Needle Felting Workshop - Harry the Hare, Frankie Fox or Billy Badger
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About the Course
Fun and inspiring beginners needle felting workshops, 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.
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 woodland creature of your very own. Makes a great gift!
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.
Your day will start at 10:30am with a welcome tea or coffee, and conclude at 4pm, leaving you time to mooch around the gorgeous Bonds or a stroll by the river in beautiful Marlcliff.
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 needed to make one of these little woodland creatures within the day, (along with a delicious lunch at Bonds), tea, coffee and afternoon cake are included. Please be sure to advise at time of booking if you have any special dietary needs.
I had a brilliant day needle felting yesterday. Denise and the ladies were great and we had lots to talk about while we were working on our fox/hares. Would recommend this course, I really enjoyed it. The instructions were clear and easy to follow and even if we did make a mistake it was eaily rectified. Everyone really likes my fox. Hes got pride of place on my mantle peice at the moment. Definately going to continue to needle felt. Thank you Denise.
Sue - - #17817
Fabulous day with CraftyGal. Having made my own gorgeous 'hare' to take home at the end of the workshop was a bonus. CraftyGal is patient and makes learning how to felt easy. Highly recommended!
Sandra Grayson - - #17812
Absolutely loved my day needle felting with Denise. I was amazed at how well my hare turned out but im sure thats all down to Denises patience and guidance. I have definitely caught the bug and have been busy creating friends for my hare with the amzing starter kit that i got from Denise. I cant recommend this workshop highly enough!
Hannah Hamer - - #17729
Thank you for a great day. I would definitely recommend Denise's needle felting course.
Denise is a great teacher and very skilled at what she does.
As the first man to attend Denise's workshop, I would suggest a new tag line for your advertising... "Needle Felting is for Real Men!"
Thanks & Best wishes
Alec Jones - - #17619
“Oh such fun “a great day making Harry Hare. Denise is an excellent tutor who easily instilled confidence in our ability.
I felt a real sense of achievement as the felt transformed into my new long eared friend. I love learning new skills and meeting new like minded people with food and coffee included and this course certainly met all my criteria. Happy days.
Thanks so much Denise
Topsy - - #17439
As a complete newbie to needle felting I was impressed at how well my hare came out! This was obviously thanks to the wonderful ‘Crafty Gal’, Denise. She’s patient and helpful, working along side us to demonstrate needle felting clearly. A delicious lunch and afternoon tea provided by Bonds completed a wonderful day. Thank you so much Denise xx
Liz Benson - - #17336
As a beginner needlefelter I was delighted to find this one day workshop to learn new skills. Having had a go at making a few things I already had some understanding of how it works, but it was really good to have Danise's patient guidance in making a hare. I learned lots of new techniques - some of which I think are unique to Denise - and had a really lovely day at Bonds with my mother and husband also making hares. I feel inspired to do more needle felting and only pricked my finger a couple of times!
Kate Jones - - #17074
a very pleasant day spent learning needle felting. Denise is a very patient tutor. very pleased with my Hare which i have named Hartley. it was a fun day and a lovely experience. i would definitely recommend this course.
wendy hayes - - #16898
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Wendy! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day and delighted that you're spreading the word to all those potential needle felters you work with! Much appreciated, Dx
Wow what a day in lovely surroundings, Denise was a great instructor and the results we had were fantastic. Will definitely be taking up this craft and will be looking to book further courses with Denise in the future.
Carol Doyle - - #16886
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Carol for such a lovely review, so pleased you want to go more! Have fun and hopefully see you soon. x
A wonderful day full of fun and laughter. Thanks Denise for your great teaching, I am so pleased with what I achieved and have already used my new skill making another hare. Many of my friends will be getting hares for their Christmas presents.
