may, 2024

2024sat18may10:00 am4:00 pmNeedle Felt: Brooch (MAY DAY SCHOOL)£50 - make a wonderful felted panda broochColeridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday length of course: 1 day


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

1 day


Course details

Brief Description

Do you love textiles? Are you looking for a fun, relaxing day out? Then look no further! Coleridge Community College is running a needle felting day course. Here is your chance to meet up with like-minded people in a central Cambridge location, and take part in a needle felting course. You will learn the basics of this technique using wisps of soft fleece to create the most amazing three dimensional craft work in the form of a beautiful panda brooch. During the day you will learn how make the basic shape of a panda.

By the end of the day you will have:

• Made ears, eyes and the nose and attached them to a ball to make a head.
• Learned to shape the needle felt, as you progress
• Made eye holes and attached beads for eyes, or used fleece
• Hand stitched the detail and the clasp to make your brooch.


  • Small thin pliers
  • Small fabric scissors
  • A thimble
  • A craft knife
  • A skewer
  • Beading and embroidery needles


  • A felting block, sponge or a block of polystyrene                                                  (this will need to be returned to me)
  • A felting needle – size 36
  • Black thread
  • Two black beads
  • Merino wool in black and white
  • A brooch to attach to your finished panda!

There will be a fee of £5 to cover the costs of equipment and materials payable to the tutor on the day.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

A follow-on two day workshop in needle felt in August.

Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sundays, you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.


£50 – Please contact the office to book your place and pay by card on 01223 712340


Lisa FretwellMy name is Lisa E Fretwell. I have been teaching art, glass and textile techniques for over 20 years. In the past, I have exhibited my work in New York, had a touring exhibition around the UK, and exhibited Gallery and non-Gallery venues in Hertfordshire, Leicester, London and Northamptonshire. I was involved involved in the publishing of a new book called ‘Antarctic Atlas,’ which includes my hand drawn illustrations. I am currently making hand drawn illustrated cards to create funding for a Hedgehog charity called Hoggywobbles in Cambridgeshire. Since 2012 I have been teaching Art History, Stained Glass and felt making in Cambridge. I sold some original illustrations with Bonham's Auctioneer's from our book, Antarctic Atlas, at St. Bride's Foundation, London in June 2023..

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