april 2014



Spring flowersSpring time is bursting forth and Beetlefelt studio is bustling with crafting activities.

Our summer courses have just been prepared so that you can really get stuck into the craft of your choice over three consecutive days; 

Spinning Course

Nuno Felting Course

Natural Dyeing Course

Weaving Course

Summer Courses

Watch this space for your invitation to our Taster Day on Saturday 31st May 10am-1pm, tickets £5 for you to sample three crafts from Paper Making, Natural Dyeing, Crochet, Decorative Textiles, Mosaic and Willow Weaving.

Tudor Day with textile historian Margo Singer

on Sunday 15th June 10am-3pm,  £26.

We are extremely excited to announce that we have planned a whole day for you to enjoy a host of Tudor experiences. We shall look at Tudor knitting and clothes of the 16th Century and sample the sort of food that Tudor folk may have eaten. We shall spin a yarn and make a Tudor black work pin cushion or lavender bag. Sit back and enjoy a guided tour -via a slide show- of Tudor life.

So if you fancy immersing yourself in Tudor life for a day then come along and find out Tudor ways and share your knowledge of Tudor life. To encourage you to come along and join in the fun, the day is just £26.
Follow the link to book. Tudor Day

Tudor Day

Photos embroidered Tudor cap, costume and great wheel

Felt Hat Making Workshop with Carol Mowl

We found a great way to spend Mothers day and made a wonderful array of felt hats. It is always amazing to see the transformation of the fleece into a 3-D form. Melanie brought along her own wooden hat block and successfully made a pink hat with a pale green leaf decoration on one side.

The next Felt Hat Making workshop for you to enjoy is on Saturday 2nd August 10am-3pm, £36.
Felt Hat Workshop

Felt hat

Photo and feedback from the March felt hat making workshop

“Thank you for the hat making on Sunday. I really enjoyed it and many thanks for all your help and support on Sunday (as usual) best wishes” Maureen

Crochet with Charly Lamb

More Crochet with Charly in April so pop along for a great time chatting and creating granny squares or triangles and wee animals. Lovely to see all the crochet produced last month with new folk enjoying getting the hang of crocheting.

A new series of three workshops are starting on Friday 4th April 7-9pm, £45.
Crochet Workshop


Photos and feedback from the March crochet classes

“It was lovely and I feel I really started to understand what I was doing thanks to Charly” Caroline

Introduction to Felt making with Carol Mowl

Sensational felt making fabric was made in March. The group enjoyed trying out various textures to create te effects taey were after to interpret the pictures they had drawn earlyier that morning.

Find out how to make fabric from fleece by joining us on Saturday 7th June 10am-1pm, £28.
Introduction to Felt Making

Intro to Felt

Photos and feedback from the March Introduction to felt making workshop

“Thank you for a wonderful workshop today; I really enjoyed creating the felt. Warmest regards” Jane 

“Thanks so much for the email & all the pics. Had a great day, thanks!!!  Kind regards,” Helen

Cobweb Scarf Workshop with Carol Mowl

We had a lovely time blending the colours on the drum carder. The colours flowed and merged together with lots of fabrics and threads. It was wonderful to see the development of the students individually decorated scarves.

Make a Cobweb Scarf on Sunday 20th July 10am-1pm, £32.
Cobweb Scarf Workshop

Cobweb scarf

Photos and feedback from the March cobweb scarf workshop

“Thank you for a very enjoyable morning.  I removed the shocking pink fabric and did a bit more felting to the dangly ends which were rather flat and my scarf is now drying. Thanks again” Yvonne

“I had a super time learning how to make a felt scarf. I had not experienced this type of technique before and I found it fascinating. The finished item was lovely. Carol was inspirational and clearly explained what was needed to be done.” Gilly

Needle Felted Picture Workshop with Carol Mowl

A steady and relaxing time was had needle felting pictures. As you can see the results are impressive. We have a Needle felting bird workshop for you on Saturday 21st June 10am-2pm, £32.  Needle Felted Bird Workshop

Felt Pictures

Photos and feedback from the March picture workshop

“Thank you for forwarding the pictures.  Debs and I really enjoyed ourselves.  We are going to look for frames next weekend” Best regards” Alison

“Thanks for sending the photos. We had a lovely time on Sunday and our felt pictures have been much admired.”

Felt Vessels with Carol Mowl

The March Felt Vessel making students were pleased to find that they could have a picnic outside in the sunshine. The next opportunity to make a felt vessel is on Saturday 19th July 10-2pm, £34. Felt Vessel Workshop

Photos from the March vessel making workshop

Dates for your Diary 

Green Happening Saturday 26th April 1-5pm St Clements Church High Lane Chorlton Manchester

Afternoon Tea Good Friday 18th April 10.30 to 2pm. at Tibetan Kitchen Come and have a lovely "brew" or coffee with delicious home-made cake! Help Jane raise money for the Beautiful Beginning's Play Group.

Green Walk Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May Noon-6pm Green Walk off Wood Road, Whalley Range, Manchester. An exhibition by local artists of paintings, ceramics, glass, photography and more. Home-made food and drinks on the green.

Chorlton Arts Festival Craft Fair Saturday 17th May 10am-2pm. St Clements Church, High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester 

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. 

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 27th April 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 .

Tibetan Kitchen Take Away Sewing group Wednesday afternoons 2 – 3.30pm Bring your knitting, hand sewing, crochet & embroidery. 254, Upper Chorlton Road M16 8DN Tel: 0161 881 1966

Chorlton Knits meet on the first and third Thursday, 6-8pm. Friendly and informal group of knitters. Back at the Lloyds now. Facebook page: ChorlltonKnits. 

We have organised lots of lovely things for you to do, so maybe take time out of your busy life and step into a place with oodles of creativity.

Our gifted and enthusiastic tutors are here to welcome you to the world of crafting experiences at Beetlefelt Studio, so download and take a look at the new timetables here;

2014 Beetlefelt Timetable Summer - Weekends (pdf file)

2014 Beetlefelt Timetable Summer - Weekdays (pdf File)

If you have any questions please get in touch.

0777 240 9308 or 0161 881 6309

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Come along to Beetlefelt Studio where there is ample parking, or get the tram from Manchester city centre direct to the Studio door, the St Werburghs Road tram stop is £3 return.

We look forward to seeing you soon, from Carol and the Beetlefelt Tutors.



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