plant Dyeing workshops

Plaw Hatch Flock + Field & Folk

Gala and Deborah have been offering plant dyeing workshops at Plaw Hatch Farm since 2015. Gala is shepherd to the Plaw Hatch flock and is responsible for developing the wool side of the enterprise, her mother Deborah has been studying plant dyeing for over a decade. 

We love being able to share  the joy of dyeing the wool of the Plaw Hatch sheep with plants foraged from the farm that they graze. It is a wonderfully nourishing experience and an opportunity to make a deep connection with the land while learning about the craft of natural dyeing. 

There has been some lovely feedback from participants and you will find some of the comments below, along with  galleries of some of the dye courses we have run over the past couple of years. We are always adding new courses and they fill up quickly so if you would like to be the first to hear about them please join our mailing list. We won't send you emails about anything else, we promise!

We look forward to meeting you,

Gala and Deborah


Upcoming workshops

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Upcoming Plant Dyeing Workshops

Dates for Workshops in 2019 will be announced soon please join our mailing list to be the first to hear about them

Madder and Weld Dyeing Workshop

in the Hillsdown Farm Kitchen

- April 2018

Meanwhile I spent the day at a gorgeous natural dye workshop run by the lovely mother and daughter duo @field_folk and @farmergala .

From: https://www.instagram.com/p/BiITERJBMdU/?taken-by=one.the.square


Woad Dyeing Workshop at plaw hatch farm - Autumn 2017

"WOAD. The second day of learning about natural plant dyes with @field_folk@plawhatchfarm on Saturday was truly nourishing. Again, the beautiful surroundings of this biodynamic farm made it all the more special. We worked closely with the plant from harvesting the leaves to creating these stunning shades of blue, using the Plawhatch wool.
I now have a rainbow of Madder, Weld & Woad dyed pieces, which I plan to use for a wall hanging. Thank you @farmergala too, for creating & hosting these wonderful workshops."

From: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAJFWcFTPl/?taken-by=launette


Madder and Weld Dyeing workshop at plaw hatch farm - autumn 2017

"I had such a wonderful day @plawhatchfarm with @field_folk learning more about natural dyeing. Focusing today on Madder & Weld. We achieved quite a surprising array of vibrant shades. It was a really wonderful workshop~ done with care & attention to detail. The magic of this farmland along with misty, rainy backdrop made it memorable."

From: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaAJFWcFTPl/?taken-by=launette

"I had a lovely relaxing day exploring natural dyeing with #madder and #weld @plawhatchfarm with @field_folk and @farmergala it was so nice to do something different."

From: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZtqQg9BMG-/?taken-by=sarahlocklighting


Hedgerow Dyeing Workshop at plaw hatch farm - Autumn 2017

"I'm so mesmerised by the colours we found hidden in the hedgerows I am just sitting here gazing at them while measuring up my first homemade mordant. Thank you for an unforgettable and inspiring day."

From: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZthRsRHvyr/?taken-by=janesybilla

"I had an inspiring and relaxing day at @plawhatchfarm yesterday with @field_folk , gathering hedgerow plants and dyeing beautiful wool. Such a fascinating, potiony process! I so recommend Deborah Barker's wool workshops. She has a great wealth of knowledge and her passion is inspiring!"

From: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZs432QjG4M/?taken-by=egypthousefarm


Hedgerow Dyeing Workshop at plaw hatch farm - Autumn 2016


Hedgerow Dyeing Workshop at plaw hatch farm - Autumn 2015