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STOP PRESS . . We're currently beavering away in the Quirky office preparing the workshop programme for 2022, which we're hoping to release later this month. If you'd like to be emailed as soon as the programme is ready, please use 'Keep me Posted'  above, and we'll email you just as soon as the new dates appear online. 

We will be continuing with the same Covid precautions we’ve had in place since April 2021, including mask wearing when not at desks.  This will apply to all our courses, at least into the autumn of 2021.

Our workshops take place in our new, spacious & Covid-secure  'Swallow Barn'

You may notice that some workshops, generally those scheduled several months ahead, have been marked 'Bookable Soon'. These are released,, one by one, as the Covid situation for that period becomes clearer, usually about 6 to 8 weeks prior to course date (please use 'BOOKABLE SOON' lists)
Additionaly, where courses have already filled, it is also worth joining this list, as new spaces often appear as the date approaches.

Simply join any relevant list that appeals & we'll email you once booking opens / new spaces appear. It involves no money or obligation, but does vastly improve your chances of getting a space. Make sure you respond the minute the email arrives competition can be keen - it's the surest way to secure a place.
We may also use these lists again to inform you if NEW dates are added. It's always worth joining a list, especially if only one date is available.

Needle Felt a Herdwick doorstop with Annis McGowan

Needle Felt a Herdwick doorstop with Annis McGowan

9.30am – 5pm
£75 incl lovely 2 course Aga Lunch and home baking.
Material Charges £30

 Create your own gorgeous needle felted sheep using soft Herdwick blended wool, with Annis McGowan.

Create your own unique and characterful heavy Herdwick doorstop, weighing around 3.5kg and measuring 38cm long, using all quality wools including that of the local Cumbrian Herdwick sheep... although this piece heavy enough to hold back a door, most their proud makers allow them to be admired on tables and shelves! . 

A full day workshop ideal for beginners or those with experience learning inspiring needle felting techniques. Needle felting is the locking the wool fibres together through repeat stabbing with barbed needles,  it sounds complicated but can easily be learned and some beautiful pieces can be created in this way.

Please note that this workshop will take place in a first floor studio up a flight of stairs. 


2021 Dates for this course - see the table below to book:

Friday 26th Jan 2021   ~   Sunday 25th April 2021   ~   Sunday 27th  June 2021  ~   Friday 1st October 2021

Kindly note there will be a materials charge payable directly to the tutor on the day of approx £30. Typically this course runs with around 10 students.  Suitable for all abilities.

Please bring: Annis will bring everything required for the day, including all tools and pre-prepared materials and 'components' for your Herdy, enabling you to make your doorstop in just one day. Please bring your £30 materials money.

Health and safety- Needles are used on this course so injury may occur. Annis provides hypo-allergic plasters so if you are allergic it is best to bring your own along just in case.

About the Artist Annis has always enjoyed being creative; she was introduced to working with wool at an early age. However, her discovery of needle felting some years ago captured her imagination and enthusiasm, which led to her designing her own 3D sculptures. Her work can now be found in galleries around the Lake District. She thoroughly enjoys the experience teaching at her workshops and meeting so many creative people whilst introducing them to the craft - many of whom find it very therapeutic as well as interesting.  Annis became known for her own design of her Herdwick sheep doorstop, and they have since become very popular subjects for the workshops, as well as the hare sculptures and owls. Annis will teach you her own  methods of creation & at the end of the course you will leave with something you can be proud of (there are some fantastic results), as well as the desire to continue the wonderful art of needle felting.

ZERO SPACES?  It's possible there are plenty available, but bookings are not yet open for this date.  Please view the 'photo label' on the 'FULL PROGRAMME' page to check status of each date.  Join the 'tell me when/waiting' list to be told as soon as spaces appear.

Workshop Details

Workshop Date Fri 1st October 2021 9:30 am
Available places 0
Individual Price £75.00

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Available places
One person booking

Single table 1 person

£75.00 0
Double Table for two people

Double table 2 people

£150.00 0
We are no longer accepting registration for this workshop