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Natural Dyeing workshops 

 

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2016 Workshops

I like to plan wherever possible for folk to explore the dye garden before turning their attention to the dyeing process. Therefore I prefer to run these workshops during the summer months. I like to discuss the cultivation of a dye garden and give tips on growing and perhaps help you develop your own dye garden at home.

An important aspect of my natural dyeing workshops is to provide students with knowledge and confidence to continue on their own, using locally sourced products as far as possible or indeed to encourage them to grow their own dye plants.

This series of workshops offers a wonderful introduction to the amazing world of natural dyes.
Each workshop involves practical hand-on involvement which can be messy, therefore I recommend that you wear old clothes and bring a waterproof apron.

Our Alpacas

Whilst exploring the dye garden we will say “hello” to the alpacas as it is their alpaca fleece we will be using for our dyeing workshop.

  • Alpaca fibre is 3 times warmer than wool and much finer.
  • It is lightweight, soft and luxurious.
  • It is very durable.
  • It dyes well.
  • It also blends extremely well with other fibres
  • Alpaca fibre is ideal for making soft, loftier yarns for knitting.
  • Alpaca fibre can be used for felting.

During the workshops you will dye a silk scarf and 50g of alpaca fibre or yarn for you to take home and use as you wish.

I hope the workshops offer you an opportunity to discover your own creativity and the plants and the alpacas will inspire you.

In Medieval Britain the earliest dyes used were:

  • Madder – producing an orange/red colour
  • Woad – producing an inky blue colour
  • Weld – producing a yellow colour

Therefore the dyes I have chosen to grow and use are ancient dyes - all natural, with excellent light and washfast qualities.

There is tremendous satisfaction in being self-sufficient and growing your own dye plants. 


DYEING WITH WOAD AND INDIGO = BEAUTIFUL BLUES

Woad has a long association with East Anglia, in particular with Boudicca and the Iceni tribe who painted their faces with woad to make them look fierce before going into battle!

The blue pigment in woad is the same as indigo but not as concentrated.

Dyeing with woad and indigo never ceases to amaze me!

This workshop will include discussion on indigo natural fermentation vats and how to maintain them. I have a vat which is still active after 4 years. I will demonstrate various samples using my fermentation vat and you will see for yourselves the magic of this amazing dye. However, it does take time for a fermentation vat to work, therefore it will not be possible for you to make such a vat for you to take home with you, but if you would like to, you could buy the "ingredients" from me to start your own vat when you return home.

I will also explain how you can dry the woad pigment for permanent storage to be used at a later date. I will also demonstrate over-dyeing weld over woad to produce gorgeous greens. Again you will have the opportunity to dye your own samples to take home.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 24th AUGUST 2016

TIME: 10.00am - 3.00pm

COST: £60.00 including materials

Tea, coffee and cake provided - please bring your own packed lunch



DYEING WITH WELD = YUMMY YELLOWS

Weld is an ancient dye, said to have been used to dye the robes of the Vestal Virgins in Roman Times.

Weld produces an outstanding yellow on all protein fibres.During this workshop I will show you how to create beautiful, lightfast and washfast yellows from this humble but amazing plant.

When over-dyed with woad it produces an outstanding green which is aid to have been used to dye the clothes of Robin Hood and his Merry Men in the 13th century.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 31st AUGUST, 2016

TIME: 10.00am - 3.00pm

COST: £60.00 including materials

Tea, coffee and cake provided - please bring your own packed lunch




DYEING WITH MADDER = RUSTY REDS

Madder is a perennial climbing plant. The roots can be over three feet long and are usually harvested in the third or fourth year of growth. It is considered an ancient or heirloom dye plant. It has been used throughout history for the brilliant orange and red hues it can produce.

Textiles dyed with madder have been discovered in archaeological sites, tombs and graves dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

All parts of the plant contain the pigment alizarin, but the roots have the greatest concentration. The famous red - called Turkey Red was produced using the madder root.

During the workshop i will show you how to produce a deep red/orange from this coarse and sprawling plant.

Madder is easy to grow but can be difficult to start from seed, so another bonus of this workshop is that you can - if you wish, take home with you half a dozen rooted plants for you to add to your own dye garden or to encourage you to start one of your own!

DATE: WEDNESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2016

TIME: 10.00am -3.00pm

COST: £60.00 including materials

Tea,coffee and cake provided - please bring your own packed lunch.

 

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WET FELTING WORKSHOPS

Feltmaking is a wonderful hobby. It is fun and affordable. it requires very little equipment and is easy to do at home. Once you understand the basics of wet feltmaking you can use it to make bags, purses, scarves, slippers, jewellery, bunting, hats, wrist warmers, wall hangings, table runners, cushion covers, lampshades, shawls, jackets and so much more. It's totally addictive!

 

INTRODUCTION TO WET FELTING

The wet felting workshops are designed as a fascinating and enjoyable introduction to this ancient craft. 

Learn how to make a flat piece of felt using the wet felting method. Participants will come away with a simple flat piece and can choose to make a cushion front, a wall hanging or table mats.

DATE: WEDNESDAY 14th SEPTEMBER, 2016

TIME: 10.00am - 3.00pm

COST: £60.00 materials included

Tea, coffee and cake provided - please bring your own packed lunch.



INTRODUCTION TO PEG LOOM WEAVING

This is an introduction to weaving on the peg loom. Inexpensive, quick to set up and easy to use.. The peg loom is great for making - place mats, cushions, rugs, bags, scarves and much more!

The cost of the workshop includes a 12 peg loom for you to keep and continue using at home. Warning- this is likely to become a addiction!

DATE: WEDNESDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2016 

TIME: 10.00am - 3.00pm

COST: £45 - TO INCLUDE 12 INCH PEG LOOM

Tea, coffee and cake provided - please bring a packed lunch


If you have any questions about the workshops or would like to book a place please email me:  jean.beales@btinternet.com or call on 07971 457 184

A 50%  non returnable deposit is required with the booking. The balance is due 2 weeks before the workshop date.

I can take card bookings over the telephone.

I am happy to organise additional workshops for groups of 4 people at a mutually convenient date and time.

During the summer I am happy to do group tours of the dye garden and visit the alpacas - give a demonstration/talk and provide light refreshments which takes approx. 2 hours.Cost £30

Enquiries can be made by contacting Jean Beales on 07971 457 184 or via the contact form on the Busy Bees Farm Website


Refreshments will be served in our splendid 30 foot Mongolian yurt which is a wonderful experience in itself and is very popular with our visitors.