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 Bonds Lifestyle, Stratford Upon Avon and Crafty Gal HQ, Needle Felting Studio in Marlcliff, near Bidford on Avon - workshops in both locations. 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. AND new from June 2018 is Crafty Gal's first Needle Felting Kit - Sleeping Baby Mice, £18.00.
Two gorgeous settings - by the River Avon in the beautiful hamlet of Marlcliff or in the fantastic Bonds Lifestyle, (leave time for a stroll by the River Avon, or a mooch around the gorgeous Bonds depending on which venue you choose.
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 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.
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
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
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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