About the Course
Fun and inspiring needle felting workshops suitable for all levels but especially those ready to take their needle felting to the next stage.
In the beautiful surroundings of Crafty Gal HQ, Needle Felting Studio in Marlcliff, near Bidford on Avon. In this workshop we will focus on your dog, using wire, colour blending and the many techniques and short cuts and techniques you will need to really get to grips with this joyous craft.
Whether you’ve seen needle felting on TV, had a little go or just fancy trying something creative and different - this course is for you.
An introduction to the magic of dry needle felting incl. all the basic techniques, step by step, to get you started and to create a beautiful wool sculpture of your dog.
By the time you leave this workshop you will be addicted to needle felting and bursting with ideas of what to do next, it's great fun and really is contagious!
Everyone who's been has been amazed at their own creativity and ability - you may arrive as a novice but you'll be a fully fledged Crafty Gal or Guy by the time you go home!
Starter packs, exclusive to course attendees for £15.00, are available on the day, containing everything you need to continue your needle felting ARTventures at home. Burlap needle felting mats also available as an alternative to sponge mats, particularly recommended for arthritis sufferers as less impact when needle felting, another Crafty Gal exclusive at £10.00 on the day. Crafty Gal's first Needle Felting Kit - Sleeping Baby Mice, is also available for £18.00.
A gorgeous setting - by the River Avon in the beautiful hamlet of Marlcliff, (leave time for a stroll by the River Avon).
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?
All materials as required on the day, along with a delicious treat, tea and coffee. Please advise at time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.
What a fabulous day I had on Saturday.
Denise had thought of everything, Name-pebbles, a huge jar of delicious cookies, coffee on tap and afternoon tea.
And this was before we got down to making our own dog in felt. I believe all of us thought we would never achieve the desired result, but with Denise's guidance and example dogs to work with, the results were fantastic
Thank you Denise, cannot wait to do some more!
Suzanne Hedges - - #25433
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for taking the time to write a review Suzanne, much appreciated. It was such a fun day, you all created such a brilliant atmosphere and your dog was SO good. I’m really pleased you’re going to do more. Dx
Simply loved my felting course with Denise! It was my first attempt at needle felting, but Denise made me feel very welcome, she's a lovely lady and sitting next to her in her beautiful workshop inspired me to create a beautiful little dog, very happy with the result.
After posting the photos on my FB page, two of my friends want one too! Denise, thank you for the wonderful day and I'm looking forward to create my next project...…. xx
Lisette Geelkens - - #25210
Response from Crafty Gal:So pleased you're so happy with your little chiwawa, she's is gorgous. It was a lovely day, hope to see you again, but in the meantime look forward to seeing what you go on to create next. Have fun! Dx
Thoroughly enjoyed this needle felting course - needle felt your dog - with Denise. I had never tried needle felting before but with Denise’s clear guidance and advice I was able to create a mini version of my dog that I am so pleased with! It was a really enjoyable day, with a lovely group of people, great venue at Bonds, good food and I would highly recommend.
Colleen Abell - - #23972
Thanks to Denise for her expert guidance during the recent "Standing Dog" needle crafting course at Bonds Lifestyle. It was a pretty intense but highly enjoyable day. Denise's calm nature and obvious artistic skills took us through each step to ensure that everyone achieved a model dog well above their personal expectation to take home. I would recommend this course to all, those new to needle felting and those who are already hooked on this craft. Great to meet new people, the location was perfect and food service plentiful and of good quality.
Susan Swann - - #23959
I had wonderful day with like minded people, chatting and crafting our feltie dogs.
Denise was a brilliant teacher, nothing was to hard and she made sure we were all happy with each stage of the creation of our dogs. The results where impressive, we all managed to produce a miniature likeness to our own dogs, they were all so cute.
The setting at Bonds was so peaceful and relaxed, the lunch and tea time treats where tasty and just what you need to keep up the concentration level.
