Until the end of March we are offering £50 off our May Craft Retreat! May 19th-26th 2018
Join us for natural dyeing, wet felting, needle felting and a little bit of spinning…
Watch Alex hand-shear one of our lovely Shetland sheep, then sort and wash fleece. Enjoy foraging in the woods for dye plants, including; Bracken, Gorse flowers and tree Lichen. Make stunning natural colours from botanical dyes. Incorporate your foraged dyes along with ancient imported dye plants, including Madder and Indigo to make a rainbow of colour. We dye the traditional Highland way outdoors over a fire. Spend time in our barn and learn how to card and have a go at wet felting.
“A relaxing and wonderfully creative craft retreat in the Scottish Highlands”
While the fleece you have dyed is drying, enjoy visiting some of the area’s beautiful scenery- take in glen Affric and Plodda waterfalls, some of the most beautiful spots in Scotland.
The last two days are spent with Fi Oberon, who is one of Britain’s most talented needle felters, she is renowned for the wildlife sculptures she makes, and last year released her excellent book on needle felting. She will tutor for the last two days, teaching everyone how to create unique needle felted sculptures from the fleece which has been dyed. An amazing process, which is enhanced by using our naturally dyed fleece, creating a more subtle and natural look to needle felted animals and birds.
Natural Dyeing, Felting, Needle Felting, Spinning and more…
Our craft retreat is a perfect week for creative people looking for a craft holiday. We are located just 40 minutes West of Inverness, in an area known as Strathglass. The woods where we live look out to Glen Affric and we are just 10 miles from Loch Ness. We pick all our guests up from Inverness, which can be easily reached by plane or train.
Enjoy lovely accommodation at the Old Stables, which has been beautifully renovated, with underfloor heating and lots of space to relax and craft! Evenings can be spent finishing off craft projects, learning to spin and enjoying a homely atmosphere.
If you are looking for a relaxing, creative holiday our Fleece to Needle Felt week might be just the thing!
Feel looked after, with all your meals provided for the week -we love to cook and can cater for any dietary needs, we use as much local produce as possible and try to keep things healthy and always tasty!
If you feel like escaping with us get in touch…