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KID’S CLUB FELTED WALL HANGING

The Kid’s club have been having great fun working on several different craft activities over the past few weeks including felting a lovely wall hanging. After some discussion it was decided to make a felted picture showing some of our lovely alpacas – especially as we were going to use their fibre to make the  Continue Reading »

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Kid’s Club – More wet felting

I’m sorry it has been so long since I kept in touch with our various activities. We have not been idle – but I have had two eye operations and have a permanant eye problem which has made things a little difficult. However, this week some of the Kid’s Club children had a fun time  Continue Reading »

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FELTING FUN

The Kid’s Club had another really enjoyable afternoon wet felting their own flat pieces from Merino fleece and then creating their own design. Some of the comments made whilst they were “working” were :- “This is sooooo much fun!” “I’m really proud of this!” “I can’t wait to show my friends!” “Can we do this  Continue Reading »

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WELD, WELD,WELD!

Change of plan regarding dyeing with woad! I have been doing a project linked to my spinners and dyers guild which has involved dyeing with weld – so I thought I would share that with you for this blog. I grow weld each year and either use it fresh from mid summer through to early  Continue Reading »

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DYEING ALL WEEK!

Continuing with my madder dyeing last week. I used the same dye bath on three more occassions, each time producing a paler shade and each colour is very beautiful.                                                      Continue Reading »

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PEARL SEES RED!

This is Pearl last year before shearing. I have had a very busy week dyeing the fleece of our beautiful alpaca called Pearl – isn’t she cute! After the shearing, her fleece is laid out and skirted to remove the bits of straw and excess dust.                    Continue Reading »

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MADDER STILL.

Another beautiful weekend! I finished preparing another four raised beds – about 6′ x 4′each – which will now give me a rotation of new madder roots every 3 – 5 years. Madder is a well known Medieval garden plant – creeping along the ground or clinging onto fences and walls. In its second year  Continue Reading »

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MADDER…….MADDER…..MADDER

What a beautiful sunny day! I’m going to take advantage of this beautiful weather and make a start on increasing the number of my madder beds. Madder has been cultivated as a dyestuff since antiquity in central Asia and Egypt. Cloth dyed with madder root pigment was found in the tomb of Tutankamun. Madder root  Continue Reading »

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Kid’s Club make Felt Balls

Today the Kid’s Club had a great time making felt balls. During the workshop the children learnt how to wet felt around a small soft ball. They also learnt how to nuno felt to add more interest to the project. We began by covering the work surfaces with solar pool covering to provide the textured  Continue Reading »

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Jean Beales was born in the UK. She is a qualified Montessori teacher. She has run her own nursery school and Kid’s Club in Suffolk for 30 years with over 230 children on the register. Attached to her school is her 12 acre “farm” which is the schools outdoor classroom where she endeavours to provide  Continue Reading »

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