Traditional crafts holiday in Scotland

Week-long foraging, shearing, dyeing and felting small group course (max 6) in the Scottish Highlands - learn the traditional process from fleece to felt.
Learning about hand shearing sheep foraging for plants for dying wool dyeing wool using natural plant dyes felting workshop exploring Glen Affric Loch Affric ancient Caledonian woodland
Price
£995To£1150 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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Price for Fleece to Felt week includes accommodation, transfers from and back to Inverness, meals and all workshops.
Maximum group size of 6 persons.
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Description of Traditional crafts holiday in Scotland

Enjoy a creative craft holiday and learn something new in a beautiful place. Take time to learn a whole process from scratch - from Fleece to Felt, while enjoying the stunning Highland scenery around you and learning about life in the Highlands. Scotland has long been revered for its inspirational landscapes, flora and fauna which is why this week-long craft course draws inspiration from the very best of both.

Meet Rosie’s small flock of Shetland sheep, which live in the woods where she lives. Watch while Alex hand-shears them and then learn how to process the fleece. Learn what makes a good fleece and how to sort and wash it. Take time in the woods foraging for dye plants and learn how to make natural dyes.

Over the course of the week you will forage for traditional dye plants and use ancient imported natural dyes creating a rainbow of colours inspired by the surrounding countryside. Search for Nettles, Gorse, Birch leaves and many more while enjoying the Highland scenery. Dyes are made outside over a wood-fueled fire the traditional Highland way.

Spend a day drawing inspiration for your final felted project in the local area. Visit Glen Affric which is known as one of Scotland's most beautiful, as well as taking time to enjoy the revitalizing air at Plodda waterfalls.

Spend the last two days creating a felted wall-hanging (or other objects), using both wet felting and needle felting techniques, or create a needle felted sculptural piece inspired by the Highland wildlife you see along the way. Take inspiration from the Highland landscapes, creating a piece with colours which come directly from the Scottish hills and heath lands.

Craft courses in Scotland, such as this, offer a unique perspective of life in the Highlands and offer holiday makers a chance to enjoy a simpler way of life -as well as offering an opportunity to learn a whole creative process in a beautiful place. While you learn something new everything else is taken care of.... Guests can enjoy days outdoors and return to homely accommodation, snug fires, space to relax and great home cooking. Evenings can be spent finishing off craft projects, learning to spin and enjoying Gaelic singing. Let this week slow you down, get creative and take home a new skill.

Eight day craft courses, Scotland, include:

Sheep shearing demonstration
Washing and sorting fleece
Foraging for and making plant dyes
Traditional methods of carding and felting

Weekend craft courses, Scotland, include:

How to make felt
Traditional methods of natural dyeing
The art of dyeing, felting, spinning and eco-printing
Weekend felt making is suitable for all, including children.
We can create a tailor-made fleece to felt week for groups of 5 or more.

Price information

£995To£1150 excluding flights
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Price for Fleece to Felt week includes accommodation, transfers from and back to Inverness, meals and all workshops.
Maximum group size of 6 persons.
Make enquiry

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For departure dates contact us on 01273 823 700

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Reviewed on 07 Nov 2019 by

The holiday exceeded my expectations, it was truly fulfilling ! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2019 by

Seeing and learning about an off-the-grid settlement in operation, learning needle felting techniques that were new to me and participating in fiber dyeing with natural dyes were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2018 by

The week was packed full of activities without being in any way rushed. Very much enjoyed the opportunity to get away from the big city and savour country life... Excellent. Kudos to Rosie for this extraordinary holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2018 by

Most memorable was the final few days when my felted piece came together. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2017 by

Rosie worked tirelessly to make it the perfect vacation, from preparing the fleece, collecting the plants used in the dying, the dying itself, and of course, carding and spinning the wool. She and Alex made delicious, healthy meals and made sure the experience went smoothly. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 May 2016 by

Going through the whole process of watching the sheep being sheared, working with the fleece, gathering plants to dye with, creating amazing colours and then using them to create my felted wall hanging. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2015 by

The experience was incredible, better than we imagined. It was magical to work with all the natural materials in such a beautiful setting. Ten out of ten. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2014 by

I loved it...I personally love venturing in to nature and the creative element meant I also left with something which I can now use back home Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2012 by

The most memorable part was the excitement of watching the different colours emerging as we used natural dyes and the anticipation of what could be created using them. I have never felt so invigorated, and relaxed?!!!, at the same time. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2012 by

I loved the whole process of gathering natural materials (lichen, fungus, nettles, birch bark, etc) to dye the wool, the dyeing itself and the amazing array of colours we created with single and secondary dyes. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Everything we do is aimed at making a positive impact on the people who stay with us and on the people, places and communities that we introduce them to.

Our Fleece to Felt week has drawn inspiration from the crofting community both past and present in and around Ross-shire and Inverness-shire. Crofters are a true example of sustainability. Surviving on marginal land, making a living from what surrounds them.

We believe passionately in protecting our local environment. We source local produce to cut down on food miles, either growing or sourcing our vegetables locally, our fish and seafood generally comes straight out of the Minch and our organic meat from the farmland around us.

We re-use and recycle all that we can, from paper in the office to fishing rope washed up on the beach. We compost all our food waste and recycle cardboard, aluminum and plastics. We try and minimize our energy use and encourage our guests to do the same. The Loch side cottages are fitted with under floor heating and are well insulated, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat them. The log fires in the cottages use wood from the estate. We use green, non chemical cleaning products and make sure we put no harmful chemicals into the water system. We use a tipi as an extra space, due to its low impact as we can remove it leaving no trace. We start as many of our walks as possible from the farm cutting down on emissions caused by the week.

We are very aware of the natural unspoilt beauty of the area and endeavour to help keep it that way. On visits to the beach we carry a few bags so we can do a stint beach cleaning before leaving. We encourage clients to adopt the responsible tourist’s mantra of; “leave only foot prints, take only photographs”

People

As well as this Fleece to Felt trip, we are also running school felting workshops and community projects aimed at getting children and their families interested in traditional crafts and the idea of sustainability. Most of the fleeces in the North Highlands are used for very little. We want people to understand how wasteful this is, where in fact the fleece could be used in many craft practices and the lower grade fleece can be used as housing insulation.

We are committed to using local services wherever possible, during the Fleece to Felt week we use the Lochside Cottages which are owned by, Lucy a local farmer. Virtually all the food we serve is locally produced and the experts involved live in the area.

We generate employment and revenue for local people and businesses including crofters, farmers, market stall holders, fishermen, artists, craftsmen, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Ross-shire is a sparsely populated area dominated by massive tract of mountainous wilderness. Our business helps to support and expand a regional network of like-minded individuals. We help to encourage cohesion and skill-sharing amongst craft practitioners and our other specialists.

We hope that many of our guests will return to the area in the future.

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