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Dyeing with Woad

Duration: 1 day

Price: £55

Run by: Susan Martin
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The National Wool Museum
Dre-fach Felindre
Newcastle Emlyn
SA44 5UP

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About the Course

Learn how to dye with the ancient plant WOAD. First we will make dye vats using woad leaves and woad extract and then use them to create plain and patterned fabrics and yarn. You can try various tie dye shibori techniques and will have the opportunity to make your own unique silk scarf.
Woad seeds will be available.

This workshop takes place in the Education Room at the Wool Museum which is by the entrance gate. It is possible to drop off outside with parking nearby. The door is up 2 steps and there are toilets in the building.

Susan is a Textile designer specialising in natural dyeing and has been teaching workshops for 10 years. She mainly uses local dye plants which she collects from the hedgerows and grows in her garden.

Booking with payment in full in advance. If you have to cancel a fee of £10 will be retained.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Cotton fabric, yarn. Silk scarves are charged extra.
Tea coffee and biscuits are provided, with lunch available at the Museum cafe.

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This was a really enjoyable and informative day. Susan is very knowledgeable and the course was exactly the right balance of learning and practical hands on experience with a relaxed atmosphere. The small class ensured Susan gave everyone the support they needed. Would thoroughly recommend.

- - #20865

Many thanks for a very enjoyable day, Susan. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the process of dyeing with woad and was very pleased with my finished items. Your instruction was clear and concise and allowed us plenty of time for the practical, hands on experiences - thank you!

- - #20855

Susan's dyeing with woad workshop was a well- paced and well- organised day leaving me satisfied and more confident in continuing to dye with woad at home.
Susan is knowledgeable and friendly and enabled each participant to develop their expertise, and experiment with the fibres and textiles we had prepared beforehand, as well as with some textiles available for purchase from Susan.
I thoroughly enjoyed the learning and experimentation and your teaching Susan and would definately recommend the course to others. Thank you!

- - #16217

A very informative, hands on and enjoyable day. Susan created a friendly and relaxed environment but also delivered a well planned and organised set of activities - allowing us all to learn how to create dye baths from both Woad leaves and extract. The accompanying notes were comprehensive and a choice of materials were available to practise several different dyeing techniques. We also dyed materials brought from home. Susan is an experienced dyer and teacher and I definitely recommend her dye courses.

- - #16212

Really lovely course, very interesting and I learned such a lot from Susan. Very pleased with the items I dyed. Definitely worth booking.

- - #15481

Response from Susan Martin:

Thank you for your review, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the course.

Had a great day out exploring the use of woad to dye some of my own yarns. A very enjoyable day with an excellent tutor. Learned a lot and would recommend it to anyone starting off with natural dyes.

- - #12279

This was an excellent workshop. Susan has an in depth knowledge of her subject and is presented well. I have learnt a great deal on the use of Woad as a plant dye and I would thoroughly recommend it.

- - #12234

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners

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