“Very real, very grounded, very simple, very beautiful…Your work is so important and so very valuable. Thank you!” – Emma, Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground
“It was the most beautiful funeral I’ve ever been to – yet probably the least expensive. When my friend’s mother died aged 96 her family dispensed with all modern death practices… no embalming, no crematorium and no coffin…. [they] put her into a cocoon embroidered [needle-felted] with leaves made from woollen felt by the artist Yuli Sømme…” – Janice Turner, The Times
“It’s the first time I’ve wanted to actually touch a coffin… it feels gentle and comforting” – Ruth
Bellacouche Wool Felt Studio
Bellacouche Wool Felt Studio is homed in a beautiful old Dartmoor Chapel. Inspired by nature, Devon Guild Felt Maker Yuli Sømme, assisted by craftsperson Fiona Rynn, lovingly creates earth friendly, wool felt products and offers creative felt craft workshops. All our products are completely plastic free, we re-use, recycle everything we can, and compost anything that’s left over.
Wool Felt for your home
We design and hand-make beautiful felted organic wool items for your home, from cosy hot-water-bottle covers to fun tea cosies, sumptuous meditation mats to easy felting kits and warm, comfy boot or shoe insoles. Shop now…
Caring for the Planet and Animal Welfare
We carefully source sustainable natural materials as ethically and locally as we can, working in harmony with nature and protecting the earth. The fine British wool we use comes direct from Fernhill Farm in Somerset. This holistic eco-farm uses organic principles, ethically addressing concerns for ecology and animal welfare. The hardy Shetland sheep are sensitively shorn each summer, relieving them of their woolly coats.
Wool Felt for green burial
We also offer a unique range of biodegradable wool felt eco coffins and woollen shrouds for natural burial or cremation. Our work focuses on practical aesthetics, natural burial and lowering the environmental impact of cremation. Wool creates a soft and comforting focus for a funeral ceremony. Our loved one is wrapped in the gentle folds of a thick wool felt cocoon, safely supported by a strong wooden frame and robust handles, while the hard, linear lines of a box are absent.
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