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 January to March 2019

Workshops are held at Turnberries in Thornbury.



Below are the descriptions of workshops planned for 2019 from January to March.

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 creativity 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.

Other workshops that could be offered.

  • Four technical workshops offered
    • T1 Laying out - looking for quality
    • T2 Edges - free, turned and cut
    • T3 thinking 3-D
    • T4 Nuno
  • Scarves nuno or cobweb
  • Vessels
  • Colour blending
  • Using natural coloured wool from different breeds of sheep
  • Bags
  • Hats
  • Textures with plant fibres

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. We will be laying out wool and felting small pieces, both flat pieces and little vessels. Consideration will be given to ways of setting out evenly, playing with colours and methods of felting. You should end the day with at least one flat piece and one small felted vessel.

This is also the chance to consolidate your felting practice if you have made felt before. Remembering all the different things you have tried can be hard unless you have a chance to go over the techniques again. Come with your ideas of things to try out or be inspired by the resources on show.

Gauntlets and Wrist Warmers

We will be making gauntlets – which include a thumb - with a lining of silk chiffon. These are great to look at and warm as well. You can experiment with adding silk , viscose, bamboo or ramie fibres or pre-felts to enhance the finished items. These can also be decoratively stitched afterward when dry. OR if you prefer you can make a wrist warmer using similar techniques - these just go over the wrist and not up over your hand. These could also be considered warm bracelets! both gauntlets and wrist warmers can have fastenings so they fit snugly.

The cost of materials is a bit higher than usual to cover the silk chiffon required for the gauntlets.

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.


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
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Turnberries

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