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Needle felting course with FURZIE at Trumpet Corner Tea Rooms, Ledbury, Herefordshire


About the Course

Needle felting is a wonderful craft, even if you don't think you are creative, the wool somehow inspires you to create. The course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience of felting already. You will be taught the basics of needle-felting, how to make a wire armature structure for your animal and how to sculpt with wool.

For the course cost you can choose which animal you would like to make (within reason!), but pick something you love and you are familiar with how it looks, bring photos and especially a picture of the animal from the side view, so that we can get the proportions right - I will help you with this, don't worry about it! Just let me know what animal you would like to make, so I can bring the right colour wool.

Courses also available at a number of other venues across the Midlands, or in your own home. For more information, click on "More courses run at this centre" below.

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?

All wool and materials to make a hare or other animal
A light lunch
Coffee/tea and cake
Free parking

Optional needle-felting tool kit available to purchase £20 (inc hessian bag/mat, mat cleaning tool, needles, felting pad and three needle pen tool).


Michelle Hickman at Furzie
Trumpet Corner Gallery and Tea Rooms
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
- - #29637

Brilliant felting day.... Michelle was an amazing teacher who had patience and encouragement for us all as previous non felters.
Felting is great fun and I adored the hare that I made - it's right, they do take on a personality of their own after a while!!
The food was lovely too - soup and sandwiches and mid afternoon, a cream tea... we were all spoiled.

I would highly recommend this as a day doing crafting - its creative and fun.

In-person course
- - #25636

Really enjoyable course. Michelle was calm and encouraging and I manage to produce a reasonable looking hare by the end of the day!

In-person course
- - #21344

What a great relaxing fun and informative day. Michelle is a fantastic and generous teacher. The venue at Trumpet was lovely. Food and refreshments were delicious and added to the day. Looking forward to booking another day.

In-person course
- - #21268

Lovely fun day today , great tuition with a fantastic funny lady. Produced a lovely hare with such character. Tasty lunch included, will recommend to my friends.

In-person course
- - #21226

A brilliant day in a lovely place!
Michelle is a wonderful teacher.
I hadn’t done anything like this before and I felt it was probably a bit ambitious to try to make a sculpture of my labradoodle. However, she turned out really well and I fell in love with her about half way through the day.
When I got home the family couldn’t believe I hadn’t bought her!
I can’t wait to make another dog.

In-person course
- - #19349

Brilliant course. Michelle was just so encouraging and dedicated to delivering her skills/knowledge to enable some fantatic results for students.
One draw back was not starting on time which made a rush at the end but that was down to the owner of the venue not michelles fault.
In my opinion any more than 6 people is too many.
Im looking forward to returning in the near future. Good job michelle, everything was well provided by her to create a creature/animal. Fab course


In-person course
- - #19309

Michelle is a lovely, approachable tutor who worked hard all day to make sure we had a successful time. Her attention to detail was fantastic and she was well prepared. Plenty of good quality materials were available and all the equipment was provided as well.
The venue was very pleasant, the service was very good and the food was great.
The one downside was the delay in the starting of the day which led to a rush at the end of the day and most of the students had not quite finished.
Personally I think 8 students was 2 too many but I would go again.

In-person course
- - #16775

Great day with a fab bunch of ladies and tutor. We learnt a lot, luge day lot and came out with a unique hand made animal 😀
Trumpet Corner, was fabulous in terms of Location offering loads of parking, great staff and fabulous local and handmade food, what could be better!

In-person course
- - #15131

Thoroughly enjoyed my day at Trumpet Tea Rooms. Michelle is an excellent teacher, with a very enabling attitude.
Plenty of materials available freely for you to work with. Being only a small group it is fun to make what you want and still have ample help from Michelle.
The work room is light and spacious and the food supplied was delicious.

In-person course
- - #12692

As a total novice I was sceptical of producing anything recognisable but with Michelle's guidance am the proud owner of a felted stag! Some stunning results from the other lovely participants. Will be booking again.

In-person course
- - #12661

An absolutely fantastic day, this is the third one of Michelles that I have been on, so helpful and great tuition, come back every time with new ideas, perfect lunch and the afternoon cakes are to die for. Looking forward to my next day with her.

In-person course
- - #11410

My sister and I attended this course and had a brilliant day. It was intense in a relaxing way and the service from the tea room was excellent. All too quickly it was time to go home and from complete novices we all achieved pieces that my friend remarked were very professional. Anyone attending will not regret it. Michelle's teaching is calm and very assured and nobody was left out or left to struggle. Excellent

In-person course
- - #10968

Great course day went too quickly, food was great!!

