Gretel Parker

Used-to-be children's illustrator turned needle felt artist, designing accessible patterns for all levels of experience.

Sleepy Squirrel Brooch

I've created this simple brooch pattern for beginners and veterans alike. It should take you just a few hours to make your own stylish accessory and ready to wear your squirrel with pride!

How to tear wool roving easily

A free sample mini-lesson with photos and short demo video

More About Gretel Parker

With a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, I used to work as a freelance children's illustrator. Then I discovered needle felting.

I've now been needle felting for over ten years, and in that time I've held many live workshops, created needle felt patterns for several craft magazines, including 'Mollie Makes' and had a book of my patterns published by Harper Collins; 'Little Needle-Felt Animals' by Gretel Parker, which you can find on Amazon.

I have created these lessons with as much care as I would plan a workshop, with many photos, simple but clear instructions and additional demonstration videos.

If you would like to see archives of my many designs, published work and photos from previous workshops, please visit my website And do follow me on Instagram where I post work in progress and news of forthcoming kits and lessons and the occasional photo of the lovely countryside which surrounds the old Shropshire cottage where I live.