Compostman dropped me at the Farm in brilliant sunshine and I was greeted warmly by Deborah (the owner) and then it was into the house to meet Gretel and be offered hot drinks and the first of many slices of delicious cake. Cinderhill Farm sell amazing home made food from their on site shop The Pie House and all the food I ate there was utterly delicious.
Gretel introduced us to the art of needle felting and the tools we would use and then showed us the moon gazing hare she had made. She demonstrated how to get started on the body and we then started making our own version by choosing the colour roving we wanted to use.
There were five of us attending the workshop so we got lots of help and personalised attention throughout the entire day.
I chose this lovely soft mid brown colour
we were shown how to make the legs and tail...
We had lots of breaks for drinks and the most delicious lunch with lamb from Cinderhill Farm. You can buy this lamb stew as a filling for a pie :)
Delicious blackcurrant mouse to follow.
After lunch we started making ears - I went for ears lying down as in the more traditional moon gazing hare.
Gretel brought along some of her shop supplies - as well as advance copies ( hot off the press!) of her new book on needle felted models.
My Hare looks up at the ceiling - she is called Serena.
We were shown how to add eyes and embroider a nose and how to finish off our hares with a final very thin layer of roving which we then spent a VERY LONG TIME needling down to get it as smooth as possible - this is a very time consuming bit and I carried on at home later.
Five very different Hares :) Serena is on the far right hand side.
At the end I purchased a copy of Gretel's new book, which she was kind enough to sign for me, and also some more of the lovely roving.
We finished at about 5 pm and Compostman collected me to go home - but before we left we purchased some sausages and sausage rolls from The Pie Shop and said hello to the lambs, goats, chickens and cats of Cinderhill Farm. The sausage rolls were eaten for lunch the next day and were really yummy!
I can recommend Gretel as a teacher - she was lovely and kind and very very good at instructing a group with a mix of complete beginners as well as slightly more experienced people. I am now much more confident that I could actually make a recognisable needle felted sculpture and I really enjoyed my day out at Cinderhill Farm.