On Wednesday October 18th 2017 the National Wool Museum in Drefach Felindre hosted a Woolly Day. We contributed to the day by having a stand to publicise the work done by the group and by providing our end of season dye workshop. This workshop was led by Susan with other group members assisting throughout the day. Pupils from Ysgol Penboyr attended and the general public had open access to view the activities of the workshop at any time.
Several products, for example dyer’s coreopsis and dyer’s chamomile harvested from the dye garden, were used to dye yarn, wool and cotton cloth. The dyed fleece was used for felt making in the mini felting workshop held on the Speed Crafting day. Dye modification using a liquid made from vinegar and rusty nails was also demonstrated. The gradual colour change from autumnal yellow to olive green fascinated the children!
Phuopsis roots, freshly dug up in the morning while the children looked on, yielded a lovely pinky red colour.
This successful workshop captured the interest of all who attended and generated many questions from the children.
The Llanwenog Sheep Society also provided a stand to publicise the breed which is local to the area.
This was a successful day with much interest shown in the Natural Dye Garden project.
Speed Crafting Day
A further opportunity to take part in a mini natural dye workshop was provided at the Speed Crafting day held on October 21st at the National Wool Museum. The Natural Dye Garden Group again had a stand displaying a range of fresh flowers, dried flowers and roots with examples of fleece dyed from those products. Gardening Club members were on hand to answer any gardening questions. A nature quiz was also on offer to any children who wanted to give it a go.
The focus now is to prepare the beds for winter, reflect on the year and plan for next year.