It is a great experience to learn a new craft and why not let it be natural dyeing. Natural dyes are dyes or colourants derived from plants, invertebrates, or minerals. Most natural dyes are extracted from plants, using the roots, leaves, bark, berries and wood. Some natural dyes, however are made from insects including, Cochineal and Lac.
Natural dyeing methods have changed little over time, and its history goes back thousands of years. Our craft courses are a modern day hands on learning experience using ancient dyes such as Madder, Weld, and Cochineal, to name a few, in their natural form as well as extract. These courses are suitable for complete beginners and those that have a little experience.
There is a beauty and depth of colour to natural dye that becomes more beautiful with age. These courses opens the door to that world of colour and you will be amazed at the colours you will be able to produce using Nature and a little knowledge!
Pembrokeshire is a major holiday destination in the UK providing an comprehensive array of holiday activities, including Craft Holidays where you can learn a new craft. Our craft classes and workshops are based on the natural dyeing of fabrics and the hand dyeing of yarn. We have one day and two day craft courses and also some half day 'taster' workshops.
Learn a New Craft - Natural dyeing
Learn how to hand dye protein fibres (animal fibres such as sheep wool, alpaca, yak and silk) or cellulose fibres (plant fibres such as cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo) using the traditional natural dyes.
You will leave with the knowledge to dye yarn and fabrics with lasting colour successfully to use in your projects at home. Located in the north Pembrokeshire countryside, our hands-on craft courses are held in a purpose designed Dye Studio. These courses are suitable for complete beginners and those that have a little experience.
Craft Courses - Where are we?
Our hands-on craft courses are held in our purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are based in the SA37 post code of north Pembrokeshire, Wales. Using the post code with Sat Nav takes you to a farm one mile away, so is not that helpful!! The exact location, with directions and a map will be provided well in advance of each workshop.
We are near (approx 10 miles) to Newport, Pembrokeshire and Poppit Sands, near to Cardigan town.
What to Expect
A 6 hour 'Introduction to Natural Dyeing Workshop', 10.00am to 4.00pm in the FelinFach Dye Studio. The workshop includes includes all the necessary materials, including yarn, cellulose fibres and equipment including aprons and gloves. Just bring yourself!
Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves and other handmade products, all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartans, Sheepskin Rugs,Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Lastly,craft workshops on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh.