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Houseboat Craft Retreat

Saturday 26 June 2021: 10:30 to 4:00pm

Taught in a small group on a houseboat in Shoreham.

Join Kate and Jackie for a mindful day of crafting.  Kate will be introducing the craft of needle felting from 10:30 to 12:30 with Jackie leading a beach weaving workshop from 1:30 to 4:00.  

Places can be booked for the whole day (at a discounted rate) or separately. 

An Introduction to Needle Felting with Kate O'Brien
10.30am - 12.30pm 

Try out this mindful craft and learn some basic needle felting techniques.  We will start by working on hessian and with a cookie cutter to produce a shape, moving on to making a 3d creation - a simple mouse or a mushroom or wherever your imagination takes you!

Needle felting is sculpting with wool and involves creating 3D objects by stabbing wool with a felting needle. This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners.

Kate (having previously worked in the City of London) is living proof that anyone can learn this addictive craft. 

Beach Weaving Workshop with Jackie Bennett
1.30pm - 4.00pm 

Using found objects on a beach theme, including shells and flat stones, we will create mini-looms on which to weave, choosing colours and textures of warp and weft to compliment the objects. The weaving can be as simple or elaborate as you choose, with guidance from the tutor to create the effects that you want. Create a keepsake or hanging ornament.

The workshop is suitable for those who are new to weaving and those who have done some before. 

The Venue: Discover the beguiling world of the Shoreham Houseboats (including the Shieldsman) in this article: Inside the most bizarre houseboats in Britain


These will be provided for both workshops but if you wish, you can choose your own flat stones, pebbles, shells and driftwood to weave on, approx. 7cm – 30cm, depending on what size you would like to work with and what you can find. 


About Jackie

Jackie teaches weaving as an art form, exhibits and undertakes commissions internationally. She has been weaving for over 20 years and teaching for 12 years. Jackie started weaving on small frames whilst on an Art and Design Foundation Course. She then studied African and Asian Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London University. She completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Tapestry Weaving, at West Dean College in 1997 and continues to work in weave, sometimes including embroidery and felt-making. She is a member of the British Tapestry Group, which promotes contemporary tapestry weaving in the UK, and the East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

“Tapestry weaving is definitely a slow art. It is also very rewarding as the process of weaving has a calming effect, using colour and texture in a direct, hands-on and creative way. Through my workshops I like to encourage individual expression and help the personality of each weaver to come through”



 ' I really enjoy learning to weave with Jackie. She has lots of knowledge about weaving techniques and is very supportive and helpful. '  Jenny

"I very much enjoy learning to weave with Jackie. She is a very patient teacher and has helped me to have confidence in weaving my own designs, assisting with the design process as well with learning the weaving techniques themselves"  Julie B

Thank you for such an informative day I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next class.’ Marion B

‘Thank you so much. I am having great fun with my frame at home’. Mandi


About Kate

Kate has been teaching needle felting to adults and children for over 10 years (mainly at festivals and retreats) but more recently through Evolution. Before becoming Office Manager here at Evolution Arts she worked in the City of London. She is living proof than anyone can learn this addictive craft.


" Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon learning the craft of needle felting. Numerous projects to take home." Sarah

"Small group, great tutor, good selection of wools, colours, supportive atmosphere from Kate and the group." anon

"Flexible teacher, we were able to go at our own speed and make whatever we wanted. A very relaxing activity." Daun