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OUR NATURAL DYEING WORKSHOP FINDS A NEW HOME

Claudia Gosse All Blog Posts Natural Dyeing News Sustainable Textiles

Yesterday I held my first natural dyeing workshop in its new home -mine! After several years of packing up the back of the car with all the boxes required to get the equipment to every new workshop venue – that’s pots and pans, sieves and tongs, yarns and fabrics, dyes and mordants, buckets and cloths, hobs and handouts and a lot else besides – I wondered if perhaps it would be better to set up a workshop space at home. Running natural dyeing workshops at Elka Textiles’ studio, just outside Winchester, was a joy; light and airy, plenty of space,...

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MADDER – PART 2

Claudia Gosse Natural Dyeing Sustainable Textiles

 If you didn’t catch PART 1 of this blog you may like to have a quick look at it before going on to PART 2 – but it’s not essential. PART 1  gave an outline of the importance of the madder plant (Rubia tinctorum) to ancient dyeing communities and to international trade in times past, until the development of the first man-made dyes in the mid 19th century.  But with current concerns about the environmental damage caused by the synthetic dyeing industry, there is a renewed interest in this remarkable natural plant dye, both commercially and to the home dyer....

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FIBRE QUEST 2023

Ellie Fisher Ethical Textiles Natural Dyeing Sustainable Textiles

Mothering Sunday conveniently fell on the weekend of Fibre Quest this year and, as my daughter and I were visiting my folks, we turned it into a family outing.   Fernhill Farm,  is an eco-farm in Somerset that has been breeding sheep for over thirty years and advocates the principles of Regenerative Farming (RF), a system of working the land that offers an alternative to intensive farming practices. It aims to work in harmony with nature to restore soil health and biodiversity, contributing to the enrichment of the local ecology and the mitigation of climate change. Fibre Quest is a...

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MADDER – PART 1

Claudia Gosse All Blog Posts Natural Dyeing

Madder (Rubia tinctorum) is a plant that has been harnessed for thousands of years by dyeing communities around the world.  A member of the extensive Rubiacae family of plants, which includes the coffee plant, it is native to Central and Southern Europe, North Africa and Central Asia. 

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Online Frame/ Tapestry Weaving Courses

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Find out about our selection of online frame/ tapestry weaving courses, including a breakdown of all the weaving techniques you'll learn and the support that's available.

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