Tabletop Workshops crafts classes in London
Tabletop Workshops crafts classes in London

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Tabletop Workshops

17 reviews
17 reviews

Tabletop Workshops is the teaching arm of Purr & Wag It and is run by Heather Fiona Martin.

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is an experienced felt maker who for well over a decade has been making felt with people of all ages and with widely differing abilities in educational and community settings across Greater London.

Purr & Wag It (PaW), her wet felted pet portraits and landscapes small business was born out of a gift for her brother. It marries her love of animals with her love for making and in particular pushing the boundaries of fine detail in wet felt making.

Tabletop Workshops, the teaching arm of the business affords Heather the opportunity and the great enjoyment of facilitating others creativity in the relaxed setting of her home in Camberwell. She lives with her daughter and 3 cats. Winnie and the boys will be elsewhere in the house during the workshops but if you have cat allergies Tabletop Workshops may not be the right creative space for you.

Heather holds an enhanced DBS certificate for children and vulnerable adults.

If you have any questions, please contact me using the ‘contact host’ button on the website page.

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Reviews(17)View all reviews

Elaine Miller
20 Oct
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday. Heather is so knowledgeable and easily adapted to teaching a complete novice (me) and someone who had felted several times before. I created two pieces (a 2D picture and a small pot) that I still can't quite believe I made myself. The venue was very clean and suitable for the activity being taught. Covid restrictions were careful considered. Plentiful cups of tea were supplied and the homemade cake was delicious!!
Rona
16 Apr
This was a really informative and enjoyable workshop. I had done other felting workshops before but I’m confident this would be also be suitable for complete beginner. I was guided through a range of techniques and was able to complete a picture working alongside Heather in the second half of the video. I’d suggest not starting with a design but pausing in the middle to assemble it once you’ve seen the various ways this can be achieved. I came away with the understanding of how to make further pieces on my own and feel inspired to keep going! Highly recommended.
Lin Stephenson
20 Mar
It was a well planned and organised session. The materials were delivered in plenty of time. Heather was very helpful and involved all of us.
Victoria
19 Mar
Heather sent all the materials needed in plenty of time and clearly labelled. She had the online tutorial set up really well, so that we could watch her hands working as well as see her face as she talked us through. We got several pebbles made during the workshop, with lots of material left over to try more at home. She was patient and inclusive and I thoroughly enjoyed learning from her. Thank you.

