Nancy Shafee


Nancy Shafee trained at St Martin’s School of Art (now called Central St Martins) where she studied fabric design and children’s fashion, subsequently working in both the UK and Finland. After careers in public relations, marketing and publishing, she has returned to her love of crafting and makes personal accessories and decorative items for the home in handmade felt and upcycled/vintage fabrics, all sold under the trading name of flights of fantasy. She also teaches feltmaking and coiled fabric basket making. Workshops are run regularly in West Horsley and are often listed on or There are no set dates - contact Nancy to arrange your own date and time. She also travels to customers’ own homes, workplaces, schools or to clubs and and can arrange classes to suit different time constraints for up to twenty people. Workshops currently both face to face or as a Workshop in a Wallet with all the instructions and materials necessary to work from home. Commissions are welcome, from the smallest flower brooch to a bouquet for a wedding, and baskets can be made from customers’ own fabrics or in their own choice of colours. More recently Nancy has introduced a range of bas relief plaster casts which are sold under the name of charles cottage studio and has now launched, making biodegradable urns for cremation ashes, each one made to order and totally unique. New designs for pets are on the drawing board. She was shortlisted for the Wool Innovation Prize in 2018 for this work. As well as her membership of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen (where she is the current chair), Nancy is a member of the International Feltmakers Association, Heritage Crafts Association, Crafts Council, The Textile Society, Guildford Art Society and America's Fiber Arts Network and supports The Campaign for Wool.