How to hand wash fleece

Finally I have managed to put it on our site! Washing/Scouring fleeces Washing a fleece removes lanolin, which will impede the dyeing process if it is not washed out, as the natural grease of the fleece will act as a barrier to the dye. Some spinners like spinning in the grease and leave the fleece … read more…

The Joseph Anderson Archaeological Festival 2016

We spent a wonderful August bank holiday weekend demonstrating prehistoric cookery techniques at the Thrumpster archaeological festival. Caithness is a wild and wonderful part of the Highlands, so it was quite an adventure camping there for three nights with my family. We spent the first day demonstrating simple cookery techniques to school groups. We made … read more…

Craft Retreat

Our new craft retreat is running towards the end of September (24th-October 1st). The retreat will combine craft, walking and optional yoga. Guests can enjoy days foraging for dye plants and making natural dye outdoors over fires, eco printing, as well as creating a felted wall hanging inspired by the stunning landscapes around us. We … read more…

Dye to Hand-Spin Course

We just finished running a wonderful week, our dye to hand-spin course was great fun to run and everyone achieved so much. We managed to wash our fleece, forage for dye plants, make our dyes, dye our beautiful Shetland fleeces and finally spin it! Bridie started off showing everyone how to use a drop spindle … read more…

Craft for relaxation!

I have always found focusing on art and craft has been a brilliant way for me to unwind, concentrating on a project relaxes me and helps me to de-stress; it doesn’t really matter what it is..carding fleece, washing fleece, spinning, wet felting, needle felting or sewing, they all clear my mind. Some of them because … read more…

Natural dyeing -using modifiers

We had a great weekend of dyeing, the sun shone and we made many beautiful colours, lovely to be dyeing outdoors again instead of in the barn. Now everything smells of wood smoke, especially me. We had a little experiment with our Alkaline modifiers, trying to work out which might be the most effective. We … read more…

Learn to hand-spin (£150 off per person)

Calling all crafters with an interest in learning to hand-spin….We have a couple of places left on our dye to hand spin course left and we are currently offering £150 off per person. It will be a wonderful craft holiday, with time to relax, be creative and learn or improve on a skill. We are … read more…

Dye to Hand Spin course

Wild Rose Escapes Dye to Hand Spin week July 9th-16th £50 off if you book before the end of April 2016! Enjoy a relaxing week of craft, learn a new skill  and have a wonderful holiday at the same time. Over the week watch our Shetland sheep being hand-sheared, wash and sort fleece, forage for … read more…