Needle Felting Cactus with Annie Brown


Saturday 25th September | 13.15 – 14.45 | Workshop Theatre 1

Using the natural and hand dyed wool from Annie’s sheep you will have the opportunity to make a needle felted cactus pin cushion in a terracotta pot. The cactus can also be simply used as a decorative plant that can never be over or under watered! This workshop is perfect for those new to needle felting or those looking to develop their techniques. You will learn more about Annie’s sheep and see samples of their wool. By the end of the workshop, you will have a finished piece to take away with you and materials for you to make another cactus in a pot and a brooch at home.

All materials you will need are included. The kit to take away includes hand dyed wool, felting needles, an eco-friendly felting pad made from the wool of Annie’s sheep, 2 terracotta pots, a brooch pin to make a cactus brooch and a help sheet.

Originally from the Kent Coast, Annie Brown gained a BA (hons) in Fine Art at KIAD, Canterbury. Relocating in 2003, to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens, she took a Postgraduate in Teaching. Whilst researching a therapeutic activity for Cambridge Women’s Aid, she taught herself to needle felt. From a painting background, Annie was curious as to whether she could ‘paint’ with the wool, developing her own blending techniques.

Hand dyeing the wool, became part of her practice.

With support from her husband, a stockman, Annie began to buy and breed her own rare breed sheep, for a constant supply of the types of wool she likes to use in her work.

Needle felting is a wonderfully relaxing and therapeutic way to spend time, which Annie loves to share in her workshops. She has always been inspired by the landscape and the nature within it, the transience of the seasons, and the beauty of its imperfections, providing her audience with a moment of stillness and tranquillity.

She sells her work internationally.

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