Courses at the Wild Wool Workshop

All courses are currently cancelled due to coronavirus social distancing restrictions. New schedule will be available in the new year.

Come to the The Wild Wool Barn and learn traditional Crafts in traditional surroundings. Working in the atmospheric 500 year old Barn you can learn the versatility of the Herdwick wool with Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Crochet and a host of other crafts.

Tutor Susan Denham-Smith has many years experience teaching adult learners around West Cumbria, running the craft club at The Fox and Hounds pub in, Ennerdale Bridge, felt-making in schools, leading regular courses with The National Trust and in local galleries, working with learners of all ages and abilities.  She is a qualified adult education tutor and is studying for the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Certificate of Achievement in Spinning. Her courses are taught in the atmospheric Wild Wool Barn using many of the local materials she works with herself.

At the Wild Wool Barn you can learn to work with Herdwick Wool in so many different ways.

Spinning, Weaving and Rug-making One and two day, and residential courses




Wild Woolly Wednesday Workshops –  Relaxed craft and Craic club, classes  on a Wednesday once a month exploring a new craft using Herdwick in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.   Make a purse, crochet mats, felt baubles and flowers or create Herdwick felted jewellery.

Fun Friday Drop in and Spin – Every Friday afternoon from 1-3pm bring your wheel or use one of ours to improve your spinning in a friendly atmosphere (some spinning knowledge required)

Inspirational hands-on courses for KS1 & 2 Art and Design

Inspirational hands-on courses for KS1 & 2 Art and Design, using  Weaving and Felting to explore textile production and creative crafts. Come to the Workshop or can be delivered in school.

Spinning Herdwick in Ennerdale

A Talk  for Community Groups, WI and Outreach.   "Spinning Herdwick in Ennerdale - and why Beatrix Potter visited my bathroom".

Weaving Parties / Design your Own- Courses

Family Holiday Crafts and Party NightsMany crafts are ideal for an afternoon activity while on holiday.  Or you can organise your own crafting themed party?  Have fun making your chosen craft and then party on into the night overlooking Ennerdale water.