In-person course
- - #10295

The workshop is well worth attending, Michelle is an excellent teacher and makes the whole day fun and most enjoyable. The courses are small making it easier for Michelle to give individual attention to those who need it. It was lovely to spend the day at a brilliant venue with like minded people. The food at Trumpet Corner Tea Room was lovely, all freshly prepared and proper tea in a tea pot! I would recommend this workshop to anyone thinking of trying needle felting, you won't be disappointed and will leave feeling that you have achieved something.

In-person course
- - #10288

Amazing teacher and a truly wonderful days learning set in great surroundings. The day was well paced, Michelle was expert on making sure everyone got the time and attention they required. I can praise Michelle enough. Lovely day, thank you!

In-person course
- - #10282

Brilliant course. Michelle was really good at showing and explaining what to do with just the right amount of help. Adored my model that I made.

In-person course
- - #10281

Fabulous course with a marvellously helpful, instructive and humerus teacher 😊 Loved every minute and am now proud owner of 'Wilf' the Hare!

In-person course
- - #10206

Lovely day Michelle was a good teacher she had a lovely manner and the group size was just right. Really pleased with the result of a days class

In-person course
- - #10198

I really enjoyed the Furzie Needlefelting Course with Michelle.
I loved the badger I made and am still thinking what a fun and totally informative course it was each time I look at my finished piece.
Lots of help and guidance on hand from Michelle and the kit you get on arrival was FAB everything you need to begin needlefelting.
I learned many skills and would definately reccomend this course to my friends.

In-person course
- - #9812

Really enjoyed my day learning to felt with Michelle. She was very patient and helpful ; the venue was great (Ledbury); and it was a relaxing and therapeutic day. My dog is a bit spooked by the "mini-me" that I created of him with Michelle's help - but I take that as a good sign.....
Thankyou - and I hope to come along to another session and tackle a hare next time!

In-person course
- - #9797

A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding day lead by Michelle, who made us all feel welcome, secure and capable. Her enthusiasm and talent were infectious! She responded to our needs with warmth, wit and encouragement. A highly recommended day!

In-person course
- - #9788

I enjoyed learning about how to make a Furzie, having never needle felted before.

Was a bit stressed trying to get my animal made in the time but am finishing off at home and overall, I am pleased with my little cat!

Thanks Michelle. I shall be exploring needle felting further!

In-person course
- - #7553

I really enjoyed the course, Michelle was an excellent tutor - very encouraging and explained clearly, and showed us how to realise the ideas we had in this new material and technique. The venue was lovely (lunch was great!) and overall I thought this was good value for money with the time, personnel attention and materials we had.

In-person course
- - #7504

Enjoyed every moment of the day. The time went by so fast. Loved creating something again and it was a really good sized class and it was friendly and fun. Brilliant!

In-person course
- - #7501

Michelle is a good teacher, building up confidence and ensuring that you leave the day with a good result. Good location and an excellent day.

In-person course
- - #7359

Excellent course. Informal, instructive and enjoyable. My first delve into the realm of needle felting, but Michelle made the experience an enjoyable one with her teaching style. Other members on the course were of different levels of expertise, however this added to the mix and Michelle was able to give each person the time needed to ensure they achieved their learning goal and got maximum benefit from the course. I came away with knowledge, nice memories, a piece of my own handcrafted art, but more importantly the skills to carry it forward and hopefully help raise funds for the charity I volunteer for.
Thank you Michelle.

In-person course
- - #7348

I really enjoyed the course in Ledbury with Michelle. It was definitely worth the 2 hours drive I had to get there. As I was totally new to needle felting I felt quite nervous but that soon changed. We had a lovely group on the day and Michelle was and is a great teacher. To start of with I felt a bit unsure but bit by bit I grew in confidence and I am happy to say that I love the squirrel that I made.
As soon as I got home I got onto the computer to order lots of needle felting stuff because I'm definitely not stopping now. Got so many ideas, so this was only the start of my felting journey. Thank you Michelle for a lovely and inspiring day. It's one of the best things I have done in a long time.

In-person course
- - #7338

What a fabulous day. I enjoyed the whole experience and thought that Michelle was a great teacher giving us all individual attention, when needed. The location at Trumpet Corner was super and Jo and her staff looked after us all admirably. Very good value for money and I'm now addicted to Needle Felting!
Thank you Michelle.

In-person course
- - #6580

An excellent day! Michelle very attentive and encouraging everything provided and coffee and cake, a very relaxed and productive day, I shall return thank you!

In-person course
- - #6576

Michelle is an excellent tutor and ensured the day was enjoyable I had never attempted felting before but was very pleased with the outcome !The venue was good ..easy to find and plenty of parking . The cake was very nice!

