Past Workshops

Please explore some of the past workshops we have held here at Heartfelt Studios, Dalmally Station, Argyll.

If you are interested in any of these in the future please use the contact form to let us know.

  • Felt connects with nature at KIlchoan It was a great pleasure for me to teach the tiny school at Kilchoan the joy and surprise of felt making. My learning increased dramatically about the life and hardships facing our fresh water mussels. Thought the Lochabers Fishery trust educating through art took a whole new direction . With the enthusiastic team of Diane and  Lucy ...
  • Out and about with Heartfelt during the month of November We have had a great opportunity to make the best of the Autumnal leaf fall and have created some beautiful new work. Apart from visiting us here at the Studio we will be at several venues through this month. Sunday 13th November The Tree Shop garden Centre ,Cairndow 11.00-16.00 Saturday 19th November Glasgow Christmas Fair -64 Partickhill Road ...
  • November 2016: Morning Taster Workshops November 2016 : Taster Workshops : Thursday am fun : – 10 am-12.30 pm These  taster mornings are a great opportunity to upgrade your existing skills or learn totally new ones . There will be new ideas and approaches to some tradition crafts. £25 per session inclusive of all materials and notes. Thursday 3rd Nov : Beginning Needle felting ...
  • October Workshop (Saturday 29th) Over-dyeing coloured fleece Many of our Scottish breeds have more than one colour in them and it often comes as a surprise that it is possible not only to dye but to create a myriad of tones and shades by using a darker fibre to begin with. These pieces of fieldwork are by Jennifer Alexander  showing the beautiful colour ...
  • Oct – Dec : Christmas Craft workshops for Marys Meals Tuesdays 10am-12.30pm Beginning October 25th for 6 consecutive weeks from 10am-12.30pm This workshop led by Dorothy and the team of crafters from North Connel who  create a range of recycled craft goods they sell to raise funds for Marys Meals all year round. Talented ladies in many fields of crafts they have teamed up with heartfelt by Liz ...
  • October Workshop (1st) The Healing Promise of Qi with Susan Coon This planned workshop has been post poned to a futue date due to unforeseen circumstance . We hope to run it again in early 2017 , please email us if you would like more information …. Suse will be teaching various workshops in the Tarbert area , contact her for more details. Suse has been practising Wudan ...
  • October Workshop (15th / 16th) : Felt Slipper weekend Weekend workshop on October 15th / 16th 2016 A weekend to indulge in the pleasure of felt making and to create a cosy pair of slippers for the cold Winter ahead. I have made slippers for 20 years and learned much on that journey. I am delighted to offer a workshop in this skill to pass on ...
  • October workshop (8th / 9th) : Felted hats and headwear Weekend workshop on Saturday / Sunday 8th / 9th October 2016 Wonderful weekend to learn about creating hats and head wear from felt and other materials. You will learn how to size your head and draw up patterns including shrinkage rates relative to your wool and layering. You will create your own resists and templates and then go ...
  • September Workshop (4th) : Felted Fleeces from local sources Full day workshop on Sunday 4th September 2016 This is a very popular workshop which allows you to choose and design your own felted fleece. This fleece can be felted using the ‘wool skin technique’ into a rug or a collar or wrap over. Learn about different sheep breeds and their distinctive wools Learn about the backing wools and ...
  • July Workshop : A little more time to develop design Often workshops are quick tasters of the process of felt making but this weekend workshop allowed more creative time to scale up ideas. We worked in pastels to get the harmony of the wool blending  when it felts. The number of students was limited to allow a large work area and lots of tutor attention. ...
  • June 2016 Workshop : Mid Argyll SWRI group : needle felting landscapes workshop The SWRI group had a great day away at Dalmally Railway Station. My fanciful idea about working in the June sunshine didn’t come to fruition as it rained most of the day . We surrounded ourselves in colourful wool and focused on learning a lot of new skills through demonstration and examples of my work. ...
  • Finding my Textile Soul in Azanza New discoveries of what plants make what marks          Wonderful investigation of new discoveries Words can not aptly embrace the joy and creative energy in partaking in this special event. It took 9 months of incubation and constant work of passionate textile people , across literally the world, to create this very unique workshop. The location was perfect, ...
