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    Needle Felting: Renew Your Winter Woollens with Maddy

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    What’s it all about? 

    Holes in your jumper? Ladder in a cardigan? Or scarf that's fallen victim to moths? All’s well that mends well! 

    Join us for a fun class in sustainability where you will learn how to customise and mend your woollens with the simple technique of needle felting. Needle felting is the process of turning loose wool into a solid felt using a barbed needle - it’s a very easy process that doesn’t require much equipment.

    You can mend with bold, visible colours and shapes, or create a subtle mend that colour-matches your garment. Or you can just decorate for the fun of it! Whatever's preventing you from wearing your woollens, needle felting can help.

    This class will provide all materials for mending and to take home - just bring your not-quite-perfect woollens to be made beautiful again!

    This class is suitable for absolute beginners.

    What will we cover?

    This hands-on workshop will teach:

    • The basics of needle felting
    • Different tools and their purposes
    • Types of fabrics and repairs that are appropriate for the needle felting technique
    • Shapes and ideas for visible mending (or simply for decoration!)
    • How to use your garment's excess fibres as a guaranteed colour match!
    • You will take home a felting needle, felting block and felt to continue your new mending skill!


    • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
    • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
    • Quiet Spaces
    • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
    • Free Tickets for First Nation Attendees

    What should I bring?

    All materials are provided: needles, roving wool, and a felting block.

    Just bring your garments to be mended - bring a few and see how many your can repair in class.

    Please note that needle felting works best on woollen knitwear, boiled wool/felt, or fine wool and silks. Acrylics are not recommended, as these fabrics don’t felt well.


    • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
    • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
    • Early Bird Discounted Tickets
    • Free Tickets to First Nation Attendees
    • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request

    Who will be teaching?

    Maddy (she/her) is a crafty hobbyist based in Narrm who has a big heart for colour, expression and over-the-top jewellery. She enjoys working with all sorts of materials and mediums, and repurposing everyday items into expressions of art and fashion. As a musician, these wonky and not-so-wonky creations often find their way onto stages around Melbourne.

    Maddy also enjoys carving and printing lino cuts, paper collage, and combining the two.

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    Photo: Students' wonderful work from Andrea Wilsmore.

    Any questions or other accessibility needs we can help you with? Feel free to email Maddy (she/her) at

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