Category archives: Events

Events at which you can find us during the year

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on March 28, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

What news for Spring 2016?

Adriaan and me are very busy (as usual) preparing for the Nantes salon: Pour l,'Amour du Fil which will be at the Nantes Expo Parc from April 20th - 23rd. We are looking forward to our first visit to Nantes and we will be taking lots of the crewel wool. We also have free tickets to give away. Leave a comment on this newsletter on our blog pages AND 'Like' the Renaissance Dyeing facebook page to enter into the draw. Winners will be contacted before April 10th.

Quelles nouvelles pour le printemps 2016?

Adriaan et ...

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New Year 2016 newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 12, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

A Happy and Colourful New Year to all our customers and friends.

Nous souhaitons à tous nos clients et amis un joyeux et coloré 2016

With the New Year we will be introducing a New Wool. We are very very pleased to have been able to buy some combed Merino D'Arles tops directly from a shepherds' co-operative in the east of France. This has cut out middlemen and given the shepherds a descent price for their wool. We have had the beautifully soft wool spun into a 4 ply yarn in Biella, Italy - no chemicals, just soap used in ...

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September Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 11, 2015 in Dye House News, Events

As summer is drawing to a close both Adriaan and me have warm memories of the exciting days we spent with the students on our natural dyeing workshop here in Montbel, you can see some more pics here on the blog.

Now the autumn mists are beginning to veil the lake in the mornings and there is a natural tendency to reach for the knitting needles of an evening. However we are far too busy for that sort of thing, YET.

I am dyeing and winding and Adriaan is winding and labeling, frantically! We hope to be in time to ...

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Natural dye workshop 2015

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 23, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, Your Gallery

So much to share, lots of pics, so here are a few of the daily highlights.

Winding and tying all that WHITE yarn.

First colour from the all-in-one Madder bath.

Some of the fruits of day 2 - Weld and Cochineal

Wednesday was Woad Day.

Weld and Indigo make green or turquoise.

Working those Madder bags...

....makes bright red maddered wool.

Gunilla brought along her amazing felted kimono for us to see.

Indigo diving!

Logwood wool cooling in its liquor.

Not much white wool left!

Decorating the washing line!

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Back and Forth

Written by [email protected] on July 29, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine

Pics of the wonderful Le lot et la Laine wool festival a few weeks ago.

Beautiful shades

Colourful Fred Boyer.

A sleeve from one of Merriley's nuno jackets.

One for the boys!

Our own stand, Thanks Zsofia!

THE Next event we attend will be here in the village.

AND the event after that will be on the 7th-11th October at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally, London.. STAND RCJ1

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Le Lot et La Laine

Written by [email protected] on June 30, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Extracts

Grande Fête de la Laine et du Tricot dans le Lot ! Big fibre festival in the Lot region in the south of France.

Troisième édition les 11 et 12 juillet 2015 au Musée de Cuzals, Sauliac sur Célé.

Beaucoup de couleurs sera sur place donc vous pouvez faire votre propre assemblage de couleur en fonction de vos goût et de votre garde robe.


Nous sommes ravis d'avoir Hélène Marcy - Eclat Du Soleil à notre stand. Non seulement est-elle apporter deux nouveaux modèles mais elle sera sur eu tout au long du week-end pour répondre à vos demandes de motif ...

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Creative workshops at Chateau de Gudanes

Written by [email protected] on June 7, 2015 in Dye House News, Events

The Chateau de Gudanes lies further into the Pyrénées about an hours drive south west of here.

There this summer the Australian embroiderer and designer Deborah Mackay will be offering week long or daily workshops. Both crochet and embroidery projects will be using Renaissance Dyeing crewel / lace-weight wool and of course we hope you will be able to put aside your work to pop over and see our humble artisan dye-house.

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Spring Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on March 9, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants

Spring Sale

Now we are settled back in the dye house and winding room after the businesses of the Paris show and the arrival of our new grand-daughter, I have time to put some things for sale on the web-site. Thank you Mojo Cat for the idea!

Maintenant, nous sommes réinstallés dans latelier de teinture et la grange d'enroulement et avoir le temps de mettre les choses dans une vente sur le site web.

Le Lot et La Laine

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L'aiguille en fête - billets

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 7, 2014 in Dye House News, Events

Bon de voir certains d'entre vous à Montbrun Bocage. Le temps était terrible, mais la participation a été bonne. Merci pour la photo du stand, Nicole.

Voici comme promis un blog sur les billets gratuits pour AEF.

Nous avons cinq billets à donner pour les journées et 10 pour 2 personnes le vendredi soir.

Mettez un commentaire pertinent sur ce blog et / ou sur l'article de billets AEF sur la page facebook-Renaissance Dyeing et nous allons tirer les gagnants le 21 décembre.

Bonne chance à tous.

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Turning the Woolbox Scarlet

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 11, 2014 in Dye House News, Events

It was such a pleasure to spend last week-end dyeing with my good friends at the WoolBox. The first day is always slow as well as hard work, Winding skeins, mordanting, soaking wool and dyes for the next day and of course catching up with the news.

Le premier jour est toujours lente et beaucoup de travail, Enrouler les écheveaux, mordançage, tremper la laine et les colorants pour le lendemain et naturellement entendre toutes les nouvelles.

Lots of grinding went into preparing the cochineal with all hands to the pestles. But we decided in the end that Susi was the ...

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