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…

Hand spinning

Hand spinning is such an ancient craft which has been going on in its many forms for thousands of years all over the world. Drop spindles are the most accessible way of learning to spin and there is archaeological evidence of hand-spun yarn as old as 20,000 years, which is remarkable to think it has … read more…

Craft holidays -Special April Offer!

Special Offer £50 off one of our week long retreats before the end of April 2016. Join us on our Fleece to Felt week (May 21st-28th), our new Dye to Hand Spin week or our Craft Retreat and get £50 off. Unique craft holidays and courses in the Scottish Highlands! Come to the Highlands of Scotland … read more…

Felting weekend course

We have had a great weekend felting in the barn. We used a mix of fleeces, but mostly Shetland and Blue-de maine all the colours were naturally dyed using plant dyes. We carded the fleece using hand-carders and a drum carder. Guests made large wall hangings; Kate’s below was an abstract design she plans to … read more…

Spring craft courses

Natural Dyeing Outdoors It really feels like Spring arrived today, although we had a pretty frozen morning, we had beautiful sunshine all day, which meant I was able to do my first lot of outdoor natural dyeing for 2016. I have been dyeing fleece ready for the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair in March- where … read more…