As featured in Country Living Magazine - fun and inspiring beginners needle felting workshops suitable for all levels but especially those ready to take their needle felting to the next stage.
In the beautiful surroundings of Bonds Lifestyle near Stratford Upon Avon, we will focus on creating a gorgeous woodland creature of your choice, colour blending and the many techniques and short cuts you will need to really get to grips with this joyous craft. A gorgeous hare, fox, badger, mouse and squirrel are the options but if you have something else in mind Denise is happy to discuss.
Please note due to the reduced size of workshops you can needle felt woodland creatures or dogs on all listed dates.
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.
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!
A gorgeous setting - leave time for a mooch, Bonds is a total treasure trove.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
All materials needed to make one of these little woodland creatures within the day, lunch, tea, coffee and afternoon cake are included. Please be sure to advise at time of booking if you have any special dietary needs.
Starter packs, exclusive to course attendees for £20.00, are available on the day, containing everything you need to continue your needle felting ARTventures at home.
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5 hours (10:30am to 4:00pm)
Next available date
30th November 2020
A lovely day needle felting in the beautiful countryside with Denise who made us all so very welcome. I am thrilled with my squirrel and I am looking forward to doing more needle felting. Thank you for all your help and the wonderful cakes and tea. A really enjoyable day.
What a wonderful day at Crafty Gal HQ - a warm greeting, an inspiring space, lovely company, fantastic cakes and I just loved the entire process of creating my moon gazing hare. Denise made me feel so very welcome, comfortable and inspired. Step by step process, very easy to follow and I'm delighted with the outcome. I hope to return!
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Niki for such a wonderful review - I enjoyed it as much as you did! Great to meet you, and your Moon Struck Hare! Dx
Fabulous day with Denise. Such a relaxed atmosphere and so easy to follow. We got to choose our 'animal' that we wanted to create, which was great. I did a badger which I was really really pleased with. We all started off chatting etc, by the afternoon there was deathly silence! We were all so engrossed in our needle felting. We learnt quite a few tricks of the trade and everyone's was different. I would definitely recommend Denise's courses. Lovely place, great atmosphere, easy to follow and great home made cake. Have a go! I am definitely hooked, or is it barbed!
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Sharon! It was fantastic to meet you and spend the day needle felting with you, I'm thrilled it's only the beginning for you in the world of needle felting! Dx
Really enjoyed every part of the course, the people, atmosphere and the tuition. Going forward I will definitely continue with the felting.
Response from Crafty Gal:Delighted to hear that Maureen, great to meet you and spend the day needle felting with you, Dx
Denise, thank you for a brilliant day needle felting at Bonds!
I really enjoyed the day, the time flew by. Your direction on making our woodland critters was great, we all came away with fantastic little felt characters. I’m already planning my next creation. The facilities were good and Bonds was easy to get to.
All in all, a really worthwhile experience!
Response from Crafty Gal:So happy you had such a great day Tess. Good to meet you and see you needle Felting so brilliantly! Denise x
I was so excited to receive the gift of a day learning a new craft.
The day without exception was brilliant from start to finish.
Denise gudies you through expertly. The atmosphere is relaxing and the workshop's displays inspire you to create.
I couldn't believe how professional my hare looked at the end.
Her homemade treats were delicious .
Will be saving my pennies for a return visit.
A huge thankyou Denise ,
If you have have ever been interested in needle felting, book this day course now.
I had a great time working with a group of like minded, dog loving people under the excellent guidance of Denise. The atmosphere was relaxed and I was excited with my lovely little Lily the shih tzu! I would recommend Denise’s workshops without exception and I will definitely be returning.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Jane for such a fantastic review. Your Lily was SOOOOOOO cute, I was sad to see her go! Look forward to doing more needle felting with you, Dx
Great day from start to finish. Atmosphere, pitch, pace and approach all perfect, food exceeded expectations and end result was a small felted creature I am proud to display. If you're going to try felting then try it with Crafty Gal!
Response from Crafty Gal:What a lovely review Kay! Thank you so much - it was great to meet you, your mum, AND your gorgeous hares! Hope to see you again, Dx
What a great way to spend a day. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole time. Not being a very 'crafty creative person' I was a little apprehensive, however Denise was fantastic, teaching needle felting and encouraging this novice! I'm now hooked and looking forward to having a go at creating a little teddy 🐻 😮. Home made treats throughout the day were fantastic too.
I can't thank Denise enough and would recommend the course to anyone thinking about having a go.
PS my proud hare has pride of place 😅. Thank you Denise.
