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21st April 2024 Workshop Felt Bag with Liz Riley

£85.00 GBP

Wet Felting Decorative Handbags Workshop 

I will be assisting Liz on this lovely 3D wet felted with wool and hand dyed silk workshop. To book or for more information about the day please contact Liz Riley

Duration: Sunday 21st April 2024, 10.00am – 3.30pm

Location: Scampston Walled Garden, Richardson Conservatory, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG

Minimum Spaces 6 / Maximum Spaces 10

Two tutors to guide you through the day


You will spend the day in the magnificent Richardson Conservatory within the award-winning Scampston Walled Garden. This workshop gives participants all the basic information and skills to learn the technique of 3D wet felting, you will create a beautiful medium sized decorative seamless wool felted handbag.

Felt is surprisingly strong and no two pieces will ever be the same, this is the time to embrace your creativity and add your personal mark.

This method of felting uses soap, warm water and agitation to tangle fibres together to create felt. In approximately 5 ½ hours you will explore making a colourful decorative handbag, we start by using a resist (pattern) for your bag you will then be guided through choosing colours and textures and the wet felting process.

There will be a short 30 minute break for lunch, in order to maximise teaching time. After the workshop you will also be able to visit the surrounding gardens which close at 5pm.

You do not need any prior experience and you will be provided with all the necessary materials and equipment to use on the day.


Liz Riley is a feltmaker and textile artist with a love of colour and texture. Focusing on traditional feltmaking techniques, her work combines art with a love for making wearable, useable items. Whilst embracing the dexterity of working with fibre, she finds transforming a sheep’s fleece into fabric endlessly fascinating.

With a love for making, her inspiration and motivation is defined by strong colour combinations and colour blends. Using hand dyed wool, silks and hand spun yarns allows her to add fine detail to her pieces, which is characteristic of artisan felted work.

Lynn Comley will be supporting the workshop throughout the day. Lynn is a contemporary felt maker perhaps best known as UpandDownDale in the felt making world; creating wet felted textile art, embellished with free motion machine embroidery, hand stitch or both! Within her work she uses a combination of natural materials that include wool, silk and linen.

Living by the sea and surrounded by the North York Moors National Park, Lynn’s artistic focus is on the natural minutia of her surroundings. She enjoys engaging with the delicate patterns and the intricacies of nature, focusing more recently on moss, lichen and limpets but frequently returns to her original inspiration of landscapes, seascapes and hedgerow flora. Her work sells internationally.

What’s included:

All materials, equipment and tuition to support and guide you through the process of wet felting using traditional hand rolling techniques. You will be guided through choosing colours and textures and then the wet felting process to sculpture shapes using a resist.

We will also look at how to further enhance your work with embellishments such as beads, silks, yarns and embroidery to add further surface texture and detail. You will take away the work you produce on the day plus PDF notes for reference later.

Complementary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available throughout the day and the workshop includes free access to the beautiful Walled Garden during the day, which closes at 5pm.

Lunch Options:

You are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat in the conservatory. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Alternatively, Scampston Conservatory offer a variety of picnic lunch box options at an additional charge. If you would like to order lunch, please contact Scampston Conservatory directly on 01944 753105 or

 Suitable for:

Adults. This Workshop is suitable for all levels from complete beginners to those with experience. Please note: a certain degree of upper arm fitness is required, and participants may find it easier standing up while felting. Please see Scampston’s Accessibility Policy, available on their website for information on disabled access and contact us directly if you have any questions or if any special arrangements are required for the workshop.

Covid: We are constantly reviewing measures for our workshops to ensure participants are safe, these will be communicated to you a week before the workshop commences.

Workshop cancellation and refunds: Please see our Workshop Cancellation & Refund Policy

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