Crofting Crafts

Ele and I just got back from the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, where we have spent 4 days demonstrating Crofting Crafts in the rural skills marquee in the countryside arena at the Show. We worked alongside the Galgael Trust. This will be our third year demonstrating at the show. It was great fun but … read more…

Wild Rose News & Offers

Spring News & Special Offers The Ox-eye daisies are just opening and the voles just ate all my kale seedlings! Thora painstakingly transferred her tiny frogs from their tadpole tank into the pond -it’s defintely Spring, everything is growing. A bit of sunshine is just what we all needed. Our sheep have all lambed, although, … read more…

Last minute craft holiday!

Special Offer -£200 off We have one place left on our craft retreat starting this Saturday (May 20th-27th). The week concentrates on wool crafts and includes; a shearing demonstration, foraging for natural dye plants, dyeing fleece, wet felting, spinning and needle felting. The last two days will be spent with Fi Oberon who is a … read more…

Botantical Dyes

I have been on my travels over the Easter holidays and I found myself up in beautiful Durness, which is famous for its stunning beaches, including one of my favorites – Balnakiel, as well as it’s craft village. The craft village is the perfect respite from windy or wet weather as it has cafes and … read more…

Wool & Sheep Day

Teaching wool crafts to school children We had a great day last Thursday running our wool and sheep day at Glen Urquhart High school. We managed to get children from all of the three local primary schools, Cannich, Balnain and Glen Urquhart schools. We had 55 children all P6’s and P7’s. We worked in collaboration … read more…

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…

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…