Felting Workshops with Janet Clarke

Do contact me if you would like to host a felting workshop or would like more information about the workshops.

Dates for workshops September 2017 onward

Workshops are held at Turnberries in Thornbury.

Below are the descriptions of workshops planned for 2017 from September to December.

Workshops held at Turnberries provide a place for people to explore different aspects of feltmaking. In the Free Choice workshop participants chose what they will work on providing time to work through ideas and challenges together. Places are limited at all workshops to allow enough time for each person.

When there is a specific topic for the workshop this is clearly stated. However, if there is space available, you are welcome to book a place for your Free Choice and use the facilities. This can enable you to work on pieces that are larger than will fit into your own work space. Alternatively you can just tap into the creatvity of the session, access guidance and inspiration and enjoy the day.

The cost for a six hour workshop at Turnberries is £47 plus a materials cost, usually about £5 . If the materials will be more than this you will know beforehand. Materials and most equipment you might need for felting will be provided. However you are welcome to bring your own materials too if you wish.

Workshops will run on a Sunday from 11am until 5pm OR Saturday from 10am until 4pm unless otherwise stated. A non-returnable deposit of £25 is payable for each workshop booked. It is appreciated if the deposits are paid at the time of booking. Please email me if you want to book, have a problem with the proposed dates or have any other queries.

Vessels and other 3-D

Making vessels and other 3-D objects is a fascinating subject. There are some many variations to try out. However - you need to start somewhere - so choose an idea and we will work together to plan and you will be able to make your 3-D piece. It is important to make notes of what you have done and also to note other things that you could do next time. As this is a one day workshop you will have to limit yourself to a small to medium size object. There will be a higher cost for materials used for this workshop but will be dependent on what you use.

Beginner and Improvers

This is particularly suitable for those who have not made felt before, have only a little experience of making felt or feel in need of a refresher course. We will look at the basics of how to lay out fibres, make prefelts and the felting process. You should end the day with at least one flat piece and one small vessel of felt.

NOTE THIS WORKSHOP HAS HAD A DATE AND DAY CHANGE. The workshop will run from 9:30 until 3:30.

Free Choice

This is the workshop where you choose what you want to work on with guidance and inspiration. Tap into the collective creativity of the day with other felt makers. Any requests for specific materials or queries to be made beforehand so I can bring appropriate items with me.

Surface Interruption

Here we will make samples of different ways of altering the surface of a piece of felt. Some of these will require planning ahead and consideration. The use of resists and scissors will open a whole new set of opportunities.


Make a cobweb scarf using merino wool fibres and any of the exciting extras like silk or viscose fibres. You will learn how to prepare the fibres, setting out a scarf and then felting it. Design elements can be added with the use of prefelts too.

The following images are of participants' work from a recent scarf workshop

cobweb scarf colour graded cobweb scarf cobweb scarf edged with silk fibres nuno scarf on black chiffon silk Scarf workshop group photo


Bath Rd, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire BS35 2BB

Book directly with Janet for these workshops.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

Bring your own lunch or get something from the High Street in Thornbury.

3-D cconcertinaed circles sample

Folded Cones Sample

sample of nuno felt

Nuno Sample