Spinning, dyeing, weaving. 3 day course.



The residencies, arts & ecology.
Where the light gets in & the landing

We are hosting a three day course on preparing and spinning wool, natural dyeing and weaving fibre. The course will take place on the 3rd, 10th and 17th of April.

Spinning wool workshop
(Sunday 3rd April 12-3)

During this session you will learn how to prepare the raw fleece, sourced from Joanne’s Flock of sheep which are raised on a hill farm in The Peak District National Park. You will explore fibre selection and preparation of the various breeds including Leicester Longwool, Jacobs and Ryelands. During the workshop you will learn how to wash, prepare and card the fleece. By the end of the session you will have a working knowledge of the all the techniques necessary to hand spin your own yarn.

The day will cover:

-Fibre selection and preparation. Looking at various fleeces and discuss which is best for your needs
-Carding and Blending fibres using a drum carder
-Techniques for drafting using a drop spindle
-Plying – making a 2 ply yarn

This course is suitable for beginners.

The workshop will be lead by artist group You Can Lead a Horse To Water, a collaboration of craft and design between daughter and artist Kat Wood & Shepherd and mother Joanne Wood. Together they collaborate on traditional making methods to create objects and workshops using agricultural by-products from a working hill farm based in the Peak District National Park. The aim of the project is to promote minimising waste produce and sustainable sourcing, as well as creating a fair price for farmers and makers. Kat Wood graduated from a BA in Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2017, and Joanne is a third generation hill farmer.

Natural dyeing
(Sunday 10th April 12-3 )
Natural dyeing using foraged plants and organic by-products from the Where The Light Gets In kitchen, with local wool and vintage and textiles.

During the workshop you will learn about the dyeing process, and different techniques that can bring colour to fibre.

You will use a selection kitchen, by-products, home grown flowers and foraged plants to create various botanical dyes and develop a beautiful range of coloured samples on, fabric off-cuts, wool yarn and fleece. There will be explanations as we go along and notes to take home.

This is suitable for beginners and more experienced dyers.

This workshop will be lead by Katrina Wilde, Katrina is an artist working with people, plants and materials. Her work is always collaborative; with other artists, designers, brands, communities and nature. She graduated from an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2021 and is based in Stoke-on-Trent.

(Sunday 17th April 12-3)
This creative weaving workshop allows participants to gain a basic understanding of the principles of hand-weaving, whilst creating their own unique woven artwork or fabric.

This workshop will be ran by Nadine of Wilde Studio. Wilde Studio is a slow textile project between two sisters, Katrina and Nadine Wilde. Exploring natural materials, slow processes and craft, they create naturally dyed, printed and handwoven textiles in their studio; Katrina focuses on colour application and Nadine on hand-weaving. The materials they work with come from different sources and most often are pre-loved, vintage, local, dead-stock or destined for landfill, creating pieces that will be loved for lifetimes. The plants they work with are home-grown in our allotment, gathered from waste streams, foraged and occasionally bought. Their work is always collaborative; with each-other, artists, local communities, designers, brands and the plant world.

Throughout the residencies we aim to open up the debate about the relationships between food and the environment, economic and social concerns, as well as notions of both cooking and eating as performative acts through a series of interactive creative projects, workshops and events. We will explore how artistic strategies can be used to address wide ranging issues relating to food, agriculture and the environment.

Tea & coffee, or a glass of natural wine and snacks are provided during each session.

Throughout 2022, we will be collaborating with a varied collection of artists, hosting workshops and events that will be lead by the seasons. This year, we will be exploring the notion of critical craft. We aim to minimise waste through utilising the by-products produced by the WTLGI kitchen, our community garden & our agricultural suppliers.

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?

Each workshop date will include a skein of local wool, a glass of natural wine and a snack provided by WTLGI.


Kathryn at You Can Lead a Horse To Water

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7 Rostron Brow
Greater Manchester

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Easter
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Pet lovers
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired


3 hours (12:00pm to 3:00pm)



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