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Needle felted animals or pictures


About the Course

During this full day workshop you will create a needle felted animal.

We will be using various wool fibres and a barbed felting needle to knit the fibres together. Beginner to some experience.

During a full day you can make one of the larger animals seen in the images and really get to grips with the techniques needed.

With small stabbing actions you will knit the fibres into a form that will grow very quickly by sculpting the wool.

I have many examples that you can use for inspiration of images and animals; or landscape pictures if you would prefer to create a picture. But do bring your own images along.

Half day- Enquire -Small animals could be an owl, penguin, bird or similar.

If you do not see a date to suit you or have an enquiry regarding a group booking then please get in touch via the contact form or my website.

We will cover all needle felting basics and safety.

If you are coming with someone who would prefer to make a picture instead then that is fine.

For more information or questions please get in touch via my website link above.

Airbnb on the property -please enquire

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?

- Expert tuition from a creative feltmaker - Barbara
Half day - small animal such bird, owl, penguin etc...
- Includes all materials and refreshments/compulsory homemade cake :-)
- Opportunity to explore colour, texture and develop your creativity!
- The fee includes all felt fibres and embellishment
- Lots of inspiration ideas, examples and techniques to get you started on
your fabulous felting journey in needle felting.


Barbara Simmons Meek at Feltworld - Creative Art Courses
ST19 5BL
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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10:00am to 3:30pm

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In-person course
- - #2744

I attended Barbara's Wet Felt Picture Taster Session and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Barbara's lovely studio provided the perfect creative environment to learn the skill of wet felting and her friendly teaching style made even a novice like me, feel confident that I could create something beautiful.

I'm now hooked and can't wait to try another of Barbara's workshops.

In-person course
- - #2745

First attempt at felting. Enjoyed the process and found it enjoyable. Barbara was an informative and patient tutor. Would definitely like to do further sessions.

In-person course
- - #8601

I thoroughly enjoyed the half day course with Barbara and it has left me wanting more. The extensive resources and Barbara's encouraging teaching style gave me confidence to learn new skills. I highly recommend the experience.

In-person course
- - #9635

First real attempt at dry felting. I really enjoyed the day and impressed myself and my family, of producing a felt rabbit which was pleasingly convincing! It also got the ah! factor from work colleagues and has already got me wanting to make more. Most enjoyable!

In-person course
- - #15342

Nuno Scarf wet felting....Barbara offers clear instruction and works at a comfortable pace to complete the project. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating my scarf using the Wool / groomed fur from my impressed with how it turned out....I decided to do another workshop with Barbara....this time mixing Husky Wool with so pleased.....Barbara is an inspiration and an Excellent teacher/instructor ....Thank You!!

In-person course
- - #18128

I attended a half-day dry needle-felting course, my third class with Barbara. I have previously made a wet felt picture, and a handbag. Today I made a robin and a penguin. I have been very pleased with everything I have made, and they have been much admired by friends and family.
It was a lovely afternoon out with a difference. There was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, combined with excellent teaching. Thank you, Barbara.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you elizabeth. I am also really pleased that your felt bag is traveling around the world with you too. Barbara

In-person course
- - #18135

Thank you Barbara .. I have just spent a lovely day with you making a hare. It was my first attempt at needle felting and I was so pleased with the results.
Most enjoyable xx

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Hi Susan, Your hare is absolutely fabulous and well done in picking up the techniques so quickly. I look forward to taking you to the next level :-0 .

In-person course
- - #19479

Had a splendid day and created what i consider to be a very good hare. Very relaxed and supportive atmosphere with all you need provided and as much or as little guidance as you need. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Barbara as a teacher.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you Liz :-). Loved your cute hare. If you want any advice on refining the detail, please let me know. Barbara

In-person course
- - #20193

Had a fabulous day, with some yummy lunch. Will be back to do another.

In-person course
- - #23238

Barbara was absolutely fantastic in delivering our felting course. Purchased as a birthday gift for me, my fiancé and I had a really wonderful time. Barbara was so accommodating, kind and helpful and really made the day magical. Thank you so much for a great day, with a lovely lunch too!!

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you for the lovely feedback. You and Imogen have a natural talent in sculpting your needle felted cute hare's. Well done

In-person course
- - #24462

Very knowledgeable and friendly tutor with a lovely relaxed manner. Really enjoyable time.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you Louise, it was lovely to meet you :-)

In-person course
- - #24475

Had a lovely day learning a new skill and very pleased with my first attempt. It was a really friendly group and Barbara was very helpful and patient with us. Humbert the Hare is now in pride of place at home. Many thanks Barbara for a great experience - and a lovely lunch too!!

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you Jane. I so glad that your Humbert is taking pride of place, looking as handsome as ever lol!

In-person course
- - #25699

Thank you Barbara for a most enjoyable day. It was my first time needle felting and Barbara was an informative, knowledgeable and patient tutor. I was pleased with my hare and my family were very impressed, in fact daughter wished she had come along with me! We'll be back at some point!
I would highly recommend this course.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you Julie, I am so pleased that you had a lovely day. Your a natural and Mr hare looked fabulous. Barbara

In-person course
- - #26920

My friend and I spent a day with Barbara making our creations; my friend made a gorgeous Jemima Puddleduck and I made a Hare.

