Brinkley Loom


Summer Workshop Dates 2018

July 14th, 15th & 16th - Plant dyeing, peg loom weaving, Brinkley loom weaving and felting.

July 28th, 29th & 30th - Plant dyeing, peg loom weaving, Brinkley loom weaving and felting.

September 1st, 2nd & 3rd- Plant dyeing, peg loom weaving, Brinkley loom weaving and felting.

I am running two or three other workshops, not from my home, but dates haven't been confirmed yet.


Wool workshops:  £250 for 3 days, inclusive of materials and lunch, which is always vegetarian. 

Contact Jane re deposit to confirm your place.  Cheques to be made out to Jane Meredith and Bank Transfer details on request.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  I try very hard not to cancel workshops, and have only had to do it a couple of times in 10 years or so. I would give you two weeks notice and of course return your deposit if it becomes necessary.

Mud Resist, block printing and shibori on fabric using Natural and Mineral Dyes

We no longer run indigo and block printing/shibori classes here.  Alex Madden, who has been dong some wonderful workshops at her home in Coleshill, is also not running any this year as they are looking to move at some point. But keep an eye on our websites and hopefully they will start again in a year's time. 

You can contact her by phoning: 01793 86178901793 861789 or through her blog: http://naturaldyepot.wordpress.com/workshops/.


Dabu Workshop





3 Day Workshops Saturday




3 Day Workshops Sunday




3 Day Workshops Monday


3 Day Workshops

Plant Dyeing, Peg Looming, Weaving and Felting


Day One is plant dyeing day. I supply fleece, some of which I have pre-mordanted. I will tell you about chemical and natural mordanting, then you will gather dye plants from my garden and begin the dyeing process. If the woad is ready we will do a woad bath. During the day I will also show you different fleeces and how to sort and wash one. If there is time we will begin to learn hand carding, so that you have some wool prepared for the next day. We can use the indigo and rust bath for tie dyeing fabric, usually linen, cotton or silk, which people should provide for themselves.


Day Two This is the day when you will use the wool that has been dyed the day before to weave a peg loom mat or hanging. You can hand and drum card the wool first. Peg loom weaving is a simple and effective way of using wool. You will have a choice of naturally coloured fleece to work with, and will be able to weave in many colours. I have peg looms made from different woods, and this is a chance to design and make something beautiful to take home with you. There is also time to sit and watch the river go by.


Day Three On this day I will show you how to use a Brinkley loom and also how to make a sculptural piece of felt, a bag or a bowl as well as flat felt. There will be a chance to do some spinning on a hand spindle, and I will demonstrate spinning on a spinning wheel. You should have two or three samples to take home with you, and if you do all three days you will have a very good over all knowledge of the process of using wool from the sheared fleece to the finished products.

Summer School


The Summer School towards the end of August will extend and enlarge on details of choosing fleeces and their preparation. I will have a range of fleeces from different types of sheep, including Soay, Cotswold, Wensleydale, Castlemilk Moorit, Shetland, and others. We will carefully go through the whole process of how to wash and dry fleece, and which fleeces might be best used for all the different skills to be learnt, particularly spinning and felting.

More time will be available to spend on feltmaking and weaving, as well as the plant dyeing day, and the course holders will take groups of 2 or 3 to teach spinning on a wheel.  Please be aware that this will be a starter, and practise is needed to become proficient.



We will look at many kinds of sheep fleece discovering and noting their different qualities and how these may be used.

Hands on experience in how to choose the right fleece for the job and how to wash and dry it.

Carding fleece, by hand and with a drum carder, and hand spindle spinning it.

Experimenting with how quickly and how easily (or not) the different fleeces felt.

Needle felting (sometimes called dry felting) an animal or a figure.

Cultivation of a dye garden – what plants thrive where, and tips on growing.

Plant dyeing, making a wonderful assortment of colours - all the rainbow and more!

Tie dyeing on fabric with indigo and rust.

Learning to spin on a wheel.

Weaving a peg loom mat or wall hanging from the wool that you have dyed the previous day.

Weaving on a Brinkley loom, a simple loom on which you can make a scarf, belt, wall hanging.

Making a sculptural piece of felt, a bowl, or a bag possibly.


I am not offering Bed and Breakfast this year or evening meals.  There are several lovely B & B places nearby.  Please contact them directly:

Martin & Virginia Taylor, Lower Farmhouse, Byford,.

01981 590331.  Martin@mhtaylor.co.uk & virginia@virginiataylor.co.uk

Lower Farmhouse is about a 5 minute walk from our house.

Audrey Mayson, The Old Rectory, Byford.

01981 590218.  audreymayson@gmail.com 

The Old Rectory is about 10 minutes walk from our house.

Di Powell, Lower House, Staunton on Wye, HR4 7LR.

01981 500117. 

Staunton on Wye is a 10 minute drive from us.

Pru Cartwright, Brobury House, Bredwardine.

www.broburyhouse.co.uk   01981 500229. enquiries@broburyhouse.co.uk

Brobury house is a 15 minute drive from ours.

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