Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery
Art and Craft, Health & wellbeing, Workshops
6 hours, 1 day
10:15am - 16:15pm

Focus upon improving your positive mental wellbeing by learning to ‘sculpt with wool’ and create a beautiful little 3D barn owl to perch on a supplied wooden reel. Your tutor, Carol Scicluna a local needle felt artist, will show you step-by-step the techniques of layering and blending natural sheep wool fibres to form the basic body shape, head and wings. She will share all of the tips and tricks you need and will be on hand to help you all the way!  

Needle felting uses special barbed needles that catch the wool fibres as they are repeatedly poked to form 3D wool sculptures. The process can be very therapeutic and relaxing. During this workshop, as well as learning to needle felt, you may find yourself making friendly connections with other learners as you chat, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst working at your own pace, expertly guided by Carol.  

You might decide to apply this new craft just for your own enjoyment, share it with others, start making or selling gifts or explore 2D needle felting techniques to create pictures. Either way, being able to work with natural fibres, soft colours and feeling a sense of accomplishment are benefits that other learners have said contribute to their wellbeing. 

No previous experience necessary, as both complete beginners and those with some needle felting experience will all be welcome.  All materials and instruction guides will be provided. 

You may be surprised what you can achieve to develop your creativity in this friendly relaxed class. 

This is a one day workshop taking place on Thursday 27 June, 10:15am - 4:15pm. 



Brighter Futures Courses are free of charge, and all materials will be provided. These courses are part of the Hampshire County Council Adult Community Learning Programme, Hampshire Learns. To be eligible for a course you must be 18+ years old, live in Hampshire and feel as though your mental health and wellbeing may benefit from attending a creative course.  

To register your interest in attending one of these courses, please click here, to fill out our self-referral form. 

To find out more about Brighter Futures, please visit our webpage, Brighter Futures | Hampshire Cultural Trust (hampshireculture.org.uk) 



  • Three small needle felted owls, surrounded by colourful wigs creating a nest
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