Balnacra Arts & Pottery by Vicky Stonebridge

alchemy with wool in the spring sunshine

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Here are the two new craft units that the community charity, the  Kirkton woodland and Heritage Group ( of which i am a director ) built last year. One is tenanted and we are currently in the throes of setting up a crafts/ arts co-op to operate out of the second one. At the moment I am organising on behalf of the community group a series of classes/ courses and workshops, some are taking place in the unit & some in the tree house.

This Saturday we had two sessions, felting and natural dyeing with Lichens. I wasn’t fully participating, but on hand to deal with admin and recording. The felting was tutored by Sheila Bates from Croft7 and does all sorts of wonderful wood, tree and textile goodness. I filmed some of her demonstration, but this will take a wee while to edit & upload.
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the felt in progress that Sheila demonstrated with.

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starting the base felt layer.
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unrolling the felt and net parcel between soapy rollings to felt up the fibres.
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A selection of fibres/
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Sheila at work.

The natural dyeing session was with Leslie and Tom Kilbride from Croft wools, who are also experts in many aspects of rural craft and skills. This was at the tree house & was idyllic, river and bird song, with the crackling of the fire with Crotal dye bubbling away on it. The session focused on local lichen dyeing. While they are protected species, there is such local abundance, the small amounts used for personal projects are not a problem.

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Some of the lichens used to produce lovely colours.

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Tom seeing how a batch of Crotal was doing.
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the skein of yarn drying in the spring sunshine.
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lungwort cooking up. this produced a subtle brown.
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leslie stirring the lichen pots.
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Some of the colours produced on the day by the simplest methods.pix 463

The purples required a bit of steeping and additional ingredients, the colours were amazing!

Sunday we went for a short walk to gather more Willow to weave with, found some cute little foxy footprints.

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