Wool vessel workshop

I’m running a British wool pot workshop on Thursday 2nd March at Clifton Village Hall, Otley. We’ll make two small pots during the course of the day, one moulded around a bottle or jam jar and one moulded free form. We’ll be using the seamless resist method which is a standard method for most 3D work.

There’ll be a number of British wools to choose from including; Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester, Cheviot, Jacob, Manx Loaghtan, Whitefaced Woodland, Swaledale, Herdwick and Wensleydale. It’s an abosrbing and fun workshop, you’ll love it.

The cost is £50 per day, which runs from 10am – 4pm, and includes all fibres and equipment. All you’ll need to bring is an old towel and a packed lunch. Bookings can be made direct here or to pay by cheque please call me on 07745 160090

Doorstop Workshop

I’ve only just realised that I never showed you the outcome of the sheep doorstop workshop. It was quite fun to do and I think you’ll agree that the results are very good.


This one dashed off early and so isn’t featured in the flock shot at the end – shame.


Cotswold fleece locks.


Handsome aren’t they?


Not the clearest shot of it’s face but still cute!


They were all still wet at this stage and they fluff up more once they dry.


All very cute and weighted down with beach stones supplied by Sue. Thanks Sue x

Table runner workshop

To be held at Clifton Village Hall in Otley on Saturday 6th December. Table runners may not only be used on tables but can look magnificent suspended on the wall as art so you’ll be able to choose how you use your runner. Why not sometimes hang it on the wall and sometimes use it on the table?  Landscape?






These are all rectangular but there’s no reason why it can’t be round, oval or square. I have a great idea for a new one so I’m off to start work on it now 🙂  More details and booking for the table runners on my workshop page.

Pleated bags workshop

You may have noticed I’ve been quiet of late, Mum died quite recently and there’s been a lot to do. However, I’m getting back into the swing and thought I’d start with a quick photo of what you might expect on the pleated bags workshop.


Initially we’ll make prefelt (part made felt) then insert pleats and then move on to finishing our designs. There’ll be more samples and ideas to inspire you as you work through this method to create your unique bag.  I’m trying a couple of new venues over the next few months and this workshop will be held at Gisburn Festival Hall, Bentlea Rd, Gisburn,BB7 4LL on Sunday 9th November. It’s a lovely hall, nice and light with plenty of space. I hope you can come along.

Autumn workshops

So far, August has felt like we’ve moved early into Autumn so this seems the perfect time to let you know about my Autumn workshops. In addition to the studio workshop dates in Ilkley I’ve added some weekend ones at Gisburn Festival Hall and Clifton Village Hall (Otley) on a Saturday or Sunday. So do take care to not which venue it’s at and on which day.

Thursday 11st Sept in Ilkley – learn to spin on a drop spindle.You won’t believe how easy it is to start spinning your own yarn.

Sunday 5th Oct at Gisburn – Lacy felt wrap, soft and very warm.

Friday 10th Oct in Ilkley – Nuno felt vases. Combining wool and fabric in 3D work.

Saturday 8th Nov at Clifton – felted soaps. Pebble style or swathed in colour they make great presents.

Sunday 9th Nov at Gisburn – Pleated bags. After making the pre-felt we’ll create scupltural pleated handbags

Friday 5th Dec in Ilkley – Felt for Christmas – felted tree and felted tree ornaments

Saturday 6th Dec at Clifton – Christmas stockings. Style and colour of your choice with plenty of examples to inspire you.

There are a few shows coming up soon as well.

Bristol Wool Fair – 5-7 September
Rheged Knit & Stitch Show – 14 September
Masham Sheep Fair – 27/8 September
Yarndale – 28/9 September

If people would be interested, I can offer an introduction to crochet workshop – what do you think? I’ll be adding workshops for the new year in the next week so keep checking back.


New workshop dates

I’ve added new workshop dates up to July 2013 for the workshops I run from my home studio. I can only accommodate four people at home so these tend to book up quickly.

Friday 25th Jan – dyeing fibres. Covers the basics of dyeing wool and silk fibres

Tuesday 12th Feb – layering and pleating. A new workshop working with pleating to create a unique piece of wall art or make it into a cushion.

Tuesday 12th March – nuno flowers.  New. All the fun of the flower workshop with the addition of nuno techniques.

Friday 12th April – stitched in felt. Merging felt making with fabric and basic stitches to create a wonderful textured note book cover.

Thursday 16th May – pictures. Seascapes, landscapes, abstracts – the choice is yours

Friday 14th June – needle felted birds. New. Small 3 D birds, make them look real or go for fun and fantastical.

Thursday 11th July – nuno vases. New. seamless vases with the addition of both natural and synthetic fabrics for extra texture

It shouldn’t be too long before I announce the Saturday dates and I’ll list them here when I do.

Tomorrow, is only a day away

Felt picture workshop tomorrow folks. It seems ages since I last taught this subject and I’m looking forward to it just as soon as  can find those samples. I put them somewhere safe, I wonder where that is?

New Autumn Workshops

I now have a full list of workshops for the Autumn which includes a couple of new ones. I hope you’ll like what I’ve planned, here’s the list in brief.

Sat 15th September – felt pictures
Sat 6th October– flowers
Sat 3rd November – nuno wraps
Sat 1st December – nuno handbags – New

Fri 7th September – introduction to needle felting
Thurs 4th October – 3D vases and boxes
Fri 9th November – dyeing wool and silk fibres – New
Thurs 6th December – hand and neck warmers

If the dyeing workshop is successful I will try to turn this into a Saturday workshop for more people.

Don’t forget, it’s the WonderWool Wales show this coming weekend, and it’ll be Woolfest in Cumbria on 22/3 June perhaps I’ll bump into you at one of them!

A Christmas Present

Lucky me, my husband bought me a day at a craft workshop for my Christmas present. A stained glass workshop, a whole day just to play with no phones (switched it off hee hee), no washing or other chores to be done and quiet time to be creative, Well, it wasn’t all that quiet when we began scoring glass and tapping it to break. The worst part of course was having to choose which colours to work with and which order to put them in.

I really liked the glass with texture and those with colour striations. I’ve used red, orange blue and turquoise, it’s not a great work of art but okay for a first piece and it is my own design. The good news as far as my husband is concerned is that I won’t be taking this up as a hobby, really great to have a go at it but somehow it’s just not for me. What’s next??