Experimental Needle Felting with Jayne Emerson – 9th September 2022

Experimental Needle Felting

Jayne is a practicing textile designer, author and tutor based in north Gloucestershire, UK. She has an MA in Fashion from Central St Martins and a 1st class degree in Textiles from Loughborough College of Art and Design.
For the past 25 years she has created innovative textile samples that explore the boundaries of modern embroidery, patchwork and needle felting. These ‘seeds of ideas’ have sold to clients including Chanel, Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, Louis Vuitton, Dior and Balenciaga.
Jayne regularly teaches experimental textile workshops and taught Kirstie Allsopp how to needle felt on TV. She has written six books Simply Felt (with Margaret Docherty), The Impatient Patchworker, The Impatient Embroiderer, New from Old, Simply Needle felt and Boho Felt Crafts with Rachel Henderson.
During lockdown she recorded a series of online courses and opened her membership The No Rules Textile Society in March 2021.


This workshop will explore the exciting way that needle felting can be used to embellish fabrics. We will use both hand tools and embellisher machines to crunch silk, create textured surfaces and make beautiful surface embellishments. Needle felting meshes fibres together and if you have never tried it you are in for a treat! Incredibly simple and endlessly addictive, it opens up a whole world of possibilities.

We will be creating experimental samples but there will be plenty of suggestions for uses in dressmaking, up-cycling, interiors and art.

Please feel free to bring along your own embellisher machine and any scrap fabrics/threads you would like to include. Jayne will also bring along her extensive materials archive plus embellishers and hand tools for you to use.

10 - 4.30

includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site as well as an award winning farm shop.

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