This is a fantastic hands-on, information-packed, fun and creative 3-day, long weekend workshop for intermediate natural dyers which consists of a long weekend working with fleece (protein fibres eg wool and silk) for fibre artists. Option also available for this to be yarn for weaving, knitting or crochet.
Maximum Workshop Numbers: 4 People to allow for elbow room while dyeing and for plenty of attention & support with your learning process
Time: arrive on Friday for 10am start - finish 4.30pm. Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, and 10am to 4pm Sunday
Venue: Craft Workshops, Grassroots Garden Centre (separate studio within the grounds), Stalbridge Road, Henstridge BA8 0SA
Accommodation nearby if required - please ask for advice if you would like to stay locally.
Overview of Workshop:
Day 1 (Friday): Preparation Day
* How to choose and store a good quality fleece
* Cleaning the fleece (including washing the fibres)
* Preparing fibres for natural dyeing - this workshop focuses on protein fibre dyeing eg wool, alpaca, silk etc so mordants used for fixing colour in protein fibres will be used in the fibre preparation.
* Preparing natural dyes - gathering suitable materials for dyeing and how to prepare the main types of materials (barks & woody material, leaves, petals, 'fruits' such as acorns and berries, and pre-prepared powdered materials eg turmeric, Madder etc. You may have gathered some materials to bring with you according to advice given before the workshop
* Choose a variety of colours to prepare for based on your design for your project for day 3 (we will discuss this beforehand so you come ready with an idea for your fibre art project)
Day 2 (Saturday): Dyeing Day
* In-depth learning about mordants (which fix the colours in your fibres making them colour-fast and light-fast
* Full dyeing process - mix of cold and hot dyeing according to which is most suitable for the dyeing materials used to create the dye-baths
* How to use modifiers to create a range of colour tones from each base colour eg green dye-bath made from nettles could be 'modified' to create 5 colour tones ranging from deep green to pale green
* Over-dyeing - how to dye coloured fibres eg brown fibres, and how to dye one colour over another with different dye-bath colours, with both methods producing a greater range of colour tones.
Day 3 (Sunday): Fibre Art Project Day
* Use the fibres which you have dyed to create a project piece of fibre art which we will discuss before the workshop so you can make the most of your time of this day working on your project.
* Dyed, dried fibres may need some carding to be ready for use in your projects so we will be carding according to your project needs.
* You can wet-felt, needle-felt, or combine the two as the basis of your project. *You may choose to make a picture, a 3D vessel or structure, a scarf/shawl by Nuno felting, fibre-painting or perhaps a needle-felt animal/person/flora or fauna - you'll be able to base this on your own area of interest so can be very varied!
* The support I can offer with these projects includes my knowledge of wet-felting, needle felting, and fibre art including use of single, multiple and book-resists resists, pre-felt, laid fibre art pictures, armature (wired) base structures, and much more!
* You will most likely finish your project at home but will be able to take the fibres with you which you need to complete your project.
* YARN ALTERNATIVE: I can support your learning of fundamental weaving on a small frame loom (additional cost of approx £25 if you wish to take the loom home, or you can bring your own - advice given if needed ref a suitable small loom). Or you can use your yarn to begin a knitting or crochet project - you will need to bring your own pattern and equipment for this and be able to knit or crochet already as I cannot teach knitting or crochet to beginners, but I can offer fundamental support, advice, and plenty of cups of tea to keep you going!
Group online support will be available after the workshop if you wish to continue with your project, with my personal support and advice as well as being able to continue to share your love of fibre-art with like-minded people who have attended my fibre workshops.
Please see reviews from our 1 day beginners natural dye workshop, such as this recent one:
"Just attended this day. Well planned and informative day. Lots of opportunities to be hands on. Came away with 100g of dyed wool and lots of information.
Sally put a huge amount of effort into the preparation of the dyes, so we had lots of opportunities to try different ones. Well worth it."
Buying as a gift? Want to buy for a special occasion and would like help making the day even more special? Please contact me - always happy to help!
* 4 People max for Workshops
* 1 person per 6ft (185cm) table (so you can work spaced out from other workshop attendees)
* Well ventilated, clean Workshop (as ever!)
* Hand Sanitiser (please continue to use it frequently)
* Separate Toilet Facilities for just our Workshop (so you know who you could have been in contact with and to minimise contact with general public)
We encourage everyone to continue to respect other people's space.
You are very welcome to wear a mask or face covering at any time during your visit to the Workshop (there is absolutely no need to feel uncomfortable about wanting to wear a facemask) but you are not required to wear a facemask while you are crafting in your workspace.
Please still bring a mask with you to wear in the general shared spaces such as the toilet area and corridor to the Workshop (this may change in due course so please check your reminder email sent out the week before your Workshop date).
If you have any concerns or questions about attending Workshops with the restrictions lifted, please let me know and we will work together to make sure that you are confident that you can craft safely in the Workshop.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tutor support and the materials for dyes, 250g of fibres (or supply your own yarn), dyeing supplies and other equipment will be supplied for use during the workshop (including needle & wet felt equipment) - although you may be given some suggestions for dye materials to collect or forage and to bring with you so you can make the colours which you would like to use and fully experience the process from foraging to finished fibre art project.
Please bring a pair of household washing up/cleaning gloves and wear clothes suitable for crafting and dyeing. You may like to bring an apron (optional)
If you opt to dye yarn to weave, a small frame loom will be available for you to use. There is a small cost for you to take the frame home with you - or you can bring your own (please ask for cost or if you need any advice).
Please bring your own lunch for each day (there may be a possibility to pre-order a lunch, please let me know after booking if you would be interested and I will send you some details).
Hot and cold drinks are available throughout the workshop - and there will be a variety of snacks and nibbles too.
3 days (10:00am to 4:30pm)
This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
3 days (10:00am to 4:30pm)
The course doesn’t currently have live datesContact the tutor for more information
I just did this workshop with Sally. It was fantastic. Everything and more that I could have hoped for. Well organised, very informative and good fun. The setting is excellent, plenty of parking, clean loo and covid safe. I can’t recommend this highly enough. I will be back for more! Thank you Sally for a brilliant day :)
Response from Craft Workshops:Thank you Antje - it was great to meet you and I'm really pleased you enjoyed the day. Look forward to seeing you again in the workshop :)
Just attended this day. Well planned and informative day. Lots of opportunities to be hands on. Came away with 100g of dyed wool and lots of infirmation.
Sally put a huge amount of effort into the preparation of the dyes, so we had lots of opportunities to try different ones. Well worth it.
Response from Craft Workshops:Thank you Barbara - so pleased you found this workshop so worthwhile. Look forward to seeing you in the workshop again soon :)
Really enjoyed the day with Sally and Sharon on Saturday. It was was well organised, informative and I came home with some gorgeous samples..no one can quite believe the colour you get from avocados!
I thoroughly recommend the course...it's so great to learn something new from those in the know.
Response from Craft Workshops:Thank you Jenny for your review - it was lovely to meet you and hopefully will see you again in the workshop in the future :)