In-person course
- - #6556

What a fabulous needlefelting course! Really enjoyed my day at The Trumpet learning a new craft under the expert tuition of Michelle, who is very talented (and also very patient!). Everyone works at their own pace so you never feel rushed and Michelle always steps in to offer help and guidance along the way.
I would thoroughly recommend attending this course; it's a great day out!

In-person course
- - #6472

My daughter and I had a wonderful day. It was the first time I had ever persuaded her to embark on any craft whatsoever. A great success. She made a lovely copy of her dog and she's now enthusiastic about repeating the experience with a couple of our friends early next year. Although I didn't complete my dog, he is looking very realistic and I know that Michelle will be on hand if I get stuck finishing him. Michelle is a great instructor - clear instructions, jumping in to help get back on track when it's needed, and happy to let you do a bit of experimenting. Very generous to share her wonderful expertise and talent. Lunch was excellent, and we all loved the afternoon scones and cakes. All in all a great day.

In-person course
- - #6416

A thoroughly good day. The standard of teaching was excellent, the group size (8) was just right. The venue and facilities were good and refreshments and lunch also very good.

Michelle gave us such encouragement that I am definitely going to have a go at home and then will probably do another course to improve and try a different animal.

In-person course
- - #6409

Michelle was an excellent teacher providing just the right level of detail when we needed it. Maybe it was because I took too long on the wire frame, the gorgeous lunch or fabulous cake but I didn't finish. I panicked a bit at the end stabbing furiously but she made me concentrate on the ears and I'm pleased to say they went well. It looked like a dog - not quite my dog but definitely a canine!! I would have liked the course to have gone on longer but maybe if I do another I will be quicker. It was a fun interesting day that I'd love to repeat, thank you

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- - #6386

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- - #6320

I had a wonderful day with Michelle - felt like I had been on holiday. Excellent tuition and attentiveness. Would like to attend another course and maybe make a hare although the Border Terrier I made was just so good that I may have to make another one so I have a pair!!

Excellent value and food was superb.

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- - #6319

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In-person course
- - #6270

A great and very helpful day, Michelle gives the individual information each project needs! After my second session with Michelle I think I'm ready now to create a flock of various different colour sheep :)

In-person course
- - #6189

I loved this course- you get so much packed into a short time and I love the hare that I made. I have learned something really useful and would like to attend another workshop in the future. Michelle is a great teacher and has a good sense of humour ( Think Jo Brand? hope that is not offensive Michelle!). The course is excellent value. The cost includes a take home kit and all the materials . You also get coffee, lunch and tea or coffee and delicious cake in the afternoon. The environment is lovely at the Trumpet art gallery as well. Would highly recommend this course.

In-person course
- - #5914

Had a wonderful day learning to needle felt yesterday. Michelle was very patient and gave everyone in the group as much time and help as required. This was my very first attempt at the craft but I will certainly be booking another day to gain confidence and experience.

In-person course
- - #5913

Very nice day full of useful information, clear instructions and a bonus of being fed nice food :)
Most important I was able to make a sheep which looks like one and got already many WOW messages from friends :)

In-person course
- - #5280

The class was enjoyable. The room was comfortable. The tutor was well-prepared and the quality of teaching was superb. Michelle was attentive and encouraging. Refreshments were good and sufficient.

In-person course
- - #5270

Michelle's wonderful skills in creating beautiful felted animals, along with her great teaching skills makes her workshops an absolute pleasure.

In-person course
- - #5024

I really enjoyed my day. Michelle was an excellent teacher and created a very relaxed atmosphere. It is great to be able to complete (nearly) a whole project in a day and have something worthwhile to take home. I would thoroughly recommend the course.

In-person course
- - #4932

I went with a friend not really knowing what needle felting was all about, we had the most lovely day learning from Michelle who was an excellent teacher in a lovely setting. We were both amazed with what we were able to produce in a relaxed atmosphere. The lunch , cake and coffee were a welcome, tasty addition. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, you will be amazed what you take home and the skills to carry on and be creative at home. I will certainly be booking again!

In-person course
- - #4860

I've done two workshops with Michelle and can thoroughly recommend them. She is patient and helpful and even needle-felt newbies will go home with something to be proud of! As for the location - it's all been said, and I agree!

In-person course
- - #4611

A well-organised class in a great location. The pace of the learning was great and because of the smaller group numbers, everyone could progress at their own comfort level. Really pleased with not only what I made on the day, but the skills I learned. The cost represents excellent value for money - I'd highly recommend going with a few friends as the laughs are as good as the course :)

In-person course
- - #4608

Really enjoyable course, great location too. The day was filled with laughter and lots of felting!

