Learn to needle felt during workshops

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Come and learn how to needle felt your own 3D creations during workshops hosted by Naomi Stannard, who was a featured fibre artist on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Britain, here on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, May 18 from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

Naomi, who owns The Crafty Shepherd unit at The Emporium, where she sells her needle felted creations, said: “Earlier this year I hosted some needle felting workshops which were a huge success. Everyone who attended learnt a brand new skill and left the workshop with beautiful 3D creations they had made themselves.

“As the workshops were such a success I’ve decided to host more where people can learn how to make a 3D creation of their choice 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 £40 per person and booking and payment in full is required in advance. Anyone interested in coming along can contact 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. 

Our Co-owner, Cato Cooper, said: “The art of needle felting might sound daunting to many people but Naomi is such a fantastic teacher that they will be pleasantly surprised at how much they can do.

“I attended Naomi’s last workshop and it was so much fun. I felt like I learnt so much and I am super proud of the sheep that I made. I would urge anyone interested to sign up and give it a go.”

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