november 2013


Paper Making Workshop with the Manchester Embroiderers Guild

We spent a whole day making exquisite and delicate papers. The students worked away merrily and choose from ready prepared cotton and recycled, colourful paper pulp.
We demonstrated techniques and shared lots of paper making ideas which students promptly had a go at. Maggie talked about her experienceof making plant papers in Japan.

Take the opportunity to make paper at Beetlefelt Studio on Sunday 19th April 2014 10am-2pm
Paper Making Workshop


Paper Workshop

Photos from the paper making day with the Manchester Embroiderers Guild

Natural DyeingNatural Dyeing with Dee Sayce
at Beetle Felt Studio

You have a great opportunity to make a truly unique gift on Saturday 7th December 10am-2pm as we will be busy tying and dyeing T-shirts into wonderful colourful patterns. Natural Dye Tee-Shirt Workshop

The next Natural Dyeing Workshop is on Saturday 5th April 10am-2pm.


Natural Dyeing

Photos from Beetle Felt Studio Dyeing Workshops

Coiled Basketry Workshop with Dee Sayce

Coiled Basketry is such a lovely craft to learn and you can make the baskets from just about anything you have including pliable natural materials such as grasses and pine needles as well as every type of fabric and thread.

Dee taught different techniques of binding and winding the baskets together to make sturdy and useful vessels. Come along to the next workshop on Sunday 23rd February 10am-1pm and learn all about different methods of making coiled baskets.
Coiled Basketry Workshop

Coiled Basketry

Photos and feedback from the October Coiled Basketry Workshop

“Thank you. I finished my 2 pots I started at the workshop, and now on a third and plan to do lots more. I hope this will motivate me to clear my wardrobe of all those clothes, scarves etc that I never wear but can't part with - by recycling them into pots!”

“I really enjoyed the course. I have nearly finished one of the baskets and I will definitely continue basket weaving.” Claire

Willow Chicken Workshop with Juliette Hamilton

Wow! Look at these wonderful willow chickens -made in a day- what a fantastic brood.

Take the opportunity and join us to make some Festive Willow Decorations on Saturday 23rd November 10am-1pm, £38.  

For 2014 we have organised a Willow Basket Making Workshop on Saturday 25th January 10am-4pm, Willow Obelisk on Saturday 26th April 10am-3pm and Willow Basket making on Saturday 24th May, 10am-4pm.

Willow Chicken

Photos from the October Willow Chicken Workshop

Patchwork with Lisa Watson

We are pleased to have Lisa back with us in the New Year teaching her inspirational Applique and  Patchwork classes.

For more information about Lisa and the wonderful work she does, take a look at her recently updated website.


Photos from the October Patchwork workshops.

Dates for your Diary 

Kiddie Jumble table top sale on 9th November, 10-12pm, in Parrs Wood High School on Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury M20 5PG. Big family recycling clothes event with local traders selling children's items. For more information:  or 07727143402

Knitting and Stitching Show - Harrogate 21st-24th November

Chorton Arts Festival Art &Craft Fair Saturday 23rd November at St Clements Church, Edge Lane, Chorlton, Manchester 11am – 4.30pm

Chorlton & Friends Gardeners Group next meetings will be at Chorlton Library on November 25th John Hoyle recently paid a visit to Beetle Felt studio and gave a talk about living walls to 21 interested gardeners from the Chorlton and Friends gardeners group. If you are interested then let Ann know.

Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday 30th November 10am-4pm. Damhouse, Astley Hall Drive, Manchester, M29 7TX Facebook Damhouse Astley.

Christmas Art and Design Fair at the Community Centre, Poynton Saturday 30th Nov, 10am - 4pm
Email: for more information

Wonderwool - Wales 26th-27th April 2014

Regular Events

Rag Bags Next meeting is Sunday 24th November. We are meeting up on the last Sunday of the month every month at the ‘Nip and Tipple’ pub to continue rag rugging projects and try out different techniques to recycle rags into beautiful things. If you would like to be kept informed about this get together, then email Rag Bagsin the subject line to

Chorlton Knits meet on the first and third Thursday, 6-8pm. Friendly and informal group of knitters meeting in the Lloyds pub, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester. Facebook page: ChorlltonKnits. 



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