In-person course
- - #4553

Great day- Michelle is so calm that she makes it feel as if anything is possible- I was delighted with my little dog. Thank you

In-person course
- - #4552

I have never tried needle felting before, but when a friend could not attend I filled her place at the last moment. I had a great time and managed to make a rat, all I have to do is add his whiskers! I would thoroughly recommend this course. Michelle is a good and patient teacher.

In-person course
- - #4513

Lovely day Needlefelting. Michelle is a great teacher, very calm and offers lots of advice. Definitely worth the money -- great fun.x

In-person course
- - #4413

Wonderful day. Enjoyed every moment of it. Michelle is an inspiring and creative tutor. I was totally absorbed by the process throughout. Very addictive in the best possible sense. Cannot wait to go on another workshop soon. My daughter wants to join me for one after seeing the Airedale terrier that I produced.

In-person course
- - #4410

I had a wonderful relaxing time and came away with Reggie who developed attitude as he came to life on the table. Not only a hare for Easter but a hare for all seasons. Also an excellent lunch and cake provided by the Trumpet tea rooms. Michelle is an excellent teacher for anyone like me who is new to the world of needle felt.

In-person course
- - #4365

This is a fabulous course for beginners as well as more advanced students. Everyone is given a generous bag with all the tools and materials required to make their designated piece (plus plenty of wool to make a second piece at home). I wanted to make a budgie, which Michelle had not made before. She was so organised she had made a version of one before the course to show me the possibilities including coming up with clever ideas for the claws. At home I was able to use the techniques to fiddle and play and change my bird to further improve his shape and features. The hares, fox, dog, cat, rabbits made in class were of incredible standard. I was really impressed. I would like to do more! Puffin?!

In-person course
- - #4339

Loved the Furzie course. I took my friend as a birthday present and she loved it too. Michelle is an excellent and patient teacher with a friendly and approachable manner. I was surprised at the excellent level everyone on the course achieved. We also had lovely refreshments and lunch provided and came home with a complete felting kit as part of our fee for the course.

Excellent value for money.

In-person course
- - #4338

The best day!! A little daunted and worried that I could never acheive a finished product,but really amazed by what I came away with! Totally addicted now!! Thank you Michelle!

In-person course
- - #4266

Very enjoyable day, the course tutor Michelle was very friendly, she is a very good teacher and she made it a fun day. I was very pleased with what I made and I am already planning my next 'creation'.

In-person course
- - #4250

Michelle created a lovely environment for learning a new craft. I really enjoyed seeing the felt coming to life, what a joy. I had a great day and have a new obsession thanks.

In-person course
- - #4245

Absolutely brilliant course. Perfect number of people and a really nice, friendly atmosphere. Good amount of time spent with the Michelle, but was also nice to be left to have a little play. Great value for money, and I always like to come away with some goodies which are included in the cost of the course. Very pleased with what I managed to make and I would thoroughly recommend trying it - I've got the bug now and have already made another animal.

In-person course
- - #4238

Had the best time on this course which was bought for me as a Christmas gift. I'd fallen in love with Michelle's creations at a Christmas Fair and was really looking forward to the workshop. Not being particularly crafty I was hooked from the moment we started. It's so addictive and the day went so quickly, I didn't want to go home! Michelle is a fantastic teacher, and being part of a small group meant you get lots of personal tuition. I am so proud of my hare, and am already planning my next felt project!

Course location is excellent, very friendly folk at Trumpet Tea Rooms with lovely lunch and cake!

In-person course
- - #4094

I have been on the course several times & have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. The lunch is excellent too.

In-person course
- - #4093

A brilliant day, interesting from the start, only a shame it wasn't longer! (Only because so enjoyable!). Great value and a fantastic opportunity to see and work with a really talented person. Needle felting was something absolutely new to me but at the end of the day I came away with a sculpture (nearly all my own work!) and the material for all my finishing touches - not to mention the feeling that I might have found something I really enjoy doing. What more could you ask for?

In-person course
- - #3825

A fabulous day. Michelle is a gifted teacher, sharing her knowledge and talent easily and generously. The day was well-paced and everyone on my course absolutely loved it. We all went home with creations we could feel proud of and a great sense of achievement. I thoroughly recommend it.

In-person course
- - #3818

A great day out - informative and relaxed with good guidance from Michelle. Delighted with my 'take home' stuff - Many thanks Caroline

In-person course
- - #3786

A thoroughly enjoyable course! Michelle is a great teacher and full of ideas for bringing animals to life.

In-person course
- - #3776

Brilliant day! Michelle is a relaxed and excellent teacher, and I was thrilled with my lurcher! A stimulating and really fun day. I will be back for more!

In-person course
- - #3773

marvelous, such a fun day, learnt loads and came away wanting more. Thank you so much for such an inspiring day xx

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