Conservatory, Courses & Lectures
Sun 21 Apr 2024
Wet Felting Workshop - Decorative Handbags
10am - 3:30pm
£85 (includes tea/coffee & biscuits throughout the day and access to the Walled Garden)
Available Places: 10
Learn the art of feltmaking where you will be guided through the process of creating your own fabulous wet felted handbag.

You will spend the day in the magnificent Richardson Conservatory within the 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 seamless wool felted handbag.

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.

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

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.

Please notify the Tutor if you have any allergies that should be considered within this context.

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 email:

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.

More Information:

If you have any questions or would like further information, guidance or support please contact the tutor directly at:

Your Tutors:

This workshop will be delivered by Liz Riley and supported by Lynn Comley.

Liz Riley is a felt maker 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. 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.
Instagram @everything_felt

Lynn Comley will be supporting us 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.
Instagram @upanddowndale

Bookings are managed directly by the Tutor. To reserve a place PLEASE BOOK HERE

Booking Information
Bookings are managed directly by the Tutor. To reserve a place please book at Your place will only be confirmed once payment has been received.

Contact Details
Contact Name: Liz Riley