Response from Crafty Gal:Ah thank you so much Shirley! I'm thrilled you enjoyed your day with me, and are now embarking on your own needle felting adventure! Don't forget to send me pics, would love to see how you get on. Have fun! Dx
What an excellent day. I had never needle felted before and was really pleased with the results. I came away with a fabulous hare! Denise runs the day in a relaxed atmosphere and guides you through each process to ensure you complete the course. It’s fun and relaxed and I would highly recommend a day with Craft Gal.
Ps. She bakes amazing sweet treats too!
Response from Crafty Gal:Ah thank you so much Sue! It was great to meet you too, and spend such a fun day with you. Your hare was SO sweet. Good luck with the alpaca wool - be sure to send me some pics! Dx
This was my second course with Denise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She is an excellent teacher with plenty of patience and a good sense of humour. I'm amazed, even though I have little experience, how great my Hare looks. It's so good to go home with a completed project at the end of the day, and he's such a handsome fella too. It was an enjoyable day from start to finish. Great company and lovely refreshments too. I think I'm hooked, I'm already looking at another course to attend.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks for the review Dez, very much appreciated. I'm so pleased you're carrying on with the needle felting, and can't wait to see what you do next! Have fun, Dx
If you fancy spending the day in lovely surroundings, with good company, a steady supply of delicious homemade goodies and you would like to learn a new skill then this is the course for you. Denise will guide you through every step of the needle felting process whilst demonstrating her own considerable talents in that department. She has bucketfuls of patience and encouragement, and all the equipment and materials are provided. This isn’t just a taster of what you may achieve in the future, you will take home an adorable woodland creature of which you can feel justifiably proud. I was thrilled with my wonderful hare. Denise is a great fun and a great teacher, I wholeheartedly recommend her classes.
Response from Crafty Gal:Linda thank you so much for such a lovely review - I'm so happy you enjoyed your day and hope to see you again. Happy needle felting in the meantime! Dx
Excellent workshop in a beautiful location. Denise was so welcoming of three generations of women for a birthday treat. The Crafty Gal HQ is wonderfully kitted out and comfortable for this full day course. Plenty of breaks and breathers as we needed, with drinks and cake to boot. Still cannot believe that all three of us managed to make our amazing hares with just wool and needles (and some therapeutic stabbing)! Denise is a truly wonderful teacher and lovely to spend the day with. I would highly recommend this course to craft lovers or any age or skill set and will definitely be looking at returning to add to our collection. Thank you so much Denise x
Response from Crafty Gal:Hannah thank you so much for such a wonderful review! It was a fantastic to spend the day with the three of you, and to help celebrate your mums Birthday. I'm delighted that you're keen to do more needle felting, looking forward to seeing what you all do next. Dx
Absolutely brilliant day! We all need a bit of needle felting in our lives and Denise is just the lady to provide it! She is an excellent teacher - very patient, kind and encouraging - and everyone left with an amazing little woodland creature to treasure. This is my 3rd workshop (so you can tell how good they are!) and now have my own trio - hare, fox and badger. I cannot recommend this course highly enough - give it a go , you will not be disappointed. Thank you Denise you are amazing!
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for the fantastic review Dawn! Much appreciated. Your needle felting is incredible, I'm so thrilled you've been inspired enough to take it to the level you have - and can't wait to see what you do next! Dx
I had a really lovely day at Bonds with Denise at Crafty gal. The course was well organised, personal and most of all fun. I came away really pleased with what I had achieved and armed with enough knowledge to have a go on my own.
Lunch, tea and cake were provided and delicious.
Thanks for a great day.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Jenny for such a lovely review, it really is the icing on the cake after a great workshop. Your hare was SO good, I hope you keep it up, or indeed come back to me for more!!!! Dx
The Crafty Gal felting workshop was a gift from my family for my 70th birthday. I had a most enjoyable day. Denise was an excellent tutor, her friendly patient and clear explanation of the different stages of the craft was very helpful for newcomers, enabling us to be very proud of our efforts and pleased with the result.
I highly recommend this felting workshop.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Pat for the fabulous review - you were an absolute joy to teach, I had as much fun as you did I promise! I hope your hare is keeping well, and behaving himself!!!! Hope to see you again at another workshop, Dx
Yet again a wonderful day with a wonderful lady.
I cannot speak highly enough of Denise and her expertise, but I think I keep coming back because of the fun and relaxed atmosphere she creates too. If I could do it every week I would.
Looking at the perfectly formed little animals on the table may feel daunting, but you end up creating something with its own personality in your own style. A challenge, but one that is pleasurable with an outcome you will be proud of for years to come.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for such another fantastic review Kitten, very much appreciated! It was so lovely to see you and your mum again, great fun to spend the day with you, Dx
Wow, what a wonderful day making Harold the hare!
I didn’t realise what a fantastic day this would be.
I must say I can’t remember the last time I used my hands to be creative, so I’m an absolute beginner at needle felting. Denise was very patient, methodical and attentive and I came away feeling proud of my attempt at the end of the day.
