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 both the land while also 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
Hedgerow Dyeing - SOLD OUT
29th September 2018 - 10.30am till 5pm
Join Deborah and Gala at Plaw Hatch to create a rich, subtle range of colours on wool with plants foraged, found and cultivated on the farm. Our dyeing will take place deep in the heart of the farm in an open barn providing an opportunity to slow down and connect with the rhythm of the season.
We will spend the morning walking the land together to discover and gather dye plants from the hedgerows, fields and dye garden with an eye to improving the ecology of the land. We will also prepare the wool for dyeing. In the afternoon we will work with the plants to to dye the yarn from the Plaw Hatch Flock who graze the fields. We will aim to create a range of colours and hues depending on what plants we discover.
Madder and weld dyeing
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Join Deborah and Gala at Plaw Hatch to create a rich, subtle range of colours on wool with Madder and Weld. Our dyeing will take place deep in the heart of the farm in an open barn providing an opportunity to slow down and connect with the rhythm of the season.
Madder and Weld, along with woad, are the two main dyes used for centuries in the UK due to the ease with which they can be grown here and their colour fastness. The principle used to create colour with these two dye stuffs will enable you to work with a wide range of colours that can be foraged or cultivated locally. We will also be experimenting with mordants and modifiers to explore how we can create a greater range of colours from one dye plant.
Dyeing with flowers
Saturday 7th July 2018 - 10.30am till 4.30pm
Let the sunshine in! Natural dyeing with Summer Flowers.
Join Deborah and Gala at Plaw Hatch to discover how to capture the delicious colours of summer flowers on wool and silk. Our dyeing will take place deep in the heart of the farm in an open barn providing an opportunity to slow down and connect with the rhythm of the season.
In the morning we will explore the farm garden to harvest some of the flowers we find in Sussex gardens and meadows and prepare the yarn and silk to take the colour. In the afternoon we will use the plants to to dye the beautiful cream yarn from the Plaw Hatch Flock who graze the fields to create a range of colours depending on the flowers in bloom on the day.
Madder and Weld Dyeing Workshop
in the Hillsdown Farm Kitchen
- April 2018
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."
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."
"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."
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."
"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!"