The Makerss Needle Felting Retreat Weekends and Weekends Away


The Makerss Needle Felting Retreat Weekends

Summer 2019 June 7th - 9th - watch a short video of photos and clips during the last retreat here

Winter - Friday 10th to Sunday 12th January 2020

This time we will be at beautiful Hawkwood College just outside Stroud, Gloucestershire. The retreat as before will be fully catered and we are so looking forward to organic, locally sourced where possible, home cooked food. 

Of course the focus is on getting that needle stabbing and having fun, making friends and learning something new. We are still deciding on the final design but are working on landscape pictures and one other wintery project. If you are interested and need to know more info please get in touch. You can also ask for a free brochure to be mailed to you here

To book please email or call 01453 839454

Here is a little more info

They are suitable for all abilities, from those who have never picked up a felting needle to people who have been felting for years and want to spend a weekend with like-minded fluff fanatics! You will find good company and Steffi and Sophie will look after you!

The weekend will start with a meal and a small taster project on the Friday night while we get to know each other. It gets into full swing on the Saturday and Sunday with the main projects and a Felting Frolics night on the Saturday. We wind down on Sunday afternoon and Steffi and Sophie say their goodbyes.

Winter Retreat Prices: 

Price per Person:

single occupancy £550

shared occupancy: £500

The rate is for 2 nights and all rooms have shared bathroom facilities.


All your accommodation, food, materials and tools needed for Friday-Sunday afternoon are included - just bring your toothbrush! You are of course welcome to bring your on favourite tools and materials as well, and feel free to bring some of your needle felting projects to show people if you wish.


To book please email or call 01453 839454

If we are away and it is urgent, try our mobiles during office hours:

07932767020 (Steffi) or 07706229845 (Sophie)

Spaces are limited and rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Testimonials from our Winter Retreat 1-3 February 2019:

'Everything you need for a totally relaxing weekend, from meeting old friends and making new ones, warmth, comfort, fabulous food, all dietary needs catered for, all materials, tools, instructions for projects and personal assistance when required and plenty of time to relax and get to know other Retreaters! Just love it. Steffi and Sophie are the perfect hosts. Love them and the retreats'. 

'It was amazing, we all worked well together, never bored and lots to keep us busy.' Janey

'As a virtual beginner, I would never have believed I could make such an amazingly lifelike (and life-size) sleeping cat, I have had so many compliments about it! In the week since going home I have already made two more smaller projects with confidence and now feel I can say I am a needle felter. I also made new friends and certainly had a lot of fun on the retreat'. Kay C

'Another great weekend so much so we have already booked for the Summer Retreat!'. Trevor B

'This retreat never fails to be a success! The menus were spot on and Sara was an amazing cook. Sophie and Steffi have nothing to improve on'.  

Testimonials from our Summer Retreat in June/July 2018:

'Steffi and Sophie are not only suppliers of felting materials and accessories, they are passionate about ensuring that your entry into the world of needle felting is supported and maintained ...You are truly among friends with Steffi and Sophie. I love this business and I guarantee you'll grow to love it too.'

'Love needle-felting? Love good food, good company and a good laugh? Then The Makerss Retreats are for you! I have now attended two of these amazing weekends - one in winter and one in summer. Both occasions were fabulous! The accommodation was beautiful as were the grounds that it was set in. I've made many new friends from all walks of life.....but we are all united by one thing.....the wonderful world of felting.'

'Even as a new felter I did not feel out of place with many who had a lot more experience, everyone was very supportive of each other.'

'Totally a must, I knew very little about felting, but went with an open mind. I took the train so was able to relax from London and did not come out of relax mode til I arrived back in London on Monday afternoon, a real must for anyone with an interest in felting. Goes without saying Steffi and Sophie and Mary were the most incredible hosts'

'Join us,… it's Fun, Friendly & you get to eat, drink, (be silly if you want) & take home your own-made Fluffy Creations at the end of it!'

'Lots of needle felting fun with like minded new friends. Plus great food and brilliant activities in a charming olde worlde setting. Steffi and Sophie were amazing hosts who could not do enough for us. I want to do it all over again.'

Testimonials from our Winter Retreat in January 2018:

’I had a great weekend, very pleasant company, plenty of time to create my felted creatures with lots of constructive help from you both. The place was lovely and quirky and the food was fantastic and plentiful.‘ Andrea H. 

‘I really enjoyed myself and learned far more than I was expecting. Some of the useful little tips were invaluable and have answered so many questions I never knew I had to ask in the first place!!’ Margaret P.

"Two days of great food, company and needle felting! Steffi and Sophie put so much thought and hard work into organising such a great retreat, you literally come away feeling happy and content (and full of amazing food), having made new friends and bursting with new skills you have learnt and ideas - all ready to put into practise. I couldn't recommend it highly enough!" Louise E.

‘What a fantastic time we all had. So many memories and friends made. Steffi and Sophie couldn’t have done any more to make this the perfect getaway for ‘fluffaholics’! From the beautiful accommodation, food, prosecco (yes prosecco) and great advice on needle felting techniques to just good old fashioned chatting and laughter over endless cups of tea and coffee....who could ask for more. xx get booking‘ Janice H.

‘Thank you both for a wonderful weekend. The organisation and attention to detail was extraordinary! I know how hard it is running a long course and never once did I see either of you be anything other than totally professional! How you coped with all the dietary requirements I have no idea.’ Margaret U.