We teach Natural Dyeing the traditional way as well as Eco-printing directly onto fabric.
You can join us for a weekend of dyeing fleece, silk and cotton outdoors over outdoor fires.
Our courses are run from Crochail woods in the Highlands of Scotland, in a beautiful area just up the road from Loch Ness.
Over a weekend you can learn about and make dyes from local foraged plants and ancient imported dye plants. We usually make between 7-8 dyes over a weekend which makes about 25-30 shades, a beautiful rainbow of colours.
We forage in the woods for dye plants some of which include; Nettles, Gorse, Bracken, Birch bark and Ragwort. We will also make dyes from ancient imported dyes such as Madder and Indigo, which have been used in dyeing in the Highlands for centuries. We dye our own Shetland fleece (you can meet the sheep over the weekend).
Our guests enjoy the whole experience here; being in the woods, making fires, stirring pots and making natural dyes with a view of Strathglass is pretty special.
Our course runs from 10am-4pm on both days and we provide lunch. There is a list of great local places to stay on our website, including camping and B&B's. We also have a yurt guests can rent in the woods. We are 40 minutes from Inverness, which can be reached by train or plane (Easyjet flies from London, Manchester and Bristol).
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All materials are included in the price, a homemade sample book, a bag of samples to take home, course notes and file, tea and homemade cakes and a lunch of soup, homemade bread and our own salad.
2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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Awesome weekend with Rosie! We learned so much from her. The course was very well-paced and we covered a lot of material. I would highly recommend doing one of her workshops if you have ever been interested in natural dyes, or want to learn a bit more!
Thanks again! And thanks for all the amazing food and all the tea!
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Megan,
This course was well taught and great fun. Rosie was extremely generous with her knowledge and materials.Her family were welcoming and her home inspirational. Fresh air, beautiful surroundings and home baking!
What more could one ask for? Thank you.
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Liz,
Rosie’s talent, knowledge and relaxed manner of teaching made this course a fabulous experience. Use of natural materials and care for the environment were paramount. The rustic woodland setting was fabulous.
I learned so much, I highly recommend this course.
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Lynda,
I thoroughly enjoyed myself whilst on a weekend workshop learning about eco printing. I have some experience with textiles and was impressed with the amount of knowledge Rosie has in regards to textiles, dyeing process, as well the history surrounding dyes and materials. Rosie is a great teacher who is extremely accommodating, helpful and approachable. She was keen for us to explore and try out a variety of methods over the course of the weekend. She took on board our interests and adapted the techniques we were covering to allow us the options to explore these interests showing the depth of her knowledge and ability as a textile artist. I would and am already considering doing another course. Great value for money with lots fitted in, not to mention the amazing home made food offered by Rosie and her family. A really welcoming and relaxed environment with great people - thank you!
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us Hannah- I'm sure you are going to go on and print many more beautiful pieces.
Great course run by a fun lady. Educational and enjoyable ..a great break from life. I have learned techniques that I can use and build upon. Cannot fault the course.
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Jeanette,
Fabulous weekend in lovely surroundings. Rosie is full of knowledge about plants and dyeing and shared her enthusiasm. We learnt a lot in a short time. Great food too. Left feeling inspired to experiment.
Response from Wild Rose Escapes:Dear Pippa,
Fabulous 2 days. Rosie is very knowledgeable and a great communicator. We spent time outdoors, identified and foraged for plants to use in the natural dyeing process. It was great to find out what plants are easily available and which parts of the plants impart the best colour. Rosie packed a lot in but never overwhelmed. We were even given a chance to try some ecoprinting-fab. By the end of the two days we had an ecoprinted bag filled with colourful samples of the fleece From our dyepots, a notebook to identify each sample and the dye process and printed instructions to follow when home. Unlike some courses the 2 days were uplifting rather than exhausting.
Lovely lunch, ideal setting, perfectly organised from start to finish. Definitely recommend.
Interesting course, well taught by Rosie. Good food as well.
This was a thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable course. Rosie is a superb teacher and I gained the confidence to start natural dyeing myself. The lunches were excellent and the environment beautiful. I will definitely return for other courses in this little piece of fibre-y heaven!
Had an excellent weekend at the natural dyeing course, the location is fantastic. Rosie is a great teacher and had a great time collecting plants in her local woods, we fit so much in over the 2 days I would have loved to stay longer. It has given me a great base for starting to experiment with colours. Would definately recommend and will be back
Spent 2 fantastic days learning about natural dyeing, collecting materials from the wood, making up dye pots and dyeing fleece. The location is magical, views to dye for!
Lunch lovely, very enjoyable weekend, Rosie is very knowledgeable about plants and dyeing. Will be returning!