Sophie Buckley and Steffi Ste authors of Making Needle Felted Animals, will be selling needle felt kits, books, supplies, offering advice and giving talks on their stand A46, in addition they will be running some great workshops which you can book in advance.
If you would like to take part in one of their workshops you can book in directly by following the booking links on workshop titles or at the bottom of the page, there will be 4 different classes each day and it is advised to book in advance as these classes will fill up quickly as spaces may be limited.
Sophie studied Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth University and has been teaching craft workshops for the past 5 years. Steffi has been running a successful craft shop for the past 6 years. They have joined forces to create their business The Makerss, selling craft kits and materials, based around their book Making Needle Felted Animals. We are a small business, mainly just Sophie and Steffi with occasional help from our supportive friends.
We stock a range of kits which we have designed and created ourselves here in Gloucestershire UK. We regularly test our kits and the ones from our Making Needle Felted Animals book have had the instructions checked by an experienced craft editor. We carefully choose the right wool to give each animal a good appearance as well as wool that is easy to felt and work with.
Wool: As our main material for crafting, we care about the quality of our wool. We source wool from several places, including very local Cotswold, Ryeland and Texel wool from within a few miles of where we live (we have even met the sheep!), as well as wool from around the world. Some of you may be conceed about a practice called mulesing which has been used by some Merino wool farmers. We have asked our supplier about this and here is their response: "Since 2010 [in Australia], mulesing has been banned on a voluntary basis. Our dyed Australian wool is 100% mulesing free. We have a certificate for this. In other countries the farmers don´t use mulesing. Our wool is mulesing free."
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