Adorable Needle Felt Animal & Pet Portraits
Adorable Needle Felt Animal & Pet Portraits
Hatton in Warwickshire, West Midlands
This is a beginners portrait workshop where you’ll make a portrait of your beloved pet or favourite animal.
Before you worry that you’re not good at drawing or painting let me reassure you that the step by step way I teach it, for beginners just like you, makes it easy but with incredible results that are so impressive. I’ve taught hundreds of people just like you make great artwork.
With me by your side you’ll be able to:
Easily trace your picture to fabric, so even if you can’t draw your portrait will look great from the start
Choose and add colours with ease - it’s as simple as painting by numbers
Master simple but striking needle felting techniques that add realism to your artwork - such as glassy eyes, real looking fur and so much character!
You’ll go home with a perfect needle felt picture, framed in a 8” hoop and ready to hang pride of place - I promise that everyone goes home smiling and super proud of their creation.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a paper print out of your image that is no wider than about 6” (this is about an inch or two narrower than an A4 piece of paper]. You will use this print out to trace your image onto fabric to create your picture outline (I’ll show you how). This is the best option if you are not confident in drawing your picture accurately.
Or you can bring the image on your phone/tablet/laptop if you are happy to draw it free hand.
If you don’t have a printer I can print it for you and can help you with your drawing too. Don’t let this stop you having a go.
With a huge variety of colours provided for you to choose from on the day, you’ll be able to capture your image as true to life as possible down to the very last detail. I’ll be here to guide you step by step.
All other equipment's included, just bring your picture and enthusiasm and by the end of the day you’ll frame your masterpiece in an 8” wooden embroidery hoop.
WHAT TO EXPECT OF YOUR DAY
Join me in the picturesque village of Hatton where I'll be waiting to welcome you to a delightful day learning how to needle felt in the heart of rural Warwickshire. Workshops are held in a pretty all purpose craft studio nestled in a cottage garden and equipped with all the facilities you will need. It's a light and calming craft space where you can comfortably enjoy the whole day, and is a haven for you to learn in beautiful surroundings and friendly company.
Small group numbers ensure that you'll receive close guidance and personal instruction throughout the day so that you leave with the skills and confidence to continue your craft at home.
It’s a lovely way to spend the day, but don’t take my word for it, read what people have to say about workshops they have attended in my review section towards the bottom of this page.
Continue Your Project At Home
You’ll have the chance to buy a needle felting kit and wool pack so you can continue making portraits at home.
This includes a sponge, needles, a selection of base material to start new projects, a 8” hoop to frame your work and a great selection of wools. Perfect for you to carry on your new found hobby when you get home.
On arrival you'll be greeted a selection of morning teas or freshly ground coffee before we get started. I provide cordials and soft drinks throughout the day with yummy snacks and fruit for if you're peckish.
You'll need to bring a packed lunch with you, which you can eat in the studio - or if it's a nice day we'll take it into the garden to eat at a picnic table. It's such a lovely spot in the summer!
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.
To book simply add the workshop you wish to book to your shopping basket and checkout securely. I'll then send you confirmation of your booking and directions to the studio, and nearer to the day I'll send you an itinerary of exactly what to expect.
Please have a quick look at the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page before booking.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THEIR WORKSHOP
I had a lovely day taking part in one of Sophie’s needle felting courses. It was my first time needle felting and Sophie has a great way of making you feel welcome and comfortable. She was sure we would all be able to produce an item that we could be proud of by the end of the day. And she was right. I was able, with lots of encouragement from Sophie to make a cat that does actually look like my cat Tipsy. Sophie takes you through all the techniques and processes, step by step. Adapting if need be to each persons individual project. I would definitely recommend Sophie’s felting courses to anyone wanting to give it a try. Overall, a fabulous day crafting and chatting to some lovely ladies on the course with me. Thanks Sophie.
A fun day spent in lovely serene surroundings. Sophie is an excellent teacher and nothing is too much trouble.
I have never done anything like this before and despite not being particularly artistically inclined found it very satisfying.
I can highly recommend Sophie's courses even if you carry it no further. It was lovely to meet different people and see how we all progressed over the day!
Thank you Sophie.
Had a fantastic day yesterday. Sophie is an incredible teacher who is very generous with her encouragement and in sharing her knowledge and tips. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and the day passed by in a flash. I can’t wait to come back and learn some more about felting in this lovely, welcoming setting.
Sophie is amazing! I’ve been on a couple of her courses and I have loved both of them. She is so clear in her explanations and encouraging throughout the day, I’ve learnt so so much! Her work is exquisite and she is so generous with her knowledge and time. I can’t wait to go back!
A very relaxed atmosphere and in a great location. As it is only a small group Sophie has time to spend with you individually as well as in a group.
Sophie is very encouraging and willing to share her knowledge.
Would highly recommend.
My daughter and I attended one of Sophie's courses a few weeks ago and had a brilliant time. My daughter had never needle felted before but is now completely hooked. (I already was.) Sophie is an excellent and patient teacher and begins by making everyone feel that they really can achieve what they want to. A very pleasant setting with a peaceful studio and a lovely garden.
I would recommend her courses without hesitation.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
(1) Workshops are filled on a first come first served basis and your payment secures your place on the workshop. I don’t reserve workshop places;
(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) This is a no refund zone. Changes to bookings can only be made if it’s more than three weeks until your workshop AND I can fill your space in time - if I can’t fill your place, I’m sorry but you’ll forfeit the cost of the workshop.
With this in mind, please only book if you are sure you are free and can attend. Unless you can fill it yourself I will transfer your place to a friend of yours free of charge if you know someone who would like to attend.
Updated August 2019