Lena Archbold lives and creates in the North East of England. Lena is an experienced crafts tutor, a feltmaker, a textile artist who loves to create bespoke, one-off ‘wearable art’ garments. She creates and run workshops from her studio in Team Valley, Gateshead just off A1.
Paint with wool and other fibres, create a wool picture and learn basics of feltmaking in the comfort of my colourful feltmaking studio. Max 7 places.
This workshop is designed for a complete beginner. You will get an introduction into different types of wool and which wool to use for which project. I will teach a wool layout, how to paint with wool, creating interesting texture by using various fiber, feltmaking and finishing techniques.
You will take home the wall hanging designed and created by yourself and new skills in felting being able to experiment and create amazing projects.
Where: My Studio Eleventh Avenue Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE11 0JY.
Skills Required: This course is suitable for a beginner. However, if you would like to learn fundamentals of feltmaking, I recommend to attend a feltmaking for beginners workshop. Please get in touch if you have any questions
What to bring: 2 hand-size towels and a plastic bag to take your wet scarf home and a light lunch.
What's included in the price?
All materials and tools for this course as well as light refreshment are included. You will be able to buy any materials to practise at home. Please bring 2 hand size towels, a carrier bag and a light lunch
My first attempt at Wet Felting - Lena was very informative, and demonstrated throughout. A very enjoyable day, relaxed and friendly. Would definitely consider another course on Wet Felting Pictures and I'm looking forward to trying on my own very soon.
Thank you Lena for a wonderful day. I've worked a lot with fabrics and fibres but learned a lot more from you. I would love to do more experimental work to create beautiful fabrics. Any chance of 'abstract' workshops? I also want to learn to create flowers - and printing with leaves. More dates, please! More apple cake, too!
Lena explains and demonstrates very well before you start to create. She then supports you while you work and answers all questions. The studio is roomy and the atmosphere welcoming. The workshop was great fun and you are not rushed at all so it doesn't matter if you've never done this kind of thing before. Lena ensures you make a piece of art to take home with you. And she provides cake!
I have attended several of Lena's felt making courses, which speaks volumes about the quality of her workshops. Lena continues to push the boundaries in developing her own skills. She is an enthusiastic and talented artist and this is evident when you listen to her and watch how she works.
I recently attended her net felted scarf session and with her help and patience, I came away with a beautiful item that has been admired by many.
I loved this workshop, found Lena to be a brilliant teacher, she explained the yarns and the process in a very engaging manner, she guided us throughout the making of our felt pictures and I can away with knowledge, a basic skill, and a thirst to learn more and continue felting, am booking on 3 more courses today to continue my journey
This was my first taster of wet felting and I LOVED it. Lena is a great tutor, and I am delighted with the landscape picture I have bought home. I would definetly recommend this course, and Lena as a tutor (she even provides home baked cake).
Another fabulous course by Lena. Small classes mean everyone has individual tuition and there is room to create on a large scale. Lena is a very experienced teacher and talented felt artist. I thoroughly enjoyed creating a felt net scarf and being able to further my knowledge of felting. Looking forward to the next workshop.
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Aptitudes varied from complete beginners to those who had felted before. Lena was fantastic and assisted those who needed a little extra tuition. We all came away with our unique scarves and I look forward to the next workshop!
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lena takes her time to explain different processes and ensures that everyone understands what they need to do and supports them throughout the creative process. She is extremely knowledgable and very approachable. I learnt new skills and techniques which I hope to continue building further. The other course members were very friendly and all in all made for a brilliant experience. Well worth the fee.
I have had a really lovely day making a wet felted 3d Christmas Stocking with Lena. An extremely informative course where I and the other participants all achieved success. We had our own ideas about what we wanted and with the excellent tuition and support from Lena who is so knowledgeable of the felting technique produced what we hoped to. I am planning another visit to Lena's studio and would whole heartedly recommend her courses to others.
This was a fantastic class this is the third time I have been to one of Lena's classes and each one has been brilliant, nothing is too much trouble she is so knowledgable and patient. Thank you Lena and I am looking forward to the next class.
