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colours of norfolk textiles retreat

Spend a week developing your creative textile skills, working with local, natural colour and materials on various projects, including dyeing, weaving and stitch. The perfect way to rediscover your creativity in this beautiful part of England. Find visual inspiration from city, coast and countryside. Learn how to work with natural plant dyes like madder, woad and weld to colour fabrics for a slow stitch project and dye skeins of beautiful British wool to weave on a simple loom. Create a collection of unique textiles to take home.

This is a bespoke learning experience, with the opportunity to tailor your learning experience to your own creative needs. The workshops are held in my studio in Aylsham, a charming market town just North of Norwich, ideally situated to explore city, coast, countryside. Retreats are held throughout the year and can be booked at a time to suit you. 

Contact me for more information.  From £95 per day for one to one workshops 1-5 days. Special rates available for small groups (min 2 -max 6) Accommodation can be arranged nearby.

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dye

Before the advent of chemical dyes, all colour came from natural sources. Today natural dyes are enjoying a renaissance as people rediscover how to create these vibrant shades in a sustainable way.  I will share my knowledge and skills with you and show you how to use safe, non toxic materials and methods to get beautiful colour from natural dyes.

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weave

working on a simple loom, you will learn various techniques to create a woven landscape with surface interest and rich textures inspired by your time here in Norfolk.

I also have an 8 shaft floor loom if you are an experienced weaver and would like to use this for your weave project

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stitch

explore stillness and mindful making using simple slow stitch, working with fabrics that you have dyed in natural colour, to create a simple and unique piece that can be made into a cushion cover, or slowly grow into something bigger, like a quilt.