Needle-Felting - one day course

Duration: One day (10-4)

Price: £90

Run by: Assington Mill

Contact: Anne Holden

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About the Course

Tutor: Jools Abbey
Course price includes home-made lunch, biscuits & cakes etc. .

Needle felting is the art of creating felt by pricking raw wool with special barbed needles. The fibres becomes enmeshed and can be formed into a picture or a sculpture. With a basic form constructed, e.g. head, body, limbs, the sculpting begins. By adding more wool, or pricking to give definition, the form gradually evolves.

Wool is a very versatile medium to work with and the varying types, of course, give different results. Merino wool is soft and the most widely available in shops. It is often dyed bright colours and useful for pictures and markings on animals. I prefer using more natural tones, e.g herdwick wool for an Irish wolfhound. This process is a different method to wet felting.

It’s fun to experiment with different size/shape of needle and textures of wool and as a new hobby, has a small outlay. Needle felting requires little space for storage of materials, a shoebox is all you would need to start with. It’s easily The equipment is transportable, just right to take on holiday. The art of needle felting is easy to master and even if you think you are not artistic, I’m confident you will be pleased with your projects. As you become more proficient, there are more techniques to learn, but this course is all about the basics. On the day, you will learn:

A brief history of felting

How to choose wool, needles and pads

Preparing the wool

Mastering the basic technique by making a 2D shape with the help of a guide

Learn shaping by making petals to make a 3D flower (which can be worn as a pin or on a hat).

Constructing a sculpture e.g. simple animal of your choice

Jools Abbey will take you through the whole process.

By the end of the needle felting course, you will have made a small shaped item, e.g. a star, a flowers which can be worn, and a small animal of your choice. Jools usually advises something simple so that it can be completed in the day.

Provided on the day, including needles, felting pads and wool.

What to Bring
Some ideas about which animal you would like to make on the needle felting course.

Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.

We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.

Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.

Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.

To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.

For more information about accommodation and food please see above.

Materials £10 to be paid on the day.

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 14th October 2018

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