  • June Workshop (11-12th) : Woven fabrics and felted wool vests and waistcoats This weekend workshop will allow you to explore many techniques of felt making and pattern construction in felt. I have been creating bespoke waistcoats and and vests for many years and would like to share the process of creating these a unique garment for yourself. Learn how to size and shape, design and colour plan. How ...
  • Sharing Skills at the Station What a joyful day this Aprils weave share was. Glorious sunshine helped but it was the pleasure of sharing skills that brought such happiness to the station . We had some new visitors to the share day and a surprising drop in from a delightful American couple who called in after seeing the station featured ...
  • August Workshop (20th -21st) : Creative adventures in wool Weekend workshop on Saturday / Sunday 20th / 21st August 2016 Have you ever wanted time to focus and concentrate on your work and create something from wool that is uniquely you? We have a wonderful environment in our Studio to do exactly that. We are inviting 6 people who wish to develop their skills by being totally immersed in ...
  • July Workshop (2nd/3rd) : Felted floor rugs and wall hangings Weekend workshop on July 2nd / 3rd 2016 A large piece of handmade felt, designed personally, is a lifetimes treasure. We would like to give you the knowledge, space  and inspiration to create such a treasure. Our felt rolling machine makes it possible to create a large piece of felt without the physical toll these pieces can ...
  • June Workshop (26th) : Imprint dying on fabrics with Scottish plants Full day workshop on Sunday 26th June 2016 Eco dyeing is a buzz word being used as a new skill but it has been around in many forms for centuries. Knowledge of science and the chemical changes under certain conditions of plant material has allowed this art form to develop beautifully. What can be more satisfying than imprinting ...
  • April Workshop (14th) : Changing the face of Fabric Full day Workshop on Thursday 14th April 2016. One day workshop on the manipulation of fabrics through felting. Using needle felting and wet felting techniques to create your own length of fabric. We will be using the felt rolling machine to take the hardest physical part of the process. This day will essentially be about creating a 2 ...
  • Felted Greenmen at Heartfelt Studio a great success This workshop was interesting as the students choose three different methods of creating their 3d sculpted creations. Two chose to work with a green base and built up the fascial features from firmly rolled wool batts for each part of the face . This was done in white base blue faced leicester wool batts – these ...
  • April Workshop : Meditative Journal through creative process with Charlott Rodgers Over the weekend of 2 / 3 April 2016 Charlott Rodgers, glass designer and Iyengar yoga teacher for the RCS in Glasgow will lead a 2 day workshop of creativity and mindfulness which can facilitate the process of design. Using paper making techniques, printing and marbling to create a very personal journal. Each session will include practises for ...
  • March Workshop – Family Felting day Full day workshop on Thursday 31st March 2016 This is an ideal workshop over the Easter holidays. Why not come to Dalmally Railway Station and have fun at Heartfelt’s Studio. We often run adult and children workshops and what we can learn from one another is amazing. We tailor the workshop to the family size and age range and ...
  • March workshop : Landscape painting with wool Full day Workshop on Sunday 13th March 2016. Who would not be inspired by the stunning landscape of Argyll? The subtle colours of the hills and heather. The strong dominance of the mountain shapes, the variety of rocks, lochs and wildlife. Putting all of this into a harmony of wool is pure joy. You will be working with a ...
  • March workshop : Seascapes in wool Full day Workshop on Saturday 12th March 2016 This workshop involves using a range of felting techniques such as wet felted and needle felting. You will have access to the embellishing machines and the felt rolling machine and learn top tips and techniques to help you design and create your seascapes. Ideal for those who have a little ...
  • February Workshop : 3D sculpting in felt Full Day Workshop on Friday February 26th 2016 This one day workshop will cover making a 3d shape on a resist using dense fibres breeds to give stability and rigidity to your forms. It is suitable for those who have felted before to challenge your fibre range and your control of those fibres. If you haven’t felted before ...