I highly recommended this course, even if you don't have your own dog and you would like to do one off special pressie for some you love.
Dawn - - #23949
A day of crafting relaxation in an inspirationall environment with a fantastic host.
Denise is a very talented lady who puts you at ease straight away.
Even if you've never needle felted before you will leave at the end of the day with a wonderful creation.
Dezney Burrows - - #23797
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks Dez! It was so good to meet you, your dog was fantastic - as you know I was tempted to kidnap! Hope to see you again, but happy needle felting in the meantime! Dx
Absolutely wonderful day, I was amazed what I was able to make, great instruction and a wonderful setting. I've already signed up for my next course.
Julia - - #23756
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for the great review Julia. I'm delighted you've booked another workshop and look forward to meeting you again and doing some great needle felting together! Dx
An excellent day all round, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Denise gave clear instructions to create our own dogs which all looked fab. And the workshop is just stunning.
Becky - - #23285
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks for taking the time to review Becky, much appreciated - it was such a fun day, and I'm slightly in love with your dog! A greyhound is definitely on my list! See you again, Dx
I enjoyed the course immensely. Denise took us step by step and giving plenty of help when needed.
I was very pleased with my hare.
Although it was quite a chilly and rainy day outside it was very cosy in her workshop, and lovely tea and cake.
Would love to come again.
Julia Yarrow - - #22652
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for the lovely review Julia, it was nice and cosy in my workshop that day! Your hare was so sweet, I hope you do more needle felting and so glad you enjoyed your introduction to this magical craft.
A thoroughly enjoyable day spent with Denise at Bonds. As a complete novice, I was sceptical about what I would eventually produce - instead, I was delighted that under Denise’s patient and fun tuition I produced a delightful miniature cockapoo! My family ( knowing my artistic limitations) were amazed! Super lunch and cakes, would heartily recommend day.
Rachel - - #22637
Response from Crafty Gal:It WAS a fun day wasn't it? So pleased you're happy with your little dog and hope it's the start of more fantastic needle felting. Lovely to meet you, and hope to see you again. Dx
My fifth course with Denise - this time “needle felting your dog”.
This was the most challenging yet but as always with Denise’s instruction, help and encouragement I managed to make a really wonderful Rottie!
Denise is warm, welcoming, patient and always ready to lend a hand. The environment at Bonds was amazing with a fabulous lunch.
Roll on the next course!
Judy Ryder - - #22633
Response from Crafty Gal:Your FIFTH workshop with me! Delighted you love it enough to keep coming back Judy, and so thrilled to see how your needle felting is developing, your Rottie was fantastic. Thank you for the lovely review, take care, Dx
What a wonderful day spent learning this new skill. Denise was brilliant as our teacher and host. Our new little doggy friends, Dolly and Cedric are safely home and impressing all who see them.
We would highly recommend the workshop for any ability as Denise is there on hand to help sort you out.
Many thanks for the wonderful day and lovely homemade cakes.
Caroline and Tracey - - #20579
Response from Crafty Gal:SO thrilled you both enjoyed your day - your little dogs were gorgeous, you really captured the characters. I look forward to seeing pics of your next projects! Always here if you need a steer, just drop me an email, Denise x
WOW!! What a superb day!
Denise is a fantastic tutor who helped me to create a real gem, my little felted dog! The studio was warm, stylish and welcoming with loads of tea and yummy home made cake.
All the materials are provided and Denise helps with clear instruction for every stage.
I also bought one of the fabulous kits that she sells, such great value with everything needed to create another creature or 3!!
... oh & not to forget Archie - gorgeous!!!🥰👍🏻🥂
Wendi Bowron Weller - - #19260
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much Wendi for the fantastic review - I'm so excited you're now so exited about needle felting! Can't wait to see your second dog when it's finished - just email me if you need a steer on anything. Have fun! Dx
I had absolutely no experience of this craft (or any other come to that!) and had a really enjoyable day. It was relaxed, friendly and I came away with a little felted hare full of personality!
