I have just spent a very special weekend learning natural dyeing with Wild Rose Escapes. If you have looked at my Instagram photos you will have seen that I have been having a lot of fun playing with natural dyeing over the last few months. It appeals to me very much – combining my love of the natural world (especially plants) plus wool and fabric……..with a bit of chemistry thrown in for good measure! I love the idea of being able to create colour with natural materials, it is an age-old skill and has been carried out as long as there was fibre to add colour to.
While I have been really enjoying my experiments at home I felt that I’d move on much more quickly with a little bit of expert help. I’m not sure when I first became aware of Wild Rose Escapes and the courses that Rosie runs but I had a feeling that Rosie’s tuition would be perfect. The courses are set at her home in the woods above Cannich, looking across towards Glen Affric – and best of all it less than an hour from home with the most beautiful drive from our fertile Black Isle into the heart of the Highlands.
Rosie is very lovely and has a great teaching manner and over the course of the 2 days we created 25 colours. The first day we spent dyeing with materials we gathered locally and the second day we used imported dye materials – including creating an indigo dye vat which I was very excited to take part in!
Some of the colours we achieved were very bright and vivid and not really ‘me’, I much prefer more subtle and soft colours on wool, but the point of the course was to learn lots of techniques rather than produce colours suited to individual tastes. So that will be my next challenge – to apply my new natural dyeing skills and knowledge to create colours which I love………watch this space!
I’ll let the photos and notes with them speak for themselves but if you have any questions please do ask. I’d most definitely recommend Rosie’s courses. Have you ever tried dyeing – natural or otherwise? Do you fancy trying?!