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Felt making & hand dying for beginners

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2014

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Larchfield Community

The Larchfield Community produce many items for their own retail but for our Medieval workshop the processes from turning a natural wool fleece in to a garment was demonstrated.

Larchfield source their own fleeces from the locality.  The photos show the preparation of the fleece including the washing and natural dyeing . In picture 6 the process of "carding" is underway.  This process forces the naturally randomly aligned wool fibres to lay almost parallel. The wool from the card is cleaner (bits removed) and is easier to spin in to a continuous thread. (photo 7) The pictures show the process of creating felt, felt drying on a line and eventually cutting a Medieval waistcoat from the new felt. Our guests made felt bags and had the opportunity to naturally dye the freshly spun wool.