Spend a few days here on the banks of the River Wye, learning everything about wool, from processing raw fleece through to finished items.
My courses will teach you weaving, felting and natural dyeing with plants gathered from our dye garden, to make wonderful colours on silky, lustrous wool.
There is also time to sit and watch the river go by, as you take a break or eat the delicious lunch we provide.
2021 Dates at
The Forge, Byford, Herefordshire
Including Plant Dyeing, Peg Loom Weaving, Brinkley Loom Weaving and Felting.
24th, 25th & 26th July
28th, 29th & 30th August
£285 per person* inclusive of materials and lunch, which is always vegetarian. Please let me know if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.
Please note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, workshops may have to be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice and/or government guidelines on social distancing/PPE will need to be adhered to.
However it is worth booking early, as our 2020 workshop was full and had a waiting list.
Deposits for any workshops cancelled due to Covid-19 will be refunded if you are unable to attend an alternative date.
3 Day Workshops
Plant Dyeing, Peg Looming, Weaving and Felting
Day One · Saturday · Plant Dyeing
You will learn about chemical and natural mordanting, then gather dye plants from my garden and begin the dyeing process. We will also use an indigo bath to dye fabric (usually linen, cotton or silk), which participants should provide themselves. When the dyed fleece is dry, you will put together sample cards showing the myriad of colours produced by the group.
During the day I will show you different fleeces, how to sort and wash one. I supply fleece, some of which I have pre-mordanted.
Day Two · Sunday · Peg Looms
You will learn to card fleece and weave a peg loom mat or hanging using some of the wool dyed the day before and a range of naturally coloured fleece.
Peg loom weaving is a simple and effective way of using wool. I have peg looms made from different woods, and this is a chance to design and make something beautiful to take home with you.
Day Three · Monday · Brinkley Looms
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. I can also demonstrate spinning on a spinning wheel.
At the end of the three days, you should have two or three samples to take home with you, and a very good over all knowledge of the process of using wool from the sheared fleece to the finished products.
Book a place on a Plant Dyed Wool workshop
Please use the form below to request a place. You will be contacted to pay a deposit and confirm your place.
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NICE THINGS SAID
"Beautiful colours, beautiful days, wonderful fun.”
“I haven’t been this relaxed in years! And I’ve never achieved so much whilst being so relaxed!”
“The tuition, company, food, colours, inspiration and setting were all outstanding.”
“One of the best weekend courses I have ever participated in.”
“A course you can go and do on your own and feel totally included.”
“Thank you for providing the space for such a soul nourishing time.”
“I highly recommend this course for anyone with even a passing interest in fibre.”
“It was like a retreat; a really special place.”