Beetle Felt




march 2014

Spring is in the air

We have been out and about paper making. Thanks to Michelle Jolley for organising Miss Daisy’s Vintage and Craft Fair at St Clements Church. It was a lively event and time flew by we were kept busy, by all ages trying their hand at making paper. Thanks to Al and Dave for providing some great live music.

Join us to make paper on Sunday 19th April £32. Paper making workshop 

Paper making

Photos from Miss Daisy’s Vintage and Craft Fair

Felting Workshops with Carol Mowl

We have been enjoying a touch of spring time promises. We can feel the spring approaching with the making of felt birds, blooms and baby booties.


Gorgeous blossoms were produced on the brooch making workshop. We also had a wonderful time making birds, it was enchanting to see how they all developed their own particular characters and delightful to see how the booties developed from fibre to 3-D shapes.

To find out the future workshop dates go to Felting workshops


Photos and feedback form the February Felt making workshops

“I've really enjoyed showing off my brooch and have started another! I really enjoyed your cherry polenta cake. Thanks very much.” Diane 

“Thanks for the photos and the really enjoyable -bird making- workshop yesterday”. Natasha 

“I had a wonderful time at the workshop. Thanks Carol for today. Everyone at home and abroad loved the little booties u helped me make. Really enjoyed today. Hope to see u soon.” Sal

Beetlefelt *NEW* website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new colourful website, designed and produced by Dee Sayce of Wild Fern Design. Take a look and let us know how you find it, we are developing it continuously and appreciate any helpful comments.

Feedback so far;

"Your website is great, easy to navigate and lovely to look at. I'm pleased there's a shop too!"  Fiona
"Just looking now! Looks lovely, rag rugging is drawing me in!” Liz
“Lovely - nice work” Veronica

Drawing for Textiles with Maggie Holland

Using mixed media and your own personal creativity to sketch out your ideas can be a useful core for your textile work. We recommend that you build up a portfolio or sketch book of original ideas to work from to inform your colours, textures and shapes to use in your textile work. You will then be able to translate your drawings into textiles.

We have a day in May for you to enjoy exploring and experimenting with Maggie's expert instruction on Saturday 11th May 10am-3pm, £46. Drawing for textiles

Drawing for textiles

Pictures and feedback from the Mixed Media workshops

“Maggie’s workshops are a useful and enjoyable opportunity to experiment and play with a range of media and materials, with plenty of interesting results that can provide inspiration for textiles, drawings and paintings”Sarah

“I really enjoyed it and loved the opportunity to explore different techniques. My last piece of work, the collage, is now in a frame and on display in the house and I am very pleased with it ”. Lizzie

Spinning Workshop with Dee Sayce

A lovely cosy time was spent learning how to spinning in the February workshop. First learning how to prepare and card the fleece and then getting to grips with the techniques using a drop spindle and spinning wheel. Everyone had a spinning wheel to practice on and the workshop culminated in a circle of new friends getting the hang of spinning some original and gorgeous yarn.

We have more opportunities for you to learn how to spin on Monday 21st April and Sunday 4th May 10am-1pm, £32. Spinning workshops


Photos and feedback from the February Spinning workshop

“We had such a lovely time, can't wait to put it into practise. Mum and I would like to come on a dying workshop. Thanks again” Carol

“Many thanks for the photos of the day as well, I'm so happy to have a photo of me spinning - chances are I'd never have done that in life otherwise!” Andrew

Batik Workshop with Margo Singer

Wow! The silk batik paintings produced were so beautiful. I think that the students surprised themselves with the lovely vibrant colours and the textures produced using the wax and the tjanting tools.


Photos and feedback from the February Batik workshop

“Thank you for the Batik class today. I enjoyed it and learned a lot and I hope to be able to attend more in the future”.  Mina

You can catch some more of Margo’s expertise on the *NEW* Paisley Woodblock Printing workshop on Saturday 29th March 10am-1pm £32. Paisley Woodblock Printing Workshop

Cobweb Scarf with Carol Mowl

We had a wonderful and productive day producing fine, lacy scarves. The drum carder helped us to mix the woollen fibres into a stream of flowing colours which we then added to our laid out fibres. Don’t worry if you missed this one as we have another Cobweb scarf workshop organised for Saturday 31st May, £32. Cobweb scarf workshop 

Photos from the February Cobweb Scarf workshop

Dates for your Diary 

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.

Burnage and Levenshulme Open Gardens will be on Sunday June 22nd and they will give part of the money to Freedom from Torture and part to local neighbourhood groups. We will be advertising where to buy programmes soon

Regular Events

Rag Bags Next meeting is Sunday 30th March 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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