Barn Owl Needle Felting Two Day Workshop


Needle Felting

Two Day Course

Carla Taylor

15 February 2023 to 16 February 2023

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

£165 includes materials

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This course is part of Dillington Discoveries Winter week.

On this exciting two day workshop, fibre artist Carla Taylor of The Mousehole Woolery, will guide you through the basic techniques of needle felting. She will share her love and passion for local Dorset and British wool, plus lots of the tips and tricks that she has learnt along the way.

The technique of needle felting involves using special barbed needles to repeatedly stab and sculpt wool fibres together to form both 2d and 3d forms, transforming loose sheep’s fleece into your own unique sculptural design. Carla will share with you how to bring your sculptures to life by looking in more detail at the proportions, individual shapes, colours and details of the beautiful majestic barn owl. You will be creating these features using intricate felted shapes, a wire armature, the mixing and layering of different wools using different felting needles and the use of wax and clay to create both beaks and claws.

​By the end of the course you will have created your own magical barn owl mounted on a beautiful piece of locally sourced Dorset wood. A fun, creative, inspiring and relaxing retreat in the countryside with like-minded friends.

Suitable for both beginners and those with some experience of needle felting.

Accommodation can be booked, subject to availability.

Tutor information

Carla Taylor: The Mousehole Woolery is situated in the heart of the Dorset Countryside and is the home and studio of fibre artist Carla Taylor. The Mousehole Woolery creates contemporary sustainable wool sculptures inspired by the animals and landscape of the British countryside and coastline using local Dorset and British wool using the technique of needle felting, transforming loose fleece in to sculptural work of art!

Carla exhibits her sculptures at the Dorset Arts Festival at Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset and at various galleries across the South West. She has also been featured on the Channel 4 programme Craft it Yourself and in Craft & Design Magazine, Wildlife Watch and the International Felting Association magazine.

Your questions answered

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled by Dillington House. See our Terms and conditions for more information.