Expert in all things wool – CHRISTINE RICHARDS will lead a morning session from 10 am until 1:30 pm held at Grace Crabb’s workshop at Pennal between Machynlleth and Aberdyfi.
Harvest and process natural dyes.
Discover the magic of dyes and mordants.
Take home samples of dyed wool or natural dye baths to start you on your own wool dyeing journey.
Small groups, personal attention.
This Workshop will help you identify which local wild and garden plants are suitable for using as a wool dye.
You will forage plants and return to the Workshop where we will create dyebaths from your foraged material and from selected pre-soaked dye plant material. Four 25g hanks of local Welsh wool will be provided for you to mordant and dye.
We will heat and poke the dye baths whilst coffee and cake are served and we listen to a talk on sheep, fleece, spinning, mordanting and dyeing.
A further trip outside to look at suitable plants might happen if time allows. The wool will then be rinsed, people can take some dye bath home with them to continue soaking the wool to make the colour stronger. Extra undyed and dyed yarns will be available to purchase.
You will need to bring wet weather gear, strong, waterproof footwear, rubber gloves, mask and up to 4 medium sized glass jars with tight fitting lids.
People will leave with 4x25g hanks of plant dyed wool, plus enough knowledge of suitable plants and dyeing processes to try their own dyeing at home,.