  • February Workshop : Using a needle embellisher in creative ways Workshop : Friday 5th February : 10am-4pm : Heartfelt Studios, Dalmally Station What is embellishing? Needle felting  with a tool that crosses many textile fields. It looks like a sewing machine and has a range of barbed needles to imbed fabrics together. With this new skill you can create textile patterns and appliqué of textile layering using wool as ...
  • January 2 day Workshop Natural Dyeing and Tapestry weaving Two Day Workshop : 23rd /24th January : Natural Dyeing and tapestry weaving “From the Land to the Cloth” by Ann Ross Two days to immerse yourself in a colourful unfolding of new and old methods of adding colour to cloth and spun fibre. DAY 1 The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of  the ancient tradition in Scotland ...
  • January Workshop : Green Man in Felt See the gorgeous Green Men created in this workshop. If you woild like to learn this please get in touch. Contact form below. Full day workshop on Saturday 16th January 16th Felting in the new year : The Green Man  The new year brings many promises to ourselves, to learn , to try out new skills and ideas. Bring ...
  • Christmas ideas workshop Sunday 15th Nov We love Christmas here and felt making is a wonderful way of learning how to make beautiful things. This Sundays workshop will include how to make felted tree decorations that can be cut into multiple shapes using the size die cutters for a start. We will cover how to make wool tree angels and how to ...
  • December Workshops 2015 Sunday 6th December  Hats hats hats Create your very special hat in felted wool . Perfect to keep your brain cosy and protected . Learn how to measure and cut your patterns , how to work through a design shape and create a beautiful , unique hat. It is a workshop that will take stamina to create an ...
  • Felted Fleeces the yearly gift of a washable rug from sheep What a wonderful workshop weekend we had , working hard creating new life to smelly fleeces but mostly creating new friendships and sharing the joy that is so alive in Dalmally Railway Station. Having the orphan lamb have his breakfast on the platform to explain in a living model the parts of the fleece was ...
  • Full on in Fibre this July but what talent! Holiday Workshop : These two young ladies are so talented , never having wet felted before they took the challenge of creating hand puppets in their chosen animal shapes . Would a two hour session be long enough? The idea was to get the puppet part done in felt and fulled to the size needed and ...
  • Fibre Friday 17th July ….Knit 1 Bike 1 comes to visit – from 11am Janet Renouf Miller has  been such an influential woman in Scotland’s textile history. I ,like many others learned how to spin with Janet as well as crochet and it was at their studio in Loch Doon that I first got sight of how felt was made. She has a lot to be responsible for but we ...
  • Heartfelt workshop at Strontian- inspiration in a stunning setting   Wednesday May 6th Come and join us in a stunning landscape to explore 3d felt making We will be creating hats and tea cosies in the custom built Ariundle Centre. The days workshop will run from 10.30- 4pm and lunch is included. All materials and tools will be supplied in the cost of £55 There are a few places left ...
  • Workshops through Community Education April has been a busy month for workshops and great fun was had at the two landscape workshops last week in Port Appin and Kilmelford. This week we visit Taynuilt and Oban for two days of hatmaking with wool.
  • On the write tracks- Inky Elbows steam into Dalmally Station The steam was the fervour of the writing on the train and the soft Argyll smirry rain- The group of writers travelled from Ayrshire by train, embarking on an adventure and a day of reflective writing and cake – yes cake was an important part of the the event. Inky Elbows is a Kilmarnock based group ...
  • Easter Weekend 2015 at Dalmally Railway Station We will be open on good Friday, Easter Saturday , Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday – from 10am – 5pm. Great news our pop up cafe will be providing refreshments over the weekend and there will be some exciting hands on demos on felt making and creating interesting designs with Sizzix cutters. Demonstrations will be for ...
  • Ways with Nuno Felting Sunday July 5th 2015 This workshop is an experimental day of pushing the boundaries of Nuno felt. Variations of stories about the ‘invention’ of Nuno felting have come from many countries but suffice to say it was developed out of a necessity to have a warm but lightweight garment . The essence of Nuno is to use the warp and weft ...