Ruth Lockyer - - #16658
Response from Crafty Gal:So happy you enjoyed your day! AND look forward to seeing pics of all those lovely Christmas pressies you make! Enjoy, x
Thank you Denise for a wonderful day! I loved it, can't believe I made my Hare, he's amazing! My husband loved him too! Xx
Jayne - - #16509
Response from Crafty Gal:How could anyone NOT love your hare Jayne?! Before he even got his head on we all adored him! You were such a hoot to spend the day with, I really hope you go on to do more needle felting - would love to see what you do next. Dx
We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day at Bonds with Denise and the rest of the group of crafters! Everyone was so lovely and Denise was a fantastic teacher. The lunch was great and the afternoon cake and coffee was a treat. Thank you so much Denise for such a fab day! We are both absolutely thrilled with our hares, can't believe we've made them, feel super-proud! It was great seeing all of the needlefelt animals lined up at the end of the day; they all looked amazing but so different with their own personalities. I'd really recommend this course, Denise was lovely and really helpful and I'm really looking forward to starting needlfelt projects at home! Xx
Helen - - #16508
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for such a brilliant review Helen - so pleased you enjoyed your day and are ready to go on to your next needle felt project. Don't forget to send me some pics, I'd love to see where you take what you learnt with me. Dx
I found the course AMAZING! I had so much fun and created something I never thought I could before. It was so exciting seeing how it gradually transformed into something quite spectacular. It really felt like i was going on an adventure with my own little friend.
Thank you so much for guiding me every step of the way and I had a great time
Johnnie Diallo - - #16504
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Johnnie! You added even more fun to the day by keeping everyone on track, you were incredibly fast - I'm so happy you enjoyed it and got so much out of it. Looking forward to seeing what you go on to next! Dx
We had a lovely time at Denise's workshop making hares. It was surprisingly simple to do and very soon these dear little hares, each one different began to appear. It was very satisfying doing the little individual touches that made each one unique. We learnt a number of different techniques along the way. My son aged 10 was completely engaged all day and was very very happy with his hare when we got home. I'd recommend this workshop to anyone. Thanks Denise, I'm sure we'll come again.
Jacquine and Johnnie - - #16485
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Jacquine, I'm so thrilled you both enjoyed it so much. I look forward to seeing what you both go on to next, and hope to see you again soon, all the best Dx
My daughter and I had an amazing day with Denise making our little woodland friends ! This was a wonderful experience with a lovely lady who made us feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the day.It was a great opportunity to learn a new skill which we both thoroughly enjoyed . Lunch and a delicious afternoon cake and cuppa complimented the experience! Looking forward to the next time !
Thanks again Denise x 🌸
Wendy Harrison - - #15708
Response from Crafty Gal:It was a fun day with you two - I loved it and so pleased you left happy with your gorgeous Woodland Creatures, both stunning I may add! xx
I was lucky enough to score a 1-1 tutorial at Bonds near Stratford upon Avon. Immediately I felt at ease and was shown the tools, had an explanation of the different wools and had chosen my animal (a hare).
I was amazed at how much work goes into these little characters, but although the body took quite a while to felt down, we chatted, had s cup of tea and the time flew by.
I managed to get sooo much character into Walter (my hare) and he suddenly had a personality and style to boot.
Lunch was from Bonds' cafe, with s choice of sandwiches and drinks. Later we had cake too!
I cannot recommend the Crafty Gal workshop enough. Informative, relaxed, fun and addictive!
Kitten Von Mew - - #15361
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for such a fantastic review Kitten, it was a fun day and your hare is So stylish - I'm looking forward to seeing you later this week to make the brooch. Denise x
Good fun and surprisingly easy to pick up, -even for a novice-, thanks to Denise’s clear instructions and friendly manner. The pace was just right, my friends and I managed to each create our very own little woodland creature and were able to take home our needles and some additional material, in case we wanted to personalise them even more. (The options are endless!)
It was really lovely to meet Denise, who is great company, and the calm, almost serene, workshop environment left me feeling very relaxed.
Sylvia Fogg - - #15299
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for the fab review Sylvia - the three of you were great fun and the detail on your hare was amazing. Hope to see you again soon. Denise x
What a great day! I'd never tried needle felting before. I didn't think there was much chance of producing such a cute animal as Denise had in the images, but it's a testament to her skills in needle felting and teaching that I am now the proud owner of a pretty cool Frankie Fox. It was a really relaxed atmosphere and we had lovely food too. I'm wondering what excuse I can come up with to book another session in soon. Thank you Denise.
