2019 Needle Felt School (3 day non residential retreat)
2019 Needle Felt School (3 day non residential retreat)
SPRING & SUMMER Needle Felt School
A three day non-residential needle felt retreat at the tranquil crafting paradise
that is the All Things Felt & Beautiful garden studio in the pretty village of Hatton in Warwickshire.
You’ll be met with a warm and friendly welcome, and will instantly feel part of this special group workshop where you’ll spend the next three wonderfully creative days with likeminded people enjoying the craft of needle felting.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the cottage garden while indulging in a craft you love or can’t wait to get to know. And you’ll leave with a work of art that you will cherish forever, making beautiful memories that feels more like a luxury break in the heart of Warwickshire than a workshop.
This is for Everyone!
Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, you will dream, plan, and make a needle felt masterpiece with my endless encouragement and expert help to make an impressive and professional looking 3D sculptured needle felt model that you CAN’T WAIT to put on display as soon as you get home.
If you’re looking for ideas then get in touch and we’ll chat about what’s possible.
Bring your ideas
You’ll be amazed what you can make with Sophie’s expert guidance. Your only limit is YOUR IMAGINATION.
Bring your ideas, photos, pictures of what you’d love to make – but that you couldn’t possibly imagine making on your own at home.
This might be something like
a realistic and lifelike model of your beloved dog as a lasting memory!
a sculpture of a boxing hare as a beautiful piece of artwork!
a dancing leaping fox to be admired in your home!
an unusual exotic marine creature!
Anything that sparks your imagination or that you’ve been longing to make!
Perhaps you have a favourite felt artist whose work inspires you and you’d love to make something similar. I can help, so drop me a line and we’ll discuss what you have in mind.
All equipment will be provided so you can just turn up!
All of your refreshment needs catered for
All your refreshment needs and wishes, special diet will be catered for.
The price includes a delicious vegetarian summer lunch served in the cottage garden, bathed in the warm breeze of spring or summer. With plenty of yummy refreshments never far from reach to keep you satisfied.
How to Book
Pay in full now or pay a non refundable deposit with full payment within three months of deposit.
You can also pay in instalments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you’ve booked I’ll send you details of what to expect and how to prepare for your workshop so that it’s everything you dream it to be.
Please read the Terms & Conditions below before booking
Near Warwick, the village of Hatton is easily accessible with good main road links to the A46 and within easy distance of the M40, M1 and M6 There is also plenty of private parking. Alternatively the cottage is only a mile from Warwick Parkway and I can arrange for collection from the train station if you let me know in advance.
My course was a Christmas present from my husband and was a treat from start to finish. The group is small enough for guests to have individual tuition where required and the workroom is very comfortable and self contained I hadn't got a specific project in mind so having examples available was really inspiring. Add in generous refreshments and lovely people and you have a winning combination. Sophie herself is delightful and really patient with those of us who were beginners. A number of guests were return visitors -in its self a great advert for the course. I will hopefully join their ranks in the near future. Thanks Sophie!
Thank you Sophie. What an amazing day and brilliant course. Sophie is an inspirational teacher and is very generous sharing her expertise and tips. Sophie takes you through the exciting process of fleece to animal, in understandable steps, explaining the tools and wools that are best to use.
I have booked another day next month and am really looking forward to creating another dog.
In addition to the great course, we were kept refreshed with coffee, tea soft drinks and snacks plus a super lunch. A+ rating from me , Gill, Derbyshire
I have attended two workshops with Sophie and without hesitation would recommend a visit to anyone interested in felting at all levels of ability. The atmosphere is very relaxed, the location could not be more perfect set in a cottage garden and Sophie's artful eye together with expertise could not be surpassed. The whole day has a very personal feel to it as if you have just met up with some friends to sit, chat and do a bit of needle felting. The project choice of what to make is purely up to those attending and Sophie's guidance, when requested, is key to a successful outcome plus her endless supplies and colours of various wool. Tea/coffee is in endless supply plus delicious nibbles during the day. Do treat yourself to this wonderful workshop, you will not regret it!
Just wanted to say thank you so much for a fabulous workshop. We had such a lovely day and I think you have created such a lovely event. The location is perfect, very peaceful and the room itself just right with lots of light. It was all beautifully organised and your teaching style was perfect. It was lovely how you introduced us all and made us all feel so welcome and then gently guided us through the process with so much positive encouragement. I was genuinely impressed with the results, you wouldn't believe we were all beginners!
"Simply put, book this workshop! Sophie has done an absolutely amazing job at creating the perfect experience. Easily one of the most welcoming and nicest people I've ever encountered, with such a passion for this wonderful craft. Going in knowing absolutely nothing about needle felting, my mother-in-law and I have come away with a new love and hobby. The garden studio was relaxing and lovingly decorated and we came away with mini versions of our dogs that we actually want to keep and are already displaying. We were made to feel so comfortable and she took her time with each of us in the group (6 of us) to help throughout the day, with no pressure to rush at all. Sophie is truly in her element, a fantastic teacher and has really inspired me to start a new hobby, which I've been missing from my life for so long. Thank you so much, Sophie!"