  • Would you like to learn how to make a willow basket this weekend? The lovely Kathy Potter-Irwin is coming to Dalmally Station this weekend for a one off workshop on basket making. We have had a couple of late cancellations and have two places available for this magical journey. Phone 01838 200934 or email us on info@heartfeltbyliz.com. It will be two days of delight from 10am-4pm  
  • Weave Share Day Thursday 12th February   From 11am – 4pm we will indulge in all forms of woolliness . Not just weaving  but  spinning , wool preparation and a  whole range of skills to be shared. Drop in and see what is happening or come for the day and bring some food to share. phone or email Liz if you need more ...
  • Half Day Winter Workshops from 20th January Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm Our half day workshops were really popular so we have decided to repeat them on Tuesday mornings. Six weeks of fun and creative investigation covering felting, weaving, card making, recycling, needle felting and paper making techniques. Dip into one or two or book all six and save £20: £25 each session or £130 for all six. Week1  Basic ...
  • Weave share day Friday January 23rd 2015 So what is Weave Share Day and why are we getting excited to be kicking off 2015 with new vigour? Weave share day began with a story of ‘I have a loom belonging to my Aunty in my cupboard’. I also had a floor loom I couldn’t quite get my head around warping up and so a ...
  • Willow Workshop Weekend 21st and 22nd February with Kathy Potter-Irwin   Kathy Potter -Irwin  is a willow artist with a great understanding of her local environment. The medium of willow grown locally along with several other sustainable hedgerow plants makes her an intriguing artist but her knowledge of her craft and her lovely amenable nature makes her an excellent tutor. This is an opportunity to learn or update ...
  • Wow – ‘Joy’ is in full swing at Dalmally Station  What fun and hard work has been done at the station this week  but so worth it to see peoples faces on the trains and visitors to the platform! It is looking like a bright star on a dark sky. Thank to all who have made it possible especially this weekends team . Sandy Cooksley with her sumptuous ...
  • Joy Exhibition Dalmally Station December 5th -22nd – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays To celebrate the joy of making and the delight of what Christmas is all about come and visit Dalmally Railway Station this December.  Refreshments will be available.  Marys Meals will have a nativity scene on the platform. The Posting will have a range of locally made crafts on show. There will be working demonstration of different types of felt ...
  • Winter Workshops at Dalmally We still have a few spaces in some of our workshops if you would like to take this opportunity to learn new or update your skills. November 1st Saturday – Natural dyes from native plants by Ann Ross at Dalmally Station – two places left November 16th Sunday – Felt Impressions – wet felting and needlefelting workshop ...
  • Felt Slippers for cosy toes workshop November 18th 10am-4pm Join us for an energetic day of feltmaking to achieve your very own slippers to take away .By popular demand we are running this workshop on November 18th. Nothing could be lovelier than creating a cosy pair of slippers to see you through the winter chills or perhaps for a loved one. We have an amazing ...
  • September Workshops What a wonderful start to the colourful change in this Septembers line up of workshops. We have the talented Sandra Cooksley inspiring new spinners how to access a new craft skill . Our Saturday workshop on the 20th is full and we have made a second date on Sunday 21st. We have just two places ...
  • Felt Impressions workshop with Ann Ross : Sun 16 Nov 2014 This one day “Felt Impressions” workshop by Ann Ross is held on November 16th Sunday 2014 Using inspiration from the Scottish Landscape learn to “draw with fibres” This felting workshop, using dry and wet feltmaking, will provide an opportunity to explore this ancient craft and discover the endless possibilities of working with fibres in a “painterly” manner” All ...
  • Plant Dyeing workshop with Ann Ross : Sat 1st Nov 2014 This One day workshop is on November 1st Saturday Plant Dyeing with Ann Ross – “Colours of Scotland (Scottish coordinator Scottish Feltmakers and the International Feltmakers Association) Natural plant dyes produce an amazing diversity of rich and complex colours as well as unexpected results.  This practical workshop gives you the opportunity to “dabble in dyes” and build ...