Reviews

Elaine Miller
20 Oct
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday. Heather is so knowledgeable and easily adapted to teaching a complete novice (me) and someone who had felted several times before. I created two pieces (a 2D picture and a small pot) that I still can't quite believe I made myself. The venue was very clean and suitable for the activity being taught. Covid restrictions were careful considered. Plentiful cups of tea were supplied and the homemade cake was delicious!!
Rona
16 Apr
This was a really informative and enjoyable workshop. I had done other felting workshops before but I’m confident this would be also be suitable for complete beginner. I was guided through a range of techniques and was able to complete a picture working alongside Heather in the second half of the video. I’d suggest not starting with a design but pausing in the middle to assemble it once you’ve seen the various ways this can be achieved. I came away with the understanding of how to make further pieces on my own and feel inspired to keep going! Highly recommended.
Lin Stephenson
20 Mar
It was a well planned and organised session. The materials were delivered in plenty of time. Heather was very helpful and involved all of us.
Victoria
19 Mar
Heather sent all the materials needed in plenty of time and clearly labelled. She had the online tutorial set up really well, so that we could watch her hands working as well as see her face as she talked us through. We got several pebbles made during the workshop, with lots of material left over to try more at home. She was patient and inclusive and I thoroughly enjoyed learning from her. Thank you.
Caryl Wright
19 Mar
I really enjoyed the course. It was well timed and we each made 3 felted pebbles. I feel inspired to make more!
Tamsin Wimhurst
24 Feb
Great couple of hours happily making pebbles. Heather taught us beautifully - nicely paced class and materials arrived ordered and in plenty of time. Would definitely recommend it.
Ursula
22 Feb
very much enjoyed learning to make felt pebbles with Heather. She was a great teacher and the pace of the class was really good. I was really pleased with the techniques I learnt and the pebbles I made . I thought Heather explained everything really well and she was very helpful . I would definitely recommend this workshop. Thankyou Heather.
Amanda Pickering
9 Feb
"Highly recommended the Purr & Wag It pebble felting. I really enjoyed this activity. Very relaxing. Great demonstration video, step by step guide. The pebble kit was labelled and arrived quickly. I'm very pleased with the pebbles I made."
Lesley Whitby
16 Dec
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I’m delighted with my everlasting Mistletoe. The workshop was carefully planned with clear and very friendly instruction. All materials arrived in the post beautifully wrapped and email communication prior to the workshop was great. Many thanks Heather.
Diane
1 Dec
A very good introduction to 2D wet felting with a finished personal felt creation to take away at the end of the afternoon. The venue was handy for Denmark Hill train station and Heather provided a cuppa and delicious cake. The small group size of 4 allowed for individual help when required and Heather kept an eye on the time and gently moved us through the different stages so we all completed our pieces. No matter what subject, there was a rainbow of coloured wool to choose from or to blend to produce the right shade. We learned extra on how effects could be achieved from observation of other students‘ pieces. Heather answered all my questions promptly before and after the workshop. For those few hours of the workshop I was totally absorbed in the process and the whole experience was a pleasure. thank you
Carla Collins
21 Sep
This is my second workshop with Heather at Purr & Wag It, I came back as I enjoyed the first workshop so much. I created a picture again but used a slightly different technique and really enjoyed the experience. Heather was helpful and informative, and creates a lovely relaxed atmosphere to work in. She also makes wonderful tea and cake! Thanks Heather!
Carla Collins
21 Sep
This is my second workshop with Heather at Purr & Wag It, I came back as I enjoyed the first workshop so much. I created a picture again but used a slightly different technique and really enjoyed the experience. Heather was helpful and informative, and creates a lovely relaxed atmosphere to work in. She also makes wonderful tea and cake! Thanks Heather!
karen
23 Jun
So impressed with this introduction into 3D wet felting. Didn’t think I would come away with a pot on the same day so was super impressed. Lovey tutor, very calm and patient with us. Explained everything really well. Simply love my pot and now love wet felting. Would highly recommend this class. Oh and the cakes and tea were fantastic. Super relaxing afternoon.
Philippa Spellmon
14 Jun
Having spent a very pleasant afternoon with three other women, learning to wet-felt with Heather. What a lovely, lovely way to spend the day - learning, nattering, practising, nattering, eating, practising, nattering... so therapeutic... just how women have bonded for centuries. Heather is so welcoming, fun, caring and knowledgeable - what a pleasure to be in the company of someone who clearly loves what they do, as much as teaching it to others. I've always wanted to take up this art form, but it's not until you get up close and personal with it, that you appreciate exactly how much time, effort and skill goes into each and every piece. Thank you Heather for everything that you taught me. My friends and family are well impressed with my finished product. Would highly recommend your courses to everyone. Inspirational.
ruby bender
5 Dec
A really fantastic workshop! Incredibly insightful and taught in a way that made it relaxing and enjoyable. I took so much away from the experience, not only my lovely felted pieces but also the skills and knowledge to continue making at home. There was an abundance of beautifully coloured felts to work with and no short supply of tea and biscuits either. I couldn't have enjoyed myself more and left feeling very inspired.
Diane Stafford
19 Nov
A really interesting and enjoyable course over two evenings. Heather made everything very clear and easy, provided great materials and ensured we all made something we were pleased with. I had never felted anything before but would now like to do more and feel quite confident about starting on my own. I'd also like to do another course with Heather. Highly recommended
Penny Sychrava
19 Nov
I loved this course - working with felt is amazing, the colours are beautiful and the end results were much better than I expected. I am not particularly artistic but I produced something I really liked. Heather was very clear and patient and the atmosphere was relaxed and very calming. The location was also great. I now know exactly what to do if I wanted to do felting on my own.

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