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Woolley Weekend

Woolley Weekend 8th - 11th July

Enjoy a Weekend of activities at the farm all focused on various different ways of using wool. You'll be guided by instructors with years of experience on their particular subject. See below for the timetables for each day the activities available and more information on the Tutors. You can attend for as many days as you wish in order to experience those activities of interest to you. There are a number of local B & B's and camp sites we can recommend should you wish to stay for more than 1 day.

Friday 8th July

9.30 am Arrive and meet the other participants over a coffee.

10.00 am  Peg Loom Weaving.

10.00 am Plant Dying

1.00 pm   Lunch

1.30 pm    Continue with selected course.

4.00 pm Finish, Travel home or stay and socialise to discuss your days experience.

 

Book for Friday the 8th July, £70.00 per day for any of the available courses.

Saturday 9th July

9.30 am Arrive and meet other participants over a coffee.

10.00 am Iron Age History & Drop Spindle.

10.00 am Using a spinning wheel. *** Now Only Available Sunday. ***

10.00 am Plant Dying

10.00 am Needle Felting.

1.00 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Continue with selected course.

4.00 pm Finish, Travel home or stay and socialise to discuss your days experience.

Book for Saturday 9th July, £70.00 per day for any of the available courses. 

Sunday 10th July

9.30 am Arrive and meet other participants over a coffee.

10.00 am Felted Fleece

10.00 am Iron Age History & Drop Spindle

10.00 am Using a Spinning wheel.

1.00 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Continue with selected course.

4.00 pm Finish, Travel home or stay and socialise to discuss your days experience.

Book for Sunday 10th July, £70.00 per day for any of the available courses.

Monday 11th July

9.30 am Arrive and meet other participants over coffee.

10.00 am Tapestry Weaving

10.00 am Needle Felting

1.00 pm Lunch

1.30 pm Continue with selected course.

4.00 pm Finish, Travel home or stay and discuss your days experience.

Book for Monday 11th July, £70.00 per day for any of the available courses.

Booking available for the complete weekend to cover all the courses and demonstrations available at a reduced rate of £250.00

Tutors

Sharon Smith

Peg Loom Weaving. Felted Fleece. Tapestry Weaving.

Maggie Oliver - Using a Spinning Wheel

Hello. I’m Maggie Oliver, and basically, I'm a laceweight spinner, wool alpaca and silk, and am pleased to be taking part in this special weekend! I was brought up in a family of knitters crocheters and needlework, men too and got an A level! I first got into spinning some 40 years ago when I became even more disillusioned with plastic yarns and imported food and the way that all things British were becoming unfashionable! I played for a year then went on a course with a shepherdess, who spun, designed knitted and wove. She became my mentor and friend! We spun at many shows, and I had to learn about the breeds, champion Jacob, Manx and later Corriedale and the husbandry and breed lines her husband being a primitive sheep judge! Joining the RBS and BCSBA was like walking into a very upmarket sweetie shop! I entered competitions and won! Passionate about the breeds for many years I made sheep cards with specific breeds! I taught and talked and demonstrated. I've become aware of people having joint problems, a course with Margaret Stove sorted that! Of the cost of equipment, sorted that and waste, what’s that? So, from choosing a fleece, sorting, prepping to spinning and finishing, just ask! I don't card or comb, we can't do it all and what you do must suit you and the fleece! It's about rules and giving people the confidence to bend them when they know how! So, I've come off my mountain to in my late friends words, demonstrate that it's a serious subject that you can have a lot of fun doing. So, pull up your wheels, let’s spin.

Jane Brodley - Plant Dyeing

Arcadia Plants is an independent nursery and natural dyeing workshop based in south Shropshire. My background is in vintage textile conservation and horticulture. I grow or forage for local and traditional dye plants, run workshops in natural dyeing and sell embroidery and knitting wool, and linen fabric for historical re-enactors. I use the three most historically important dye plants, madder, weld and woad, to obtain red, yellow and blue, which can be over-dyed to create a wide range of permanent colours. I am interested in the history of dyeing and engaged in historical research.

Beck Burton - Needle Felting

Hello everyone! I am Beck Burton and I love wool and natural fibres. I am so excited to be part of the Woolley Weekend and a bit nervous too - really hope everyone enjoys the needle felting and gets to take something fun home. Bit of background on me. Once upon a time, in a land far far away - well a long time ago and somewhere in Bristol - I studied sculpture. This proved to be of very little help to earning a living so I sold out and got a proper job. I didn’t think about the fact that I had always made things, knitting, sewing, ceramics, quilting, Christmas cards, anything really, it never occurred to me that it could be my main “thing”. Then, my Auntie Olive decided to retire her woolliness and, as the only one in the family who had ever shown an interest, she very kindly gave me her wheel, all the trimmings, fleeces, yarn and latch hooks. This was great, but I didn’t know anything about it, so decided I’d learn how to spin and rug. A simple start to a big fibre adventure. Since then I’ve been spinning, making latch hook rugs, needle felting, simple weaving, had a go at card weaving (now that is weird) and almost anything else fibrous! I can’t stop. I really enjoy sharing what I have found out with people so far - there’s always something new to learn and everyone seems to discover something new in their own way of learning and doing, it’s great! I look forward to meeting the Woolley Weekenders and hopefully both passing on some fun things as well as learning something new.

Katherine Keatley - History & Drop Spindle

I have been stitching since I was eight, I started with small simple kits and gradually taught myself other techniques and skills. Having trained as a primary schoolteacher, I taught for 10 years, but due to illness, left teaching and went to complete my Certificate from the Royal School of Needlework. I worked for Heritage Stitchcraft and ran Zweigart’s UK distribution for 3 years. Since then I have built up my business as a textile designer and tutor . I am a complete thread junkie, I love all threads, wools, silks, everything. The colours and texture pull me in. As a result, I don’t like to constrain myself to using one style or technique, I like to use what inspires me, and what I want to do at that time. I love nature, and a lot of my inspiration comes from walking my dogs and watching the world around me. My other love is history, and this also influences my work. I offer workshops focusing on traditional textiles, Iron Age spinning, weaving, and dyes, Embroidery, and felt making.