august 2014


Sow Sew - Flax Production Project

A field of flax was grown in Manchester and the process of linen production was seen through from start to finish. Local artists were asked to use the linen yarn and fabric to produce art pieces and this exhibition is a result of the project. Maggie Holland and I are exhibiting some textile art work related to this proect at MERCi (Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative), Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester.
Well worth a look

Photos from the MERCi ‘Sow Sew’ exhibiton of flax textiles

Beetlefelt Summer Workshops

Our programme of summer workshops is well under way. Join in our workshops and enjoy taking time to develop skills in spinning, weaving, felt making and dyeing.

For weaving adventures join the 3-day Weaving Course on Tues 5th, Wed 6th & Thurs 7th August. Designed for you to come along and develop your weaving skills.

3 Day Weaving Course

Students got stuck in to making mosaic plant pots, house numbers and garden plaques. The sun shone all weekend and the tiny chips of tile pieces glistened in the bright light. With Sally’s expert guidance the students produced lots of wonderfully decorated garden objects. Join us for our next weekend of garden mosaic making on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 10-1pm, £64.

2 Day Garden Mosaic Workshop

Photos from the July Garden Mosaic workshops

Cobweb Scarf with Carol Mowl

This is a favourite workshop of mine as you can make a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend in just three hours, this has to be a good way to spend a morning. You have the opportunity to explore the potential of multi coloured and textured Nuno felt fabric because we have a treat for you to spend three days getting stuck in to the craft of Nuno felt making on Saturday 16th – Monday 18th August, £160. Nuno Scarf

Photos from the July Cobweb Scarf workshop

Felt Vessel and Embroidered Bowl workshop with Carol Mowl

No worries if you missed these workshops -this time around- as we are repeating them next term. Felt Vessel  Embroidered Bowl

Photos and feedback from the July workshops

“I just wanted to say a big "thank you" for another wonderful day and course. The whole experience was great from start to finish. See you soon. Kind regards” Gilly

 “Thank you so much for helping me on Saturday. I love my vessel – it’s almost dried and I’ve turned the top over to show the inside off. It was, as always a lovely day. See you soon.Very best wishes”  Maureen

Indigo Tie Dye Workshop with Carol Mowl

We have had a delicious weekend of delightful dyeing treats. Indigo dye has the ability to change from clear luminous yellow through greeniness to deep indigo blue. This is the most magical oxidising dyeing method you will ever see. For more tying and dying adventures book onto the Shibori scarf workshop with natural dyes coming up on 21st September at:
Natural Dyeing

Spend three days with us dyeing with all the bountiful and luscious plants growing at the moment. We shall gather them up, boil them up and find out what colours they produce.  Tuesday 5th, Wed 6th, Thursday 7th August. Dyeing Course

Photos and feedback from the July Indigo Tie Dye Weekend

“Thanks for the photographs, they look great. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and expertise.” Sue T

Dates for your Diary 

Craft Taster Day on September 13th 10am-1pm, £5. Beetlefelt tutors are looking forward to meeting you on Saturday for our Taster Day to show off and demonstrate our crafting skills to you. This will be your chance to have fun, try a new craft, meet our talented tutors and be inspired by the range of workshops on offer. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about the crafts to make an informed choice when you book onto future workshops. Taster day

British Wool Weekend Harrogate 6th and 7th September

Yarndale Sat 27th and Sun 28th September, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Glastonbury Wool Fest 4th October

Shetland Wool Week Shetland Isles 4th -12th October

Kendal Wool Garthering 10th -12th October

Bakewell Wool Gathering, Sat 18th October and Sun19th October, 10am-4pm

Wonderwool Wales Festival of Welsh Wool 25th-26th April

Regular Events

Rag Bags
Next meeting is Sunday 28th September 7-9pm 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
The first and third Thursday, 6-8pm. Friendly and informal group of knitters. Back at the Lloyds now. Facebook page: ChorlltonKnits.

You can find out more about the workshops and book on all of our courses online at;

Download and take a look at the new timetable, it gives an overview of all of the workshops we are running from September to December - Beetlefelt Timetable Autumn 2014

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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