Alison Chantrey - - #15295
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you SO much Alison, I loved how your confidence grew as the day went on, and your fox started to appear to you! He was SO cute. Denise x
Thoroughly enjoyed my day, from beginning to end, and I adore my little felted Badger too. The venue and lunch (and the cake!) were excellent, but most of all Denise was so encouraging and patient, and has completely inspired me to do more needle felting, so I’m hoping to put my Crafty Gal Kit to good use soon. Thanks again 😊
Gill Reid-Walker - - #14748
Response from Crafty Gal:I'm delighted you're delighted Gilly! It was a fun day and such a pleasure to help add yet another fantastic craft to your amazing repertoire! Happy crafting!
What a great day. So much fun and amazed and delighted at the end result all thanks to Denise. My little hare is very special and has pride of place.
I was a complete beginner but am now totally hooked. Everyone should have a go and no better place or teacher to visit than Denise at Bonds.
Vicky - - #14670
Response from Crafty Gal:Great that you enjoyed it so much, I loved that it was the first time you had done anything like it and you left raring to do more! And your hare was so cute, especially his cardigan!!!! x
What a wonderful way to spend a day.
Denise is delightful, very calm and encouraging and helps you achieve the best results.
The food was lovely coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
And to come home with a completed hare, which I love, was the perfect end to the day.
Jayne Stokes - - #14575
Response from Crafty Gal:I'm so pleased you enjoyed your day, and love your hare so much, the first of many I hope!
I'm not very artistic, and presumed I would end up making something which would have no resemblance to a hare, but found Denise guiding us wonderfully and I manage to create an amazing hare, that I can't stop admiring! Time flew by, Denise was a great teacher, lunch, tea, coffee cake were spot on. I would definitely recommend the course. We were sent home with a pack for us to create another master piece and information where to buy more supplies if needed.
Thank you for a great day Denise.
Tracey Cowper - - #14558
Response from Crafty Gal:It was such a fun day, and your enthusiasm was fantastic - as well as your needle felting! Well done you.
Denise is a great teacher, I started the day doubtful that I could make Harry the hare but with Denise's enthusiasm and expertise I did. Very enjoyable, good location and a very tasty lunch. Great fun and I now want to do more. Thank you
Paula - - #14391
What an absolutely fantastic, fabulous, fun packed day!!!!! My friend and I learned so much. Denise is an excellent teacher! I’ll be felting forever! 😊
Denise Orange - - #14379
Enjoyable day with some lovely ladies. Denise was very patient and an excellent tutor. I learned a lot from her and hope to continue with some more felting. The whole day was well worth it.
Sue - - #13889
I had a lovely day with Denise, a bunch of lovely ladies and Norman, my awesome hare! I've never considered myself as being creative and I can't believe what I made after only a few hours.
Thanks Denise! xxx
Tracy - - #13829
What a wonderful way to spend a day !! I'm hooked on little felt creatures.
Denise was very patient and helpful just the right amount of tuition and guidance throughout the day. We had a very enjoyable lunch at Bonds then got back to our animals. I was very pleased with the end result I came home with a lovely Harold Hare who has pride of place on the dresser. I'm inspired now to give it a go on my own with the starter pack which has all the goodies needed.
Thanks again Denise
Denise Houlahan - - #13322
This was an excellent course. Before I attended, I was doubtful of my own ability but I came away from the course pleased with the hare I had made. I am confident that I can continue with this new found skill with the wool I bought at the end of the day.
The whole day was most enjoyable, including the lunch. Everything was clearly explained and we were helped at each new stage to progress so that the day flew by and I would love to attend another course. It was fun to do something so different and I look forward to enjoying making more animals. I cannot recommend this course highly enough!
Tissie Reason - - #13321
This was my second course with Denise since the New Year and it didn't disappoint!
Be warned if you come on this course you will be hooked.
The venue was great, as was the atmosphere, company, tutor and refreshments.
We all came away more that satisfied with our animals and can't wait to book onto another course.
Bel Thompson - - #13319
What a fabulous day! Denise introduced us to all the equipment and types of wool and techniques we'd need to make our chosen creature and it was a delight to find out that we could actually do this! All through the day Denise guided us through the process with a light touch, offering guidance and encouragement in equal measure. At the end of the day we all came away with our beautiful animals, all different with their own personalities. A very rewarding and satisfying day with an excellent teacher in a fabulous location. I came away with a starter kit to practice my new-found skills and I'd certainly do another course. I'd recommend without hesitation!
Debbie - - #13318
I attended the course on Monday 12th February as a Christmas treat to myself, as I had always wanted to try needle felting. The venue (Bonds) is easy to get to with lots of free parking.