We had a lovely day. Barbara is a relaxed and kind person who generously shares her expertise in a really humble way. She made us both feel comfortable and embraced the quirkiness of our creations. Indeed, we both loved that she did not try to 'fix' what we had done, but allowed our work to be just that: our work.

We had an absolutely lovely day and would thoroughly recommend her courses.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you for such a lovely review Karen. Your hare and Jemima look fabulous 😃. I do feel that it’s important not to take over my students work lol. I must admit that I have to keep my hands tied behind me sometimes unless I’m given permission to fix of course!! Merry Christmas

In-person course
- - #27072

Had a fab morning, thrilled with the end product. Barbara was so lovely, highly recommended x

In-person course
- - #27080

Me and my friend booked this course for our friends birthday. She was delighted! We had such a lovely morning making robins and a penguin. Barbara was lovely and very informative, couldn’t do more to help us. We ended up coming away with a lovely felted animal each, a great skill learnt!
Thank you Barbara!

In-person course
- - #27081

I had the course booked as a birthday present and I had the most wonderful morning, Barbara was so friendly and helpful, answered all our questions and helped us come away with the most gorgeous little felted animals. I couldn’t recommend this course and Barbara any more, thanks again

In-person course
- - #27082

We booked this course for our friends birthday & had a wonderful morning. I’d never done any felting before & was very impressed I managed to make a lovely little robin for my Christmas tree with the guidance of Barbara, who was very welcoming & friendly. Would definitely recommend this course!

In-person course
- - #27380

Barbara is just so lovely and talented, very patient and nothing is too much trouble, would highly recommend to anyone wanting to try something new.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Arhh thank you Janet. Your donkey looked fab 😀, well done for your very first needle felting project.

In-person course
- - #27388

Lovely morning with my niece at Barabara's felting workshop making cute little animals. A knowledgable host, tea and biscuits, great company and left feeling confident in the techniques. Great value for money.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you Jo. Your cute animals looked great. I will look forward to you coming along to a different class in the future :-) .

In-person course
- - #27457

Never having done anything like this before I was a bit nervous but Barbara quickly put me at my ease and assured me that by the end of the morning I would have a little creature to take home.
After two hours of expert tuition and a few laughs along the way I left with my first needle felt creation: a cute penguin! I'm now all fired up to start on next year's Christmas tree decorations and am fully intending to go to another of Barbara's workshops very soon.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

It was lovely to have you on my half day workshop Constance. Your penguin looked brilliant. I will look forward to teaching you in the future. B

In-person course
- - #27616

What a fun day of learning we had! Thanks Barbara, and for lunch. Your house is a treasure trove of woolish wonders! And we got some exercise and a wonderful new bag! Many thanks, Julie

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Your welcome and thank you 😀, your bag looked brilliant. I’m looking forward to giving you another workout 🏋️‍♀️..... no it’ll be less strenuous next time!

In-person course
- - #27661

We had a great day creating a bag using the wet felting technique with Barbara. The course is well structured and gives you plenty of range to experiment with colours and designs. Barbara is very easy to get along with and provides clear information. We came away from the day with a great bag and ideas to use the technique again. Lunch is also provided, alongside all materials and the course tuition, so it makes the course good value for money. We hope to return for the needle felting course in the not too distant future.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Than you Tracy, I look forward to teaching you again...with your beautiful bag :-).

In-person course
- - #27770

This short introduction to needle felting took me from knowing nothing to making a lovely little bird in an afternoon. Barbara is a clear and encouraging tutor and obviously loves both the craft and teaching it. Would thoroughly recommend.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you Sue, your cute black bird was expertly made. Good luck in your future projects.

In-person course
- - #29578

Fab teacher, very knowledgeable and patient. Provided lunch and refreshments. I made a lovely hare

In-person course
- - #30040

Had this as a present with my mum. Wasn't sure what to expect as I've never done needle felting.

Loved.... Loved... Loved the course, very relaxed and informal.

Barbara was patient and full of knowledge.

Everything was provided and I would highly recommended x

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Thank you very much Jayne, I had a fun day to and it was a pleasure to teach you how to make your funky hare :-), very well done. Looking forward to teaching you again and maybe sampling your delicious cakes again too lol

In-person course
- - #30041

Oh my gosh. Just spent an amazing full day workshop with Barbara.
Made an 8inch needle felted doll, a fairy for my husbands memorial. Learnt so much, needed the full day as it was so relaxing and learnt so much more than I thought. Tried kits before but never understood the tips and tricks that Barbara shared with me. See her Facebook page Feltworld Creative Art Courses.
I'll be back with my daughter.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Art Courses:

Jeanette it was really lovely to teach you and see your fairy develop. Looking forward to teaching you a more advanced level next time. Stay in touch :-)

In-person course
- - #30209

We had a felting workshop together in Barbara's garden and loved the variety of options on offer. She is very experienced and had lots of helpful tips to give to help us improve our skills. A great day!

In-person course
- - #30210

Loved the day with Barbara in Penkridge. Very open and flexible about what we could work on. We were all different levels of experience and she was able to help each of us learn new techniques.

Couldn’t believe 5.5 hours could pass so quickly!

Would highly recommend this workshop

Thanks Barbara!

In-person course
- - #30278

Fantastic opportunity to wet felt a bag. Helpful and patient tutor with plenty of experience enabling me to further understand process. Thank you x

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