Find us at fairs, festivals and markets near you:
Our own workshop ‘An Introduction to Natural Dyeing and Wool Processing‘ on Saturday 2nd July from 10.30 to 4p.m. at The Outside’s base near Whitchurch-on-Thames in South Oxfordshire.
It will be a practical hands-on day that will cover:
Preparation of wool fibre including scouring, washing, rinsing, mordanting and wetting up.
Preparation of dye vats including water types, pans, containment of dyestuffs, heating, stirring and pH adjustments.
Processing of fleece including carding, spinning and skeining, with regard to the pros and cons of dyeing at each stage.
Looking at the range and fastness of colours feasible from natural dyes plus growing, sustainable gathering, drying, further processing and storage of natural dyes.
We will spend the day outdoors (weather permitting) in a beautiful location very near the River Thames. If it rains we will be able to move into our dyehouse (roofed but open at the side) and marquee / workshop. Dye vats will be heated over a wood fire (weather permitting) and each participant will be able to take home small samples of dyed fleece and any wool spun and dyed during the day.
Participants will be limited to 10 to ensure individual attention.
We will provide an urn of hot water, some nibbles and all the necessaries for making tea, coffee and hot drinks but please bring your own packed lunch.
The cost for the day is £75.
To book your place or if you have any questions about this or potential future workshops, please Contact Us
Archaeology Discovery Day on Sunday 17th July from 11 to 4p.m. at Manor Farm, Hillingdon. We’re looking forward to demonstrating dyeing, weaving on the warp weighted loom and spinning with a drop spindle, at this new event which will celebrate the history and archaeology of Manor Farm and the surrounding area.
Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July from 10 to 5p.m.
We’re looking forward to returning to Salisbury Museum – if you haven’t visited already, then this festival is an ideal time. We’ll be there demonstrating dyeing, spinning and weaving and we’ll also have a marquee with our naturally dyed wares. Wessex Archaeology are screening films about the Amesbury Archer, Stonehenge and Avebury and the Ancient Wessex Network will be there flint knapping and making pots. There’s also archery, Romans and a hurdy gurdy!
Oak Fair Stock Gaylard on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August from 10 to 5p.m.
This is a celebration of the countryside, conservation, woodland, timber, traditional craft, rural history and Dorset. We went for the first time last year and really appreciated the ethos and relaxed nature of the fair. The highlight has to be watching the wonderful heavy horse logging displays. We’ll be there again this year demonstrating dyeing and with a good selection of our naturally dyed wares.