Category archives: workshops

Exploring Natural Dyes workshop 2020

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 31, 2019 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Natural Dye Plants, Poll Dorset, workshops

A 4 day workshop in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

En français ci-dessous.

A totally hands-on , even up to your elbows, plant dyeing workshop.

What will you be dyeing?

Mostly wool, either our French sourced Poll Dorset or the fine merino Lace-weight. But also this year a piece of antique linen for making a tote bag or cushion, French and very local of course.

With what will you dye it?

We will first be using the dye stuffs that have been tried and tested over the centuries, that is madder, weld and woad or indigo.

Then in our 'what happens ...

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New Year 2020 Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 18, 2019 in Dye House News, Events, Markets, newsletter, Poll Dorset, workshops

We wish a colourful, peaceful and healthy 2020 to all our dear customers.

A big thank you for supporting our little artisan business, it is greatly appreciated especially as we are not always so hot on social media.

There are few shades of the Merinos d'Arles at a lower price to help you kick off to a warm natural New Year.

Here is a brief whizz through some of the things we will be making and doing in 2020.

Punchneedle We have sold punch-needle kits for quite a few years now, ever since we teamed up with the talented ...

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Knit at Motoco

Written by [email protected] on March 1, 2019 in Bulletin, Events, La Laine, Markets, Poll Dorset, workshops



Un événement autour du fil, des exposants, des cours, des espaces pour tricoter et papoter et une nuit de tricot !


6 et 7 avril 2019

  • Samedi: 9h30 - 18h30
  • Knit Night samedi: 19h - 00h00
  • Dimanche: 09h30 - 17h

                       À   MOTOCO,    38 rue de  PFASTATT,    68200 MULHOUSE

Billets disponibles ici.

De la laine, des accessoires pour tricot et crochet, des cours avec Julie Knits in Paris et Rililie, des initiations gratuites de tricot et crochet, un espace convivial pour tricoter et papoter, une nuit du ...

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Natural Dyeing Course 2019

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 23, 2019 in Dye House News, Events, workshops

Time to start organising the 2019 natural dye course. This year the 5 day workshop will be from August 5th - 9th. As usual it will cover all aspects of natural dyeing on woollen yarn including mordanting, single dye baths, exhausts, indigo dyeing and dye garden. This is a hands-on course, you will go home with over 32 skeins of yarn in different natural colours that you will have dyed yourself. You can bring your own wool or use some of our sustainable Poll Dorset or Merinos d'Arles. The lace-weight/crewel wool too if you like.

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Bonne Année 2019

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 14, 2019 in Bulletin, La Laine, workshops

Bonne année à vous tous et un grand merci d’être là. Ce n’est pas toujours facile pour les artisans du monde économique et des médias sociaux, alors sachez que nous apprécions toujours votre coutume.

Le mois de janvier n’est pas complet sans SOLDE . Cette année, nous avons transféré un échantillon de nos kits sur notre page de solde, ce qui convient à tout le monde. l’espoir, inévitablement jusqu’à épuisement des stocks.

Pour les crochets Le tout nouveau The Lady in Red châle créé par Annette Petavy à un prix de lancement peu élevé.

Le vieux ...

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Happy New 2019

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 3, 2019 in Bulletin, Dye House News, Events, Markets, merinos d'arles, newsletter, workshops

A Happy New Year to all of you and a big thank you for being there, it is not always easy for artisans in the present economic, social media orchestrated world so please know that we do always appreciate your custom.

No January is complete without a SALE, this year we have shifted a cross-section of our kits to our sales page something for everybody we hope, inevitably until supplies run out.

We have

For the crocheters The spanking new The Lady in Red Shawl designed by Annette Petavy at a low introductory price

Also the old favourite Kaléidoscope Throw ...

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Bulletin du printemps 2018

Written by [email protected] on March 10, 2018 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Markets, Poll Dorset, workshops

Bonjour, Oui, le printemps approche lentement, le temps des bourgeons et des germinations. Il est encore trop humide pour commencer dans le jardin de teinture mais les plans sont déjà en place.

Du 8 au 11 mai je donnerai un atelier à l'Atelier de Montbrun. Ce sera un atelier de 4 jours produisant 26 couleurs ou plus. Pour plus d'informations contacter directement l'Atelier ci-dessus

Le printemps est aussi une période d'oiseaux et de nidification, et vous pouvez le faire avec le pull Kea conçu par Bristol Ivy avec sa bordure et son empiècement de plumes fascinantes ...

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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on March 9, 2018 in Dye House News, Events, Markets, Poll Dorset, workshops

Hello, Yes, Spring IS slowly approaching, time of buds and sproutings. It is still too wet to start in the dye garden but the plans are already in place.

By July it will be high summer and the dye plants will be in bloom and at their best, I hope. There is still a place or two to share this with us on this year's July workshop.

Spring is also a time of birds and nest building and you can do just that with the Kea Pullover designed by Bristol Ivy with its border and yoke of fascinating feathers ...

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New Year Newsletter 2018

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 25, 2018 in Dye House News, Events, Markets, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

I hope it is not yet too late to wish you all a healthy, peaceful New Year, full of colour and achievement. January usually keeps me busy organising the year's natural dyeing workshops and markets where we hope to see some of you this year.

The first opportunity to meet us and see our colours, kits and touch the wool will be February 10th-11th in Crest in Drome. Here you can download the flyer and the list of exhibitors. As usual there are lots of exciting woolly experiences awaiting. See you at booth 16.

We will be just a ...

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Natural Dyeing Course 2018

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 4, 2018 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

In the cold winds of January I have begun to ponder warm July days whose theme will be wool and lots of colour. Yes it is the yet to be dyed 2018 Natural Dyeing workshop to take place July 23rd- 27th, here in my humble dye-house in the Ariege.

And of course a few photos of what to expect:

Japanese Indigo in the dye garden.

Sulphur Cosmos in the solar pot.

Skimming the 'flower' from the top of the indigo vat.

Sample labelling

A peek into the solar vat after one day

Some of the final line-up

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