Indigo Weekend -Shibori & Batik Workshop at Wild Rose Escapes, Highlands, Scotland

Relaxing with the sheep


Come and join us on our 2 day Indigo dyeing workshop. We are located in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. The main focus of the weekend is everything blue! We will look at Indigo recipes and make a up a vat of natural indigo.

Over the weekend we will be using both Shibori techniques from Japan and Batik from Java. Shibori uses folds, clips and stitches to create a resist on fabric, so when it is dipped into the Indigo vat the pattern remains. The whole process is fun and relaxing, either stitching or folding to create patterns.

Batik traditionally uses wax as a resist. We will use Indonesian tjantings (wax pourers) and brushes to apply a wax resist, creating patterns on the fabric once it is dipped into the Indigo dye pot. The weekend is designed to enable participants to have a go at both of these ancient techniques and give them the confidence to continue with it on their own. So if you fancy learning something new in a beautiful place join us in the woods.

We do not provide accommodation, but our neighbour does have a yurt in our woods, which can be booked through AirBnB, there are also lots of great B&B's in the village as well as a campsite.
If you decide to travel by public transport, it is possible to get a bus from Inverness to the village of Cannich. We can pick guests up from their accommodation in the village which is just over 1 mile away. There is a pub, shop and cafe in the village.

We also run Felting and Needle Felting weeks, Spinning weeks, Craft retreats and weekend courses in Felting, Natural Dyeing, and Eco-printing.
Our nearest airport is Inverness, which is 40 minutes away.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included. Lunch is included on both days. If you travel by public transport, transfers from your accommodation in the village up to us and back.


Rosie Hazleton at Wild Rose Escapes

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

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Carlotta Graham - - #22792

I thoroughly enjoyed the course I attended 11/12 May. I learnt such a lot. I had never tie dyed before, so that was new to me. My friend and I had a belated birthday treat. The indigo dying process was a lot cleaner than I had expected. Rosie kindly showed me how to Shibori using a piece of piping, as you do. I wish to translate that particular skill into felt making/dying.

Great tuition, easy to follow, the pace was perfect, I didn't feel rushed, specially as a novice I was a bit tentative about it.

Thankfully it was good weather so we were able to be outside for the duration of the course. A great environment to learn, spectacular views.The other attendees were great too, lovely to learn from each other. I would highly recommend the course. I would certainly hope to be back again.
Many thanks Rosie (and your family), for your patience and your excellent hospitality.

Response from Wild Rose Escapes:

Dear Carlotta, thank-you for your review, it was lovely meeting you and i'm so glad you enjoyed the course and I hope you get a chance to experiment with the techniques.

hazel mackenzie - - #22423

Had a really fantastic weekend again. My 5th visit to Rosie's.
The course was really informative, a great bunch of people too. Rosie always makes everything such fun. The results were really great and we produced so much.
I went away with a beautiful table cloth and napkins etc. Rosie also gave me advice about material that I brought with me. It would also be a great course for someone new to craft or lacking confidence about crafting. Really fabulous weekend.

Response from Wild Rose Escapes:

Dear Hazel,
I'm so glad you enjoyed are new Indigo course- and great to have your feedback, it was a great weekend and so nice to see you again.

Sue Jones - - #22168

I had a brilliant weekend doing craft just for myself, excellent teaching, lovely fellow crafters, great weather and some very yummy cake!

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