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September Workshops & Farm Visit 2022

Sunday 18th September 2022, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Diana has very kindly offered to host another wonderful Guild visit to her farm for OGWSD members.

We have two mini workshops on offer, or bring your own project to work on.

Please bring your own chair, lunch, and whatever you need for the weather (sun hat, jumper…!)  There is shelter under cover if it is wet.  There will be some refreshments but cake donations will be gratefully received.

Try tie and dye with indigo and/or natural dyes and/or bring your crafting.

Tie and dye in an indigo vat with Angela Pawlyn
Angela hopes to cover some methods of tying the cloth before dyeing, using some cold water reactive dyes, retying the cloth and then redyeing in the indigo vat.

To have a go at this activity you will need to bring:

  • one or two pieces of dry white cotton cloth no more than 15×15 inches (the cloth gets wetted after it has been tied)
  • cotton thread
  • a needle
  • small stones or marbles (there will be some objects to tie in, too)
    if you want to have a go with yarn you could bring a couple of small skeins of natural yarns such as silk, which you have wetted, e.g. with warm water and a drop of detergent (indigo works well on all natural fibres)
  • rubber gloves/aprons to protect your clothes and hands from the dye
  • plastic bags to take your dyed items home

If you have any old washing up bowls or buckets, please bring some along.

Natural dyeing with Carole Thorpe and Amanda Henriques
Carole and Amanda will run natural dyeing techniques on wool, for which you will need to bring:

  • skeins of wool no heavier than 15gms which you have wetted out ahead of time
  • each skein should be marked in such a way that you recognise it as your own – don’t use initials as there are duplications!  (tip: tyvec wrist bands are useful when dyeing as they don’t deteriorate in water and you can still read them months later when you’ve forgotten what the dye was and what the fibre is!)
  • rubber gloves and apron
  • notebook/pencil for making notes if you want to
  • plastic carrier bags to take your dyed items home



Sunday 18th September 2022
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Oxford Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers