Needle Felted Hares / Bunnies (1 day) in the Peak District



A tactile 1-day workshop exploring 3D needle felting techniques. Von will introduce you to the basic methods of dry felting natural wool fibre. By forming simple shapes and joining them together you will begin to build your soft animal structure. Different shades can be mixed or overlapped to produce markings. The addition of ears and eyes, a tail and nose will complete your creature and bring him/her life.

Mad March hares or Easter Bunnies, your adorable little sculpture will be a talking point for years to come.

Suitable for all skill levels, especially beginners.

Tutor: Von Allen

Von Allen is a professional artist specialising in 3D needle felting techniques. Her work often features animals, with dogs being a particular favourite. Inspired by her own dog’s ability to change personality according to what he thinks it might get him, each character is an individual one off and will not be duplicated.

Start time: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am
End time: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm

There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.

• Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting
• Relaxed, creative atmosphere
• 4 - 6 students per workshop
• Open to both beginners and those with experience
• Good fresh food, homemade cakes
• Accommodation on site and nearby if required
• Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people)

For further information or any questions please select the 'Ask a Question' button to be put in touch with the course organiser.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools will be provided. Feel free to bring some photos for inspiration if you wish.

A tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon.

A good choice of natural shades of 100% wool will be available and colours can be mixed together. Also glass eyes, ribbon and other materials needed to complete your creature.

Materials fee: approx £15 for this one-day workshop - Note: This materials charge is in addition to the course fee.

Accommodation available at extra charge:
'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3
'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2


Alison Massey at Zantium Studios Ltd


Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House
Near Hopton
Wirksworth, Matlock

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday


1 day (9:30am to 4:30am)

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In-person course
susan brownhill - - #21128

I recently attended this course at zantium studios.
What a brilliant time I had. The location was beautiful, the house was adorable and homely. Alison was so very welcoming. The course tutor, Von, was very nice and the class of 8 of us were all ladies, who were a great laugh. I learnt a lot on the course and came out with a lovely hare, which I am very proud of!.
The lunch and cake, which Alison so beautifully made for us was absolutely delicious!. I definitely want to go back to zantium studios to learn more crafts. Thankyou to everyone involved in making my day there so special and great fun!

In-person course
Dawn Melloy - - #21043

An excellent day in the beautiful rural heart of Derbyshire. The workshop was great fun and excellently run by Von Allen. I was really proud of my cute Hare (Harriet) even though I was a complete beginner. The whole day felt like being a welcome house guest, with a homemade lunch of soup, bread rolls, fruits, cheeses etc. Afternoon tea was, again, homemade. This time mouthwatering chocolate and almond cake. I cannot recommend the event and Zantium Studios highly enough.

In-person course
Alison mercer - - #21042

A great course, with good instruction. Friendly host and instructor. Lovely food and cake! A thoroughly enjoyable day.

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