"This was most definitely one of the best craft courses I have ever attended. Such a well thought out day. The room and facilities were ideal. Sophie is very friendly and welcoming and combined with that, a great teacher with lots of patience and enthusiasm for the craft. I made a felted sculpture of my Welsh Springer which I now proudly display at home. I also came away with enough confidence and information to start making one of my other dog a Cocker Spaniel. Everyone on the course did really well we all came away with prized felted dogs. I would recommend that if you are thinking of felting go on this course you learn so much. I hope to return and learn some more. Thanks Sophie."
"Booked for Mum and I as a Christmas gift to ourselves. What a wonderful day! I made a stoat and Mum made a squirrel - both fantastic, if we do say so ourselves - even though we'd never done this before. Sophie is lovely - warm and welcoming. She clearly loves her craft and knows her stuff. She has a wonderful 'can-do', flexible approach to your project, helping you to achieve something of which you can be proud. The venue is gorgeous, the food provided wonderful, the information given before, during and after the day spot-on and I would heartily recommend this day to anyone thinking about booking. You will not be disappointed in any way."
"This was the best course I have attended. The venue was delightful, a beautiful studio overlooking an orchard garden. Sophie was a most welcoming host, who made the course participants feel instantly at ease. Hot drinks, and delicious snacks were a most welcome extra on a course like this. But by far and away the best part of the day was the course itself.
What a superb day we had learning all about felting! Sophie is kind, patient, knowledgeable and funny which is everything you need for a fabulous day learning a new skill. If you had told me that I was going to turn the pile of wool in front of me at the beginning of the day into something which, frankly, I am enormously proud of I would never have believed you but Sophie managed to teach us all to be 'so clever' whilst feeding us the most amazing food and drinks..what a genius she is!!!! Cannot rate this fantastic day highly enough. I loved it...thank you so much Sophie
"This was one of the best courses that I have ever attended The venue was amazing the food was amazing but the warmth and enthusiasm form Sophie made the day truly fantastic I am so proud of my dog I can't believe I made it Thankyou Sophie I just couldn't stop smiling on the day I would recommend this course to anyone."
"Quite one of the nicest things I've done in a while. Sophie is an amazing teacher and lovely person. Plus her work is incredible. I would highly rate her courses. The great thing is that you don't need to be a creative expert. It's ideal for all levels and age groups. So much so I am booking onto the next doggie making course!!”
“I had a wonderful time at Sophie’s Needle Felt Dogs workshop. I booked with a friend and it was such a treat to be with her, the other lovely participants and Sophie for the day, learning something new. Sophie is a really clear and encouraging teacher. It was very interesting to find out about all the different wools and see the different textures. I enjoyed the whole process and left with a completed Westie model that has been much admired since. Thank you Sophie.”
"I enjoyed the day so much and am sure I will be back (I find it hard to do thinks like this at home and taking the day out to fully enjoy it was fantastic!). It was so lovely to have such a great little group of ladies around the table being creative and your easy going nature and upbeat guidance made the day a delight!
"I had a fantastic day at Sophie's studio. Sophie is a very kind, patient teacher, and I was delighted to achieve a recognisable model by the end of the day! The day went by too quickly; lovely Sophie, good company with fellow crafters, delicious food thanks to Sophie's mum, and a new craft addiction. Really cannot recommend this course too highly. Try it. You will not be disappointed."
"This was the best day I have had crafting in a long time. I had no experience of felting at all and Sophie guided me throughout the day with patience and a smile. She is a wonderful teacher and I learnt so much. I made a small model of my dog Brussel and she looks absolutely fabulous (if I say so myself!) I can highly recommend this day you will love it!"
"I attended Sophie's workshop as a complete novice, not even knowing what needle felting was - Sophie is patience itself, and has a real gift for sharing her knowledge in a clear and fun way. Everything about the day was really well thought out and included THE most fantastic lunch cooked by Sophie's lovely mother, the whole day was thoroughly enjoyable. I couldn't recommend this workshop highly enough, thank you Sophie, and mum!"
Terms and Conditions
(1) Workshops are filled on a first come first served basis and your payment secures your place on the workshop.
(2) I reserve the right to cancel a workshop, but in the unlikely event will transfer you to another workshop or offer you a full refund if you prefer;
(3) A provisional minimum age of 12 applies to children who must be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is due to the use of sharp tools, however, this is at the discretion of the parent if they feel their younger child is capable. I have a recent enhanced DBS certificate for working with children;
(4) Payment paid in full or with a £50 non refundable deposit will reserve your place. Full payment must be within 3 months of your deposit. Full payment must be received before the start of your chosen workshop.
(5) This is a no refund zone.
Changes to SEASONAL WORKSHOP bookings:
You can change to a different date ONLY if I get plenty of notice and can fill your space in time for the workshop.
If I can’t fill your space then I’m sorry but you’ll forfeit the entire cost of the workshop.
With this in mind, please only book if you are sure you are free and can attend.
If you think you might need to change then GIVE ME PLENTY OF TIME - at least 4 weeks notice.
If YOU can fill the workshop space yourself I will transfer your place to a friend of yours free of charge if you know someone who would like to attend.
(6) Gift Certificates are non refundable and must be taken within 6 months of receipt after which they will be void. They can be transferred to a friend if you don’t want to attend.
Thank you in advance for your understanding of these terms.
If you have any queries about the terms & conditions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the contact page.
Updated 26th November 2018