Learn the art of needle felting

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Naomi Stannard, who was a featured fibre artist on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Britain, will be hosting needle felting workshops here on Wednesday, January 25, Thursday, February 9 and Thursday, March 2 from 6.30pm until 9pm.

Naomi, who owns The Crafty Shepherd unit here at The Emporium, where she sells her needle felted creations, said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to teach people the art of needle felting during my workshops. People of all levels of needle felting are welcome along and I will be teaching them how to create beautiful 3D creations using fibres and wools from my own herds of rare breed sheep and Alpacas.

“All materials and equipment will be provided. The workshops will cost £35 per person and booking and payment in full is required in advance. People interested in coming along can contact Cato or Karen at The Emporium Somerset by calling 01823 660076.”

Naomi is a fibre artist specialising in needle felted animals and decorative art. All of the crafts and gifts she makes are made with the fibres from the alpacas and rare breed sheep that she keeps on her family run farm in Somerset, which has more than 40 acres with 300 sheep, with a mixture of 14 different rare and primitive breeds, a herd of 20 alpacas and also a colony herd of English Angora Fibre rabbits.

The farm also houses some of the rarest of breeds with the most endangered being the Boreray sheep with between 300 to 500 in existence. All of the fibres and wools are processed and dyed on the farm using traditional skills and equipment and all of Naomi’s creations can be sourced back to individual animals.

Naomi and her daughter, Chloe, were featured on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Britain in 2011 alongside presenter Kirstie Allsopp, for their needle felting skills. 

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