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Time: 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Date: Saturday 23 October
Where: Castlemaine Community House
Instructor: Beth

Why not have a stab at needle felting? This flexible workshop is suitable for people at all skill levels. The start of the workshop covers basic needle felting techniques and then it’s time to let your creativity shine. Beth (that’s me, hi!) will be there to guide you in making your 3D felted creation.

The koala, owl, fox and panda will be there along with some other examples of what you could choose to make, but in the end it’s up to you. Previous students have produced a wide range of things, from a whale to a harp!

The fee includes a set of felting needles and pins for you to take home, plus a sheet covering the information from the first part of the workshop. There will also be plenty of wool (both dyed and undyed), plus glass beads, threads, wool felt fabric, and glass eyes for you to use on the day.

If you find needle felting is a craft for you there will be wool, glass eyes, foam, needles, and needle holders available for purchase on the day too. Cash or card payments are available.

Special / Equipment Requirements:

  • If you’d like to make something specific (eg, your pet, a pink robin, a turtle etc.) it can be handy to have photos and/or sketches with you for reference. These can be digital or printed.
  • The needles are quite small and thin, so if you’re concerned about holding them please make a note when enrolling a needle holder will be provided for you to use on the day.

Date: Saturday 23 October
Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $105 (Full) / $90 (Early Bird Discount, available until 12 October) / $85 (Concession)

Facilitators: Beth – Little GrassBird

Beth (aka Little Grassbird) is a designer and maker living in Castlemaine. She’s been making all sorts of things for as long as she can remember. Between 2009 and 2013 Beth studied jewellery at NMIT and costume design at Swinburne. Beth discovered the joys of needle felting during her jewellery course when she made a pair of cat silhouette earrings with felted fur balls. She’s been poking wool and experimenting with other fibres ever since.

Beth’s needle felted work is largely focused around animals which has lead her to creating 3D felted portraits of people’s pets and other animals. Beth’s felted sheep are also very popular, and so she’s always on the lookout for good sheep names (especially puns) so do let her know if you have any!

Beth is a member of Craft which gave her the opportunity to bring Little Grassbird to Craft Hatch in April and June 2019. She has also had her stall at the Castlemaine Artists Market since early 2019.

Beth has been teaching needle felting since August 2019 and can’t wait to get back to teaching and meeting fellow creatives in 2021!