Thank you Denise, it was lovely to be together with my friends and acquire a new skill at the same time. Thoroughly recommended.
Mandy Guest - - #19223
Response from Crafty Gal:I am SO happy you enjoyed your day Mandy, and glad you all had such a nice time meeting up. Hopefully it's inspired you to do more needle felting too! All the best Dx
Fabulous day with Denise needle felting dogs. Excellent patient tution, with lots of encouragement and guidance. All on our course had very limited knowledge of the craft and we all came away with fantastic results. Who could have believed that three bits of florist wire and a handful of wool could be made into a image of your dog. The workshop was a joy and the homemade treats delicious. Many thanks Denise.
Mary Lloyd - - #19209
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Mary for the feedback, it was such fun to spend the day with three sisters! And your dogs were so good, I hope you keep the needle felting up! Here if you need any advice. Dx
What a lovely way to spend a day! Inspiring surroundings, great, relaxed teaching by Denise who assured us that the piece of florist wire we started with, would, at the end of the day, be transformed into our beautiful pet dogs. With her unobtrusive guidance our workshop of newbie felters were all delighted with the results. Would highly recommend. Thank you Denise.
Sally - - #19203
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback Sally, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day and were thrilled with your miniature Daisy! Dx
What fun! I enjoyed every minute. I came out feeling very pleased with myself having made a very passable hare brooch. Denise is a first class tutor and I shall certainly be joining another workshop. Thanks Denise.
Sylvia Birbeck - - #16955
A brilliant morning and I enjoyed every minute. Denise was a lovely teacher and I was amazed that I produced something so nice! I am definitely hooked (no pun intended). Thank you!
Sally Hopkinson - - #16932
Response from Crafty Gal:You're very welcome Sally! SO pleased you enjoyed it and want to do more. You know where I am, would be great to see you on another workshop. Take care Dx
My sister is a real crafter and I often wish i was more like her! But I have arthritic fingers so when i saw this course I was excited but rather apprehensive as to whether I could do it!!! I shouldnt have worried! I had a fabulous fun morning! The time flew, Denise is such an encouraging tutor on hand to help when neccesary.
I came away wanting to book on another course - thank you.
Keeva Austin - - #16918
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much Keeva! Looking forward to seeing you again and taking it to the next level! All the best Denise x
I love trying new crafts, but needle felting looked a challenge. With Denise`s excellent tutoring and working in her fabulous craft room I was amazed how quickly my Hare (Petunia) appeared before my fingers...…...I will definitely do more. The Christmas classes look interesting. I will also look into the list of felt suppliers Denise kindly gave. Those winter days will be busy.
Jane Bailey - - #16718
Response from Crafty Gal:So pleased you enjoyed making your brooch Jane, and hope to see you again. In the meantime, happy needle felting! x
This course was a retirement gift from my colleagues and I had the most amazing day. Alongside two other lovely ladies I created my own little masterpiece-it looks good enough to show off to everyone!
Denise immediately welcomes you, guides and encourages you,and turns you into a crafty gal all within a day!
Don’t dither around - book yourself onto a course now! You won’t regret it!
Bonnie - - #16373
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Bonnie for such a fantastic review - I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day. AND I hope it's the start of lots of wooly creations now you have more time, don't forget to send me some pics of whatever you go on to next, enjoy! Dx
Had a wonderful day felting. Denise is a very good tutor and patient. She has everything you might need at her fingertips and lots of felting examples to spur one on. Felting is great. It needs a bit of patience while building up the animal but the result can be personalised to get the character you want. Denise is the enabler!! She also understands how necessary beverages and biscuits are to the creative process.
Catherine Davis - - #15591
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Cathy for the lovely review! I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourself, you fox was fab!
This was my second course with Denise and loved it just as much as the first! Came home with a wonderful fox brooch which looks lovely! Denise is a fab teacher and very patient! If you've never tried needle felting definitely try one of Denise's courses, but similarly if you are experienced you can improve your skills!
