Felt Pew Runners



After a visit to Beamish Museum two ladies of the parish noticed that the church there had felt pew covers.  Great Asby had previously been introduced to felt via a community project in celebration of the millennium, where the people of the village made a huge hanging in felt depicting the village of Great Asby, this is hanging in the village hall.

Inspired by these two events these ladies came up with the idea that it would be wonderful if the village could make decorative pew runners for St Peter’s church.  This was initially made possible by Our Green Space, a Cumbria wide project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Friends of the Lake District, along with lots of eager volunteers.
A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the making of all the pew runners; without them there would be some very cold bottoms in church!

How’s it Done?

All the pew runners were made using the same materials and felting techniques.
A backing layer of pre-felted grey Norwegian wool was used as a base.  Four layers of merino wool tops were placed on top of each layer, each one at right angles to the last, followed by the pattern.  Hot soapy water was poured on to the fleece, followed by a lot of rolling and rubbing.  This action causes the wool fibres to mat together and shrink.  When the fleece was felted and shrunk to the required size the runner was rinsed in cold water, the surplus water was squeezed out, then left to dry.
The detail for each runner was created by pre-felting wool, this is where the fleece is only part-felted so it can be cut into the desired shapes, needle felting was used for detail.
This method requires the use of a special barbed needle, which is stabbed into the wool for more precise work.  All the runners were measured and the wool was weighed out, even so some are thicker or longer than others, perhaps due to our stamina and energy levels on different days.

The Runners

Click on each runner image for a larger version.
Follow the link to “read all about it” and see the runner in more detail.

Flock of Sheep
Dry Stone Wall
Asby Buildings 100 Years Ago
Stained Glass
Autumn Leaves
Well dressing Felts
Fells and Flowers

Want to Know More?

We are hoping to make more runners in the future if you are interested in helping in any way please contact:
Debbie Lucas
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Contact ATG

Please feel free to contact the Group Officers, as follows:

Chair – Position vacant

Secretary – Keith Cooper

Treasurer – Lisa Harrington

Donations to ATG

If you would like to support the work of the Tree Group by making a donation to help cover the costs of essential tree guards or the purchase of trees for planting, that would be very much appreciated.

Account details are:
Account Name: Asby Tree Group
Sort code: 20-55-41
Account number : 50979708

ATG Activities

We will be working with local landowners to identify small areas of land that can be used to plant trees or hedges. Occasional requests will go out to members, seeking volunteers to survey areas of land to assess the age and health of trees and to identify possible planting areas, as well as to take part in planting trees and hedges. These activities will normally be scheduled to last for no more than three hours.

The Tree Group has insurance to cover members carrying out these activities.

ATG Membership

A membership form can be downloaded here,
or obtained from the Secretary:
Keith Cooper

There is currently no membership fee.

COVID Policy (Feb.2022)

Unfortunately Covid-19 has not gone away, and we still want everyone to feel safe whilst being able to enjoy the film.

  • We use ‘cabaret-style’ seating around suitably spaced tables.
  • We recommend that you continue to wear a face covering when moving around the village hall, though this may be removed whilst you are seated.
  • It would also be appreciated if you could complete an antigen (lateral flow) test before attending.  (We are more than happy to refund your ticket should your test unfortunately prove positive.)

Opening Hours Xmas 2021

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