  • Weekend workshop : Seamlessly felted handbags with Liz Gaffney 25 – 26th Oct 2014 Handbags and useful vessels in seamless felt with Liz Gaffney Day one, create your small pouch and learn how to use a resist then sculpting and manipulating your feltwork . Learn how resist patterns work and why the cutting place is so important. Day two, learn about surface decoration and create the perfect bag with integral pockets ...
  • Full day workshop : Embellish and stitch -creating fabrics : 9th Oct 2014 This exciting workshop will be held on Thursday 9th October Embellish and stitch, burn and slash -create with your stash with Liz Gaffney This workshop focuses on how to manipulate fabrics and fibres to create a whole new unique fabric. It can be a base for stitching into or framed for its own merit. We will be ...
  • Needle felted seascapes workshop with Liz Gaffney : Sat 4th October 2014 Needle felted seascapes with felting needles and embellisher machines Tutor Liz Gaffney on Saturday October 4th 2014 Using a wide range of fabrics and wool including Harris Tweed, learn how to collage with wool fibres as your glue. The embellishing machine opens another world of possibilities in creating panels of textured detail. Often using upcycled fabrics or precious ...
  • Geoff Forrest workshop : Willow sculpture Herons : Sept 27 -28 2014 This workshop will be over the weekend of September 27th and 28th Inspired by the Dalmally station heron, this two day course will take you through the knowledge of working with willow in a sculptural form. You will create your own sculpture to be used indoor or outdoors. Sustainable Designs, Sustainable Crafts was set up by Geoff Forrest to promote the use of ...
  • Learn to Spin workshop with Sandy Cooksley of Ewe-nique : Sept 20 2014 This great workshop will be on September 20th Saturday 2014 Due to the popularity of this workshop Sandra is kindly doing two days . There are two places left for Sunday 21st if you would like to learn to spin- there will be some spare wheels available to use. Sandy is a knitter and spinner who loves wool ...
  • Felt flights of fancy workshop What a busy weekend but delightful company of keen feltmakers who worked hard and achieved some amazing results. We had a mixed group of skilled feltmakers who were finding time to experiment and feltmakers who had tried one or two methods of feltmaking and we had some that were very new to feltmaking. The sharing ...
  • Colour is life A simple statement perhaps but within , many truths. Living colour- colour that comes from growing plants around us- alive on the fabric it bites into. The more I use the plants around me the more connected I feel with this beautiful landscape. There have been many recent workshops here on natural dying and each ...
  • Felt Flights of Fancy -2 day workshop May 24th and 25th Felt Flights of Fancy weekend . This workshop is fully booked but we will be doing lots more 2 day events in the Autumn and Winter Looking to use feltmaking as an inventive art medium ? Would you like to discover the wide range of feltmaking techniques from Nuno felting to using an embellisher machine? This weekend allows the ...
  • Natural Plant dye workshop This weekends dying workshop was a great experience of what we have to hand that can be used to dye a range of fabrics and wools with great effect. Cutting through the theory of mordant and modifier and lots of hands on ( gloved of course ) practical dying. A workshop like this takes great preparation time ...
  • So many exciting ideas come from workshops March has been such a busy month of workshops and the Creative Stitching show last week was such a great event too. The lovely thing about being prepared to share your skills with others is that they so often share their knowledge with you. Everyone has a skill they go to a workshop with , ...
  • Handbag with Attitude workshop Sunday 16th March Create your bag own bespoke handbag.                                                        Learn how to design and plan your ideal shape. Working on practical aspects such as ‘ what will my bag carry?’ ‘Do I need internal ...
  • Fine Felt Design Workshop Saturday March 15th Learn how to control your felt designs using a range of techniques. We will be looking at historical Scottish designs such as Paisley Patterns and celebrating the ‘Sma shot day ‘of the brave Paisley weavers of old. If you would like to learn a little more control of how your designs felt and create a repeatable element ...
  • Another natural dye workshop- native materials – natural colours of the land Sunday March 30th After many successful workshop in this topic last year there seems to be a real interest in using the living plant material around us. Sometimes it is the most common of plants that can give the gift of colour to our wools. This is a very experimental workshop where you learn the fundamentals of, mordants ...
