A cosy cottage for couples or families to enjoy the farm
Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee as Helen introduces the techniques of spinning and plant dying.
Sort the fleeces, prepare and card them ready for spinning and dyeing.
Get to know the spinning wheel and have a go yourself.
Enjoy a delicious farm cooked lunch.
Ply your yarn before learning the essentials for plant-dyeing and have a go at dyeing yarn yourself.
Admire your handiwork over a well-earned cuppa and slice of cake.
This hands-on workshop will give you a great introduction into the world of wool spinning and natural plant dyeing.
In the morning you'll learn how to sort the fleece and card with hand and drum carders, before moving onto spinning and plying. There will be three different types of spinning wheels for you to try.
In the afternoon you'll cover the first steps in dyeing your own yarn, using foraged plant materials and store cupboard ingredients. You'll discuss the use of mordants to fix colours, scouring and the different colours that plants produce.
At the end of the day you'll take home yarn that has been hand spun and dyed.
Plant dyeing can get a bit messy so please remember to bring an apron.
We'll provide all the materials for this course and at the end of the day you'll take home yarn that has been hand spun and dyed.