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Felt Your Garden Birds
Course Date: Wednesday 27th September 2017
Category: Textiles
Tutor: Sue Pearl
Price: £80


Our garden birds are beautiful with their colourful plumage and of course, range from the little wren to big bad magpies and jays. This workshop will be recreating our British birds in all but their song. They make lovely ornaments or perfect additions to a house plant or window box or a perfect present for a special friend

Further Detail

Using the needle felting technique which is a dry felting process, (no messy wet wool), and lovely soft Scandinavian wool we will be sculpting a myriad of birds. The little barbs on the felting needles that we use, knit the wool fibres together to create a solid figure and the addition of bird legs bring the natural poses in to play to create miniature versions of our British birds. 

Skills/Techniques Covered

Using a felting needle

Understanding the different type of fibres to use

Creating three-dimensional shapes

Making felt feathers 


This course is suitable for all levels including beginners.  


Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by your tutor. The approximate cost of these will be in the region of £15, payable to the tutor during the course.

There will be the opportunity to buy extra materials from the tutor using cash or cheque. Tutors are unable to take card payments at the school

Please bring with you:

Any picture of birds or bird books you may have

Tutor Profile

Sue Pearl has been making felt for more than 16 years and is the author of Making Felt Friends. She originally trained and practised as an interior designer, and came across felt making by accident during research work for her MA at London Guildhall University. Sue has never looked back.

She has been teaching felt for the last 12 years, across Oxfordshire and in London. Sue has taught internationally, in America, Canada, Israel and Australia. She has also given instruction in feltmaking to native North Americans, as part of a women’s small business project. Sue is a member of the International Feltmakers’ Association for which she is Coordinator and Advertising Officer for the London region. She has shown at international and domestic exhibitions and has a piece in the Contemporary Craft Collection at the Museum of Oxfordshire and is currently displaying in a travelling exhibition called Black Sheep.  

Timings & Refreshments

Please aim to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am to allow for a 10am start. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with homemade cookies in the morning, a complimentary sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. ​SPECIAL DIETS: As peoples' allergies, intolerances, special diets and preferences are so many and varied, we are not able to cater for these. However, we will be able to cater for a gluten free diet so please tell us on arrival if you need a gluten free option