Craft Your Way To Better Mental Health

As many of you may know I am a firm believer in this philosophy and Amy Jakob from Hope The Black Dog is a testament to this. Read her article and how crafts help her deal with depression and anxiety here at:

£1 from every sale in her Etsy shop:  hopetheblackdog is donated to MIND who is a proud charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, which is led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

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Painting by  Cathy Malchiodi  a wonderful advocate for art therapy.


One of my favourites


One of my favourites designs which, unexpectedly, turned out exactly as I had planned first time.
Have a lovely weekend and make the most of the sunshine because next week is going to be…..brrrr! ❄️ Time to unpack those furry knickers girls; have you never heard the saying, “ne’er cast a clout till May is out”?

Didn’t They Do Well!!!

Workshop Photos
Didn’t they do well! Great afternoon, great company and great results. Each one different and with its own personality; just one of the many joys of handmade crafts. Everyone attending was a first time needle felter and one a first time ever crafter!

Thank you to Anna at Blacksmith Shop Crafts and everyone who attended for a lovely afternoon of tea, chat and, best of all, creativity. It’s amazing what you can achieve once you get to it so don’t put off opening those craft boxes and kits any longer!

Looking forward to a return visit in May. 

Road Trip

Fuzzies ready for tomorrow’s road trip and I’m looking forward to this years first workshop at blacksmithshopcrafts It will be lovely to have some ‘human’ contact for a change and introduce some new faces to this great craft. The fuzzies only agreed to come when I told them about Anna’s fabulous cakes 🍰Next workshop 20th May at the same venue but only 3 of the 10 spaces left. Have a lovely weekend. 

How To Needle Felt A Birds Wing…Freestyle!


A quick needle felting ‘how to’ make a wing for your darling needle felted birdies. This tutorial is for my Robin but you can adapt this for any bird. It is super easy and, before you know it, you will have a pile of wings just waiting to be stuck to a body.

You choose the finish; I prefer a looser more rustic look but the ‘neat freaks’, like my daughter, would be horrified at the thought so just go with whatever you’re happy with.

Please follow the written instructions and the corresponding photograph numbers. You don’t need much wool at all for each wing and after one or two attempts you will be flying… Aah come on; someone had to say it!!!

Make a rough paper template as a guide (approx 6/cm) or just ‘draw’ a teardrop shape with your needle.

  1. With your hands blend a thin layer of brown, dark brown and a little orange (or whatever colour you choose) and lay on top of your foam block. Cut out one wing template and lay on top of the layer of wool. Use your needle to draw a rough shape around it; poke the needle straight up and down all the way around your template.
  2. Remove the wing template and go over the lines you have drawn again; not too deep into your foam block.
  3. Fold in the sides and felt gently, following the line of the shape you have created
  4. Keep turning and felting until it is firm and holds its shape Tip: It should be firm but not bulky
  5. Hold the sides of the wing and create a curve by pushing the needle gently and repeatedly along the top centre, being careful not to poke your fingers. Always keep your needle straight or the tip will break!
  6. If you want to you can tidy the wing around the edges by pulling the edges over and felting some more. Keep turning and repeating until you are happy with the overall shape. Repeat the procedure for your second wing.
  7. Decide how you want your finished wing to look; you can fold the end over for a tidy finish or leave it loose.

robin wings



New! ‘Rustic Robin’ Needle Felting Kit

New kit ready.  I know I shouldn’t have favourites and should love all the fuzzies just the same but I can’t help it… I have put this on as an introductory offer for Mother’s Day and Easter and, even better, you get to make two Robins from one kit because there is zero chance of you parting with the first one!


New Workshop Date

Herdwick Sheep Needle Felting Workshop

For Beginners And Improvers


Saturday, May 20th, 12-4, Foggathorpe, Blacksmith Shop Crafts  01757 288541

Spend the afternoon with me at blacksmithshopcrafts learning how to make one of these gorgeous needle felted Herdys (follow the link to book).

This workshop is tailored for complete beginners or those just wanting to improve their needle felting technique.
The afternoon will be relaxed and informal with one to one tuition, a guarantee of tea, cake, banter and a beautiful ‘Herdy’ to take home. All materials will be provided. Cost £45; gift vouchers available.

Close to York, Leeds, Hull, Beverley and North Lincolnshire, this lovely venue is set in a renovated 19th century blacksmith’s forge and, I can personally vouch for Anna’s delicious cakes and wonderful hospitality.

I will be hopefully be adding more dates as and when time allows.

Please contact Anna at: blacksmithshopcrafts 01757 288541