Plant Dyeing Wool Workshops by the River Wye.

I run workshops which are all about wool, fabric, colour and texture - from the sheep to the finished item.

Learn how to:

spin

CHOOSE a beautiful rare breed fleece and learn the process of washing, drying and carding so that you can

 dye
spin

SPIN your own yarn on a hand spindle and on a wheel

 and then begin to

spinning

DYE fleece and yarn with all the plants that grow in my garden and on the river bank

dyeing
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You can also

SHIBORI DYE fabric in the indigo bath and learn the secrets of the woad vat, then

woad dyed wool2
weave pegloom

WEAVE a hanging on a peg loom with the beautiful colourful fleece you have dyed and also

cot covers

FELT a 3d bag or a bowl with natural and coloured wool and then

 

felt 3d
weave

WEAVE a scarf or a hanging on the amazing Brinkley Loom - a unique and very simple loom which takes 10 minutes to warp up.

INDIAN BLOCK PRINTING 

A separate course using a mud resist to print from wood blocks and found objects to make wonderful designs on fabric. The dyes we use are indigo, iron rust and tannic acid.  See more about this fascinating course on the Workshop page.
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I sell:

  • Natural and plant dyed fleece.
  • Peg looms.
  • Woven and felted throws, cot covers, shawls and scarves.

Comments from workshop participants

"Beautiful colours, beautiful days, wonderful fun. Look forward to returning in the future.” Karen Walters

“I haven’t been this relaxed in years! And I’ve never achieved so much whilst being so relaxed! Thank you so much.” Kirstie McCavery

“Many thanks for a memorable weekend. The tuition, company, food, inspiration and setting were all outstanding but the best bit for me was seeing the amazing range of colours we produced (and the kingfisher.)” Susan

 

Lovely response from happy Brinkley Loom user: 

(Loom bought at Woolfest 2012)

setup scrarf

"Dear Jane 
 Have had such fun with the loom this weekend (photos enclosed with some Leicester Longwool wool I'd spun but not had a clear destination for). I found your DVD excellent - just the right pace and so much better than mere "instructions for use" ... which it is always an effort to read! 
Happy weaving,
And best wishes,
Cathy (Rowland)"