Jen Merryfield - - #15232
Response from Crafty Gal:Ah thank you Jen! It was lovely to see you again, and how you put everything you'd learnt last time into action, your brooch was really beautiful. Denise x
I'm completely new to any craft let alone needle felting so it's a testament to the tutor, Denise who was also a fabulous host, that I came away with a rather lovely hare if I do say so myself! The welcome, hospitality, location and lunch was just lovely. I can't believe how absorbing it was. I think I'll be back for a more, just which one to make next?! Very highly recommended.
Allison Taylor - - #14453
Response from Crafty Gal:I'm so delighted you surprised yourself so much - and hope it leads to more needle felting, your hare was amazing!
It was a fabulous day! Denise is so encouraging and positive; there was a comfortable relaxed atmosphere with plenty of laughter. There was a delicious veggie lunch and chocolate cake with afternoon tea. I highly recommend this course.
Karen Higley - - #13308
A wonderful tranquil peaceful day with a top class tutor who is also a top class host & cook! Still can’t quite believe I produced my little hare who takes pride of place on the mantle! If you want to escape from it all, learn something new whilst having fun, then this is the place for you.
Jo & Esme - - #13206
An incredible day, learning something new and meeting like-minded crafty people. Denise was a fabulous tutor and was able to guide us through making our creations in such a relaxed, laid-back but busy manner. I loved the fact that all of our creations had their own personalities. The lunch was delicious, as was the constant top up of coffee, cakes and elderflower water. Thank you so much Denise, I have learnt so much and look forward to making more. I would recommend this course to anyone, without hesitation x
Amanda Norris - - #13174
What a fantastic day. I can't believe what we achieved in such a short time - I put it down to the beautiful environment, the fabulous teaching, the wonderful food and the overwhelming CUTENESS of the animals we were making! I would recommend this course to anyone without a moment's hesitation. Go! You'll love it! And you might get hooked on the most cathartic and calming craft I've ever had the joy of trying out, too :)
Kay - - #13134
I so enjoyed this fabulous day with Denise who is a brilliant teacher; encouraging, patient and helpful with a good sense of humour. I started the day not even knowing what needle felting was, feeling very doubtful that I would be able to make anything worth keeping. As it turned out I amazed myself with the lovely badger that I made (and amazed my family too!) I really recommend this day to anyone. It’s a great opportunity to get away from all the doom and gloom in the world, be in good company, enjoy lovely food in a super setting and go home with a little treasure.
Marilyn Phipps - - #13119
I have just spent a wonderful day stepping off the mad 21st Century treadmill with Denise and my fellow felting novices. What a brilliant introduction to felting. Denise is an engaging, down-to-earth lady who explained and demonstrated every step and gave us all the materials and support we needed to produce our own, completely adorable, dare I say it, little masterpieces to take home. Denise's lovely home and superb culinary skills added an extra dimension to the day. I cannot recommended this course enough - if I had my way, I'd sign up to attend every week.
Fee Ritchie - - #13116
As a total beginner, I cannot believe that I managed to make a gorgeous hare in a single day. Denise created a relaxed atmosphere where we all made an animal each with their unique personality. All this while enjoying coffee, a delicious lunch, and later tea with homemade cake!
An absolutely lovely day guided by a superb teacher. I recommend this course to anyone regardless of their craft skills.
Anne Draisey - - #12857
A complete novice to needle felting but what a great experience. Nothing too much trouble for our host and tutor Denise who welcomed us into her home with lunch, coffee and cakes making the day unforgettable and I even managed to make my fox as a lovely momento. Now to tackle a hare at home! Feel I may well be back Denise. Thank you.
Linda Roberts - - #12833
Cannot recommend this course highly enough! Fabulous location, tutor and food. Denise is a great tutor who makes the whole day great fun and time flies. Can’t wait to go back for more! Thank you
Belinda Thompson - - #12827
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