Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Friday 4 January 2013


I have had a go at this once, some time ago - I got some roving, needles and some foam and had a go, collected together various stencils ( mainly metal cookie cutters from charity shops) and made a few items, but then life, work, the garden and wood and other crafts took over ( knitting, crochet, paper making etc)

But as I mentioned over on The Compostbin, on Fri we had some friends of my daughter around and one of them was interested in needle felting, so I got out the kit and we had a play.

She quickly got the idea and made a very pretty heart, which I think she will turn into a broch.

I decided to make a few bits, later on that evening, so had a play and came up with these

I need to decide what I want to do with them - I want to add some embroidery and maybe turn the oak leaf into a broch? Not sure what to do with the hearts. I was pleased with the little felted ball, though - it is jolly difficult to make a needle felted ball without covering everything with your own blood ( the needles are very sharp)

What have you been making? Anyone else had a go at needle felting?


  1. I think it's about time you had a comment on this blog. I've been reading your other blog for a long time and clicked to come to this one. I've loved reading about all your crafty activities. Long may they continue.
    Love from Mum

  2. Thank you! Lovely to welcome you to this one :-)


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