  • Community workshops Argyll February to March 2014   Do you live local to Kilmelford or Dalmally ? Would you like to learn a new craft or update your skills? Click here for more details of this exciting event at Dalmally Creative Crafts Dalmally January 2014 Here is the link to workshops in Kilmelford Creative Crafts Kilmelford January 2014
  • Christmas Presents – gift tokens for Full and Half Day Workshops Do you have a friend or family member who loves to learn new craft skills? Here is the perfect Christmas and Birthday Present – a fun filled full or half day in the unique setting at Dalmally Station surrounded by fibre inspiration, other people of a like mind, with experienced tuition and all the materials included. Voucher ...
  • Wednesday Half Day workshops 22nd January – 26th February 2014 1/2 day workshops each week from January 22nd 2014 – Wednesday afternoons 1pm-4pm. Workshop one begins on Jan 22nd and runs right through to 26th Feb. Make the best of the short Winter days with these 3 hourly workshops. Dip into the ones that suit you or book all 6 to get a discount price. Single workshops £25 per day 6 ...
  • Full Day Workshop : Natural plant dye day : March 13th 2014 Natural plant dye day This day is now fully booked- please contact us if you are interested as we will run it again over the summer months March 13th 2014 –  Thursday 10am-4pm A play with plant power and the wonderful world of natural available colours . Fee £50 , includes dye material and a light lunch. This has been ...
  • Full Day Workshop : Dyeing wools with synthetic dyes : February 23rd 2014 Dyeing wools with synthetic dyes. Sunday February 23rd 2014 : 10am-4pm @Dalmally Station This workshops covers such methods as microwave dyeing of wools and silks Rainbow dyeing , shibori and dip dyeing. Bring your old jumpers or your wool stash or dye our silk and wool workshop kit included in your workshop fee of £50 which also includes ...
  • Full Day Workshop : Felted slipper day : February 2nd 2014 February  2nd Sunday 2014 : Creating your own felted slippers 10am-4pm @ Dalmally Station, Argyll A physical day awaits each student wishing to create their own bespoke slippers but so worth it to have cosy toes for the rest of the year. Materials and light lunch is included in the fee of £50 for the day : you ...
  • Full Day Workshop : Creating headwear in felted wool : January 26th 2014 Creating headwear in felted wool January  26th 2014  Sunday 10am-4pm @ Dalmally Station, Argyll, Scotland Full day workshop (£50 including materials and a light lunch) Felted wool insulates the body so well against our Scottish Winters. Make your own hat on this one day workshop. Ideal for those who have some knowledge of feltmaking this is a challenging but ...
  • Workshop : Fine Felt and Cobweb felting : October 2013 Great workshop today , fine felt and cobweb felting. Great work ladies . After last weeks work , you have excelled yourself. Just look at what we created http://www.flickr.com/photos/79442489@N02/11419550123/
  • Alpaca Workshop This workshop was particularly special, bringing alpaca owners together to explore the creative potential of their animals fibre. Check out our flickr album of images of the day http://www.flickr.com/photos/79442489@N02/11420972365/
  • Dalmally Station textile workshop- painting with wool This weekend was a great indulgent two days of looking at textile techniques to achieve ‘effects’ in felting to create landscapes. Wool and feltmaking is often a wild thing, elusive in its nature to conform to its creators conceived image. This workshop allowed students the time to look at design and technique as the main focus and ...
  • Crafts know no boundaries, language of wool What a busy time Heartfelt Studio has had over this last month. Behind the scenes there is much development of new ideas and new skills. This month three new artists made their début at Heartfelt Studio. Through networking with international groups we shared a wonderful event here at Dalmally Railway Station. For two whole days 28 Slovak and Icelandic students worked with ...
  • Landscape Felting Workshop Felt is an amazing media with so much potential for discovery. The workshops where we create pictures and landscapes are always such adventures. Please explore the wonderful images that the workshop attendees  created on the 7th February 2013 http://www.flickr.com/photos/79442489@N02/11418152484/

handfelted textiles inspired by nature, made in Argyll, Scotland