.
Roll on the next course!
Jenny Sharp - - #8153
I have been on several workshops run by Karin over the last couple of years and they have all been really wonderful. Interesting venues, lovely food and a great tutor. Karin really does make it easy to learn and express yourself. Trust me you WILL make something which amazes you!
I have made several needle felted creatures who have pride of place on my shelf, along with Karin's wonderful creations. and enjoyed a day of fun, craft and laughter. Well worth booking to come on this and you will learn a lot. And you get to be a part of the Tribe if you join the club, which I recommend you do as it is such fun!
Sarah Blenkinsop - - #7435
Karin is a great teacher, encouraging you to create something better than you thought you could, and everyone's creature reflects their own character so you don't all come out with a "cookie-cutter" creature.
Therecis also lots of laughter and general silliness and usually chocolate.
I made a unicorn at one of these workshops.
Sunny - - #7412
I have attended several courses with Karin. She has taken me as a complete beginner to someone who now likes to do a bit of felting in their spare time. She is a supremely patient teacher, who is fun and so enthusiastic about everything her students are making. She is able to visualise our creatures, even when wr cant and guide us all so that at the end of the course everyone leaves with something that they are proud of. I would recommend Karin's courses to anyone.
Karen Corfield - - #7411
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Course Start DatesSaturday 15th September 2018
Sunday 16th September 2018
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