What a whimsical setting the workshop is in too.
Plenty of refreshments and generous amounts of delightful cakes!
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Sandra for such a lovely review - it was a fun day and your little hares was gorgeous, I particularly liked the white detail on his little cardigan, very original! I hope you go on to do more needle felting, Dx
What a fun and creatively productive day. The atmosphere was relaxed and every now and again, it went very quiet while we all concentrated on our woodland creatures as they gradually developed their own character. It has inspired me to find out more about the craft. Would strongly recommend to anyone.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks Jenny, delighted you enjoyed your day so much. I know there's a lot of ground to cover in one day but it was fantastic how you all embraced the techniques and went for it! Dx
Amazing day with Denise, Great fun & I am hooked on this wonderful craft !
Definitely recommend !!
Response from Crafty Gal:Tracie it was a pleasure to spend the day with you, so happy you loved needle felting and can't wait to see what you make next! Dx
My friend and I attended the course last week at Bonds. We both made the hare. Denise is brilliant, very friendly and helpful and patient. She taught us lots of different skills needed to make the hare. Felting is great fun and everyone managed to complete a very detailed cute hare. Lunch was delicious. The day is relaxed and great fun, we are planning our next course to learn some more advanced skills.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you for the fantastic review Hilary! It was lovely to meet you both and spend the day needle felting with you - your hares were SO cute. I'm looking forward to seeing you both again to take your needle felting to the next level, Dx
Had a great day felting a fox, Denise was the perfect tutor. I had never done this before and was amazed that I made a little fox. I shall be carrying on with this as a new hobby, my aim is to needle felt a beagle one day.
Great course I would recommend it to anyone. I learnt so much.
Thank you Denise.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thanks Jackie! So happy you enjoyed your day and want to keep needle felting - don't forget to email me some pics of your next project! Hope to see you again, Dx
My good friend and I attended Denise’s needle felting workshop yesterday. It was such a good day. I enjoyed every minute. I’ve never done anything like it before. Denise was great at explaining everything step by step and we both made the most amazing felted hare. I really can’t believe that I actually made such a lovely little character. We’ve been busy today checking out the next class that we can attend.... I can’t wait. Thank you Denise.
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much Treena! I'm really looking forward to seeing you both again, and meeting your little foxes! A world of needle felting awaits you! Dx
Three of us wanted to have a get together and do something crafty and we hit on Denise's felting workshop. It was lovely; we all came away with our completed woodland creature which was so satisfying to make and complete in one day! Denise is very friendly and helpful and the setting - Denise's studio - was very quiet and relaxed with so much in the way of crafting materials around to inspire! The cake was delicious as well! Thank you, Denise!
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much Bernie for the fantastic review! You were a great group and I'm thrilled you had such a fun time needle felting with me - the start of many woolly projects to come for all of you I hope! Remember I'm here if I can help with anything you go on to! Have fun! Dx
A lovely day - thank you Denise. The number of us on the course was ideal - a small group so we all had chance to have individual guidance and it was also fun to chat while we worked. The tuition was excellent and it's given me some new ideas/techniques to take my needle felting forward. I was very proud of my results and Henrietta Hare will inspire me to try more things now. Hope to see you on another course soon.
Response from Crafty Gal:SO pleased you enjoyed your day Linda! Look forward to seeing what you go on to next using all the tricks of the trade from yesterday! Enjoy! Dx
THe Setting was lovely, as was Denise. Very patient and such a good teacher.
The course is very good value for money and unlike some courses it is something that you can go home and carry on creating without too much expence. Denise gives good information on where to souce materials for your next creation. I purchased some while I was with her, (at a very reasonable price) so that I didn't have to wait for more materials to be delivered.
Thank you for an excellent day and a new craft for me to further my creativity.
Response from Crafty Gal:SO pleased you're carrying on Sarah, look forward to seeing what you do next! Great to meet you and fun to needle felt with you.
What a wonderful, inspiring day!
A novice needle felter, under Denise's calm, kind and skilled instruction, I made my very own Harry Hare.
Lovely setting at Bonds, with wonderful lunch and cakes.
Denise is knowledgable, professional and so welcoming and friendly. With really helpful advise from initial booking, throughout the day and afterwards- she created a fun and relaxing atmosphere for a truly creative day.
Thank you so much, Kay x
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for the fantastic review Kay - so pleased you enjoyed your day!
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.
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!
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!
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
“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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 🌸
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!
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.
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.
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 😊
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.
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.
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.
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
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! 😊
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ?
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!
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!
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you Jo for the lovely review, it was a fun day and I'm so pleased you enjoyed yourself.
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
Response from Crafty Gal:Thank you so much for your review, very much appreciated.