Natural dyeing is without doubt one of the oldest heritage crafts with a history going back thousands of years. During this time, dyeing methods and processes have not changed that much! Natural dyeing today is still a heritage craft carried out by hand using dye ancient dyes from plants, insects and tree barks, such as Madder, Weld, and Cochineal.
We are a member of the Heritage Crafts Association which aims to protect heritage crafts such as natural dyeing. Our ethos at FelinFach is governed by the three words NATURAL - TRADITIONAL - HANDMADE. We strongly believe that hand dyeing animal fibres such as sheep wool, and plant-based fibres such as linen and cotton is a heritage craft that should be preserved.
Natural Dyeing Heritage Crafts Courses
Learn a heritage craft. Our natural dyeing courses are a modern-day hands-on learning experience but still using the same basic ingredients and processes as in times gone by. Our natural dyeing heritage craft courses use ancient dyes such as Madder, Weld, and Cochineal, to name a few, in their natural form as well as extract. Our courses range from half-day "Taster Courses" to 1- and 2-day courses. Full details of all courses, click the button.
Heritage Craft Courses and Workshops
Customers have asked us...
What is a heritage Craft? We think a heritage craft is a skill or process that has been practiced by the human race over many, many years or even centuries. The skills and processes are by hand. Hand dyeing fibres with natural dyes is a heritage craft.
Is Natural Dyeing and Endangered Craft? We think not as the interest in natural dyeing is growing. It remains a small part of the dyeing industry today but we believe demand is growing.
What Crafts are Endangered? The Heritage Crafts Association of which we are a member, maintains the list of endangered crafts, known as the 'Red List'.
Recent Customer Reviews
Here is a selection of Reviews from 2022. All Craft Course reviews are 5 stars! See all Reviews
Debra C. on 12 Nov 2022, "I am now hooked after a super day at Felin Fach, I have never tried dying fiber but have always wanted to have a go. Karen was so very nice and extremely knowledgeable and made me feel at ease. The work area was outstanding. I came away with some wonderful, dyed yarn and fabric a file with all the information required to have a go myself. Highly recommend Felin Fach."
Marion said, "Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our day with you on Saturday. I learned such a lot and cannot believe how much wool we brought away with us! Very pleased with my scarf too. I’m looking forward to dyeing some of my fibre once I get back home. I am inspired!"
Our company is located in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Our ethos is defined in the three words, NATURAL TRADITIONAL HANDMADE.