Needle Felting Photography Tip



Product Photography Tip

We are so used to snapping away with our camera phones, and why not? The results are, on the whole decent and convenient. I am as amateur at photography as they come. However, when it comes to my product photography I have learned always to use my trustee Canon 400D; you have to actually look through the view finder, which, by the way, I love! Please note, anyone under the age of twenty will have to pop over to Wikipedia to find out what a view finder actually is…

Photographing needle felted items from a distance can sometime prove a challenge and the sharpness you are looking for can often be elusive. I have been photographing a new mouse (to encourage Spring to get a move on) and am so pleased with the result. Determined to make best use of my trustee Canon 400D I have forced myself to use manual mode. This was taken indoors; 50mm lens; f stop 2.8; iso 800. Some minor editing and, et voila! I have always opted for the quick and easy auto mode with good to great results. However, the difference using manual mode is clear to see and the depth of field is just lovely on these settings. I have previously used a combined lens of 18mm-55mm and would have to often sift through 100 photos before finding one I was happy with. On this occasion the difference when using a dedicated 50mm lens is like…well, night and day.

If you are serious about your craft business, blog etc. then a decent camera and lens is a real investment!




Spring Hare Needle Felting Workshop March 2018

spring hare workshop fb cover


March 24th, 12pm-4pm Cost £45; gift vouchers available.
Contact Anna on : 01757288541

Unlock your creativity and spend the afternoon with me learning how to make one of these beautiful Spring Hares.
This half day workshop is tailored for complete beginners or those just wanting to improve their needle felting technique. No sewing and no tricky patterns. Just a barbed needle and a handful of wool! The afternoon will, as always, be relaxed and informal with one to one tuition, a guarantee of tea, cake and a beautiful fox to take home. All materials will be provided. It’s the perfect way to get away from the noise of daily life and learn a new craft.
Blacksmith Shop Crafts is close to York, Leeds, Hull, Beverley and Lincolnshire and this lovely venue is set in a renovated 19th century blacksmith’s forge.



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.

the healing power.jpg

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”?

Rainbow Sheep

Sharing some colour to match the mood of the glorious sunshine we are having in Lincolnshire ☀️ Have a lovely weekend and happy felting. Psst! Just open the box and get started on that felting kit; you know, the one that you have had for weeks…What’s the worst that could happen 🙃

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!


Come On Spring…

Come on Spring! We’re ready and waiting…

Life size Mountain/Winter Hare. Their colour changes to suit the season. This one is mid change heading towards its Spring/Summer brown.

#handmade #mountainhare #needlefeltedsculpture

Life size Mountain/Winter Hare


Happy New Year



Wishing you all a peaceful, healthy and happy 2017. Thank you for all your support and witty banter over the last year and please, keep your wonderful photographs coming in for the customer gallery. Happy felting! x
Coasters made by the talented: