Plant Dyeing and Felting with Organic Welsh Wool
Mon October 5th to Fri October 9th
June 2021 - dates to follow
In this workshop we will be starting right from the beginning, learning a basic wet felt technique to make small pieces of felt which will be cut and sewn to make a pair of indoor slippers. You will have time to decorate your slippers with applique and learn how to needle felt.
To dye the felt when it is made, you will be exploring the wonders of colours hidden in plants and foods. A combination of kitchen craft and safe chemistry will release a range of delicate coloured dyes which are non-toxic and safe to use.
Wet felt making is an ancient tradition where fabric is made by physically pounding and rolling woollen fleece, saturated with a hot soapy liquid, until it mats into a soft durable textile fabric.
It is a simple and rewarding process with many practical and decorative uses, and can also be moulded and stitched to make a vast array of clothing and accessories. Fashion and interior designers constantly work with this beautiful malleable fabric to make furnishings, hats, bags, accessories, jackets and coats. It is water resistant and flameproof.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn this age old technique in the heart of the glorious Welsh countryside. We will be using eco-friendly and contemporary materials which are intrinsically linked to the local area and also support our small businesses. The Welsh wool fleece comes from a picturesque nearby farm, that is cruelty free and 100% certified organic.
Weather permitting we will explore the surrounding land foraging for wild roots and plants that we can use also use in the dye baths. There will be lots of time for discussion and sharing ideas.
All materials and equipment will be provided, including a handmade note book for recording your processes.
There will also be organic welsh wool available for sale, to take home with you.
- Arrival Monday afternoon from 4pm onwards
- Monday evening meet the group and your tutor
- Felting sessions 10 am to 1 pm and 2pm to 4.30 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri morning
- Friday Afternoon leave after lunch
- 4 nights accommodation (see our separate accommodation pages for more info)
- Continental breakfast and light buffet lunch each day served in the big hall of the main house
- Tuition during the sessions and access to the studio until 10pm Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings
Prices for the course and all accommodation
- One person in a single room (shared bathroom) £550
- One person in a double/twin room or glamping £650
- Two people, both felting, in a double/twin room or glamping £899 (£449.50 each)
- One felter with non participating partner in a double/twin room or glamping £699
- Family glamping option - up to 2 children £80 extra
Tutor:- Louise BirdLouise has a BA (Hons) first class in painting and drawing, but always returns to work with her first love - textiles. She has been a community artist for over 16 years, leading workshops and projects for charities, galleries and organisations for people of all ages and abilities. She has had projects funded by The Arts Council of Wales, work exhibited in galleries in Wales and in England. (And she crochets hats!)