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
As a total beginner, I cannot believe that I managed to make a gorgeous hare in a single day. Denise created a relaxed atmosphere where we all made an animal each with their unique personality. All this while enjoying coffee, a delicious lunch, and later tea with homemade cake!
An absolutely lovely day guided by a superb teacher. I recommend this course to anyone regardless of their craft skills.
Anne Draisey - - #12857
A complete novice to needle felting but what a great experience. Nothing too much trouble for our host and tutor Denise who welcomed us into her home with lunch, coffee and cakes making the day unforgettable and I even managed to make my fox as a lovely momento. Now to tackle a hare at home! Feel I may well be back Denise. Thank you.
Linda Roberts - - #12833
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!
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.
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.