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Hand-Felted Christmas Penguins
Course Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Category: Textiles
Tutor: Sue Pearl
Price: £80


Create a 3D needle-felted penguin for Christmas. These penguins with personality can be used to decorate your home during the festive season. Your penguin will be 18cm to 19cm tall, made from fine Scandinavian wool and can be finished off with a jaunty ribbon around the neck. Dry felting ¬– or needle felting – is a simple process in which you create 3D shapes using wool and a barbed needle (none of that messy wet wool business!). The tutor, Sue Pearl, is the author of Making Felted Friends.

Further Detail

You will be shown how to produce different effects with a variety of felting needles as well as the best techniques to use. We will explore how to create different poses and expressions to bring out the penguin’s character. 

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • using a felting needle
  • understanding the different types of fibres to use
  • creating three-dimensional shapes


This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners.


Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £20.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • apron
  • notebook and pen
  • camera, if you wish to record the process
  • some pictures of penguins to use as reference 
  • a small tube of UHU glue 
  • a selection of glass beads for the eyes or glass eyes on metal pins (there will be a selection to purchase from the tutor).
  • thin ribbons for tying bows (if you have some)
  • a pair of tweezers 

We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

Tutor Profile

Sue Pearl has been making felt for more than 16 years and is the author of Making Felt Friends. She originally trained and practised as an interior designer, and came across felt making by accident during research work for her MA at London Guildhall University. Sue has never looked back.

She has been teaching felt for the last 12 years, across Oxfordshire and in London. Sue has taught internationally, in America, Canada, Israel and Australia. She has also given instruction in feltmaking to native North Americans, as part of a women’s small business project. Sue is a member of the International Feltmakers’ Association for which she is Coordinator and Advertising Officer for the London region. She has shown at international and domestic exhibitions and has a piece in the Contemporary Craft Collection at the Museum of Oxfordshire and is currently displaying in a travelling exhibition called Black Sheep.  

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.