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Relaxing Crafting Workshops

You can now enjoy a relaxing three days at The Creative Granary in Norton Canon, learning how to dye fabric with plants, do relief and flora printing, abstract painting and embroidery. The program is as follows:

Friday ~ Dyeing Fabric with Plants 

You will learn about mordanting fabric, then gather plants from my dyers’ garden and process these for dyeing muslin.  It will take one hour to make the dye, you will then remove the vegetation and place your fabric in the boiling hot dye and leave it until the following day. To achieve the best results cellulose fibres require 24 hours to dye.

The french muslin fabric you will be using will have been mordanted in advance as this can be time consuming and cannot be done on the same day as the dyeing.

I will then provide you with a selection of designs from which you will choose three to carve.

Saturday ~ Relief Printing

You will remove the fabric from the dye and put it to dry before you will be able to relief print this with the three designs you chose to carve on Friday.  Whilst the fabric is drying you will undertake ……

Flora Printing

 You will collect vegetation from any of the three gardens and hedgerows on the farm and when brought back to the granary you will dissect this before reconstructing it into a picture and print it onto pre-prepared calico fabric.

The fabric is prepared with a binder.  Whilst it is unlikely that the picture will be washed, it still needs to be light fast and the binding is carried out in advance as it is very time consuming and can take several weeks to complete.

Sunday ~ Abstract Painting

 Express your inner self and let yourself go as you free your mind of everyday objects allowing the ink to find its own place on the soft touch viscose fabric.  The ink should fall like water flowing from a tap.  Paint brushes are banned and the only tools available will be a teaspoon and your own hands.

When the painting has dried you will heat seal this together with your Relief Printed Plant Dyed Scarf.


 You have created a plant dyed, relief printed muslin scarf which you will now embellish with embroidery silk threads.  You will be given full details of different stitches that are available to adorn your scarf.

Embroideries do not always need to be complicated with masses of unusual stitches, sometimes less is best and can be more effective.

Dates July 23, 24 & 25, August 6, 7 & 8, 20, 21 & 22, September 3, 4 & 5, 17, 18 & 19, October 15, 16 & 17.

The courses are for all those who are interested in creativity, beginners and others alike. However, because of the type of tools used in some instances, the courses are not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 years.

Please Note: Because of covid-19 guidelines it has been necessary to cut the number in the classes down to only 4 to enable you to be two metres apart. Please ensure you bring face masks with you.  Hand sanitisers will be placed at strategic points and should be used as frequently as is considered necessary.

COST:  £270 per person to include lunch and refreshments during the day.   Please let me know of any dietary requirements or allergies when booking. All tools and materials will be provided.

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Also available one day and two day courses, see website for details.


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Calver Hill House, Norton Canon, Hereford HR4 7BW

Organiser: The Creative Granary

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