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Needle Felt Herdwick Sheep Workshops

Needle Felt a Herdwick sheep doorstop with Annis McGowan

Needle Felt a Herdwick sheep doorstop with Annis McGowan

9.30am – 5pm
£90 incl  a tasty Lunch and home baking.
Material Charges £30

 Create your own gorgeous needle felted Herdwick sheep using soft 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. 


2023-4 Dates for this course - see the table below to book:

Currently Annis is unable to commit to dates in 2024  . .  she hopefully  WILL be running courses next year, but at short notice- so we are collecting names of interested students and will contact all those on thes list as soon as we are  given the dates.

If you're interested, please join the waiting lists (no money will be taken and there is no obligation to book) and we'll contact you as soon as things are clearer.


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.

Workshop Date Individual Price Available places Book
Fri 6th September 2024 9:30 am £90.00 0