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…

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…

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…

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…

Spring courses

It has been a while… Things have been very busy here this Spring. We have had our relaxation retreat, the Highland wool festival and weekend courses. Alex is also back building the house. The shed and garage are now up and the foundations in. Next we have to harvest more trees to finish off the … read more…

New Fleece to Felt week in August

New date for our Fleece to Felt weeks! Our July craft holiday is now full so we have an extra week in August (8th-15th). If you fancy learning something new and completely different a craft retreat in Highlands of Scotland might be just the thing…Shearing demos, foraging for dye plants, making natural dyes, sorting and … read more…