Beachcomb, Dye and Slow-Stitch with West Highland Workshops
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About the Course
Saturday - Collect beach treasures in a vintage linen keep bag; dye your bag with indigo, using shibori resist techniques; while the indigo dye works its magic, decide on and practise methods to decorate and strengthen your bag using slow stitching.
Sunday - Prepare your indigo-dyed bag for surface decoration; use meditative slow stitching and beach finds to add texture and pattern to your bag, to make a unique and personal record of your weekend.
This workshop is also bookable separately as a day workshop.
Sarah Berry is an experienced teacher, working in Lochalsh schools, and as an adults' textiles tutor on the nearby Isle of Skye. Her West Highland Workshops programme is a place-based exploration of traditional and sustainable textile crafts, reflecting the beautiful landscape of mountain, woodland and sea-loch.
Workshops are based at Plockton village hall in the gallery space, a light and airy walled verandah which leads onto a terrace and lawn – ideal for gathering and making, whatever the weather. Participants will also spend some time out in the landscape, recording and experiencing the spirit of place.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Food: During workshops and classes we’ll take breaks when snacks and hot drinks will be available, and a vegetarian meal will be provided at lunchtime. Please let me know if you have any allergies or intolerances – and not just food-related, environmental too. If you have a favourite herbal tea or snack, please feel free to bring along whatever will keep you happy and energised! For evening meal ideas, the village Inn, Hotel and Restaurant all have dinner menus incuding fresh local ingredients, and there are also two take-aways for local seafood suppers.
What to bring: Plockton can be a “four seasons in one day” kind of place, and many of the workshops include an outdoor element, so please do dress accordingly. Some of the workshops will involve dyeing, and for these I recommend older, dark clothes, a coverall or waterproof apron, so that you can get creative without thinking about staining your clothes. We plan to go out, so don’t forget your camera/smartphone for photos, and/or sketching stuff, water bottle, sunglasses, notebook and pen and hat if those things will make you comfortable, any medication you may require, and a daysack or similar hands free bag will come in handy. If you have a sewing kit or tools that you like using, do bring them along too. Mobile phone reception is patchy in Plockton and some networks are better than others.
Transport: There is a Railway station on the edge of Plockton, about 10 minutes walk from the village centre. Coach services come to Kyle of Lochalsh, a few miles away, from where you can get the train or a taxi to Plockton. If travelling by car from the South, you have alternative routes from Inverness; there are parking spaces reserved for hall users.
Accommodation is not provided as part of these workshops; however, Plockton is very well served in this respect, with two hotels and a good amount of guesthouses and B&Bs - advance Booking recommended.