Naomi Stannard, who was a featured fibre artist on Channel 4’s ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Britain’, is to host needle-felting workshops at The Emporium Somerset in Mantle Street on Thursday, February 9 and Thursday, March 2 from 6.30pm until 9pm.
Naomi specialises in needle-felted animals and decorative art. Her crafts and gifts all use fibres from the alpacas and rare breed sheep she keeps on her family-run Somerset farm. She has 300 sheep of 14 different rare and primitive breeds – including the most endangered Boreray sheep of which there are only 300 to 500 in existence. She also has a herd of 20 alpacas and a colony of English angora rabbits.
The fibres and wools from her herds are processed and dyed on the farm using traditional skills and equipment and all of Naomi’s creations can be sourced back to individual animals.
Naomi owns The Crafty Shepherd unit at The Emporium where she sells her needle-felted creations. She said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to teach people the art of needle felting during my workshops. People of all levels of skill are welcome and I’ll be teaching them how to create beautiful 3D creations using fibres and wools from my own herds.
“All materials and equipment will be provided. The workshops will cost £35 per person and booking and payment in full is required in advance. People interested in coming along can contact Cato or Karen at The Emporium Somerset or by calling 01823 660076.”
For further details, call The Emporium Somerset on 01823 660076, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.theemporiumsomerset.co.uk.