Such a super day. Thank you Lena for sharing your knowledge and passion with us. I had a wonderful afternoon making a felted picture. Lena was so helpful and encouraging despite my ambitious ideas! In fact, Lena had to be extremely patient with several of us that day due to our idea So! I came away with a lovely item ready to embellish. The studio is perfect, so light and well equipped. I will certainly be back to join Lena on another workshop. Thank you again. Ann x
Lena is a superb teacher of wet felting. Her classes are informal, relaxed and happy. Her knowledge of felting is outstanding and she is happy to share her skills with her pupils. As she teaches in stages, no one is left behind and as a skillful teacher she gives both group and individual attention throughout her workshops. An extremely enjoyable day.
Lena is a truly inspiriational and lovely person. I suffer from an auto immune disease and a severe destructive type of arthritis. I am in constant pain but I believe in not giving the pain power over me . I love crafting and creating and had only wet felted once before. Lena taught us in a clear and precise way giving each of us individual attention . Everything was easily at hand and there was such a variety and choice. At times my energy flagged and Lena knew I was tired. She took over for a while and I was able to rest and get a second wind. Her work is superb and I did not want to leave her beautiful studio.
What an inspirational day. A really supportive and nurturing environment to discover the wonderful world off Wet Felting. Lena is so knowledgeable and inspirational giving you a gentle hand to explore colour and texture and create your own little master piece. I would recommend this course. I will definitely be attending other courses put on by Lena.
this was my first handicrafts course and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.Lena is an excellent teacher and host and it was lovely to meet and chat with likeminded companions.I will definitely continue to improve my welt felling skills now I have had an introduction to this absorbing craft.
Lena is very inspiring.
Attended the wet-felting workshop. Premises are easy to find. Lena is a very accomplished teacher, is kind and patient. Although I had done wet-felting before it was a few years ago and I had more-or-less forgotten most of the process. Came away with a lovely wall-hanging. Small groups of students, first class workshop facilities. Lovely cake and coffee too. Would not hesitate to recommend any of Lena's workshops. Am already booked on another two!
Lena, I had a fantastic day at your wet felting course. Loved the atmosphere and your excellent explanation of what to do. Came away with a lovely wall hanging, just as I had imagined. Cant wait to join you again.
I attended Lenas Wet felting course to hopefully learn the basic techniques of wet felting.
Lena is a very warm person and welcoming person who explained the basic techniques to the group in general and then went from person to person giving each one the individual attention they needed.
I came away from Lenas course, with a beautiful felt image, and feeling confident that I could try wet felting at home. I am happy that I attended the course and met such a lovely person and had been part of a friendly group.
I can highly recommend Lena and her course.
Having just started to learn needle felting, I was looking forward to this course. I was not disappointed. Lena is a lovely, friendly person with an extraordinary talent. Her passion was clear as she shared her knowledge with us. Being a small group meant she was able to spend time helping us all individually.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with lovely people and managed to produce something that I would be proud to hang on my wall.
Already booked up for the next one!
Being registered Blind and love Art. now sight is fading textile art was worth trying. I suffer with Depression and severe Anxiety and new situations are a great challenge. Lena our tutor made us very welcome and put us all at ease. Lena explained every step in great detail and was happy to answer all questions. Her knowledge of this art is factual and explained in great detail. Very lovely lady would recommend this to anyone whom loves Art and crafting. Had a great session Thank you
I came along to Lena's course with absolutely no knowledge of felt making and left with something I am proud to have made. Lena is a great teacher, very passionate, patient and with lots of creative ideas. It was great to meet the other participants and watch them creating their own special works of art.
I attended this course with my daughter and we really enjoyed it. Lena was lovely, welcoming and was a great instructor. She obviously enjoys what she does and this came across in the lessons. We enjoyed learning a new skill and I'll definitely be signing up for another crafting course soon!
This was a craft new to me. Lena made us feel very welcome and is a brilliant teacher, very enthusiastic and skilled at her craft. I would advise anyone wanting to try felting to go to one of Lena's workshops.
I enjoyed every second of this felting workshop! I made a small woollen decorative carpet for my coffee table under Lena's supervision and it looks fab ! The teacher is brilliant. Will attend the next one for sure. Inspiring place...