THE FELT MAKER
Yuli is the UK’s only remaining maker of burial shrouds, a funereal tradition dating from the 17th century, when law decreed that the dead must be buried in wool. “The soft outline and feel of wool tends to be more comforting for the bereaved than a hard-edged, enclosed box,” she says.
Yuli also makes felt urns for cremated remains, hot-water bottle covers, tea cosies, pillows, seat pads and hats in her Moretonhampstead studio, which doubles as a Unitarian chapel. She sources her wool from a local sheep farm.
During her workshops, Yuli will give you a tour of her beautiful studio, pictured, and on her workshop, you'll have the chance to produce your own piece of felt. Yuli has a small shop in the chapel where she sells her products.
To find out more about Yuli, please visit bellacouche.com
Learn how to create felt from wool using your hands, water and soap. Yuli will demonstrate how she makes her products and give a brief history of felt-making.
Cost: £45 per person for one hour (two people maximum).
Design and make two pieces of felt by two traditional techniques: needle felting and wet felting. You will be mostly working with natural fleece colours.
Cost: £55 per person for two hours (four people maximum).