Denise is lovely and very patient, the pace of the course is great and we were able to ask lots of questions about techniques and wool types. The day flew by and before we knew it we were taking home a lovely little felted fox :)
And the food - oh my gosh it was the nicest soup and sandwich i'd tasted in a long while and cake and coffee in the afternoon! It felt like a real treat of a day!
I showed a friend what I had made and she wants to have a go to, so I suspect we'll be booking on another course in the very near future!
One word of warning though - if you attend this course (if you are anything like me) you will:
a) Become addicted to needle felting
b) End up spending some more money in Bonds as they have so many lovely things on sale (I ended up with a lovely new scarf to end the day!
To sum up - if you are a complete novice and want to give needle felting a go, book yourself on this course - you won't be disappointed.
See you again soon Denise!
Jennifer - - #13051
This was my second time on the course. I had enjoyed the first one so much I had immediately had a go at home and got the bug. It was great having a second go. I made a fox this time and learnt a few more aspects of needle felting. It was well worth the return visit and of course the teaching,setting,company (and food) made it another great day out.
I would recommend the course for a first timer or as a refresh for anyone who has already had a go. Denise is a very good teacher and will instantly put you at ease and is very generous with her knowledge.
Vivien - - #12374
I was drawn to this course after seeing pictures of Harry the Hare and signed up without even a clue what needle felting is - in other words a complete novice!
Denise is an excellent tutor taking you through a quick and useful overview of needle felting and the tools. We then got straight down to business in easy bite size steps - with Denise keeping an eye on us and offering suggestions along the way.
It was quite delightful watching the hares emerge from our wool - each with its own character and expression.
I was very proud of mine and have been showing him off everywhere! My husband loved it and thought I had bought it which was a great reaction!
The whole days package was superb and excellent value - the ambience of the venue is lovely, and delicious lunch and cake in the afternoon thrown in.
If you are wondering whether to book - don’t hesitate, you will love it!
Judy Ryder - - #12371
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Judy for the fantastic review, I'm so delighted you enjoyed your day so much. Your hare was so good, I'm sure it's the start of a needle felting love affair! I hope to see you again soon, meantime don't forget to send me pics of your next project. Happy needle felting!
I was a complete novice to felting and Denise made me so welcome, encouraging me that I would surprise myself by the end of the workshop. Denise is an excellent coach and took us through the materials and equipment used before starting us off on our very own Harry (or was it Harriet?) Hare.
It is a very relaxing craft and apart from needing to understand the basic principles and receiving some very helpful tips on technique, the outcome was guaranteed. Each creation had its own character and it was fun to see the other hares develop. I would totally recommend this as a day to spend learning and enjoying. Thank you, Denise.
Hazel Mills - - #12272
Response from Crafty Gal:Hazel your hare was brilliant - it was so lovely to see your confidence grow as he/she started to appear under your needles, well done you! You're no novice now! I'm looking forward to seeing what you go on to next, remember I'm here if you need any advice, good luck.
What a lovely day, start to finish and I have an impressive hare to show for it! Can't believe I actually made him but thanks to Denise for her expert tuition and also leaving room for your own creativity I feel I have the confidence to try something else at home. I already have an order for another hare. The silence at times was testament to the levels of concentration around the table and the 5 hours went in a flash. I may well sign up to do another course. A great skill to learn, oh and lunch was great too.
Highly recommended, thank you Denise
Julie Roberts - - #12271
Response from Crafty Gal:I'm so thrilled you enjoyed the day as much as I did Julie, your hare was fantastic and I can't wait to see the next one you do. It's always such fun to see everyone start with so much doubt that they could actually make the hare, then see them virtually skipping out with the thrill of what they've created. Remember I'm here if you need any help, or hopefully I'll see you at a future workshop. Good luck.
A wonderful day spent learning a new skill. A very relaxed atmosphere, great food, clear guidance and practical demonstrations which enabled all participants to produce beautiful needle felt creations. The course provided me with sufficient instruction to continue felting at home. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to needle felt.
Mary Cooper - - #12208
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much Mary for the fantastic review, I thoroughly enjoyed the day too. You were so quick at picking it up, and I was so excited to see such creative results. Remember I'm here if you need any help, or maybe I'll see you on another workshop soon - either way I'm so pleased you loved it enough to continue needle felting at home.
