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Hand-Spinning & Natural Dyeing Retreat, Highlands, Scotland

Duration: 6-8 days

Price: £795

Book with: Rosie Hazleton
at Wild Rose Escapes

Wild Rose Escapes
Higher Crochail
Cannich, Beauly, Inverness-shire

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About the Course

Come and join for either our week-long Natural Dyeing and Hand-Spinning course or our 6 day shorter course. We are located in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. Participants spend their first few days foraging for Highland dye plants and making botanical dyes in our woodland clearing.

We make our dyes outdoors over fires the traditional way, dyeing our own and local Shetland fleece ready to spin. We have our own small flock of Shetland sheep, which Alex will hand-shear on our longer course -we also sort and wash the fleece ready for dyeing and spinning. We take time out in the middle of the week to see some of the areas stunning scenery, including Glen Affric and Plodda waterfalls. After dyeing our fleece, the last two days of the course are spent learning to hand-spin with Alison.

Alison has her own mixed flock of sheep and is a wonderfully relaxed teacher who guides the class through step by step, starting off with drop spindling and moving on to the spinning wheel. Each participant has a chance to try different types of spinning wheels over the two days. Each participant will learn how to hand spin fleece, which they have hand dyed at the beginning of the week, creating unique stunning wool. Join is in the woods and learn something new in a beautiful place!

We also run Felting and Needle Felting weeks, Craft retreats and weekend courses in Felting, Natural Dyeing, Spinning and Eco-printing.

We provide accommodation and all meals for both courses and pick our guests up from Inverness at the start of the course. Inverness can be easily reached by plane (Easyjet, Flybe) or train.

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?

All materials, transfers from and to Inverness, all meals, accommodation and workshops included. Once we pick you up from Inverness you don't need to open you purse unless you want to send a postcard!

We are happy to cater for any dietary needs. We love to cook and produce as much of our own salad and vegetables as we can and we use local suppliers for our fish and meat.
Travel to Inverness is quite easy as you can fly or take the train. Easyjet flies to Inverness from London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. There is a regular train service from Glasgow and Edinburgh connecting all major cities in the UK.

Each guest goes home with a sample book of the fleece they have naturally dyed and bag of dyed fleece, course notes and their own spun yarn.

Want to review this course?

Having never ventured on a week spent together with complete strangers before, I’m happy to say that Rosie made the whole experience really relaxed, calm and very enjoyable indeed. I learnt so much about both dyeing and spinning, and within such a lovely and peaceful environment. Everything was well organised but never felt too disciplined or restricted and we could all work and develop our skills at our own pace. Ele’s singing brought something extra to the experience and it is a credit to her that we all joined in! Thank you so much for a lovely time spent in a beautiful part of the world!

- - #24550

I loved spending time with Rosie and her team! Everthing was well organised from our pick up, to our departure - I woudnt have changed a thing! The accommodation was spacious and the surroundings lovely. The food was delicious and our activities were varied, interesting and well-chosen.
Most of all though, Rosie is calm, patient, endlessly helpful and a joy to be around. I found my time on the course incredibly relaxing and came home rejuvenated. I have since bought a spinning wheel!

- - #24542

From the time I was picked up from Inverness I was looked after. Rosie and her family welcomed us with warmth and kindness. Rosie is the most gentlest person sharing her amazing skills in a very relaxed calm and patient way, amongst this amazing scenery.
I felt that the week was very balanced, giving time for sightseeing as well as learning about preparation, drying and then spinning.
Rosie's home-cooked meals were very tasty and left me very contented. Nothing was too much trouble, the week was amazing I came home buzzing. Can’t wait to return.

- - #23620

What a fantastic week we had on the dye to spin course with the amazing Rosie. Great company, great surroundings as well as learning new skills
The week was made by Rosie. She is really an exceptionally gifted facilitator who worked so well with the group and made it fun...even the hard bits
It is the fourth course I have done with her ....fortunately I am not a gifted crafter and so no doubt will come back again to sample the special magic that Rosie weaves!!

- - #16072

I enjoyed every minute of this course. Each day was beautifully balanced between hands-on learning activities and leisure time to walk the stunning landscape, knit, read or just enjoy the company of others on the course. It had something for everyone of all levels and Rosie was an extremely patient, accommodating teacher. It was wonderful to look back at the end of the week on all that we had accomplished and covered in such a short time. It was very hard to leave!

- - #15961

Highly recommended whether you are a beginner in fibre crafts or already experienced. All the activities were well organised and fascinating, with brilliant end products for the participants to share. Most importantly, Rosie organised it really well and took everyone's needs into consideration – nothing was too much trouble for her. Accommodation in the Old Stables was excellent and very comfortable. Rosie worked hard all day and all evening, not just organising the activities, but also cooking wonderful wholesome, mainly organic meals, including home-made bread every day.

- - #15845

This was an awesome natural wool retreat! From the foraging for plants to use for dyes, to dyeing over fires, to Eco printing on silk, to spinning, it was the most fun fiber learning experience ever. Everything was accomplished at a seamless and easy pace. The accommodations in the refurbished "Old Stables" (in the rural pastoral countryside) were comfortable, spacious, and homelike. It was next to a bird sanctuary and offered lots of places to walk. The accommodations provided for both privacy and a place for the group to visit, eat meals, and get to know each other. The meals were delicious and nutritious. Loved the day of hiking in Glen Affric too. Rosie is an amazing facilitator, instructor, and cook who pulls everything together with ease!

- - #15837

Rosie, so friendly and knowledgeable, full of energy and fun! Good, simple, wholesome food and plenty of it! The dyeing was really good, but the spinning defeated me (but not the others), I probably gave up too quickly. Lovely tutors for the knitting and spinning. Good accommodation. Well organised.
All really good. I'd love to go back.

- - #10203

Had a marvellous time very friendly group and the instructions where spot on. Would recommend to anyone who likes something different

- - #10189

Relaxed and informative. Great food and scenery. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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