Exploring Natural Dyes workshop 2020
Just to let those of you who are interested in the 2020 summer dyeing workshop know that I am renting a gite in our little hameau for accommodation. It will be able to accommodate up to 8 of you, is 50 paces (maybe 60) from the atelier and about 100 long strides from the lake. You can see it on line here
The idea is to provide food and accommodation at a reasonable price and involve our neighbours in the whole shebang. So Marianne will provide the housing and Laetitia will look after your meals. Self serve breakfast, simple, (not too lengthy!) lunch and a cooked veggie meal in the evenings. We will need the gite for the workshop for 5 nights but there is an option to stay for 7 nights at a reduced price if you wish. Catering will only be for the 5 days of the workshop.
Workshop info download here
You can download the new booking form that includes this option here.
It goes without saying, I hope, that one of my primary concerns is the environment. I have until now adopted a form of wrapping that makes it possible to get your goods to you safely and with minimum postal costs. Wrapping that makes it possible to flatten the wool to a thickness of 3 cms costs less to send. This is obviously going to have to change. I still have supplies of my old wrapping but am seeking truly world friendly alternatives. Those who know of such alternatives please let me know. In the meantime and always I trust that you are reusing the envelopes and plastic bags that you receive.
Another sort of wrapping up.
Adriaan and I beginning to feel our age and bones. We are planning to slow down mainly by cutting out wool markets and shows and going more local, Selling in local shops, here in our atelier and online only. We will have this one last year of enjoying the razz and sociability of seeing you all face to face.
At the same time we are looking for people who will take Renaissance Dyeing into the future where it can be an exciting element not only for dedicated needle workers but also in the environmentally aware world. Slow Stitching.
It is a demanding but rewarding artisan enterprise. If you or anyone you know are interested please use the contact page. We are preparing a package with details. Those seriously interested will be invited to visit.