Beetle Felt




january 2014

...wish you a very Happy New Year

CarolMake a New Year resolution to set time aside to be more creative, develop your artistic ideas or explore new skills. We are ready to welcome you at Beetlefelt with lots of fabulous art and craft workshops.

Try your hand at making a Willow Basket Workshop with Juliette Hamilton, get to grips with Patchwork or an Appliqué Workshop with Lisa Watson. Take the plunge and book onto the series of four Mixed Media Drawing Workshops with Maggie Holland. 

Have a look at our 2014 timetable for more details about all the crafting activities going on at Beetlefelt Studio.

Get together with your friends and come along and enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere created by our skilled and experienced tutors.

Beetlefelt Tutors

Photos of Beetlefelt tutors, Lisa, Juliette, Maggie and me (Carol) teaching in the studio.

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Sewing Surgery with Carol Mowl

This is such a good opportunity to gain advice about all sorts of questions you may have about sewingGet help with your machine; learn how to get the tension right for different fabrics, get advice about which machine to buy and find out where to get your machine serviced.

You will pick up lots of tips for sewing, for example learn useful short cuts and get help following a pattern. Bring along your fabric and pattern and get started you are sure to feel satisfied when you realise you can make your own clothes. On week one you are given a kit to make a bag.

Daytime and evening Sewing Surgery is a series of four workshops - every Thursday - each month, £56.

Sewing Surgery

Photos from the winter Sewing Surgeries

Tie Dye T-shirts with Dee Sayce

We dyed our fabrics and T-shirts using Logwood and Madder natural dyes and enjoyed discovering beautiful and complicated patterns. The stitches and ties were untied and retied and over-dyed!  We used shibori techniques with ropes and pipes and tritik techniques with a variety of stitch patterns.

More natural dyeing to look forward to on Saturday 5th April 10am-2pm, £30. Natural Dyeing Workshop

Tie Dye T-Shirts

Photos from the December Tie Dye T-Shirt workshop

Felt PictureNeedle Felted Pictures

with Carol Mowl

A wonderful woolly time was had designing and making needle felted pictures. Using a variety of threads and fabrics the students were excited to see their pictures develop.

We are running lots of needle felting workshops in 2014 including how to make sheep, cats (or dogs), birds and more Needle Felted Picture making on Sunday 23rd March 10am-1pm, £30.
Needle Felt Picture Workshop

Felt picture

Photos from the December Felt Picture Workshop

Weaving Workshops with Carol Mowl

We are weaving every Wednesday so come along and try out the looms and develop your own style of weaving. This is a workshop for complete beginners and experienced students wishing to learn more about drafting and designing warps.

Carol will guide you through the process step by step so that you feel confident to get weaving at whatever level you are comfortable with. Follow the link to book onto a series of four weaving workshops £56. Weaving Workshop

Weaving workshop

Photos from Beetlefelt Weaving workshops

Sashiko with Isabel Dibbden-Wright

The Sashiko technique has evolved from the need to conserve and repair garments at a time when cloth was precious. This series of three workshops will give you an insight into Sashiko and the designs associated with it. Learn the techniques involved and develop a project of your own. Book onto the next series starting on Monday 31st March 7-9pm, then 7th & 14th April, £52.
Sashiko Workshop


Photos from the December Sashiko Pin Cushion Workshop

Dates for your Diary 

Wonderwool - Wales 26th-27th April 2014

Regular Events

Rag Bags Next meeting is Sunday 26th January. 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 Bags in 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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