Artists of Shambellie House

Bird Portraits: An Introduction to Needlefelting

From: £45.00

saturday 8th june 2024

1.30pM to 4.30PM

Discover how you can create beautiful, expressive bird portraits using fleece fibres and a barbed needle!

Part of the Artist of Shambellie series and links with Expressive Birds: Quick and Easy Drawing and Painting Techniques in the morning.

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Come along and find out how to make beautiful textile bird portraits using wool fibres and a barbed needle. We will explore the basics of needle felting and discover how we can blend and manipulate fibres to create texture, depth of colour and form. Needlefelting is a wonderful technique allowing you to create bold or subtle ‘washes’ of colour with fibre as well as add intricate details. It works well on it’s own or can be combined with other techniques such as embroidery for even more depth and interest. This session is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience.

Helen will provide templates but if you have your own images of birds or have created one in the morning workshop with Ailsa Mackay  please feel free to bring them along with you.

Ailsa’s workshop can be booked here


Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Helen Walsh

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Helen Walsh is an Artist and Creative Practitioner specialising in drawing and textiles, in particular embroidery. She is continually fascinated by the natural world and our connection to it. She is particularly interested in birds and their feathers and uses them as symbols in her work to explore the human desire to transcend. Choosing to work predominantly with natural fibres such as silk and linen Helen finds herself consistently drawn to traditional textile skills such as embroidery, knitting and dyeing and enjoys the connections with the often forgotten makers of the past that working this way gives her. Helen is a skilled and experienced workshop leader and works on a variety of community and education based arts projects working with a diverse range of people in a variety of settings. Helen’s aim is to enable people to unlock and explore their creativity.

About the Day

The workshop will take place from 1pm – 4pm  and refreshments will be provided throughout the day including tea/coffee and cake! It can be linked to a morning workshop and if you have booked that lunch is also available.

This workshop will take place in the drawing room, which is on the ground floor.


Kit and Requirements

Your tutor  will provide plenty of materials and will have tools you can borrow but if you have them please bring felting needles, a foam block to work on, a piece of wool felt for the base and any fleece/fibres you would like to work with. No need to buy these things specially; you can borrow mine for the session!

There will be an additional cost of £3.50 per person for  materials, payable to the tutor on the day.

If you have answered yes and would like to discuss your requirements then please get in touch.