This class is so much fun! Colourful little glass birds that transform like magic in the kiln…what’s not to like?! Melanie is a lovely, fantastically patient teacher and there is a huge choice of designs to play with. Let your inner child run free😀. I’ve done several classes at Crafts in the Valley and enjoyed every single one - so much so I just keep booking! This will be another one I’d definitely do again - what better way to spend a morning or afternoon? The class sizes are small, the venue peaceful with a happy, creative vibe, and Covid safety has been considered so everyone can just relax and enjoy some creative escapism! Highly recommended💚
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thank you Miriam! It is always such a pleasure having you in the class. You always create such inspiring work. xx
We finally got to attend this class recently, which I'd bought as a Christmas present for my mum, after many covid-related reschedulings (which Melanie was great about). Mum and I had a wonderful day –Melanie is an excellent teacher and the class environment is really relaxing. I especially enjoyed having so much creative freedom with our designs. The resulting lanterns are gorgeous and I have been wearing the earrings I made ever since. Even the biscuits were excellent. Highly recommend and will be attending another class soon I am sure. Thanks Melanie!
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thank you for the fab review! Your lanterns were especially beautiful xx
I have done this workshop twice now (first time as a complete beginner) and am booking again it’s so good! Melanie is a lovely, relaxed, patient teacher who has a great way of explaining techniques to make it clear and interesting. The class sizes are small and the venue beautifully peaceful with an outlook onto gorgeous countyside and a chilled, creative vibe. All attendees had so much fun on the day and everyone was so happy with their completed art works. I can’t recommend Crafts in the Valley highly enough and have booked on several different courses here - all equally fab. Covid safety has been considered here so everyone can just relax and enjoy a creative escape😊
I’d never tried wet felting before and went along with an idea I thought was a bit ambitious but Melanie is such a fantastic, patient, clear teacher that it seems anything is possible! Was over the moon with the end result but equally importantly the whole day was relaxed and learning the technique fascinating. It’s all so colourful and magic as it comes together. The class sizes are small, the venue peaceful with a lovely creative vibe, and Covid safety has been considered so everyone can just relax and enjoy some creative escapism! I’ve been to several classes here and loved every one. Will definitely book again and can’t recommend Crafts in the Valley highly enough 😊
Great course with a very professional tutor. Lots of lovely yarns to choose from
Melanie was an amazing a very friendly bubbly and attentive host , tea, coffee and cake was offered continuously we had a three tier snack stack filled with delicious nibbles chocolates and biscuits. The course was fabulous her teaching and explanations was easy to listen to and learn...we really enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Ahhh, thank you Karen! What a lovely review. I hope you all had a fantastic afternoon in Hebden Bridge. Best wishes, Melanie xx
My granddaughter and I have just completed the fused glass lantern course with Melanie and we both loved every minute of it. This is our first glass fusing course, but it won’t be our last with Melanie. The workshop had a very relaxed atmosphere and Melanie is a great tutor, who explains everything very clearly and patiently.
Tea and proper coffee was available (and cake and biscuits) were available throughout the course.
Will be booking our next course as soon as I have finished this review.
Thank you Melanie for the wonderful introduction to glass fusing.
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Hello Phil,
I really enjoyed this course. Melanie's instructions were really clear and even though it was online it was fun working alongside the other participants. The kit had everything needed to make the picture, with plemty left over for another one. Unwrapping the felt picture I had created was very satisfying - quite magical how the wisps of wool laid down on the bubble-wrap turn into a piece of art. It was great to be able to join this from my kitchen and I hope Melanie will continue to run these online even when it's possible to have face to face courses again.
Lovely 3 hours with a great instructor who was patient and inspiring
The kit that Melanie provided was excellent. Lots of lovely yarns, very well collated to allow lots of scope/flexibility and enough for 2 pictures. Beautifully presented too and kind to the environment.
The course was excellent. Very friendly, the right pace and really good, clear instructions. The instruction booklet is also very good so I feel confident that I will be able to do more on my own. Melanie has lots of good advice about embellishing, stitching/embroidery etc as well, so I am really looking forward to finishing this project off.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and recommend it wholeheartedly.
This was a fun course - I learned so much and Melanie was a brilliant teacher. It worked well over zoom and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it.
This was a brilliant experience throughout. The kit was sent in good time and was really good quality. It included a step by step visual guide which was well put together and very helpful.
The zoom call was brilliant. Content was spot on. Mel has a great way of explaining each step and it was really nice to work through the same steps with others. Next best thing to face to face. Able to have a chat at the same time.
I am super pleased with my final piece of felt. Mel explained how to go on to embellish the work. The tips were helpful and gave me confidence to finish the project.
I can’t wait to make my next piece.
Would highly recommend this course.
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thank you for the lovely review! Happy Felting x
A gift for my birthday, and what a fabulous experience it was. Melanie sent through a super kit full or beautiful wool for the session and all the bits you would need. A clear booklet with pictures to keep and help to remind you of the step by step process. Melanie was friendly, encouraging and answered the questions I had. The end results was quite special and I really cant wait to try this again on my own.
A super course that has been well thought out and is very easy to follow. The three hours went so quickly, but not feeling rushed at all. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in giving something new a go. Thank you Melanie.
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thank you for your great review. It was a lovely spending the afternoon online with you, being creative and chatting!
The whole experience was excellent - the kit was amazing, and, as this was all new to me I was a bit apprehensive! However the online session with Mel was fabulous, so relaxing and friendly, with the step by step demonstrations I was able to produce a piece of work with lovely colours which I am very happy with. Looking forward to trying my second creation! Great medium and value, well done Melanie.
I had a lovely afternoon last week creating my first felt landscape. The kit that came in advance was beautifully put together and instruction book so thorough. The online class went at a gentle pace and let me thoroughly enjoy the experience. I am so delighted with my finished landscape and the kit came with enough extra to do another one so I could involve my 10 year old too! There are two happy felters in my house after this course. I would highly recommend it!
I thoroughly enjoyed my online session with Melanie and would greatly recommend to anyone wanting to learn a new skill and experiment!! Melanie presented easy to understand instructions in a lovely engaging manner and I am very happy with my “work of art!”
online class was good fun, went through process clearly and ended with a good piece if craft that I can continue to work on along with the equipment and basic skills to make further pieces. highly recommemd. Melanie was a lovely tutor.
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thanks for lovely review. It was great to meet you online. I look forward to seeing your finished felted picture.
A very enjoyable and informative course. Whilst I had done some wet felting before I found plenty to enjoy and learn and Melanie explained clearly how to needle felt.
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thanks for attending the online workshop and leaving a review! I'm looking forward to seeing your finished textile work. Please send me a photo.
I really enjoyed the Course. My first time with felt and also first zoom tutorial. Was very enjoyable and didn’t feel that it was a remote learning. Melanie is a great teacher and was encouraging throughout with clear instructions as well
Highly recommend it
Response from Crafts in the Valley:Thanks for the great review! And for emailing me a photo of your finished work. Enjoy experimenting with the rest of the wool! Best wishes, Melanie
I have done numerous courses with Melanie and they have all been great. This online workshop was a fab opportunity to do another course with her from the comfort of my own home. Would definitely recommend this to help keep the creative juices flowing throughout winter.