This was an excellent course in a great environment. I am still amazed I was able to produce such a fantastic looking animal at the end of the process. The pace was just right and I went home armed with enough info and stuff to be able to have a go myself at home. That said because of the range of other things I could make and the great company I would consider doing it again.
Vivien - - #12001
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Vivian for posting such a lovely review. Your hare was amazing, you flew through the process and it was a joy to spend the day with you needle felting. I'm so excited you want to do more, can't wait to see pics OR work with you again on another woodland creature.
A most enjoyable day spent making a lovely hare.
The course is excellent value for money as it included all materials plus drinks,lunch and afternoon tea and cake ( the course was held at Bonds )
The pace was just right and very relaxing.
Denise is an excellent tutor very encouraging and just the right amount of guidance given.
The opportunities for further projects are endless ( im attempting to do a 3d midel of my mums boston terrier) its an inspiring medium to work with and im really pleased I attended this workshop.
Needles(s) to say I'm well and truly hooked.
Caroline Barnes - - #11988
Response from Crafty Gal:Needles(s) to say I'm delighted with such a lovely review Caroline, thank you. You and your mum helped make the first course I held at Bonds extra special, you were both lovely - AND expert hare needle felters! I can't wait to see what you both make next with your Crafty Gal kits, keep in touch.
Had a great day and learnt a new skill. Found the day very relaxing and Denise was a great teacher who was very patient. Also lunch was delicious and I was very happy with my end product. I may have found a new hobby! Highly recommend, thank you x
Felicity Newsome - - #11949
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks Flic, much appreciated. It WAS a lovely day, fun to spend time with you and your mum and so happy you were both so pleased with the results of your work. I hope you keep going, and I see you again soon, you have the fox and the badger to do yet!
What an excellent way to spend the day for anyone interested in crafting or learning a new skill.
It was great fun and the day went so quickly; I met some lovely people and lunch was delicious.
Denise is so patient and supportive and I learnt a new skill that I have been enjoying since.
A fabulous day for anyone, young or old.
I would definitely recommend it.
Linda - - #11867
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for the great review Linda, I'm so pleased to have introduced you to such a lovely craft - looking forward to seeing what you go on to next. I hope "Ginger" has pride of place on your mantle piece!
I would recommend anyone who has a crafting bone in their body to book a day of needle felting with Crafty Gal.
I arrived on a sunny, windy morning with storm Brian hot on my tail, to be welcomed with a mug of tea, and a warm friendly smile from Denise.
Denise is a very knowledgable lady with a table prepared with everything we needed for the day.
A short chat about what we were making, advice on needles and wools before we were felting like experts!
A beautiful lunch, tasty afternoon tea with home made cake.
A wonderful way to learn new skills, make new friends, relax and leave feeling great achievement, and many many felting project ideas in my head.
A friendly email from Denise followed with all the information and felting suppliers we had talked about on the day.
Can't wait for my next visit to Crafty Gal.
Julie Williams - - #11848
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks for taking the time to review the workshop Julie, it was a fun day and your sheep was AMAZING! I'm really looking forward to seeing pics of your next piece, Happy needle felting!
What a fun day ! I was amazed that I made a lifelike image of my dog Reggie, Denise was patient and encouraging and made the whole process enjoyable and sociable with the other ladies.
I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone and will be going on it again soon with a group of girlfriends.
Thanks again for a great day and a great smaller felt version of my dog, is there a way I can post a picture ?
Katrina barrow - - #11815
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Kat for the lovely review, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you and I'm delighted you were so pleased with your gorgeous creation!
All the best
As a beginner I found the introduction to needle felting brilliant and to come out with a finished Yorkshire Terrier at the end of the day was great! Denise is very patient and provides a delicious lunch! The day overall is great value and a lot of fun! I would definitely consider doing it again in the future. Thank you so much!
Joanne Poland - - #11810
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Jo for the lovely review, it was a fun day and I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourself.
All the best
I have previously completed a course with Denise and she is a fantastic tutor, very calm and knowledgable. Her creations are amazing.
Highly recommend this
Annette Smyth - - #11800
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for your review, very much appreciated.
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Course Start DatesMonday 19th November 2018
Monday 3rd December 2018
Monday 10th December 2018
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