Beetle Felt




february 2014

Get in the zone for some creative crafting

We pride ourselves on providing quality craft workshops for you.

We want you to find a relaxed place to concentrate on developing and exploring your skills. Get the bug and choose from our extensive range of workshops. Discover a warm and welcoming atmosphere created by our skilled and experienced tutors.

We have ongoing regular workshops during the week.

Mixed Media Drawing with Maggie Holland on Tuesdays 10-12pm.
Weaving with Carol Mowl on Wednesdays 10-12pm and 7-9pm.
Sewing Surgery with Carol Mowl on Thursdays 10-12pm and 7-9pm.
Crochet with Charly Lamb on Fridays 7-9pm.

Beetlefelt Workshops

Photos and feedback from Beetlefelt weekday classes drawing, weaving and sewing.

We are included in the Craft & Design Magazine workshop listings take a look at:

Craft and design

“I thoroughly enjoyed the drawing sessions and felt I got a lot out of them. I found Maggie’s teaching fun, well structured and encouraging and her enthusiasm for looking and drawing was stimulating." Sarah

I am so enjoying the sewing classes and have just booked the next course of four lessons." Josie

Regular updates and information are found on our Beetlefelt Facebook and Twitter pages and you are welcome to join us.

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Great Wheel Spinning with Dee Sayce

Dee had a great time recently at Ford Green Hall using a great wheel to spin sheep fleece, with Gwyn and Megan. The Hall is a 17th century timber-framed farmhouse complete with period garden near Stoke, it is open to the public and well worth a visit.

The museum has two great wheels, one too fragile to be used, and the other is a beautiful well-crafted recontruction. Once we got used to spinning on the the great wheel, we all enjoyed the difference from a seated spinning wheel in the way it feels like you are dancing! (The great wheel is also known as a 'walking wheel' or 'dancing wheel'.) Gwyn is intending to give great wheel spinning demonstrations on the Hall open days.

Great Wheel

Photos from Ford Green Hall

Rag Rugging with Carol Mowl

We had a lot of fun choosing colours and textured fabrics for our shaggy rug samples. Students quickly mastered the techniques of proddy and hooky and went on to start a project of their own.

Rag Rugging

Photos and feedback from the January Rag Rugging workshop

“I enjoyed having access to so many wonderful fabrics and getting ideas from you, the fabrics, books and from each other. Other people were using colour combinations I wouldn't have thought of.” Margaret

“I enjoyed the workshop and have found a little time to continue my project this week. Hope to join you on another workshop soon” Angie

If you fancy more raggetty adventures come along and make a Coiled Basket or mat with Dee Sayce on Sunday 23rd February 10am-1pm, £30.  Coiled Basketry Workshop

Needle Felted Cats and Dogs with Carol Mowl

Whilst it was raining cats and dogs outside, we were cosy and warm in the studio, busy making mini models of our pets.
The animals developed their own characters and by the end of the workshop we had: Molly the Labrador - extremely gorgeous, a wonderful Spotty Dalmatian, a Cute Kitten, playful Spot the Dog and a - full of personality - Skinny Cat.


Photos from the January Needle-felting Workshop

“Wow look at these Lovely Needle Felted cats and dogs they are” Britain is Crafty

“The little dog my Mum made on this needle felt animal course is adorable, almost as cute as the real thing.” Amy

We are making needle-felted sheep on Sunday 2nd March 10am-2pm, £32.
Needle Felt Sheep Workshop

Introduction to Felt Making with Carol Mowl

It is always a pleasure to introduce the wonderful method of making a fabric from sheep fleece. It was great to witness the transformation of ideas into felt pictures. The next
Introduction to Felt Workshop workshop is on Saturday 15th March 10am-1pm, £28.

Introduction to Felt Making

Photos and feedback from the January Felt Making workshop

“Thanks very much for today, I really enjoyed it. I hope to see you again, probably next month."


“Rachel really enjoyed the course and is full of enthusiasm to start a new project."

Willow Basket Workshop with Juliette Hamilton

Saturday was spent weaving willow baskets in the cosy studio with wonderful folk. We have a great new willow weaving workshop organised for the summer.

Willow Workshop

Photos from the January Willow Basket workshop

“Made a willow basket today... very relaxed, very pleased with the result thank you” Caroline R

“Thanks for a very enjoyable workshop.” Caroline E

Come along and sculpt a Willow Bee with wonderful willow weaver Juliette Hamilton. Saturday 14th June, £48. 
Willow Bee Workshop

Dates for your Diary 

Miss Daisy’s Vintage & Craft Fair Sunday 23rd February 2-5pm St Clements Church, 6, Edge Lane Chorlton M219AE Vintage clothing, accessories, homeware, curios, jewellery, hats, scarves and music.

Antique Textile Fair Sunday 2nd March.  Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6HE. Many stalls exhibiting antique and vintage costumes, textiles and accessories from around the world. Talks and demonstrations.  

Derbyshire Eco Centre's Spring Fair - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th April from 11am-4pm. With the theme of Woods and Water Derbyshire Eco Centre. 

Chorlton Arts Festival May 16th – May 25thAnnual week of arts for the community. For event listings and contact details    

Woolfest Friday 27th June 10am-6pm and Saturday 28th June 10am-5pm. At Mitchells Lakeland livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbris CA13 0QQ. Entrance costs £8 per day incuding free programme 2 day ticket £14.

Regular Events

Rag Bags Next meeting is Sunday 23rd February 7-9pm. 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. Facebook page: ChorlltonKnits. 




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